Alessandra Stanley
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For 470 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alessandra Stanley's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 470
470 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Cox is strangely wooden and bland.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Now they are the last blinkered women in the bunker, hoarding designer shoes and awaiting an Evite back to the glamorous life. They don't belong there, and that's what makes them so welcome.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The story of Ned (Lee Pace), a young man who can bring the dead back to life, is sweetly odd, but also oddly charming.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The alchemy is imperfect. Rescue Me is worthy and at times engrossing, but not addictive. Viewers can appreciate the effort -- this is an atonal love song to New York firefighters -- without feeling any need to see the next episode. By the end of the first we know where this is all headed, so pleasure really depends on how much we enjoy the ride.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Masters of Sex does an elegant job of reframing their [Masters and Johnson's] strange, complicated and at times deeply cynical partnership into a twisted but intriguing love story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Like the movie, the series is peculiar, with an irregular rhythm and lots of black humor, and it is also oddly winning.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The multitude of exegeses and theories devoted to major plot twists and minor details attest to the series’s enduring egghead appeal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    On "State of Play" and Prime Suspect, ordinary men and women take center stage and hold it beautifully. [16 Apr 2004, p.E1]
    • The New York Times
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    The Missing is imaginatively written, well cast, chillingly believable and quite addictive. This kind of story has been told this way before, but somehow that doesn’t make this telling any less compelling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Season 2 is in many ways as captivating and addictive as the first, but this time around, the series comes off as a shameless throwback to itself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    There aren’t many series at the moment quite like it or as good. It is as subtle and intrusive as “In Treatment” was on HBO, with some of the suspense and narrative feints that made “True Detective,” also on HBO, so addictive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The cinematography is striking, as always; the sets and costumes remain as telling as the dialogue--this is when Peter Max was on the cover of Life magazine. But many of the characters are repeating themselves or pedaling in place, and the historic underlay that was once so piquant is now dreary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    In many ways the second season is richer. The stories are again lifted from “Be’ Tipul,” but set in New York, the epicenter of post-Freudian civilization and its discontents.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    The Killing is as bleak and oppressive as any, but it's so well told that it's almost heartening.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Sometimes the humor is so heavy-handed that it seems almost like self-parody.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is a clever update, not to say rip-off, of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” set behind the scenes at an NBC comedy show rather than in a television newsroom, and it is very funny.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Generation Kill, which has a superb cast and script, provides a searingly intense, clear-eyed look at the first stage of the war, and it is often gripping. But like a beautiful woman who swathes herself in concealing clothes and distracting hats, the series fights its own intrinsic allure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Now it's a compliment to say that Season 3 does: Paul's relationships with his new patients are as finely etched as before. The writing may seem a little less sophisticated--each session offers incremental insights about the patient that can seem a bit pat or forced--but over all In Treatment is still an absorbing dramatization of psychotherapy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The next-best thing to "The Wire."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    While there are some deeply disturbing images, The Honorable Woman is an astute, sensitive and at times delicate psychological drama that is evenhanded in the nonincendiary sense of the word: No side is entirely to blame, and there are villains, innocent victims and foolish dupes on both sides.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    In this version, Mrs. Harris, at times appealing, at other times brittle and censorious, is hard to fathom.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The television adaptation is surprisingly scary and remarkably good, a show that visually echoes the stylized comic-book aesthetic of the original and combines elegant suspense with gratifyingly crude and gruesome slasher-film gore.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Reaper is not at all grim; it’s actually quite rewarding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Little Dorrit is as rich at the margins as at the center with strange, and strangely believable, characters from almost all levels of society, rendered in quick, firm strokes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The result is surprisingly interesting, fun and, at times, even quite moving.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    There is nothing supernatural behind the mystery, and there is no deep-rooted government conspiracy lurking behind seemingly mundane events. But suspense builds, personalities strengthen and change, and “The Nine” takes on a life of its own.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    A worthy and exhilarating new HBO companion to "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It's the Lovings, not Loving v. Virginia, that hold our attention. Their reticence, even under such close camera scrutiny, is intriguing and even charming.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Elizabeth I" was made for television and is not a lavish, big-budget production. Visually, it is no match for the 1998 movie. But what "Elizabeth I" does offer is not insignificant: a richly drawn portrait of a powerful woman who is both ruthless and sentimental, formidable and mercurial, vain and likable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Both “Bored to Death” and Curb Your Enthusiasm have heroes who are hell-bent on doing the impossible and are doomed to fail. And it’s impossible not to prefer them just as they are.

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