For 447 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alessandra Stanley's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 447
447 tv reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Well written and playful with its premise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The characters don’t live up to the swirling, often violent action that surrounds them.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Defying Gravity, about four men and four women sent into orbit with entangled romantic pasts and removable libido-suppressing devices, has high-tech props and a spooky sci-fi mystery, but it is layered in feminine concerns and the mawkishly sentimental pop music that frames plot points on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.”
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    1600 Penn has charm and some funny riffs, but it's a 2013 sitcom that at times seems like it was written in 1983.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Icy-dry satire laced with moments of farce and inspired lunacy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The movie’s premise--a secretary who feigns pregnancy to avoid being fired--isn’t terrible and neither is Ms. Lohan. Mostly because of how her part was written, it takes too long for Ms. Lohan to shed her Hollywood reputation and wan, stilted demeanor and get into the role.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Some of the stories are touching, but the formula is set and stagy. The viewer has no doubt that the episode will end with a job offer and floods of thankful tears.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Pleasant to watch.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The remake has everything that those earlier versions had and something more: Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett together and at each other's throats.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Pizazz is what’s missing from CBS’s new drama, Eleventh Hour, in which Rufus Sewell plays Dr. Jacob Hood.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Both shows ["About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher"] are well written and actually quite engaging, but what is most interesting is the focus on the brighter side of splitting up. It’s a new genre of heartwarming family show.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Sunshine isn't nearly as polished or original as "Modern Family," which precedes it on Wednesday night, but it has the talent and the potential to improve.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Tyrant tries so hard to make audiences comfortable with its foreign setting that the story becomes a little too familiar.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's a sleek, glossy, musically enhanced soap opera centered on wealthy, gorgeous high school students who connive and cavort to the sound of Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Peter Bjorn and John, Angels & Airwaves, and Timbaland.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The filmmaking is at times derivative and heavy-handed, and the score is unrelenting and unbearable: an electronic thumpa-thumpa pounding that sounds like music to inject blood boosters by.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    CBS, which had promoted the show as almost exactly that ["Lord of the Flies" for voyeurs], backed down, explaining that Kid Nation was really more of a 40-day character-building exercise, like Outward Bound, but with camera crews and off-camera supervisors. And of course, it turned out to be a little of both, but mostly neither.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It is unusually good: a harsh public-service message built into a clever, suspenseful thriller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Prime-time game shows like “1 vs 100,” which begins tonight on NBC, are not a test of a contestant’s erudition or nerve; they are aspirational reality shows that allow ordinary Joes to go for it all in the hope of transforming their lives.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It is instructive to observe how working woman's guilt plays out in a postfeminist era when having it all is considered a privilege, not a right.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Johnson is surprisingly deft, and even at times poignant, in the part. Even when the plot and other characters turn cartoonish, he manages to strike a deeper chord.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The balance between humor and pathos is a hard one, and this show teeters on the edge and occasionally falls flat.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Secret Diary has amusing touches, but not enough to sustain an entire series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    John Adams is the weakest part of John Adams.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The first episode of “Traveler” is well made and quite gripping.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The pacing is occasionally so slow and deliberate that it may test some viewers’ patience, but the series takes its time because the real mystery is Wallander and his uneasy inner life.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The real pleasure lies in the adjustment problems of a seemingly normal suburban family leading a terrifying secret life.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Walker is an appealing actress with a strong presence, but in the pilot, at least, her character isn't as well formed or well written as other tough-talking television dames.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It wasn’t a singalong or a sacrilege or a slavish, shameless remake. It was a live performance of a legendary musical that felt muted and a little sad.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Plain Jane is more than shopping spree and vocabulary builder; it betrays a cockamamie respect for the therapeutic process, and it shouldn't be giving too much away to tell you that the snails lose, that the plain Janes blossom, and that no stimulus money has been wasted along the way.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The insipid pop music that cues emotional moments is annoying, but the writing isn't. And the characters are more interesting than their headshots would suggest.