Alessandra Stanley
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For 481 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 40% 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

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 481
481 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The Assets is uneven, with some excellent scenes and quite a few bad ones.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The supporting cast members have quirks, but they need stronger writing and reinforcements; “The Office” found its comic voice by adding characters to the ensemble, and Parks and Recreation would also benefit from a larger talent pool. The pilot episode isn’t perfect, but Ms. Poehler very nearly is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Red Band Society has a tone that is both sassy and sorrowful, a carefully calculated balance of humor and sentiment. The pilot episode, however, leans too heavily on emotional tugs.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Together Mr. Grammer and Ms. Heaton lift Back to You, a comedy that begins tonight on Fox, into a surprisingly amusing half-hour.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The series itself seems divided: at times a supersize fable told with portentous, and even turgid, simplicity, while at others, a sophisticated spoof that uses ancient legend to send up modern politics. And when a series cannot be both, it ends up being neither.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It is a believable, sharply observed portrait of ordinary men who, through all-too-common bad breaks and missteps, feel that they are backsliding.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s not a groundbreaking new series by any means, but it has some redeeming virtues.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    While the series is not exactly imaginative or subtle (stretch limos, Chivas Regal, call girls), it’s surprisingly enjoyable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Imagine what “Boston Legal” would look like if Jerry Bruckheimer were in charge instead of David E. Kelley.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    This espionage thriller is still a fairly conventional network series and not nearly as subtle and complex as “The Americans.” That doesn’t mean the NBC version is unwatchable, though, just more homogenized and predictable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Dollhouse has an amusing premise, but the universe it inhabits in the early episodes is thin and bland.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Treme" and "Justified" are too slow even for Slow Television. Memphis Beat is easier to follow, and certainly more lively.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Chuck" has interests similar to those of the heroes of Big Bang, including a lack of interest in chasing women, but his comedy is more inventive--the better bet in a new era in which the nerd no longer loses, but the best nerd show wins.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The hallucination conceit is strange but not necessarily horrible.... The problem with “Raines” is that it tries too hard to be too many things at once.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Manichaean characters work on soap operas as long as they come with plenty of machinations. Unfortunately, there are no J. R.’s in sight on Cane, and the one Samuels with Alexis Carrington potential, Ellis, is played by a surprisingly subdued Polly Walker.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    "The Apprentice" stands out [among the new reality shows] as one that takes a modest twist on the "Survivor" formula -- from jungle to urban jungle -- and improves on it. [8 Jan 2004]
    • The New York Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    NBC’s show, which is more about fembot martial arts and slick “Matrix”-ish special effects than about character development, is oriented toward young male viewers.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Beyoncé: Life Is but a Dream is as contrived as “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” but probably for good reason it is neither daring nor entirely truthful.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    At its best, and that doesn't come into full view until the third and fourth episodes, The Newsroom has a wit, sophistication and manic energy that recalls James L. Brooks's classic movie "Broadcast News." But at its worst, the show chokes on its own sanctimony.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It is surprisingly appealing. Talk shows depend less on the topic at hand than the chemistry in the room, and The Chew has tapped five very different and amusingly mismatched hosts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It's well made and enjoyable enough, but it follows convention so closely that it doesn't give Ms. Delany, an actress with range and great presence, a chance to riff on the genre.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Well written and playful with its premise.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    This glossy tribute is enjoyable; it is just not memorable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    A lighthearted, quite charming medieval adventure series made by the BBC, is tailored to the age of Obama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Kring has assured interviewers and fans that the third season will correct those mistakes and recover the fast-paced suspense and tension of the first season. The premiere episode lives up to that pledge, with lots of violence, special effects and laser-fast editing. The plot and ever-escalating conspiracies are hard to follow, but even first-time viewers can easily get the gist.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    This latest hardboiled-but-dedicated babe with a badge follows all the clichés of the genre but knows it and will find ways to twist the formula in novel, interesting ways.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Big Driver is slimmer in content, as well as form, than “Misery,” but it is nonetheless gripping. The television adaptation, however, doesn’t adjust for the power of a graphic depiction of assault, rape and sodomy. And that violence, when juxtaposed with the jaunty, Cabot Cove tone, undercuts the movie’s message of payback and empowerment.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The characters don’t live up to the swirling, often violent action that surrounds them.

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