Alessandra Stanley
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For 497 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alessandra Stanley's Scores

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 497
497 tv reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    “The Class” has appealing characters and funny lines, but it has some problems. The jokes move along slowly, and at times the acting turns very broad and very loud, as if it were dinner theater.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Inventive one minute and ploddingly formulaic the next.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series takes off when secondary characters fill in the blank spots.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The Washington housewives, in short, look and sound a lot like their predecessors in New Jersey, New York, Atlanta and Orange County, Calif., and they fit into the same caricatured roles. It's the setting--and the surreal blend of reality-show characters and button-down Washington--that gives this soap opera more of a kick.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    "Rollergirls" takes heroic steps to go beyond the silliness and try to understand and ennoble players, but the subject is just not worth so much effort.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The stars are appealing WB veterans, but it is hard to believe that subsequent episodes will carry the same edge as the premiere. "Supernatural" is not "The Sixth Sense," it's "Ghostbusters' Creek."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Unusual choices can be found throughout Aquarius, and they are part of what makes this drama so good.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Watching Mr. Williams return to the kind of improvisation-style routines that made him famous in the 1970s is bittersweet, like watching Jimmy Connors play tennis again: they are still impressive, but audiences can’t help recalling how much more elastic and powerful they were at their peak.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    As silly as [it] sounds, the series is actually pretty good.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The series needs to work more on the writing and less on the lighting to make these particular characters welcome week after week.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Romney is likable in this depiction. But little in Mitt suggests that he is also electable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is bold in its candor and unhurried attention to detail, but not quite brave enough to lay bare the bleakest, pettiest injuries that can scar a marriage.
    • 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
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Grace and Frankie is funny and even touching.
    • 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.

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