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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Rosemary’s Baby bends to current fashions, and, accordingly, is more straightforward and much gorier than the original film. But partly because the story has been so altered, it still has mystery and suspense.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Stone brings a more stentorian absolutism, leaving no room for doubt or nuance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    “Vanished” offers suspense and high-society melodrama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Free Agents is not "The Office," but the lead characters are appealing, and the show is funny in its own, quite grown-up way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The dialogue, timing and jokes have the madcap pace and anarchic spirit of "Scrubs," and it takes a while for Ms. Cox to recalibrate her Monica persona from "Friends."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Camp tries to sound cleverer than its conceit, but the series is most appealing when it keeps in mind that everybody has a story to tell about that one special summer at sleep-away camp.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Danson has some funny moments, but he is not as comfortable in a comic genre where deadpan takes the place of punch line.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Random 1" is not nearly as melodramatic [as "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"], but it doesn't manufacture its miracles. It offers small, random acts of kindness, and that is sometimes a much better deal.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Chicago P.D. is, in many ways, a throwback to an earlier, male-dominated era of crime shows, yet it carves out room for strong female characters who are good at their jobs and taken seriously by their colleagues--and the writers.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The premiere episode is almost willfully strange and unlikable. But that doesn’t mean that the series is bad, just peculiar, a solemn mythologization — and mystification — of surfing as unearthly pleasure and life-sapping addiction.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It's well made and also at times unnecessarily cheesy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The actors are appealing and well cast, but their characters are quite basic, borrowed shamelessly from Brat Pack movies of the mid-80's.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Martindale sucks up most of the oxygen on the show. Beau Bridges, who plays her bumbling husband, Tom, barely gets a word in edgewise. But even in the basic ensemble sitcom, Mr. Arnett’s suppressed lunacy seeps though, mostly in the inane local news reports that Nathan delivers with smoothie aplomb. It doesn’t hurt that his cameraman is J B Smoove, who was so great as Leon on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    [A] low-key but charming NBC comedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Undateable may be unoriginal, but it’s not unwatchable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Off the Map takes few chances with plot or characters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The snowcapped mountains, pine forests and shimmering lakes are majestic, the Palin children are adorable, and the series looks like a travelogue--wholesome, visually breathtaking and a little dull.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    There is some archness in Killer Women--the opening scene looks like a Robert Palmer music video from the 1980s--but no real humor and still less suspense.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Swingtown has ’70s mystique, but not much mystery.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    There isn’t enough Jack Nicholson in Eastwick, and that is one of the main reasons to avoid this ABC adaptation of the 1987 movie “The Witches of Eastwick."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    This new suspense drama, about a small group of people who wake up as hostages in an empty, creepy hotel, has promise, but it also has familiar and ominous signs of a short life expectancy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It's the "Sabrina" story mixed with "Arthur," and it strains to make the tycoon's son endearingly weak and childish
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Whitney is funnier than "2 Broke Girls," probably because the humor seems more idiosyncratic.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The creators of “Jericho” deserve some credit for beginning where most thrillers end. But they rely too much on melancholy pop music to paper over weaknesses in the writing and characters.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    "Men in Trees" wants to be a "Sex and the Tundra" but is closer to "Northern Overexposure."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    ABC Family means well but could not have done worse. Secret Life doesn’t take the fun out of teenage pregnancy, it takes the fun out of television.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The family dynamic is not unlike the one on “Arrested Development,” only Working the Engels leaves out the humor, inventiveness and sophistication. “Zany” is a word that mostly applies to antic comedy that isn’t funny, and that includes Working the Engels.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mostly the series functions as an entertaining if pale sequel to its HBO prototype.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The set was slightly different, and Mr. Leno spoke with his guests in matching armchairs, not across a desk, but the content and tone of the premiere looked and sounded like any ordinary “Tonight” show.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    A tepid knockoff of "Sex and the City."

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