Alessandra Stanley
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For 455 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 Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 455
455 tv reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    [A] low-key but charming NBC comedy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Undateable may be unoriginal, but it’s not unwatchable.
    • 50 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."
    • 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
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Off the Map takes few chances with plot or characters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Whitney is funnier than "2 Broke Girls," probably because the humor seems more idiosyncratic.
    • 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
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Swingtown has ’70s mystique, but not much mystery.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    A tepid knockoff of "Sex and the City."
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Even in its sixth season, “24” remains remarkably compelling.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The writing is a bit stilted and predictable, but the show is not unbearable--are some amusing supporting actors and the occasional engrossing medical crisis. As a character study, however, HawthoRNe is weighed down in the pursuit of worthIness.
    • 47 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Happily Divorced is less a sitcom than a showcase for Ms. Drescher's delightful, if somewhat time-worn, brand of schtick.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Violence, like deficit spending, is a very American vice. “Dexter” is yet another temptation that is almost impossible to resist.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Homeland Security USA is a powerful ego boost for insecure civil servants, but it doesn’t reveal much about the homeland’s actual security.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Welcome to the Family is not as bad as it sounds, mostly because some of the writing is clever, and all the actors are good. But Ms. McCormack in particular brings a likably tough, funny texture to the often thankless job of mother of the pregnant bride.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The fact that it's neither embarrassing nor deeply offensive--once it gets rolling, the show is actually quite charming--is a credit to the cast and the writers.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Wilson is an original who has proved that she can be very funny, and a premiere episode is rarely the best indicator of how a show will develop. But the first glimpse of Super Fun Night is disappointing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Its a clever and engaging reinterpretation by Bill Gallagher, who shaped the script to contemporary tastes and sensibilities--notably, a postmodern fatigue with ideology and big thoughts.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Dean is appealing as Nate and Mr. Sheridan is amusing as Dove, but the tone of the series is uneven.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's an enjoyable, intriguing look at what can happen to a group of ordinary, cash-strapped people who wake up one day as multimillionaires.