Alessandra Stanley

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For 505 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 505
505 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The show's characters are flat and so is the writing, but there is something universally appealing about blood, guts and a rushing gurney. There is no Dr. Feelgood in House, but the patients' symptoms provide a little consolation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The zeal and dedication of researchers is inspiring, and so are the patients and caregivers who struggle with the disease everyday, but over all, The Alzheimer’s Project celebrates hope at the expense of caution.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Donovan is likeably lighthearted and cool as a smart-mouthed loner; his character is a watered-down version of the kind of wiseguy once played by Michael Keaton.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    There are a lot of jokes about Brooklyn, sex and millennial entitlement, but the underlying sensibility echoes that of “Sex and the City.” It’s a lighthearted but wistfully knowing look at the gender imbalances and generational rifts that make life hard for even fabulous women.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series got its start on the Internet and is more linear, unpolished and narrowly comedic than “Girls” on HBO--Abbi and Ilana are so feckless that they make Lena Dunham’s Hannah seem like Warren Buffett.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an impressive cast and a perfectly good premise, but for some reason, Thursday’s pilot episode is not very funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Now they are the last blinkered women in the bunker, hoarding designer shoes and awaiting an Evite back to the glamorous life. They don't belong there, and that's what makes them so welcome.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The first few episodes of Ray Donovan are disappointing--grandiose, predictable and painfully slow.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The casting of the leads is a bit disappointing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The break-in may never take place, but the characters are appealing, and the writing is spirited enough to carry the sitcom at least for a while.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Romijn's hourlong show tries to combine the arch satire of "Desperate Housewives" with the chick-lit romance of "Grey's Anatomy," and falls short of both.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    At the outset, Bloodline doesn’t even make clear if anyone has been murdered, let alone who might be missing. But it does establish that it may be well worth waiting to find out.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The hero of Awake has a psychiatric problem; there are no aliens or ghosts to explain away the more improbable turns, and this adventure is far more compelling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Despite the repetitions, the first four episodes are slick, fast-paced and engrossing, but that’s not new either.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The series embraces the absurdities of its subject with enough compassion to avoid outright parody.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Viewers are treated to the spectacle of teenagers who can freely roam New York unsupervised by parents or teachers, tethered, by their own volition, to the strict rules and unyielding cliches of a Bravo reality show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The many layers of feints and puzzles are compelling, but it’s hard to see how they can last more than a season or two.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    There is a lot going on this season, but the focus is back on Carrie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    As gripping as Steven Soderbergh's 2000 movie or the 1989 British mini-series. [26 Jan 2004]
    • The New York Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Last Resort is an action-adventure mystery slickly coated with suspense, but some of the uncertainty lies over whether the story can stay afloat for more than a few episodes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Nip/Tuck proves its own point: Plastic surgery isn’t magic. At some point the cracks beneath the surface and other signs of age will out.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Women’s Murder Club is all right, but not good enough.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    HBO does an expert job of turning Ms. Fisher's 2 hour and 20 minute monologue into a documentary, with only a few, artfully chosen embellishments.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Upstairs Downstairs sticks to the rules established by the original and defies the odds by being as good, and in some ways, even better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is part spy spoof, part workplace comedy, and it is a genuinely engaging homage to the nerd hero.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    A satirical and quite funny comedy about two British television writers, a husband- and wife team, Sean and Beverly Lincoln (Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig) who are lured to Hollywood to adapt their hit sitcom for an American network.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Cinema Verite is a clever, beautifully made but somehow underwhelming re-enactment of the breakup of the Loud marriage, on camera and off.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Palin dominates as a disarming egotist whose presumption is balanced by charisma and animal cunning--and in this film, as in life, she has the last smirk.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The premiere episode of Life on Mars, by contrast [to "Kath & Kim"], is strange and exhilarating.

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