For 447 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alessandra Stanley's Scores

  • TV
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 447
447 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    As gripping as Steven Soderbergh's 2000 movie or the 1989 British mini-series. [26 Jan 2004]
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Those jokes are supposed to establish Liz’s geek cred, but they mostly serve as speed bumps in the show’s otherwise fast and clever banter.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Women’s Murder Club is all right, but not good enough.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The premiere episode of Life on Mars, by contrast [to "Kath & Kim"], is strange and exhilarating.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s the pacing that makes Breaking Bad more of a hard slog than a cautionary joy ride. It has good acting, particularly by Bryan Cranston (“Malcolm in the Middle”), who blends Walt’s sad-sack passivity with glints of wry self-awareness.
    • 73 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is not easy to follow or instantly love, but it is impossible to dismiss.
    • 73 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Both series [The Bletchley Circle and "Call the Midwife"] find a clever, entertaining way to pay tribute to women who in their time were often overlooked and underestimated, and nevertheless found ways to never be ordinary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Looking has a premium-cable mandate to be daring, and is indeed sexually unbound. But almost everything else, including dialogue, plotting and humor, is muffled.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    "Entourage" is as good as ever in its third season, yet somehow different.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    The second season of “Sleeper Cell” burrows even deeper into the mind-set of Muslim extremists than the first and is all the better and more troubling for it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Lone Star offers an amusing and novel television conceit, but in an age of Enron and Bernard Madoff, it takes a very persuasive actor to keep viewers rooting for a swindler. Mr. Wolk is well cast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    Nip/Tuck is a shrewdly written drama without intellectual pretensions. It is a dark satire that manages to be as engrossing as a soap opera.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The novelty of the hour-by-hour conceit wore off long ago, and the various plot devices and characters are all familiar. The fun, at least at the beginning of a new season, is in seeing how the creators will rejigger the pieces this time around.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Welcome to Sweden is pleasant, inoffensive and quite charming.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The narrative this time around is even more stretched, derivative and repetitive than Season 3’s, but almost ingeniously so: It is both utterly predictable and surprisingly addictive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    By 1:20 p.m. the series's third season is already as tightly coiled, clever and suspenseful as the first two. [28 Oct 2003]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s creepy, steamy and funny at times, and it’s also a muddle, a comic murder mystery that is a little too enthralled with its own exoticism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It is a smart, intense thriller inspired by the Innocence Project.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    This show is smart and rigorous, with a concentration that bores deep without growing dull.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Big Love" gets better and more compelling, once the plot thickens and the wives' personalities and conflicts take deeper form.