Alessandra Stanley
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For 450 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 0.5 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 450
450 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Las Vegas is as flattering to companies like the MGM Mirage Inc. as "The Love Boat" once was to Princess Cruises. Yet the show still manages to be slick, fast-paced and engaging, a remake of the remake of "Ocean's Eleven," in which all the good-looking people work for the casino, not against it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The premiere is a bit stiff, but the episodes improve over time, mostly thanks to two mesmerizing actresses in the lead roles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    By using a celebrity as a Trojan horse, Teach offers an engaging and intimate look at just how complicated and difficult teaching can be at a large, urban public high school.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    There are very few series for young adults that deal with race as brazenly and defiantly as "The Boondocks."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an engrossing but somewhat aimless and impressionistic ramble through the Nixon presidency and tumult of the 1970s. At times it leans too heavily on artistic license.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    "Thief" pays homage to all the conventions of a traditional thriller and weaves into it complicated issues of guilt, race and family. It's a little like some of the better dramas on HBO, but finds its own unorthodox way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It's the right cast in the right setting but with a wrongfully righteous script.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The pacing is occasionally so slow and deliberate that it may test some viewers’ patience, but the series takes its time because the real mystery is Wallander and his uneasy inner life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Heaton is less acerbic than she was on "Everybody Loves Raymond," but just as comical playing an overwhelmed Midwesterner who works at Orson's only surviving car dealership.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Californication tries to poke fun at the hypocrisy and delusions of Hollywood, but it doesn’t have enough wit or sense of place to be very convincing. Mostly the series comes off as male payback for "Sex and the City," a series that often belittled men and treated them as sex objects.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The setting, London, is new, but not much else.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Her comic style is familiar, but much of Ms. Ullman’s material is fresh and up-to-date.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It takes a while for Louie to find its own voice, and while it is at times a crude and offensive one, it is not without a strange wit and under-the-radar appeal.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    Irresistibly, corrosively funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Dirty Sexy Money lives up to its name.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The writing is not witty enough to carry the material, which is not even very original.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The series has humor and charm beneath its facile message, in large part (no disrespect intended) to a subtle, winning performance by Ms. Elliott.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Kelley is a gifted television producer, and “The Wedding Bells” has funny moments, but this series is not a labor of love. It’s a labored effort to simulate romance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Tough-minded, suspenseful and shot in an unnerving bleached light, Southland is by far the better drama--Thursday’s pilot is one of the most gripping opening episodes of any network crime series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Community is mercilessly snarky and also surprisingly charming, which is not easy to pull off.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    An earnest new MTV docu-series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The pilot, moreover, is not easy to follow. Somewhat like “Turn,” an AMC show about spies during the American Revolution, this new series is a little too opaque at the outset.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It's impossible not to root for the Bruce family. But it's just as hard not to dread the series's success.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s so compelling it deserves to be a hit.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    A memorable comedy about a man trying to be forgotten.