Alessandra Stanley
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For 497 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 0.7 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 497
497 tv reviews
    • 73 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is not easy to follow or instantly love, but it is impossible to dismiss.
    • 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
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It helps that Mr. Winters and Mr. Duhamel give performances that add some glints of complexity to their surface charm, and that the writers avoid many of the usual clichés. This is an engaging series about a likable bunch of co-workers that isn’t too sweet or predictable.
    • 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
    • 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
    The documentary is a loving tribute to his personal charm and other talents.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    "Entourage" is as good as ever in its third season, yet somehow different.
    • 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
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Welcome to Sweden is pleasant, inoffensive and quite charming.
    • 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]
    • The New York Times
    • 63 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
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It's the right cast in the right setting but with a wrongfully righteous script.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Big Love" gets better and more compelling, once the plot thickens and the wives' personalities and conflicts take deeper form.
    • 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.
    • 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
    It’s a dizzying reprise, and also a dazzling one.

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