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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s a dizzying reprise, and also a dazzling one.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Her comic style is familiar, but much of Ms. Ullman’s material is fresh and up-to-date.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    Irresistibly, corrosively funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Dirty Sexy Money lives up to its name.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The setting, London, is new, but not much else.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The writing is not witty enough to carry the material, which is not even very original.
    • 69 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.
    • 70 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The creators take a fresh start, but cling to the sepulchral atmospherics that too often take the place of narrative. The series is still suspenseful, but the dread that once again follows Sarah through damp forests, deserted tenements and shadowy, rain-washed streets diminishes with overuse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The Musketeers is an old-fashioned reinvention that is faithful to the spirit of the novel even as it changes the words.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    An earnest new MTV docu-series.
    • 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
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Community is mercilessly snarky and also surprisingly charming, which is not easy to pull off.
    • 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
    A memorable comedy about a man trying to be forgotten.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It's harder to tell from this preview whether the atmospherics add up to a solid and complex mystery. The pilot isn't groundbreaking, but it is promising enough to justify waiting for the full two-hour premiere on Aug. 1.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The pilot of The Mindy Project isn't quite as funny as Ms. Kaling is at her best, but it has some amusing moments and a lot of promise.
    • 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
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It's a five-part drama that is loyally, unwaveringly true to James M. Cain's 1941 novel and somehow not nearly as satisfying as the 1945 film noir that took shameless liberties with plot, characters and settings.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    This series is a window into Mr. Kelley's soul that is best left closed; the writer who was so nuanced at creating balanced and original women on serious dramas like "The Practice," "Chicago Hope" and "Picket Fences" has far more bizarre, prurient tastes when it comes to women's comedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s so compelling it deserves to be a hit.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The story is not surprising--almost every turn seems obvious and a little hackneyed--but it is surprisingly enjoyable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It could easily be terrible, but the first two episodes are surprisingly entertaining, and one reason is that the show stars Lisa Edelstein and Janeane Garofalo.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The writing does not yet live up to the show's premise, but the series has potential to improve.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    Nothing on network television is as smart, original and amusing as Entourage.

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