Alessandra Stanley
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For 468 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 0.7 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 2
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 468
468 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Sons & Daughters" is a milder, more humane version of Fox's canceled "Arrested Development" -- it milks the humor of absurd people and brutally frank conversation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The latest incarnation, Nikita, which begins on the CW network on Thursday, is a surprisingly sophisticated and satisfying adaptation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Fringe invokes some of the sillier forms of television devices-- teleportation, psychokinesis, transmogrification and even bionic prostheses--but still manages to seem smart and stylish.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Unfortunately for Ms. Collette, the roles of Tara’s children are so deftly written and skillfully played that they undermine her own star turn--Tara has four personalities and is one-dimensional in all of them.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The movie races so quickly through the milestones of his career... that some of the most powerful moments in his papacy are underplayed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Both shows ["About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher"] are well written and actually quite engaging, but what is most interesting is the focus on the brighter side of splitting up. It’s a new genre of heartwarming family show.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The Big C works because most of the writing is strong and believable, and so is Ms. Linney, who rarely sounds a false note and here has perfect pitch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Nothing very funny happens on “30 Rock” until Alec Baldwin enters the room, and suddenly this new NBC sitcom comes alive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    This spy drama is not as dense and psychologically intricate, but it has compensations, most notably the placement of fictional characters like McAuliffe and Torriti alongside real-life figures like Angleton and Philby, and inside real-life crises like the 1956 Hungarian uprising.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Ben and Kate has charm, but the brother-sister dynamic has built-in limitations.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Purists may be irritated by the pilfering of James Dean's classic film "Rebel Without a Cause," including, in the show's second episode, an entire plot line in which Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) runs away and plays house with Marissa and another young friend in the unfinished model house of a new development. Yet the empty swimming pool, used by the boys as a skateboarding rink, is a rather amusing homage to that 1955 movie by Nicholas Ray.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    State of Mind owes most of its appeal to Ms. Taylor, an accomplished indie actress with unusual jolie-laide looks who brings a wry charm and dignity to the inauspicious role of a wronged wife who is also burdened with an overbearing mother.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    “Heroes” tries very hard to spook viewers with hints of science fiction and dark conspiracies. But its main appeal is the curious link among complete strangers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    At its best, Better Off Ted is like some of the better new comedies on NBC and CBS, shows that blend mordant satire with odd, endearing characters that viewers want to keep watching. Ms. Anders in particular is a very funny, appealing actress who makes even dull patches of dialogue amusing; Mr. Slavin and Mr. Barrett bring comic heft to their small roles.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Even familiar plot points are told in the expertly spooky Bruckheimer style.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The music, costumes, lighting and even some camera shots--a shower head, a spiral staircase--all evoke classic Hitchcock movies like "Psycho," "Spellbound" and "Vertigo." But the film loses steam as soon as Hitchcock acts on his passion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Madam Secretary has some good moments, but it would be better if its heroine were just a little bit worse.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    This glossy, gossipy look at the Renaissance in the time of Machiavelli isn't a history lesson, it's a lurid family drama that happened to change the course of history.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Recount, an astute and deliciously engrossing film on HBO this Sunday night, retells the tale of Florida in all its bizarre and inglorious moments, from haggling over the “hanging chad” and “butterfly ballots” to the ruckus between the Florida secretary of state, Katherine Harris, and the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The pilot begins promisingly with Max unfurling an Aaron Sorkin-like rant at a customer foolish enough to snap his fingers to get her attention. But after that there are too many one-liners about semen stains and orgasms that aren't clever, just pronounced very loudly to carry over the titters of a studio audience.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The series itself seems divided: at times a supersize fable told with portentous, and even turgid, simplicity, while at others, a sophisticated spoof that uses ancient legend to send up modern politics. And when a series cannot be both, it ends up being neither.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Shameless is deftly adapted and surprisingly appealing, crude, funny and also touching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's Gossip Girl tailored to this economy, with just enough campy suspense to be enjoyable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Bates Motel has a talented cast and a memorable back story that guides, but doesn’t limit, the narrative, and at its best it’s intriguing and enjoyably grim. But even more than Norman, the series itself has a split personality, a Hitchcock classic grafted onto a much more mundane brand of suspense. Each new twist moves it further from “Psycho” and closer to Nancy Drew.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    New Girl is charming and quite funny, but especially when compared with the other two shows, it seems quite old-school.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    While it sounds like a one-joke conceit, and a sophomoric one at that, this HBO series is oddly beguiling, a downbeat screwball comedy in R-rated clothing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    There are new faces this season, and two of the better additions aren’t even journalists. Most important, the narrative this time around is driven by an overarching story line--a libel suit--that pulls viewers past the rocks and eddies of liberal piety. This revamped version of The Newsroom is no less preachy, but it’s a lot more fun to watch.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The question is not whether "3 Lbs" is familiar and predictable, but whether "3 Lbs" is entertaining. It is, and mostly because it is so familiar and predictable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The Olympian spirit is all about relentless rigor, steely self-discipline and doing the impossible. Twenty Twelve celebrates sloth, inattention and surrender. There should be a gold medal for that too.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The movie has such cult status that it seems almost sacrilege to tamper with it for television, but as a series 10 Things is not terrible; it is even at times fun. It’s just not very inventive.

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