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 1.2 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 505
505 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    Mad Men beguiles like a Christmas catalog of all the forbidden vices, especially smoking, drinking and social inequity. Yet the series is more than a period piece. It’s a sleek, hard-boiled drama with a soft, satirical core.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    The Killing is as bleak and oppressive as any, but it's so well told that it's almost heartening.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    Irresistibly, corrosively funny.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    The Missing is imaginatively written, well cast, chillingly believable and quite addictive. This kind of story has been told this way before, but somehow that doesn’t make this telling any less compelling.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The remake has everything that those earlier versions had and something more: Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett together and at each other's throats.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    While it is quite silly, it's silly in a clever and engaging way, which is the signature style of its creator, Matt Nix.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    "Everybody Hates Chris" is the first show in a long time centered on a teenager whose main problem is not adolescent angst, but real life. And Mr. Rock makes it funny, not maudlin or mean.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The documentary is a loving tribute to his personal charm and other talents.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Rosemary’s Baby bends to current fashions, and, accordingly, is more straightforward and much gorier than the original film. But partly because the story has been so altered, it still has mystery and suspense.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Five Days, made by the BBC and HBO, is riveting because it weaves the most familiar milestones of a major homicide investigation--the news conferences, police interrogations and family meltdowns--into a less predictable and intricately layered narrative that averts clichés without diluting the suspense.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Better Call Saul is better than good: It’s delightful--in a brutal, darkly comic way, of course.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Basically it’s a knock-off of TLC’s "What Not to Wear." But the Bravo version is watchable, mostly thanks to its host.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Once the show gets going, and it takes more than one episode to do so, The Leftovers bores into the characters and the fissures that crack their community so astutely that the cause is almost secondary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    This show is smart and rigorous, with a concentration that bores deep without growing dull.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s a dizzying reprise, and also a dazzling one.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Trust Me, a TNT series set in a Chicago advertising agency, is clever and likeable.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    On "State of Play" and Prime Suspect, ordinary men and women take center stage and hold it beautifully. [16 Apr 2004, p.E1]
    • The New York Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    In the fog of war movies, some events are hard to follow, a few characters are easily confused, but the series is never less than spellbinding.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Survivor’s Remorse is mordant and very funny, but there is a redeeming sweetness beneath the satire and b-ball swagger.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s a smart, imaginatively made and unusually sweeping look at what happened to the world from Sarajevo in 1914 to Hiroshima in 1945, or as Churchill put it, “one story of a 30 years’ war.”
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Even in its sixth season, “24” remains remarkably compelling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    In many ways the second season is richer. The stories are again lifted from “Be’ Tipul,” but set in New York, the epicenter of post-Freudian civilization and its discontents.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    There is nothing else quite like it on television, and that is actually saying a lot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    There are a lot of jokes about Brooklyn, sex and millennial entitlement, but the underlying sensibility echoes that of “Sex and the City.” It’s a lighthearted but wistfully knowing look at the gender imbalances and generational rifts that make life hard for even fabulous women.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Transparent is very good, an insightful, downbeat comedy told without piety or burlesque.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Like the movie, the series is peculiar, with an irregular rhythm and lots of black humor, and it is also oddly winning.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It's a subtle, complex portrait of a relationship etched into an engaging espionage thriller set in 1981.

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