Alessandra Stanley
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For 492 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 0.8 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 492
492 tv reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The story is framed by the outsize absurdities of show business, but Doll & Em is a character study in miniature.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Sleeper Cell" is better than "24."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The Bravermans are more interesting than the sum of their plights. The actors sparkle, even in muted form, but the Berkeley they inhabit feels a lot like upscale Brentwood, minus the Lexus sports cars and nanny cams.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Free Agents is not "The Office," but the lead characters are appealing, and the show is funny in its own, quite grown-up way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The Following ... is one of the most disturbing procedural dramas on television, in its own way creepier than similar network shows and even cable series like "Dexter" or "Breaking Bad" or "The Walking Dead." It's hard to turn off and even harder to watch.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's funnier than a similar new Fox sitcom, "Free Ride," about a college graduate who moves back in with his parents. Partly that is because "The Loop" has a faster pace and bolder writing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The first three episodes are beguiling enough to suggest that beneath the show's mystique there is a mystery worth puzzling. But there is also the mystery of how long viewers' curiosity can stay piqued.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    An earnest new MTV docu-series.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It is an arch comedy with a soft heart behind its scrim of fast-paced patter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Elizabeth I" was made for television and is not a lavish, big-budget production. Visually, it is no match for the 1998 movie. But what "Elizabeth I" does offer is not insignificant: a richly drawn portrait of a powerful woman who is both ruthless and sentimental, formidable and mercurial, vain and likable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Donovan is likeably lighthearted and cool as a smart-mouthed loner; his character is a watered-down version of the kind of wiseguy once played by Michael Keaton.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s the pacing that makes Breaking Bad more of a hard slog than a cautionary joy ride. It has good acting, particularly by Bryan Cranston (“Malcolm in the Middle”), who blends Walt’s sad-sack passivity with glints of wry self-awareness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    This show, too, is funny, despite a cheesy game show premise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The palette is brighter, and the mood is more mellow, but over all this version of "Law & Order" follows the basic template that worked for 20 years-- through world crises and catastrophes and, within the show, numerous cast changes and rebootings.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    While there are moments that are downright laughable, Scandal has flair and even sophistication.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    There is a lot going on this season, but the focus is back on Carrie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The break-in may never take place, but the characters are appealing, and the writing is spirited enough to carry the sitcom at least for a while.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series gets better and more engrossing with time, but it takes more than a few episodes for it to clear its throat, establish its bona fides and fall into storytelling stride.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Last Resort is an action-adventure mystery slickly coated with suspense, but some of the uncertainty lies over whether the story can stay afloat for more than a few episodes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Not all the films on "Mystery Movie Night" are equally good, but Innocent is one of the better choices.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is not easy to follow or instantly love, but it is impossible to dismiss.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Chicago P.D. is, in many ways, a throwback to an earlier, male-dominated era of crime shows, yet it carves out room for strong female characters who are good at their jobs and taken seriously by their colleagues--and the writers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The alchemy is imperfect. Rescue Me is worthy and at times engrossing, but not addictive. Viewers can appreciate the effort -- this is an atonal love song to New York firefighters -- without feeling any need to see the next episode. By the end of the first we know where this is all headed, so pleasure really depends on how much we enjoy the ride.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The cinematography is striking, as always; the sets and costumes remain as telling as the dialogue--this is when Peter Max was on the cover of Life magazine. But many of the characters are repeating themselves or pedaling in place, and the historic underlay that was once so piquant is now dreary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Corden, a portly British performer, was energetic, amiable and cheerfully self-assured, but not particularly special.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Desperate Housewives" is entertaining, but it turns the clock back to pre-Betty Friedan America, lampooning four bored, frustrated, white upper-middle-class ladies who lunch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    “The Class” has appealing characters and funny lines, but it has some problems. The jokes move along slowly, and at times the acting turns very broad and very loud, as if it were dinner theater.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It's a delicious immorality play with an excellent cast, but the tempo is slow and oddly ponderous--a romp slowed down to a dirge.

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