Alessandra Stanley
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For 453 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 0.5 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 453
453 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The casting of the leads is a bit disappointing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    “Rome” is engaging even if it isn’t a swords-and-sandals version of “The Sopranos,” as HBO had hoped.
    • 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.
    • 80 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It is instructive to observe how working woman's guilt plays out in a postfeminist era when having it all is considered a privilege, not a right.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Mostly, it is a case load borrowed from "L.A. Law" and "Boston Legal." But the two troubled lawyers are amusing.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Four Kings" is better than a lot of similar sitcoms, but it's not different enough to stand out in what NBC hopes will be a renaissance of must-see television.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    For all the predictable one-liners, pratfalls and canned laughter clotting the pilot, there are some funny riffs down the line.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is well written, and has its moments.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Related" is enjoyable but odd: feminism with a baby-doll face.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Those Elaine moments are the real allure of this series -- a chance to see Ms. Louis-Dreyfus once again portray an insensitive, aggressive neurotic trapped in the body of a petite, attractive woman.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 36 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Wyatt's story falls together a little too neatly.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Flockhart... is not convincing as a woman of conviction. And that is too bad, because “Brothers and Sisters” has wit and grace.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Imagine what “Boston Legal” would look like if Jerry Bruckheimer were in charge instead of David E. Kelley.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The second season has style and suspense, but it’s harder to keep viewers guessing when the characters are so familiar, and the time-scrambling format is no longer as novel.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    “Vanished” offers suspense and high-society melodrama.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The real pleasure lies in the adjustment problems of a seemingly normal suburban family leading a terrifying secret life.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The premiere episode is almost willfully strange and unlikable. But that doesn’t mean that the series is bad, just peculiar, a solemn mythologization — and mystification — of surfing as unearthly pleasure and life-sapping addiction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Broken Trail" is not as well written or compelling as "Lonesome Dove," but Mr. Duvall brings an earthy believability to even the most plodding lines.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    In this version, Mrs. Harris, at times appealing, at other times brittle and censorious, is hard to fathom.