Alessandra Stanley
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For 488 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 0.8 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 488
488 tv reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The dialogue, timing and jokes have the madcap pace and anarchic spirit of "Scrubs," and it takes a while for Ms. Cox to recalibrate her Monica persona from "Friends."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Happily Divorced is less a sitcom than a showcase for Ms. Drescher's delightful, if somewhat time-worn, brand of schtick.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    NBC’s show, which is more about fembot martial arts and slick “Matrix”-ish special effects than about character development, is oriented toward young male viewers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The writing is a bit stilted and predictable, but the show is not unbearable--are some amusing supporting actors and the occasional engrossing medical crisis. As a character study, however, HawthoRNe is weighed down in the pursuit of worthIness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    “Vanished” offers suspense and high-society melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an action drama about a cop leading a double life and is itself torn in two directions: aspiring to the latitude and sophistication of cable, but still hamstrung by conventional notions of character development, exposition and taste.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    1600 Penn has charm and some funny riffs, but it's a 2013 sitcom that at times seems like it was written in 1983.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Watching Mr. Williams return to the kind of improvisation-style routines that made him famous in the 1970s is bittersweet, like watching Jimmy Connors play tennis again: they are still impressive, but audiences can’t help recalling how much more elastic and powerful they were at their peak.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The writing does not yet live up to the show's premise, but the series has potential to improve.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The family conflicts are facile and easily resolved on Back in the Game, but Terry is an appealing heroine, and she has an amusing new best friend.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Imagine what “Boston Legal” would look like if Jerry Bruckheimer were in charge instead of David E. Kelley.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Tyrant tries so hard to make audiences comfortable with its foreign setting that the story becomes a little too familiar.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Camp tries to sound cleverer than its conceit, but the series is most appealing when it keeps in mind that everybody has a story to tell about that one special summer at sleep-away camp.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The Unusuals, which begins on Wednesday, isn’t nearly as thrilling [as "Southland"]. But it isn’t bad, just more predictable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The story lines and dialogue may be a bit too cute and contrived to hold viewers’ interest for long. It’s the cast, which includes Ana Ortiz of “Ugly Betty” and Judy Reyes, who played Carla on “Scrubs,” that commands attention.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Extant is more deft and sophisticated [than season two of "Under the Dome"], and Halle Berry is a big star. But, as is the case with "Under the Dome," the new series dilutes its own mystique with too many plodding plot devices and stock characters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Cinema Verite is a clever, beautifully made but somehow underwhelming re-enactment of the breakup of the Loud marriage, on camera and off.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It's well made and enjoyable enough, but it follows convention so closely that it doesn't give Ms. Delany, an actress with range and great presence, a chance to riff on the genre.
    • 81 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The movie’s premise--a secretary who feigns pregnancy to avoid being fired--isn’t terrible and neither is Ms. Lohan. Mostly because of how her part was written, it takes too long for Ms. Lohan to shed her Hollywood reputation and wan, stilted demeanor and get into the role.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It's the right cast in the right setting but with a wrongfully righteous script.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Wyatt's story falls together a little too neatly.

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