Alessandra Stanley
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For 475 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 0.9 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 475
475 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    This latest hardboiled-but-dedicated babe with a badge follows all the clichés of the genre but knows it and will find ways to twist the formula in novel, interesting ways.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Swingtown has ’70s mystique, but not much mystery.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Enjoyable but not exhilarating, engaging but not hypnotic.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    CBS, which had promoted the show as almost exactly that ["Lord of the Flies" for voyeurs], backed down, explaining that Kid Nation was really more of a 40-day character-building exercise, like Outward Bound, but with camera crews and off-camera supervisors. And of course, it turned out to be a little of both, but mostly neither.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    John Adams is the weakest part of John Adams.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    There is plenty to enjoy, but not much to applaud. At its best fashion celebrates originality; The Fashion Show feeds on imitation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Heaton is less acerbic than she was on "Everybody Loves Raymond," but just as comical playing an overwhelmed Midwesterner who works at Orson's only surviving car dealership.

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