Alessandra Stanley
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For 497 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 0.7 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 497
497 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Red Band Society has a tone that is both sassy and sorrowful, a carefully calculated balance of humor and sentiment. The pilot episode, however, leans too heavily on emotional tugs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Enjoyable but not exhilarating, engaging but not hypnotic.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Defying Gravity, about four men and four women sent into orbit with entangled romantic pasts and removable libido-suppressing devices, has high-tech props and a spooky sci-fi mystery, but it is layered in feminine concerns and the mawkishly sentimental pop music that frames plot points on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    A smart look at political power brokers that gets silly on the subjects of sex and violence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The casting of the leads is a bit disappointing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It is a credit to the casting scouts of Bravo that they managed to sign up a crew of women every bit as uninhibited and ostentatious as their predecessors.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Related" is enjoyable but odd: feminism with a baby-doll face.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    In this version, Mrs. Harris, at times appealing, at other times brittle and censorious, is hard to fathom.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Possibly because it works so hard to mimic the original’s gloomy restraint, The Returned feels strained.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The real pleasure lies in the adjustment problems of a seemingly normal suburban family leading a terrifying secret life.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Swingtown has ’70s mystique, but not much mystery.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    They each have a glorious, fearsome secret, and can truly confide only in one another. But it's not clear whether this series--a hybrid of family drama and graphic novel--can sustain interest once the premise is fully established.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Rivers is, even in this silly imposture, very funny, making jokes and playing the role of doting grandmother and interfering mother self-mockingly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The creators take a fresh start, but cling to the sepulchral atmospherics that too often take the place of narrative. The series is still suspenseful, but the dread that once again follows Sarah through damp forests, deserted tenements and shadowy, rain-washed streets diminishes with overuse.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    This glossy tribute is enjoyable; it is just not memorable.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Some of the jokes are amusing, but the show is a traditional sitcom that looks slightly dated.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an engrossing but somewhat aimless and impressionistic ramble through the Nixon presidency and tumult of the 1970s. At times it leans too heavily on artistic license.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    "In Case of Emergency" is uneven, more antic than witty.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Prime-time game shows like “1 vs 100,” which begins tonight on NBC, are not a test of a contestant’s erudition or nerve; they are aspirational reality shows that allow ordinary Joes to go for it all in the hope of transforming their lives.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Dean is appealing as Nate and Mr. Sheridan is amusing as Dove, but the tone of the series is uneven.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Greer and Mr. Faxon are talented comedians, but the writing isn’t quite up to their abilities.... The show improves when Russ leaves the house and hangs out with his bitter, profane best friends.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The premise of You’re the Worst is amusing, but the lines don’t match it. Once Gretchen and Jimmy get out of bed and back to their lives--he’s a writer, she’s a publicist--You’re the Worst gets a little better.

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