Alessandra Stanley
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For 450 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 2
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 450
450 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Pizazz is what’s missing from CBS’s new drama, Eleventh Hour, in which Rufus Sewell plays Dr. Jacob Hood.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The series itself seems divided: at times a supersize fable told with portentous, and even turgid, simplicity, while at others, a sophisticated spoof that uses ancient legend to send up modern politics. And when a series cannot be both, it ends up being neither.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Suspect Behavior is not boring, but it is familiar.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Undercover Boss, a CBS reality show that turns the tables on management, seems tailor-made for the anticorporate rancor of the times, but if anything, it paints too rosy a picture of white-collar benevolence.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Predictable characters haven’t hurt the “CSI” crime shows, but this is Mr. Bruckheimer’s first hospital drama, and viewers accustomed to layered dramas like “ER” and “House” expect more.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The comedy pivots on Hank’s painful adjustment to middle-class living, but that joke is undercut with syrupy life lessons about parental responsibility and quality time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The balance between humor and pathos is a hard one, and this show teeters on the edge and occasionally falls flat.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The premiere showcases seven different women, doctors and their patients, in various states of anger, insecurity and neediness. It’s like a Hogarth engraving of the seven stages of womanly despair, “A Surgeon’s Progress.”
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Plain Jane is more than shopping spree and vocabulary builder; it betrays a cockamamie respect for the therapeutic process, and it shouldn't be giving too much away to tell you that the snails lose, that the plain Janes blossom, and that no stimulus money has been wasted along the way.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Some of the stories are touching, but the formula is set and stagy. The viewer has no doubt that the episode will end with a job offer and floods of thankful tears.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The snowcapped mountains, pine forests and shimmering lakes are majestic, the Palin children are adorable, and the series looks like a travelogue--wholesome, visually breathtaking and a little dull.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Off the Map takes few chances with plot or characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It's well made and also at times unnecessarily cheesy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It's a five-part drama that is loyally, unwaveringly true to James M. Cain's 1941 novel and somehow not nearly as satisfying as the 1945 film noir that took shameless liberties with plot, characters and settings.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Walker is an appealing actress with a strong presence, but in the pilot, at least, her character isn't as well formed or well written as other tough-talking television dames.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    If only for the costumes and '60s music, Pan Am is amusing to see at least once, but if it has any instructive benefit at all, it's as a mood indicator for these times, not those.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The pilot begins promisingly with Max unfurling an Aaron Sorkin-like rant at a customer foolish enough to snap his fingers to get her attention. But after that there are too many one-liners about semen stains and orgasms that aren't clever, just pronounced very loudly to carry over the titters of a studio audience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Up All Night could use more backup players and more imaginative writing. Most of all, the show has to get over its fear of offending.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Rock Center is still a work in progress, so it's hard to judge how it will fare.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    This glossy tribute is enjoyable; it is just not memorable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    At least in the early stages, the series is quite entertaining. But over all, the mini-series suffers from defensive storytelling; it's a narrative driven in splintered directions less by inspiration than by avoidance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    At its best, and that doesn't come into full view until the third and fourth episodes, The Newsroom has a wit, sophistication and manic energy that recalls James L. Brooks's classic movie "Broadcast News." But at its worst, the show chokes on its own sanctimony.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Anger Management is at heart a simple, old-fashioned sitcom, with raucous recorded laughter and predictable one-liners.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Some of the jokes are amusing, but the show is a traditional sitcom that looks slightly dated.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The music, costumes, lighting and even some camera shots--a shower head, a spiral staircase--all evoke classic Hitchcock movies like "Psycho," "Spellbound" and "Vertigo." But the film loses steam as soon as Hitchcock acts on his passion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The filmmaking is at times derivative and heavy-handed, and the score is unrelenting and unbearable: an electronic thumpa-thumpa pounding that sounds like music to inject blood boosters by.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Stone brings a more stentorian absolutism, leaving no room for doubt or nuance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The World According to Dick Cheney has interesting insights and revealing moments, but for critics who long to confront Mr. Cheney it may prove dissatisfying, because it allows him to make astonishing assertions without direct contradiction or follow-up questions.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The series needs to work more on the writing and less on the lighting to make these particular characters welcome week after week.