Alessandra Stanley
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For 494 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 0.8 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 494
494 tv reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The show is not a snarky sendup of loveless nerds or callous swingers; it’s a fairly gentle comedy about burnouts who call themselves a band of brothers.
    • 56 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.
    • 42 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Anger Management is at heart a simple, old-fashioned sitcom, with raucous recorded laughter and predictable one-liners.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Clings to proven formulas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Fallon is a charming and gifted comedian who on his first night chose to be subdued and at times even serious. That said as much about the uncertain future of Tonight as it did about its new host.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Even for many liberals there is something inherently silly about actors' staking out a high moral ground from Bel Air mansions and Aspen-bound private jets. [14 Mar 2003, p.E1]
    • The New York Times
    • 36 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.
    • 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.”
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The stars are appealing WB veterans, but it is hard to believe that subsequent episodes will carry the same edge as the premiere. "Supernatural" is not "The Sixth Sense," it's "Ghostbusters' Creek."
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Most of what went on in between was rather stilted, which is to be expected when new hosts take over a long-established show, and this one has been around for 17 years. But even on Day 1, there were signs of where The View is headed, and it’s likely to be more tame.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Most of what went on in between was rather stilted, which is to be expected when new hosts take over a long-established show, and this one has been around for 17 years. But even on Day 1, there were signs of where The View is headed, and it’s likely to be more tame.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Romney is likable in this depiction. But little in Mitt suggests that he is also electable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The new show about another troubled city and its leader looks more like an ad campaign than a documentary.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    There is some archness in Killer Women--the opening scene looks like a Robert Palmer music video from the 1980s--but no real humor and still less suspense.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The first few episodes of Ray Donovan are disappointing--grandiose, predictable and painfully slow.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    They are your grandmother's Angels, throwbacks to an era when there was something contrary and cute about a woman with flowing hair and a lethal karate chop.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    There are some funny moments on "Hot Properties," but few surprises. It's a very conventional, even sedate sitcom about sex.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Manichaean characters work on soap operas as long as they come with plenty of machinations. Unfortunately, there are no J. R.’s in sight on Cane, and the one Samuels with Alexis Carrington potential, Ellis, is played by a surprisingly subdued Polly Walker.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    This version is palely faithful to the original without any of its seditious zest.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The show's characters are flat and so is the writing, but there is something universally appealing about blood, guts and a rushing gurney. There is no Dr. Feelgood in House, but the patients' symptoms provide a little consolation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Secret Diary has amusing touches, but not enough to sustain an entire series.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The setting, London, is new, but not much else.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    "Rollergirls" takes heroic steps to go beyond the silliness and try to understand and ennoble players, but the subject is just not worth so much effort.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    This new suspense drama, about a small group of people who wake up as hostages in an empty, creepy hotel, has promise, but it also has familiar and ominous signs of a short life expectancy.

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