Alessandra Stanley
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For 468 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 0.7 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 468
468 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Nip/Tuck proves its own point: Plastic surgery isn’t magic. At some point the cracks beneath the surface and other signs of age will out.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Lacks bite.... The series aspires to pick up where 'The Simpsons' and 'South Park' left off, but many of its jokes and cultural references seem off. [4 Feb 2005]
    • The New York Times
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    This series is a window into Mr. Kelley's soul that is best left closed; the writer who was so nuanced at creating balanced and original women on serious dramas like "The Practice," "Chicago Hope" and "Picket Fences" has far more bizarre, prurient tastes when it comes to women's comedy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The show's main characters are all too familiar.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    NBC's teasers for The Apprentice: Martha Stewart had hinted that she would make heads roll and grown men cry. But the premiere episode was a gauzy tribute to her life's work, an evening-wear version of frilly, fun-loving "Martha," Ms. Stewart's new daytime talk show.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The creators of “Jericho” deserve some credit for beginning where most thrillers end. But they rely too much on melancholy pop music to paper over weaknesses in the writing and characters.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s not a groundbreaking new series by any means, but it has some redeeming virtues.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Chemistry is supposed to be the binding element of “Standoff,” and the two leads, while appealing in their own right, seem neither well matched nor sufficiently mismatched.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    "Men in Trees" wants to be a "Sex and the Tundra" but is closer to "Northern Overexposure."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Inventive one minute and ploddingly formulaic the next.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Cox is strangely wooden and bland.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Californication tries to poke fun at the hypocrisy and delusions of Hollywood, but it doesn’t have enough wit or sense of place to be very convincing. Mostly the series comes off as male payback for "Sex and the City," a series that often belittled men and treated them as sex objects.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    A little of this kind of excitement goes a long way. One crashed wedding can be entertaining, but a steady stream could wear thin.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an impressive cast and a perfectly good premise, but for some reason, Thursday’s pilot episode is not very funny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Secret Diary has amusing touches, but not enough to sustain an entire series.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Kath & Kim should be funnier, and could yet be, but the pilot disappoints.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Dollhouse has an amusing premise, but the universe it inhabits in the early episodes is thin and bland.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Homeland Security USA is a powerful ego boost for insecure civil servants, but it doesn’t reveal much about the homeland’s actual security.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Viewers are treated to the spectacle of teenagers who can freely roam New York unsupervised by parents or teachers, tethered, by their own volition, to the strict rules and unyielding cliches of a Bravo reality show.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    There isn’t enough Jack Nicholson in Eastwick, and that is one of the main reasons to avoid this ABC adaptation of the 1987 movie “The Witches of Eastwick."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Kell on Earth doesn’t demystify the fashion world so much as try to pump up the mystique. It’s a stretch at times, but it does explain who all those haughty people are who crowd the Breslin Bar.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The set was slightly different, and Mr. Leno spoke with his guests in matching armchairs, not across a desk, but the content and tone of the premiere looked and sounded like any ordinary “Tonight” show.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    An impatience with subtlety is one of the problems with the first episode of Outlaw--the plot points and the performances are overblown, too obvious and too cute.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is better when it strays from Mr. David's format, but mostly it follows it too closely.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Viewers are supposed to invest in their camaraderie, but there isn't much chemistry or even joie de vivre in the group.

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