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
    • 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.
    • 38 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.
    • 36 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.
    • 50 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."
    • 44 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.
    • 50 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    This nine-episode series is maddeningly and needlessly opaque, and so deferential to the rites and rituals of the track that the storytelling is labored and even joyless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    This version is palely faithful to the original without any of its seditious zest.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    In Phil Spector the facts of the case and the characters are molded to allow viewers to doubt Mr. Spector’s guilt. But even with a Mamet screenplay and actors like Mr. Pacino and Ms. Mirren there is not much anyone can do to make the audience care.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The first few episodes of Ray Donovan are disappointing--grandiose, predictable and painfully slow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The third season doesn’t just stretch credulity, it tries patience.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Wilson is an original who has proved that she can be very funny, and a premiere episode is rarely the best indicator of how a show will develop. But the first glimpse of Super Fun Night is disappointing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The setting, London, is new, but not much else.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    I Wanna Marry ‘Harry isn’t new, exactly. Like the Volkswagen Beetle, platform shoes and the British royal family, this sham Cinderella story is an updated classic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    "Twins" is supposed to be a light-hearted comedy, but there is something ineffably sad about Ms. Griffith's struggle to cheat time, a real-life version of the HBO satire "The Comeback."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Offers a ho-hum monster and the kind of stock characters that we've seen too many times before.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is sentimental in a sleek way, and there are surface glints of humor in the script, but mostly, "Brian" is a blander, less distinctive version of "Thirtysomething."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Romijn's hourlong show tries to combine the arch satire of "Desperate Housewives" with the chick-lit romance of "Grey's Anatomy," and falls short of both.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    A tepid knockoff of "Sex and the City."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The writing is not witty enough to carry the material, which is not even very original.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    It marks a return to the 80's era of "Dallas," "Dynasty" and "Knots Landing," when the prime-time landscape was dotted with lurid, silly soap operas that provided the kind of catty catharsis that regular shows neglect.