Alessandra Stanley

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For 505 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alessandra Stanley's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 505
505 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The novelty of the hour-by-hour conceit wore off long ago, and the various plot devices and characters are all familiar. The fun, at least at the beginning of a new season, is in seeing how the creators will rejigger the pieces this time around.
    • 59 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Looking has a premium-cable mandate to be daring, and is indeed sexually unbound. But almost everything else, including dialogue, plotting and humor, is muffled.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Hawaii is not a great cop show and does not break any ground in the well-trod field of buddy shows. But it has well-choreographed action and an amusingly campy feel.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Off the Map takes few chances with plot or characters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The show’s classic sitcom format, with recorded laughter and pauses between punch lines, is stifling--too much like “The George Lopez Show” and not tailored enough to Ms. Alonzo’s own brand of humor.
    • 54 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Suspect Behavior is not boring, but it is familiar.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The characters are likable but surprisingly flimsy.
    • 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.

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