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 Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 494
494 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Bored to Death is as idiosyncratic and delightful in its own way as “Curb Your Enthusiasm."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Little Dorrit is as rich at the margins as at the center with strange, and strangely believable, characters from almost all levels of society, rendered in quick, firm strokes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Reaper is not at all grim; it’s actually quite rewarding.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    This HBO adaptation of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title is so respectful and gracefully done that big inventions and small omissions don’t stand out or disappoint.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    By 1:20 p.m. the series's third season is already as tightly coiled, clever and suspenseful as the first two. [28 Oct 2003]
    • The New York Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The next-best thing to "The Wire."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The writing is smart and the episodes well structured, but much of the credit goes to Mr. Kinnear, who maintains a veneer of charm without stinting on his character’s underlay of seedy desperation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The story of Ned (Lee Pace), a young man who can bring the dead back to life, is sweetly odd, but also oddly charming.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Alicia’s shock and her sense of surreal detachment, is as vivid a depiction of personal crisis as any on television. But after this cleverly written series deconstructs the exact moment when everything falls apart, it imaginatively explores how one scorned spouse struggles to get past a life-shattering scandal.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The plot twists of The Hour can at times be puzzling, but the series is never dull.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Upstairs Downstairs sticks to the rules established by the original and defies the odds by being as good, and in some ways, even better.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    While this new show is not as innovative as its predecessor ["Murder One"], it is, in its own way, similarly well paced and compelling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is a clever update, not to say rip-off, of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” set behind the scenes at an NBC comedy show rather than in a television newsroom, and it is very funny.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Both “Bored to Death” and Curb Your Enthusiasm have heroes who are hell-bent on doing the impossible and are doomed to fail. And it’s impossible not to prefer them just as they are.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Louie is a comedy that seeks to provide something besides laughter. Louis C.K. will try anything, and not everything works. But it’s the willingness to defy expectations and experiment that makes Louie special.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The documentary doesn't pretend to be anything other than a homage to a good man who served his country well in war and peace.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Ambitious setups like this don't always hold up, but Revolution has the potential to be a more disciplined "Lost"--not necessarily more plausible but with any luck less preposterous and pretentious.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Even familiar plot points are told in the expertly spooky Bruckheimer style.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series got its start on the Internet and is more linear, unpolished and narrowly comedic than “Girls” on HBO--Abbi and Ilana are so feckless that they make Lena Dunham’s Hannah seem like Warren Buffett.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Meyers was at ease and disarming in his new role as a talk show host.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Modern Men" is funny, but it is actually all about role reversal, depicting an imaginary world in which young men are as deeply concerned about their love lives and future spouses as women are.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    This Jane is not as morally spent and self-interested as Ms. Mirren's character, but she has an unusual and appealing roughness around the edges.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It has one of the most talented actresses on television as its lead, and yet over all Nurse Jackie is surprisingly, and disconcertingly, off key. This is a drama draped in black humor that doesn’t know when to be funny.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an enjoyable, straightforward espionage tale without a lot of twists or extra layers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Icy-dry satire laced with moments of farce and inspired lunacy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    'Unscripted' is a small thing, but it has funny and clever moments. [7 Jan 2005]
    • The New York Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The story is not surprising--almost every turn seems obvious and a little hackneyed--but it is surprisingly enjoyable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    [A] low-key but charming NBC comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Threshold" holds back more than it reveals, and that is the right contingency plan for a successful science fiction thriller.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is bold in its candor and unhurried attention to detail, but not quite brave enough to lay bare the bleakest, pettiest injuries that can scar a marriage.

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