Alessandra Stanley
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For 470 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 470
470 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Elizabeth I" was made for television and is not a lavish, big-budget production. Visually, it is no match for the 1998 movie. But what "Elizabeth I" does offer is not insignificant: a richly drawn portrait of a powerful woman who is both ruthless and sentimental, formidable and mercurial, vain and likable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    An unsparing, and at times hyperbolic, portrait of bureaucratic turf wars, buck passing and complacency.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The episodes are not as layered or intricately constructed as Mr. David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but the humor is fueled by a similar jolt of the politically incorrect.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mostly the series functions as an entertaining if pale sequel to its HBO prototype.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    “Flight of the Conchords” is funny in such an understated way that it is almost dangerous to make too much of it.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's a sleek, glossy, musically enhanced soap opera centered on wealthy, gorgeous high school students who connive and cavort to the sound of Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Peter Bjorn and John, Angels & Airwaves, and Timbaland.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Donovan is likeably lighthearted and cool as a smart-mouthed loner; his character is a watered-down version of the kind of wiseguy once played by Michael Keaton.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Together Mr. Grammer and Ms. Heaton lift Back to You, a comedy that begins tonight on Fox, into a surprisingly amusing half-hour.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Coughlan somehow manages to lay low in the part and let supporting actors propel the comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s the pacing that makes Breaking Bad more of a hard slog than a cautionary joy ride. It has good acting, particularly by Bryan Cranston (“Malcolm in the Middle”), who blends Walt’s sad-sack passivity with glints of wry self-awareness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Baker keeps The Mentalist easy on the eyes and brain.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Worst Enemy has a convoluted premise that is cleverly wrought and holds up well, and Mr. Slater does a remarkable job of only subtly signaling each personality
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Hopkins, a six-part documentary series by ABC News that begins on Thursday, provides an extraordinarily intimate look at doctors and desperately ill patients that is gripping but not groundbreaking.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    A lighthearted, quite charming medieval adventure series made by the BBC, is tailored to the age of Obama.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Not everyone dreams of opening a fusion bistro or perfecting a vol-au-vent, but many feel that they had a tougher time learning their trade than younger, mollycoddled and overly entitled upstarts. And for those, The Chopping Block cuts just right.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    While it sounds like a one-joke conceit, and a sophomoric one at that, this HBO series is oddly beguiling, a downbeat screwball comedy in R-rated clothing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The acting is compelling, and the costumes are sumptuous, but the staging is static, too “Masterpiece Theater” for the story at hand.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The zeal and dedication of researchers is inspiring, and so are the patients and caregivers who struggle with the disease everyday, but over all, The Alzheimer’s Project celebrates hope at the expense of caution.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The supporting cast members have quirks, but they need stronger writing and reinforcements; “The Office” found its comic voice by adding characters to the ensemble, and Parks and Recreation would also benefit from a larger talent pool. The pilot episode isn’t perfect, but Ms. Poehler very nearly is.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series takes off when secondary characters fill in the blank spots.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The Bravermans are more interesting than the sum of their plights. The actors sparkle, even in muted form, but the Berkeley they inhabit feels a lot like upscale Brentwood, minus the Lexus sports cars and nanny cams.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Community is mercilessly snarky and also surprisingly charming, which is not easy to pull off.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    At its best, Better Off Ted is like some of the better new comedies on NBC and CBS, shows that blend mordant satire with odd, endearing characters that viewers want to keep watching. Ms. Anders in particular is a very funny, appealing actress who makes even dull patches of dialogue amusing; Mr. Slavin and Mr. Barrett bring comic heft to their small roles.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    This is not perhaps the most daring or avant-garde comedy on television, but there is nothing shameful about Hot in Cleveland. It's actually kind of fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The insipid pop music that cues emotional moments is annoying, but the writing isn't. And the characters are more interesting than their headshots would suggest.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Treme" and "Justified" are too slow even for Slow Television. Memphis Beat is easier to follow, and certainly more lively.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Breakthrough fulfills the fantasy that a team of miracle workers--with limitless budgets and resources--can come through for a stranger with a dramatic rescue package.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It takes a while for Louie to find its own voice, and while it is at times a crude and offensive one, it is not without a strange wit and under-the-radar appeal.

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