Alessandra Stanley
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For 483 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 Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 483
483 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The many layers of feints and puzzles are compelling, but it’s hard to see how they can last more than a season or two.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is smart and engrossing, though not in a particularly novel way, and that is not a bad thing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The Musketeers is an old-fashioned reinvention that is faithful to the spirit of the novel even as it changes the words.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    “Weeds” is still an outstanding show, but it would be better if it didn’t push so hard to stand out.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's an enjoyable, intriguing look at what can happen to a group of ordinary, cash-strapped people who wake up one day as multimillionaires.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It is surprisingly appealing. Talk shows depend less on the topic at hand than the chemistry in the room, and The Chew has tapped five very different and amusingly mismatched hosts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Coughlan somehow manages to lay low in the part and let supporting actors propel the comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Baker keeps The Mentalist easy on the eyes and brain.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    This half-comic, half-serious soap opera à clef could be awful, but instead it is surprisingly fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The show may not be quite as artistically or intellectually refined as HBO cult favorites like The Sopranos or Six Feet Under, but Platinum is well made, imaginative and fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    A satirical and quite funny comedy about two British television writers, a husband- and wife team, Sean and Beverly Lincoln (Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig) who are lured to Hollywood to adapt their hit sitcom for an American network.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    At this point, the context may be more interesting than the characters.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The first episode of “Traveler” is well made and quite gripping.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Day Break" has enough suspense and clever turns to tempt viewers to stay and see how the next day breaks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Welcome to Sweden is pleasant, inoffensive and quite charming.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The narrative this time around is even more stretched, derivative and repetitive than Season 3’s, but almost ingeniously so: It is both utterly predictable and surprisingly addictive.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    This glossy, gossipy look at the Renaissance in the time of Machiavelli isn't a history lesson, it's a lurid family drama that happened to change the course of history.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The pilot's mutilated corpse and offbeat clues are intriguing, and Ms. Sedgwick has a compelling screen presence, though her accent is too generic to pass as authentic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Once the ring gets going and the espionage kicks in, the story becomes clear and exciting. The battle scenes are disturbingly vivid, and most of the characters are interesting right off the bat.... But the premiere episode assumes that viewers are so familiar with the period and this more obscure chapter of history that the main characters’ allegiances, motives, and struggles will be clear from the outset. They are not.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    As silly as [it] sounds, the series is actually pretty good.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    This espionage thriller is still a fairly conventional network series and not nearly as subtle and complex as “The Americans.” That doesn’t mean the NBC version is unwatchable, though, just more homogenized and predictable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The pilot of The Mindy Project isn't quite as funny as Ms. Kaling is at her best, but it has some amusing moments and a lot of promise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Ben and Kate has charm, but the brother-sister dynamic has built-in limitations.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's Gossip Girl tailored to this economy, with just enough campy suspense to be enjoyable.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Madam Secretary has some good moments, but it would be better if its heroine were just a little bit worse.

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