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 1.2 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
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The Casual Vacancy is more interesting than it is enjoyable, an unsparing look at the reality of English country life, not the reverie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Trudeau has a feel for not just political hypocrisy but also character, and this cast manages to bring life and even some charm to these Capitol Hill caricatures. Alpha House is not yet as sharply honed as “Veep,” but it could get there; it certainly has plenty of material to work with.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    A lighthearted, quite charming medieval adventure series made by the BBC, is tailored to the age of Obama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The story lines and characters are layered and more intricate than in most detective series.
    • 74 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Kring has assured interviewers and fans that the third season will correct those mistakes and recover the fast-paced suspense and tension of the first season. The premiere episode lives up to that pledge, with lots of violence, special effects and laser-fast editing. The plot and ever-escalating conspiracies are hard to follow, but even first-time viewers can easily get the gist.
    • 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.

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