Alessandra Stanley
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For 450 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 0.5 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 3
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 450
450 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's Gossip Girl tailored to this economy, with just enough campy suspense to be enjoyable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    For all its flights of fancy the Encore mini-series is not entirely silly or even half bad. Shot mostly in Nova Scotia, it's an ambitious, beautifully made adventure tale that seeks to be respectful of the book while still making the characters and story accessible to modern viewers.
    • 66 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Free Agents is not "The Office," but the lead characters are appealing, and the show is funny in its own, quite grown-up way.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Whitney is funnier than "2 Broke Girls," probably because the humor seems more idiosyncratic.
    • 57 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    At this point, the context may be more interesting than the characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Not all the films on "Mystery Movie Night" are equally good, but Innocent is one of the better choices.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    [A] low-key but charming NBC comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    While there are moments that are downright laughable, Scandal has flair and even sophistication.
    • 56 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    This half-comic, half-serious soap opera à clef could be awful, but instead it is surprisingly fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It is an arch comedy with a soft heart behind its scrim of fast-paced patter.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Last Resort is an action-adventure mystery slickly coated with suspense, but some of the uncertainty lies over whether the story can stay afloat for more than a few episodes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Ben and Kate has charm, but the brother-sister dynamic has built-in limitations.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The Following ... is one of the most disturbing procedural dramas on television, in its own way creepier than similar network shows and even cable series like "Dexter" or "Breaking Bad" or "The Walking Dead." It's hard to turn off and even harder to watch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is not easy to follow or instantly love, but it is impossible to dismiss.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an enjoyable, straightforward espionage tale without a lot of twists or extra layers.
    • 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    There are new faces this season, and two of the better additions aren’t even journalists. Most important, the narrative this time around is driven by an overarching story line--a libel suit--that pulls viewers past the rocks and eddies of liberal piety. This revamped version of The Newsroom is no less preachy, but it’s a lot more fun to watch.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Welcome to the Family is not as bad as it sounds, mostly because some of the writing is clever, and all the actors are good. But Ms. McCormack in particular brings a likably tough, funny texture to the often thankless job of mother of the pregnant bride.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Chicago P.D. is, in many ways, a throwback to an earlier, male-dominated era of crime shows, yet it carves out room for strong female characters who are good at their jobs and taken seriously by their colleagues--and the writers.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The story is framed by the outsize absurdities of show business, but Doll & Em is a character study in miniature.