Alessandra Stanley
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For 497 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 0.7 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 3
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 497
497 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Johnson is surprisingly deft, and even at times poignant, in the part. Even when the plot and other characters turn cartoonish, he manages to strike a deeper chord.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Random 1" is not nearly as melodramatic [as "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"], but it doesn't manufacture its miracles. It offers small, random acts of kindness, and that is sometimes a much better deal.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Sunshine isn't nearly as polished or original as "Modern Family," which precedes it on Wednesday night, but it has the talent and the potential to improve.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's... a lot of fun: "The O.C." for the Stanley H. Kaplan set.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    “Kidnapped,” which is filmed with a keener intelligence [than "Jericho"] and elegant restraint, focuses on a much smaller catastrophe and finds more to say.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Pleasant to watch.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    'Reno 911!' is not as ambitious or witty as Comedy Central's best offering, 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.' It is not as wickedly funny as 'The Office,' a parody of office life in a dull corporate outpost of London, on BBC America. But it is in the same tradition, and in the same spirit. And that is close enough.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Community is mercilessly snarky and also surprisingly charming, which is not easy to pull off.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Whitney is funnier than "2 Broke Girls," probably because the humor seems more idiosyncratic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Not all the jokes are funny, but the characters are winningly unlovable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "24" still provides an irresistible blend of iPodish computer wizardry and "Perils of Pauline" cliffhanger suspense.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Despite the repetitions, the first four episodes are slick, fast-paced and engrossing, but that’s not new either.

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