Ginia Bellafante
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For 154 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ginia Bellafante's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Thurgood: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 154
  2. Negative: 29 out of 154
154 tv reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Ginia Bellafante
    It is the seamless weaving of Marshall's personal biography with the story of his tenure as chief counsel for the N.A.A.C.P., where he worked to challenge the separate-but-equal doctrine used to justify racial segregation in the decision of Plessy v. Ferguson, that keeps Thurgood a work of such enthralling theater and television.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ginia Bellafante
    The most visually sensual series perhaps ever seen on television.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ginia Bellafante
    Tthe best new half-hour of funny television in a season rife with half-hours of funny television.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ginia Bellafante
    There is probably more incisive humor in one hour of TV Nation than in a season of Murphy Brown.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ginia Bellafante
    Murder One remains a fine legal thriller with a robust, well-observed appreciation for the egotists who are drawn into the web of splashy criminal trials.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ginia Bellafante
    EZ Streets sustains a mood of despair unlike any other drama on television. ... And yet, for all its solemnity, EZ Streets somehow manages to avoid melodrama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    As homage to the unclean gymnastics of p.r., Spin City is certainly the season's most believable new sitcom. And also by far the best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    While refraining from slapping the comedy on too thick, creator David Chase has made Soprano's inward search surprisingly affecting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    An imaginative departure from the sea of indistinguishable sitcoms on the networks this fall.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    What is implied elsewhere is confronted aggressively in the terrifically restive FX drama Rescue Me.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    The current season, exquisitely plotted so far, deals in part with the repercussions of outing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Though the setting has shifted from New York to Los Angeles, the look and feel of the show are essentially unchanged, with Heidi Klum and her Valkyrie manner still doing the hosting and Tim Gunn continuing to bring an Oxford don’s comportment to his sartorial mentoring.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Life on Mars is a smarter, gloomier "Journeyman."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Top Chef promises more than a clash of personalities; it inspires patriotism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Friday Night Lights (which begins Wednesday on DirecTV, the satellite subscription service that is helping finance it, and moves to NBC in February) is delivered with the precision and manner of ethnography--it never condescends.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Had it arrived 10 or 15 years earlier, when long-form narrative was not the dominant form on cable television, it would have been felt, arguably, more as an explosion than a trickle. The series has at least so far failed to find a large audience, indicating perhaps how much we have come to take good serial drama for granted.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    The nature-nurture question has always been central to the show: had his upbringing been different, would his genetic makeup still have led him onto the same path? Now the stakes have been raised compellingly in that debate.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    There’s a cynicism balancing the upbeat goofiness of Eli Stone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    The show works because Ms. Applegate is the kind of comic actress who could never be completely believable as a goody-two-shoes. She puts a healthy ironic distance between herself and that dreaded entity, the better person her character must become. You look in her eyes, and, happily, you see a recidivist.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Guided by an ambient lunacy, the show resists forced restlessness, settling in and fleshing out its characters’ idiosyncrasies instead.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    One of the more humanizing adventures in science fiction to arrive in quite a while, the series is taut, haunting, relevant and an exploration of adolescent exceptionalism rendered without the cheerleading uniforms and parody of “Heroes.”
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    The narrative structure of the show is incredibly satisfying: During each hour a crime is committed and solved, as Charlie’s search for who might have framed him provides the overriding arch, satisfying our short attention spans and taste for long-form narrative at once.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    The most endearing comedy about love to come to television since the Manolos were packed up and put away.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    There is a genuine suspense and thrill to the show now, but it succeeds largely as a treatise not on the tragedy of cancer but on the sheer monotony of it, the relentless waiting around.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Britain in the 1980s is arguably a lot more interesting than Britain in the ’70s, and Ashes to Ashes sharply engages the factionalism of the day: the mounting antipathies of the working class, the growth of privatization and development, the fury over nuclear armament.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    There are no mediocre performances here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    There is a slow-growth, artisanal quality to the franchise, and the series, which stars an excellent Jill Scott as Precious, remains true to it. Anyone impatient with languorous pacing on television is at orange-alert risk of feeling fidgety.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    A winsome, quick-paced caper that is part “Catch Me if You Can,” part “Shampoo.”
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    There is an appealing cheekiness to the show’s insistence on dressing up hunch work as the purview of serious science.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Like so many contemporary television thrillers, FlashForward works just as powerfully as a domestic drama as it does as a mechanism of apocalyptic intrigue.