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 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ginia Bellafante's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Thurgood
Lowest review score: 10 Bridalplasty: 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Ginia Bellafante
    An incomparable thriller.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ginia Bellafante
    Tthe best new half-hour of funny television in a season rife with half-hours of funny television.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Ginia Bellafante
    There is probably more incisive humor in one hour of TV Nation than in a season of Murphy Brown.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ginia Bellafante
    The most visually sensual series perhaps ever seen on television.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Questions of innocence are established fairly early in the far more appealing of the legal dramas beginning on Wednesday: The Defenders on CBS. Here the love connection is unambiguously platonic and winning.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    The most endearing comedy about love to come to television since the Manolos were packed up and put away.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Top Chef promises more than a clash of personalities; it inspires patriotism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    There’s a cynicism balancing the upbeat goofiness of Eli Stone.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    There’s an engrossing moodiness to Mr. Williamson’s latest venture, but one he conveys without annulling the pact he long ago made with himself never to let his cheekiness go undetected.
    • 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.
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    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    The conceit is absurd, to be sure; the focus on ill-suited lovebirds-in-the-making, well worn. But the show somehow manages to mine subversive comedy from this unpromising vein.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson), whose braininess extends to an expertise in physics and an acute ability to help Luther unravel the most advanced criminal minds. The two circle each other dangerously, their chemistry both bizarre and addicting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Awkward is a wry show about longing--for love, certainly, but also for consistency, that great intangible in the ever-morphing world of high school life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Guided by an ambient lunacy, the show resists forced restlessness, settling in and fleshing out its characters’ idiosyncrasies instead.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    A winsome, quick-paced caper that is part “Catch Me if You Can,” part “Shampoo.”
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    The Cape is far more economical in its storytelling, far less weighted by its own mythologies and a much better time. Someone in network land as learned a lesson [from "Heroes"].
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    What is implied elsewhere is confronted aggressively in the terrifically restive FX drama Rescue Me.
    • 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.
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    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Call Me Fitz doesn't tax its thinking mechanisms, a fact for which we are not ungrateful. Instead it deftly draws a world in which sin and sexual charisma come at full new-model cost.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Terriers hangs rich people out to dry, makes fun of yuppie affectation and seeks as much to position itself on the right side of the class war as it does to amuse us. It succeeds amiably on both fronts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    VR.5 is a science-fiction TV show that Patricia Highsmith might have written. For all its vividly colored effects, it is above all an exploration of the unsolved mysteries of Sydney's interior life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    There are no mediocre performances here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    An imaginative departure from the sea of indistinguishable sitcoms on the networks this fall.
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Life on Mars is a smarter, gloomier "Journeyman."
    • 84 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    There is little resistance to cliche in all this, but the cliche is so visually appealing that you'll feel like a spoiled child if you complain. And you're given such a treat that you'll also feel like one, begging for more.
    • 70 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    What could have easily become a pandering hybrid is in fact intelligent, emotionally resonant television.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.”
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Public Speaking perfectly captures the pleasure she takes in observing the world while subtly revealing the crippling dimensions of perfectionism, the outsize ego it requires to achieve a certain kind of creative failure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Huge imparts lessons while avoiding the tenor of an instructional, and in many ways it feels like a hybrid of two distinct eras of adolescent television, one marked by a heartfelt languor and the other by a media-fluent sarcasm.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    The current season, exquisitely plotted so far, deals in part with the repercussions of outing.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Worth watching.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    While High School Confidential has its flaws--it is choppily edited and far too spare in its depictions of the girls living rather than talking--it does us a service by portraying teenagers beyond the media’s typical parameters of exceptionalism
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Blue Bloods has an old-fashioned appeal both as drama in the vein of a workingman's "Dynasty" and as splashy procedural.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    What the show lacks in this kind of irreverence it makes up for in plain old addictive soapiness.
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    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Mad TV has an edginess that Lorne Michaels' once revolutionary show [SNL] has long lacked. ... Of course, Mad TV is not without its lapses. Though it has steadily improved since its unpromising early episodes, there are still sketches so heavy-handed in their attempt to appear politically incorrect that they are virtually unwatchable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    The series is a free-for-all (a good thing), pitting representational artists against conceptual ones and so on.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    It is an impressively credentialed and stylish bit of television moviemaking, an exploration not merely of our practical dependence on technology but also of our psychological and nearly eroticized addiction to it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    We surely didn’t need another filmed version of Austen’s first published novel--not after Ang Lee’s sublime adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility” 13 years ago--but we are content enough to have this one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    The show, which begins on Wednesday, is all tattoos and creased leather vests and shock-value chatter, and it isn't half-bad.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    It thrives as radical comedy because it challenges one of our most preciously held assumptions: that parenthood is ennobling, rewarding work; that it grounds us and makes us marginally better people.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    The subtext of Kitchen Nightmares is that ordinary middle-class business owners need brash and brilliant moguls to save them from a sad reliance on their own mediocrity. It is an ugly message that Mr. Ramsay makes undeniably hypnotic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    A big, sonorous dungeons-and-dragons affair that seems at every moment to call attention to its epicness, Tin Man would have benefited above all from more minimizing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Harry's Law is lighthearted sanctimony.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Burn Notice resumes its second season on Thursday like a sarcastic friend whose absences may not be lamented but whose reappearances are always surprisingly well met.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    The sane and well-meaning series Mike & Molly (executive produced by Chuck Lorre, a creator of "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory") begins on CBS on Monday. A comedy about life lived not in the low triple digits of the bathroom scale, this is network television of the old school.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Patrick Swayze’s performance as an ungoverned F.B.I. man in The Beast, a new crime drama beginning on Thursday on A&E, is impressive for its resistance to cliche and remarkable for the mere fact of its execution.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Any Human Heart is a kind of "Forrest Gump" for the literate: an intimate, picaresque chronicling of the life of a fictional British writer who intersects with notable events, ideas and personages of the 20th century in ways both amusing and catastrophic.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    The show, the first original drama series made for Starz, is hardly the most original depiction of Los Angeles, but Crash has a noirish appeal, and ambitions to tell a big story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    The filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom has directed the pilot with cool, almost metallic tones, as if trying to conceal the show’s distorted bedrock sentimentality. He can’t.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Good sickly fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Bribes, kickbacks, suspiciously well-compensated construction companies, organized-crime alliances--this is the stockpot in which the series stirs its wooden spoon. For the most part the flavors blend well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    The camp factor churned out is fairly high, and with Primeval, a new series starting Saturday on BBC America, it climbs up Big Ben and right on over the top of the London Eye.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Briskly paced and amusingly corny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Stylista, which begins on Wednesday on CW, is selling itself as “The Devil Wears Prada” in reality-television form. But it may even surpass its predecessor as a treatise on the empty ambition and distaste for civility that girds so much of Seventh Avenue.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    The office scenes are by the far the series's funniest, showcasing an arrogant and idiotic boss who talks in screwball staccato.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Greek is a decidedly unromantic teenage soap opera.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    The Ex List doesn’t solicit analysis, and it has no ambition to be debated. And yet, or rather because of, this narrower vision it is about as charming an hour of television as anyone female could hope to stay home for.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    The Event is bright and showy and too in thrall to its own hysteria to feel unsettling. It doesn't quiet down enough to disturb, and as a result its claims to relevance seem merely perfunctory
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    This is the world of “Weeds” a few tax brackets lower, and the sense of emptiness is as aggressively conveyed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    The Captain has a great facade, but it’s filled with people who will make you keep checking the real estate listings.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    Remove the sex, sociopathology and possible filicide, and you will still be left with a quite inspiring home design show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    Yet as over the top as Millennium can get, the show does succeed at creating a marvelously unrelenting sense of unease.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    One of television’s rare examples of successful farce.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    The class divide is ugly and pronounced, much more so than on “Nurse Jackie,” where Jackie’s best friend is a surgeon happiest in the proximity of $600 pumps. Quickly, Sonia’s aspirations are shown to be untenable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    Though it displays far less aggression, “Creature Comforts” exists as a sort of affectionate “Borat,” making fun of unsophisticated Americans, as it leaves you feeling not quite as complicit in the exploitation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    After the first few episodes it remains unclear who, or what, is behind the mayhem, so points, as cringe making as it is to acknowledge, for suspense. The show has missing cash, stolen cash, a freaky black sheep and a menacing brother-in-law.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    The Gates is a satire--a cheaply enjoyable one--of suburban lust and maternal anxiety, psycho-social forces that delivered previous generations of women to the pages of Betty Friedan (or Redbook) but that today send a certain kind of young matron to the perverse romance of vampire media.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    The cast is too appealing to make Californication as genuinely distasteful as it tries to be. And at the same time the writing is too broad to make it genuinely good.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    Though it has moments of sublime satire and a typically memorable performance from Mr. Cross's "Arrested Development" colleague Will Arnett, it still has the feel of a dish that has been sitting on the table well past the point of cooling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    This is a treatise on personalities rather than systems, its bantering sensibility recalling something more along the lines of "Ocean's Eleven" than "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    We pay close attention to Sit Down, Shut Up, an occasionally quite funny but largely anodyne animated comedy beginning Sunday on Fox, because it comes from the pen of Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of “Arrested Development."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    Yes, boys and girls, Teen Wolf has more to say than "Jersey Shore."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    Like everything else in the MacFarlane arsenal, The Cleveland Show relies heavily on pop-cultural references (and many of them are pretty funny), but the rhythm and pacing can feel like a slow-dripping faucet.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Ginia Bellafante
    Hollander... has pared the medical drama down to its barest notions of life and death and sliced away the acronyms, arguably just when they needed some cutting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    Fear Itself, which is directed by a platoon of horror film veterans (including the Hong Kong auteur Ronny Yu), delivers a lot of ripped flesh and spilled blood--terrible things happen, in particular, to lips and teeth--in the service of very little terror or discomfort.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    Current TV turns out to be less serious than one would have predicted, and in some sense 4th and Forever might have benefited from some of the aura of earnestness that used to surround Mr. Gore before he took to making uncannily great guest appearances on enterprises like "30 Rock."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    The banter between the Blooms is so full of cloying sugar substitutes and so devoid of any real tension that there is no voyeuristic thrill to be had even from their--I'm just going to say it, because the show does--"sexpionage."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    Each warrior is given equal time and the evidence is piled up on both sides to maximize the suspense around the weekly suspect's guilt or innocence. But the personality cost is too high for the payoff.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    No one appearing on Melrose Place 2.0 is nearly that dreadful, and the one-liners that remind us that we are not watching the television of a historic golden age retain the zesty camp of the series’s first iteration.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    Happy Endings is both a retro version of "Friends" and a more superficially progressive one.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    Though the series begins amusingly enough, it quickly descends into cloying buddy escapade, in which the full-of-heart slacker seeks to teach his careerist boss how to care, and the careerist boss teaches his moldable young thing about cunning and diligence and clothes that cost a mortgage payment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    What is obvious to viewers after only a few minutes is not obvious to the supposedly crack investigators dispatched to untangle the conspiracy, whose Ludlumesque layers they fail to see.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    The show's jarring shift in tone suggests a touch of the film "Syriana," as well, all of which leaves us with a hard-to-digest influence soup. It's as if a novelist were telling you that she wrote while under the spell of both Salinger and Nancy Drew.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    In the absence of an arcing narrative, the series wants us to accept as its mission of suspense the mystery of this crypto drag-king-meets-shopaholic friendship.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    Eastbound & Down feels static.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    The paradox of The Tudors is that it takes on one of the most powerful and protested institutions in human history--the Catholic Church during the Renaissance--and provides little sense of what the English people have to gain or lose by breaking with it.

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