Ginia Bellafante

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For 154 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 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
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    Flashpoint lingers when it ought to speed up. It is a show about crisis that refuses to make you anxious.

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