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 7.1 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 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 154
  2. Negative: 29 out of 154
154 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.

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