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 8.6 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    Too often The Real L Word feels like sitting in a restaurant and hearing about some incredible specials that happen to be sold out. Anything genuinely interesting seems to have already taken place.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    It aspires to distill the news from an African-American perspective, and in two weeks on the air its comedy has been variously anachronistic and plodding, and timely and sharp.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    You see Mr. Bratt with his goatee and expressions of martyrdom, but you hear the voice of Nancy Reagan.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    The result is a production even more fantastically soapy than the first, visually elevated by an apocalyptic video-game look in which the orgiastic sex and violence are presented with a studied, syncopated choreography.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    The show feels aggressively off-kilter with the current mood, as if it had been incubated in the early to mid-’90s, when it was possible to find global-warming skeptics among even the reasonable and informed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    The series may want to say something about the inequities of the medical care system or it may just want an excuse to produce panning shots of the velvet lawns and iron gates of Gin Lane. It seems safer to bet on the second and to remain grateful for the “House” reruns that are shown more or less continually on USA.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    Life Is Wild, which is based on a BBC series, simply cannot be given the preapproved seal of inspection for adults, either. Why? Well, there are many reasons, but in no small part because its efforts at exposition are of the kind that would make even a young wildebeest scream: "Rewrite! Rewrite! Rewrite!"
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    Weeds no longer seems propelled by the will to subvert all of our cultural images of maternal perfection; it seems insistent on celebrating Nancy’s parental fecklessness and narcissism, asking us to refrain from judgments when all we want to do now is throw stones.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    Part of what makes Raising the Bar so loopy is its commitment to this peculiar politics of personal responsibility and to a sappy liberalism that means none of the accused represented by Jerry Kellerman (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his compatriots in the public defender’s office are ever all that bad. They are just mentally ill, or poor and struggling, or innocent.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    The mood of dark comedy isn’t sustained. Factory quickly devolves into a meaningless slapstick of goofy faces and a forced awkwardness that suggests the vision of someone who has watched “Curb Your Enthusiasm” over and over but has still not figured out what makes it so funny.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    This, insidiously, is science fiction as extreme midlife crisis. As Lattimer puts it, “I’m trained to take a bullet if necessary, but I’m not sure how to stop a dead Italian cougar.” Or, he might have added, deeply stupid plots.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    And so begin the one-night stands, screaming matches, freedom affirmations, back-seat seductions and enraged exits of this largely absurdist but not entirely useless almost-postracial soap.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    The show is too pat and tidy to make you check under the sofa during the commercial breaks.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    Third Rock's creators, veteran Saturday Night Live writers Bonnie and Terry Turner, have described the show as "Carl Sagan meets the Marx Brothers." In reality, it's Maude meets Mork & Mindy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    On Melrose [Place] the characters are so unfailingly stupid that they remain dumbfounded every single time they are blackmailed or cheated on. In comparison, the CPW crowd is rather sharp and as a result less fun to watch. Still, there are snippets of irresistible dialogue.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    Nothing in the premiere episode ever gets as creative as that bit of casting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    Like the relationship the series feels unfinished, not altogether there in its understanding of itself.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    The series follows the supernaturally themed "Heroes," but it is to its predecessor what a cookie made with Splenda might be to a mille-feuille. Journeyman just feels squeamish.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    A comedy about the ignominy of life as a member of a catering wait staff, Party Down is a great idea inadequately enlivened by desperation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    The IT Crowd packages feeble stereotypes and then hits the send button.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    The series hardly tweaks the formula, though it does so just enough that the more generously inclined might claim that Love in the Wild is an effort at democratizing the reality dating show.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    What follows is a neutralization of assets--sure, there’s a story line, but one that only convinces us what a dull doorknob Belle really is.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    If you are not averse to the Dungeons & Dragons aesthetic, the series might be worth the effort. If you are nearly anyone else, you will hunger for HBO to get back to the business of languages for which we already have a dictionary.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    Because it is such a loopy work of hagiography, it is never getting her right.

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