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 8.5 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
    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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ginia Bellafante
    The women here aren’t foils for male inferiority; they’re just dragging the boys down further with their alternately lazy, nutty or emasculating ways.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Ginia Bellafante
    There is a sense throughout that Mr. Engvall is betraying his core audience, and the whole blue-collar comedy ethos in particular, trading in one category of cliché for another.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Ginia Bellafante
    You see Mr. Bratt with his goatee and expressions of martyrdom, but you hear the voice of Nancy Reagan.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Top Chef promises more than a clash of personalities; it inspires patriotism.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.”
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Ginia Bellafante
    Torchwood is a world I wouldn’t mind seeing erased.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ginia Bellafante
    Unhitched expends a wrestler’s energy aiming to offend and provoke, but no amount of outrageousness can mask its conformity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Ginia Bellafante
    The show lacks the vision of The Simpsons, the snappy rhythm and the kind of far-reaching humor that keep it dizzyingly smart even after a decade on the air.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ginia Bellafante
    Guided by an ambient lunacy, the show resists forced restlessness, settling in and fleshing out its characters’ idiosyncrasies instead.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Ginia Bellafante
    Lipstick Jungle is a wooden clog of a melodrama squeezed into a flimsy, satin and marabou mule.

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