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 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 154
  2. Negative: 29 out of 154
154 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Ginia Bellafante
    The "Real Housewives" formula is feeling stale. The louche locations all seem to blend into one another, and every kitchen is the same, with acres of space and double-wide Sub-Zero refrigerators that seem to hold enough food for an Olympic swim team.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    Like the relationship the series feels unfinished, not altogether there in its understanding of itself.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ginia Bellafante
    Harry's Law is lighthearted sanctimony.
    • 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"].
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Ginia Bellafante
    Perhaps it was inevitable that we would be attacked with something like Bridalplasty, a series that practically invites you to deposit your daughters in a time-travel machine and land them safely in the pages of a Laura Ingalls Wilder novel.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ginia Bellafante
    Nothing in the premiere episode ever gets as creative as that bit of casting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Ginia Bellafante
    Torchwood is a world I wouldn’t mind seeing erased.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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!"
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Ginia Bellafante
    While smart comedies have certainly been built on less, there is something so contrived about Nick's obstinacy that you feel as if you were watching a lesson in feminism that would be more sophisticated if it were rendered as children's puppet theater.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Ginia Bellafante
    Sticking with Cupid requires a certain attachment to the idea of a Claire-Trevor love connection, one apparent only in moody glances and pronounced opposition rather than in even the faintest semblance of chemistry. In any other series Claire and Trevor would go out for a hot dog once and realize that they were actually much better off with their respective exes.

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