For 616 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Linda Stasi's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Weeds: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Outlaw: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 616
616 tv reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Linda Stasi
    So what is there to like about this show? The same thing there was to like about "The Sopranos" and "The Shield" - great writing, insanely good acting, deeply troubled and deeply layered characters and a plot that will keep you glued to your seat.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Campbell, Kurkova and Rocha--all insanely competitive with each other--stage the shoot with the models’ input, and it’s flat-out fun to watch legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier in action.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    If you are a serious-minded man (or woman) who loves mob lore, you’ll be all over this like a really bad smell.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    The series which starts out badly (idiotic masturbation jokes), builds quickly. And the co-stars are flat out terrific together.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    If you will miss Spartacus when it ends--and you like your history with a big dose of campy fun--this one’s for you, Shield Maiden.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    With a snarky running dialogue from Tessa (Jane Levy), the laughs are as easy and as sophisticated as she is. Or as she thinks she is--and that's the key.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    It's crude, shocking and politically incorrect on a cosmic level. And that's just part of what makes Legit so damned funny.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Linda Stasi
    Huge, a new series about overweight teens at a weight-loss camp, starts tonight, and I couldn't be happier if I'd just discovered calorie-free potato chips.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Linda Stasi
    It’s a great tale and beautifully told with beautiful actors.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Lots of action, lots of shoot-'em-ups and lots of big explosions that don't kill anybody. It's also lots of fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    If you love "Strike Back," you'll devour Hunted.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    I don't know why Tracey Ullman's State of the Union isn't funny. Maybe it's just that the whole thing comes across as too jaded, or maybe impersonating and skewering people also requires that the comic walk the fine line between funny and cruel. And honestly, cruel stops well short of knee-slapper.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    Yes, it is all kind of dopey and has that "been there/ done that" feel. But Fillion is so right for the part and carries the show so well that he makes the show more fun than it deserves for an otherwise by-the-book procedural.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Linda Stasi
    If "Walking Dead" weren't alive, up and taking a vacation to generate new blood, Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies would be the best current sci-fi series on TV.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    The funniest thing about the show is that people think he's legit in every single persona. I personally couldn't believe that Edwin Meese, former Attorney General Dick Thornberg or General Brent Scowcroft would be idiotic enough to be lured into a formal interview with a guy in a giant yellow track suit. [20 Feb 2003, p.112]
    • New York Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    The dialogue is actually pretty darned good and kind of inside funny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    A sophomoric comedy about high school (and really aren't all high school comedies, er, sophomoric?) that supplies as many laughs as a whoopie cushion in a lecture hall.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    All three actresses deserve better dialogue than they are given. But the clothes? They speak volumes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Linda Stasi
    Sci Fi has done once more what the networks seem very often to have forgotten how to do: make watching TV really, really fun again. ... It's fun in the way that "Ghostbusters" was fun - funny, silly, scary. [13 Jul 2001]
    • New York Post
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Everybody's having too much fun--and that will include the viewers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    I know the whole thing sounds been-there-done-that dopey, but Wahlberg and Selleck are so charismatic that somehow, in their hand(cuffs), it all seems almost new. Yes, it's worth the watch.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Weirdly enough, every one of tonight's wannabe photos looks better than any photo of any of those pretty-but-average giantesses who "cycled" through Tyra Land before.... The most interesting women are the most trouble, of course.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Somehow the show ... works despite the unpersonality of supermodel Heidi Klum, whose delivery is flatter than Kate Moss' chest. ... But it's not about the host ... What makes "Project Runway" a winner is the contestants themselves. They have just the right mix of humility, arrogance, talent, lack of it, need, greed, drive and creativity to make their quests riveting. [30 Nov 2004]
    • New York Post
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    While it sounds pedantic, downright corny, and done to death, Drop Dead Diva is actually fun, funny and sometimes and in some ways even touching.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    They've ended up pitting a dozen very creative people against one another in a very tired format.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Linda Stasi
    The actors are all very good, particularly Moreno and Valentine Rodriquez who plays his pal, Ernie...It's not there yet - not by a long shot - but it's got potential. Chances are good that the producers will work it out. [27 Mar 2002, p.72]
    • New York Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    It is so over the top--in such a fantastically bad-taste way--and so out-there crazy, that tonight's episode (at least) is every bit as good as those old soaps.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 100 Linda Stasi
    A show so unusual in its format and plot that it will rival both "Lost" and "24" in creativity and "The O.C." in its character development.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Even though Heaton is also reverting to type with the harried, jaded housewife bit, she somehow manages to get some freshness into the old girl.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    I liked it, but I'm still not sure why.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    All in all, brainless fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Linda Stasi
    The best new network show of the season...It's bright, it's dark, it's stylized, it's realistic - in short, I haven't been this enthusiastic about a dramatic network show since "CSI" and haven't been as happy with an ABC show since "Alias."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    The thing that does give this show its grounding is the acting. Dancy is a perfect, tortured soul; Fishburne is everyman with a brain; and Mads Mikkelsen is perfectly named. What is lacking, though, is any respite from the darkness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    If you're a fan of "Russian Dolls," you may enjoy taking a walk on the not-wild side with these all-American Muslims.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    If you loved the successful couponing special they aired in December, you'll be thrilled with the premiere of the bizarrely watchable Extreme Couponing, a series in which people hoard not just coupons but the stuff they needlessly and endlessly buy with them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Linda Stasi
    So far, so great.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Linda Stasi
    The series, which has so much promise (and promised so much), is long on smug self-satisfaction and short on big laughs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Linda Stasi
    Clear History is so funny it made me want to order up some Palestinian chicken.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Linda Stasi
    It looks like AMC is three-for-three with their newest original drama, Rubicon, a throwback espionage thriller that takes place in the present--if the present were more like the 1970s than the 2000s.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Think Jack Bauer with excellent grooming. Or in Jack's case, with any grooming [in] Fox's entertaining new all-action-all-the-time series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Linda Stasi
    Taking on Tyson is only a six-part series, but, in that limited time, this heartwarming, gorgeously filmed show reveals a terrifying man who has not just grown up, but grown into someone you now might want to know.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Kaling has lined up enough very funny actors to get this Project the kind of respect that Dr. Mindy never seems to get.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    If you're a purist James M. Cain fan, this is the miniseries for you. The intricacies of the story are laid out like a delicious Mildred chicken buffet. But, if you adore the original zippy, wise-cracking crime story with ankle-straps, order up Netflix instead.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Linda Stasi
    I really, really, like the newest incarnation on the little screen. [6 Oct 2000, p.117]
    • New York Post
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    Izzard and Driver are so good that you may be able to overlook a lot - like a plot to believe in.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Linda Stasi
    Both soaps are perfectly awful on almost every level, which makes them nothing, if not, well, hilariously perfect soap scum.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Linda Stasi
    Sounds boring, but it's anything but.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Linda Stasi
    The plot is clever and there's a nice twist at the end, but the actors haven't found a rhythm, nor have they developed any chemistry.
    • New York Post
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    After watching the movie, I may not have actually changed my mind about her innocence--but for the first time, I sure have doubts.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Yes, there's a heavy hand in the schmaltz department, what with the dead mother and the wounded beasts and all (Hey! It's Africa after all!) but it's not so heavy that it's annoyingly cloying. At least it worked for me.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    The premiere is actually very good. Of course, it would be a whole lot better if there were a new investigation into a new crime.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Linda Stasi
    All in all, even with an accomplished actor like Hutton, there's nothing special to set Leverage apart from other cookie-cutter dramas of this ilk.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    There are allegories galore--from celibacy to puberty (all that body "processing"), alienation and, yes, teen angst of the "what the heck is that thing on my back?" variety. Think "Teen Wolf" for girls.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Linda Stasi
    Not to put too fine a point on it, but you'd need rocks in your head to really love Game Show In My Head.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    All in all, it's a good show. The problem, however, is the retreaded storyline.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Linda Stasi
    If you love, history on History, don't miss this.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    It's heartwarming, it's sweet, and it's just the ticket if you, too, happen to be a 10-year-old girl or the parents of one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Tonight, through the miracle of modern medicine, the show comes roaring back with a plot that includes the, er, trauma of Seattle Grace Hospital being downgraded from the number two facility in the state to the number 12.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    Some of this show is funny, but you may want to put paper down on your couch to keep you from catching an STD.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Linda Stasi
    While the cast is quite good, and they even manage to rip a laugh or two out of the material, it's not enough to sustain a whole show.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    What the series gains this season by giving us more history and more compelling storylines, it loses by repeating some of its, er, epic mistakes. Again, no battle scenes - some of the most important in all of history - are shown.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Linda Stasi
    So far, so great.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 88 Linda Stasi
    Huge fun and - if at all possible - almost as nerve-wracking as "Idol."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Linda Stasi
    Chiklis chews scenery--in a good, very good way--and Quaid is terrific, but both deserve far better than what they're given here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    Dopey? Yes. But the action scenes are terrifically exciting and very well done, and Hawke does his damndest to survive the overacting of Hurt and the underacting of Cox, who is so wooden he should be the one hobbling around on that wooden stump.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Linda Stasi
    TNT is right to bring back the format--well done whodunits.

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