Alessandra Stanley

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For 508 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alessandra Stanley's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 508
508 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Spooky and intriguing and almost everything that a science fiction series should be.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Its plot unfolds disjointedly and without enough suspense. And that leaves viewers with plenty of time to decide that life is too short to heed the interior monologues of four-footed creatures, even if they are hallucinations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s a little like “The Shield,” the FX show that starred Michael Chiklis as a corrupt cop, but it’s a lot more like “Spiral,” the sleek French crime series on Netflix that has a cult following in Britain and the United States. So basically, “Line of Duty” is the opposite of “Downton Abbey,” except in certain elemental ways: an excellent cast, skillful writing and a knack for making an exotic, unfamiliar world seem like the viewer’s second home.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Hawaii is not a great cop show and does not break any ground in the well-trod field of buddy shows. But it has well-choreographed action and an amusingly campy feel.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Zoo is expertly made and fits the current fascination with dystopian what-if scenarios, but it’s basic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    An intriguing new series.... a cyber-age thriller infused with a dark, almost nihilistic pessimism about the Internet, capitalism and income inequality. And that makes it kind of fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The series finds its comic stride in the fifth episode and becomes kind of fun. But that’s a long wait, and it’s easy to be discouraged by the way it starts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    True Detective is monochromatic and self-serious, but it builds suspense with finesse and has a keen appreciation for the poetry of political corruption and urban decay. That makes it intriguing, just not enthralling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The characters are likable but surprisingly flimsy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Odd Mom Out, is entertaining, even if many of the jokes are familiar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Beautifully shot and sublimely silly, Sense8 is slower than “The Matrix” and not nearly as thrilling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Oyelowo gives a riveting, disorienting and suspenseful tour of an unraveling mind. The music and cinematography are artful, but the props are mundane.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Unusual choices can be found throughout Aquarius, and they are part of what makes this drama so good.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    This is a star-studded, lavishly made drama that falls into that special niche: If it were any better, it would be worse.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s a 10-episode thriller based on a series of novels by Blake Crouch that feels plodding. A small town can be sleepy, but the mystery that binds its residents shouldn’t also be soporific.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Grace and Frankie is funny and even touching.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The Casual Vacancy is more interesting than it is enjoyable, an unsparing look at the reality of English country life, not the reverie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Happyish is clever, but it’s so enamored of its own cleverness that it forgets to be funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an exhilarating thriller that pits a disparate group of people against an insidious military-industrial conspiracy. But it’s the unlikely affinity between a stern, pious Muslim teenager and the captive female American soldier he is instructed to guard that gives this high-octane action-adventure drama a special charm.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    There are a lot of jokes about Brooklyn, sex and millennial entitlement, but the underlying sensibility echoes that of “Sex and the City.” It’s a lighthearted but wistfully knowing look at the gender imbalances and generational rifts that make life hard for even fabulous women.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Corden, a portly British performer, was energetic, amiable and cheerfully self-assured, but not particularly special.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The documentary is a loving tribute to his personal charm and other talents.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    At the outset, Bloodline doesn’t even make clear if anyone has been murdered, let alone who might be missing. But it does establish that it may be well worth waiting to find out.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    It should be a hoot, but it actually gets old, and dull, very quickly.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Possibly because it works so hard to mimic the original’s gloomy restraint, The Returned feels strained.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The series leavens wacky absurdity with acid wit and is very funny.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Alessandra Stanley
    This is an ABC drama that is not just good, it’s startlingly good, as bracing in its own way as "True Detective" was on HBO last year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It helps that Mr. Winters and Mr. Duhamel give performances that add some glints of complexity to their surface charm, and that the writers avoid many of the usual clichés. This is an engaging series about a likable bunch of co-workers that isn’t too sweet or predictable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Without Zoe Barnes, prostitutes, corrupt lobbyists and dissipated members of Congress to perk up the landscape as in seasons past, the show feels monotonous. It certainly looks it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    There is an uneasiness to [Perry's] performance--in some scenes he looks startled, even frightened--that makes it hard to play off Mr. Lennon, who seems very comfortable as a nervous nelly. That chemistry could come with time, but even if the show flops, it’s an interesting experiment.

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