Alessandra Stanley

Alessandra Stanley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 100% of the time.

Publications:
New York Times
Total Reviews:
239

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Like the movie, the series is peculiar, with an irregular rhythm and lots of black humor, and it is also oddly winning. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 14, 2014
86% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) " The season premiere seems as exhausted as the decade it has chronicled so intensely. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 " Silicon Valley isn't making the world a better place, it is putting the real Silicon Valley in its place, one Tesla at a time. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 4, 2014
68% Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [Surviving Jack is a] feel-good comed[y] that seem[s] written to make [its] creators, more than the audience, feel good. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 28, 2014
66% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " What sets it apart from many other arch, self-mocking looks at Hollywood is that the central problem - the unspoken enmity between loving friends - could happen anywhere, at a university, in a congressional office or in a beer bottling plant. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 18, 2014
87% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show's creator, Nic Pizzolatto, brought to the script, the eight-part series focused on the on-again, off-again bromance of Marty Hart and Rust Cohle. And that's what made the series so polarizing " — New York Times
Posted Mar 10, 2014
38% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The characters don't live up to the swirling, often violent action that surrounds them. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " All too soon... the mystery turns into soapy melodrama, and the supernatural is superseded by the clichés of network drama: stock characters, obvious plot twists and too much heavy-handed exposition. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
36% Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [The show is] well written and actually quite engaging, but what is most interesting is the focus on the brighter side of splitting up. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 4, 2014
77% About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's a new genre of heartwarming family show. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 4, 2014
100% Legit: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Few shows on basic cable will make your prudish or feminist friends more uncomfortable. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2014
97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The Americans isn't just a history lesson, it's a fast-paced drama that uses Cold War spy craft to uncover the hidden inconsistencies of the human heart. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2014
50% Happily Divorced : Season 1 (TV, 2011) " It is quite funny. Mostly that's because the actresses are so appealing, but also because the writing is imaginative and a little dark - the comedy is etched in the single woman's battle with loneliness. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 18, 2014
88% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " It's not clear exactly why this bleak series is so exhilarating and binge-worthy. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 14, 2014
19% In the Motherhood: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " It's an impressive cast and a perfectly good premise, but for some reason, Thursday's pilot episode is not very funny. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
76% The Unusuals: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " It's ambitious in a different way, trying to recover the mix of high drama and absurdist comic relief that distinguished shows like Hill Street Blues. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
73% Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " This is not perhaps the most daring or avant-garde comedy on television, but there is nothing shameful about Hot in Cleveland. It's actually kind of fun. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 28, 2014
81% Mitt " Mitt is a remarkable political artifact, an intimate look at the man who was the 2012 Republican candidate for president and first major-party Mormon nominee. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 24, 2014
95% Veronica Mars: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005) " It may not be Raymond Chandler, but Veronica Mars is nevertheless quite hard-boiled. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
95% Broad City: Season 1 " Broad City, a new series starting on Wednesday on Comedy Central, is funny, and, like so many other shows on that channel, brazen about skewering the millennial generation as hapless 20-somethings with no ambition, talent or self-respect. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2014
66% Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The writing is smart and the episodes well structured, but much of the credit goes to Mr. Kinnear, who maintains a veneer of charm without stinting on his character's underlay of seedy desperation. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2014
97% Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " Sherlock, set in contemporary London, ingeniously converts 19th-century technology to today's world of smartphones, blogs, surveillance cameras and GPS, without adopting the attendant self-absorption and psychobabble. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 20, 2014
89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Looking has a premium-cable mandate to be daring, and is indeed sexually unbound. But almost everything else, including dialogue, plotting and humor, is muffled. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 10, 2014
89% Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " In Season 3, [the characters] solipsism and callousness are even more pointed, all the more shocking, and still quite funny. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 10, 2014
59% Chicago PD: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Chicago P.D. is, in many ways, a throwback to an earlier, male-dominated era of crime shows, yet it carves out room for strong female characters who are good at their jobs and taken seriously by their colleagues - and the writers " — New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
29% Killer Women: Season 1 " Hannah Shakespeare, the show's creator, tries to bring some Scandal-like sizzle to an otherwise very basic procedural, but the effort seems forced, silly and actually quite dreary. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
56% The Assets: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Assets is uneven, with some excellent scenes and quite a few bad ones. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 2, 2014
69% Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Downton Abbey is long past its sell-by date, yet is still remarkably palatable. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 2, 2014
—— Spiral: Season 4 " It's one of the best crime dramas around at the moment, and it would be a shame not to give it a try. " — New York Times
Posted Dec 28, 2013
43% 1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " 1600 Penn has charm and some funny riffs, but it's a 2013 sitcom that at times seems like it was written in 1983. " — New York Times
Posted Dec 17, 2013
72% Alpha House: Season 1 " [Creator Gary] Trudeau has a feel for not just political hypocrisy but also character, and this cast manages to bring life and even some charm to these Capitol Hill caricatures. " — New York Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
84% Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " There are still irritating elements in Homeland, but now, almost midway through the narrative, the show has a surge of energy and even some reasons to keep watching. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 28, 2013
100% Burton And Taylor (2014) " Burton and Taylor distills the special pleasure those aging movie stars could still take in each other's company long after their passion was spent. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
56% The Originals: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " There are so many vampires and undeads and such on television these days that this crew is going to have a hard time getting attention, especially if the show continues to be as much of a grab bag as the pilot episode is. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
42% Welcome to the Family: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Welcome to the Family is not as bad as it sounds, mostly because some of the writing is clever, and all the actors are good. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
22% Sean Saves the World: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Sean is an older but only slightly more down-to-earth version of Jack, the impishly self-centered gay man Mr. Hayes played so well on Will & Grace, and that gives this otherwise commonplace sitcom its zest. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
46% The Millers: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " In The Millers, Mr. Arnett is even more buttoned down as a dutiful son to an impossible mother who has all the best lines. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
33% Super Fun Night: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Her show is bold and has some amusing touches, but the first episode is more daring than funny. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 2, 2013
90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Like sex, Masters of Sex gets better as it goes on. But without an extra dimension, or a broader glimpse of a world beyond St. Louis, the series eventually grows a little claustrophobic and thin. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
55% The Goldbergs: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The characters and mishaps on The Goldbergs are predictable, and the writing isn't clever enough to overcome clichés. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 25, 2013
55% The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Watching Mr. Williams return to the kind of improvisation-style routines that made him famous in the 1970s is bittersweet... they are still impressive, but audiences can't help recalling how much more elastic and powerful they were at their peak. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 25, 2013
52% Back in the Game: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The family conflicts are facile and easily resolved on Back in the Game. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 25, 2013
57% Hostages: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Once [the] mysteries are solved, and the crisis is over, any prolongation turns into soap opera. And not the fun, campy kind on Scandal or Revenge. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 23, 2013
82% The Blacklist: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Once [the] questions are cleared up, what's left is a more commonplace procedural. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 23, 2013
67% Mom: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Mom deals lightly with the serious problem of addiction and manages to be clever, not sanctimonious. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 17, 2013
0% Dads: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " There are some funny lines, but not nearly enough. Material that is meant to be anarchic mostly comes across as obvious and boorish. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 17, 2013
55% The Big Bang Theory: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) " Perhaps inspired by the success of Mr. Apatow's movies - and the longevity of the CW reality show "Beauty and the Geek" - the networks are giving nerds another shot. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 13, 2013
100% South Park: Season 10 (TV, 2006) " "The Return of Chef" was funny, and it was even more savage about the religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard, than the first, much-contested episode, "Trapped in the Closet." " — New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2013
71% Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005) " Weeds is well written and engrossing, and has a slick balance of satire and soap opera. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2013
90% Scott Turow's Innocent " Not all the films on Mystery Movie Night are equally good, but Innocent is one of the better choices." — New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2013
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