Alessandra Stanley

Alessandra Stanley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Alessandra Stanley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% Zoo: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Zoo is expertly made and fits the current fascination with dystopian what-if scenarios, but it's basic. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 29, 2015
98% Mr. Robot: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "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. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 23, 2015
65% True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015) "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. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2015
70% Sense8: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The characters' interconnectivity in some cases is so fluid that one scene bleeds into the next. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
56% Aquarius: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Unusual choices can be found throughout Aquarius, and they are part of what makes this drama so good. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 28, 2015
81% Nightingale (2015) "Mr. Oyelowo gives a riveting, disorienting and suspenseful tour of an unraveling mind. The music and cinematography are artful, but the props are mundane: a coffee maker, a mirror, a laptop. Everything is in Mr. Oyelowo's voice, face and body. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 28, 2015
86% Wayward Pines: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "A small town can be sleepy, but the mystery that binds its residents shouldn't also be soporific. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 12, 2015
50% Grace and Frankie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "People who complain about aging sound old. But Grace and Frankie is a senior angst comedy that somehow doesn't seem fusty and out of date. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2015
66% The Returned (US): Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While neither series is at all funny, the A&E one will be inadvertently amusing to anyone who has seen the original, which is available with subtitles on Netflix. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 9, 2015
94% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The series finds its full comic verve after the first two [episodes], which have to establish a lot of back story. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
95% American Crime: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's a total immersion into the social collisions caused by one shocking, but not uncommon, violent attack. It's also an intense, spellbinding look at a murder case in Modesto, Calif. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 4, 2015
76% House of Cards: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "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. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 25, 2015
24% The Odd Couple: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Other variations on the show's theme have been successful. It could be that a more faithful copy of the original finds a new audience all its own. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
67% The Slap: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The Slap ... is a sophisticated, suspenseful comedy of ill manners that seems much more like a Showtime or Netflix drama than a broadcast network offering. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 11, 2015
47% Allegiance: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Better Call Saul is better than good: It's delightful - in a brutal, darkly comic way, of course. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
60% The O.C.: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004) "What gives The O.C added spice is that it also borrows from older films, including, most incongruously, My Man Godfrey. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
92% Togetherness: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Togetherness is what could happen to the heroines of Girls if they grow up only a little bit. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2015
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos "This spy parable is too preachy and heavy-handed. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 8, 2014
95% The Game: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Game, which looks a little like another BBC period thriller, The Hour, is a cleverly conceived throwback to a time when the Soviet Union was a truly scary riddle wrapped in a nuclear arsenal. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 8, 2014
59% Peter Pan Live! "Ms. Williams convincingly pulled off a British accent and was, all in all, a confident, lively and suitably impudent Peter Pan. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 5, 2014
96% The Missing: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The Missing is imaginatively written, well cast, chillingly believable and quite addictive. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
85% The Comeback: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "After nine years, Ms. Kudrow, who created the show with Michael Patrick King, is even better than she was in her last incarnation of a faded sitcom diva seeking another chance at the limelight. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 7, 2014
96% Olive Kitteridge: Season One (TV, 2014) "This HBO adaptation of [Elizabeth Strout's] Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title is so respectful and gracefully done that big inventions and small omissions don't stand out or disappoint. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 30, 2014
100% Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown "This is a smart, informative and compassionate look at the artist known as the Godfather of Soul, whose music changed America. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 27, 2014
50% Big Driver (2015) "Big Driver is slimmer in content, as well as form, than Misery, but it is nonetheless gripping. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2014
95% The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "There is probably nothing as banal as someone else's extramarital affair. So part of the dazzle of The Affair... is that it puts a puzzling, almost maddeningly enigmatic frame around the least mysterious impulse in the world. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2014
82% Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014) "This sophisticated espionage thriller is once again woven around the jagged complexities of its heroine, Carrie Mathison, a bipolar C.I.A. officer. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
57% Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "It's a tough premise to sustain for long, but an amusing one. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 30, 2014
67% A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "A to Z is clever but almost too adorable. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 30, 2014
98% Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014) "Transparent is very good, an insightful, downbeat comedy told without piety or burlesque. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2014
86% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The pilot episode of How to Get Away With Murder is promisingly slick and suspenseful, without all the histrionic, staccato speechifying that Ms. Rhimes favors on Scandal. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 23, 2014
65% NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "NCIS: New Orleans may not be great, but it isn't going to kill anyone. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 23, 2014
66% Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Hillary Rodham Clinton is the obvious inspiration, but this is Hillary with a human face: Téa Leoni, who has a husky voice and a loose, engaging manner, is an unusually likable beauty. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2014
100% The Good Wife: Season 6 (TV, 2014-2015) "The premiere is bracing and unexpected. Especially given how long this show has lasted, it's a credit to the imagination and energy of its married creators, Robert and Michelle King, that The Good Wife has remained so watchable. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2014
80% Mildred Pierce: Season 1 (TV, 2011) "It's a five-part drama that is loyally, unwaveringly true to James M. Cain's 1941 novel and somehow not nearly as satisfying as the 1945 film noir that took shameless liberties with plot, characters and settings. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 8, 2014
33% Utopia: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Sunday's two-hour premiere was exhausting: That's a lot of time to spend watching contestants fall into line with the golden rule of reality television: Be true to your caricature. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 8, 2014
90% Angels in America: Season 1 (TV, 2003) "Mike Nichols's six-hour adaptation, for HBO, of Tony Kushner's epic two-part play about AIDS in the 1980's was exhilarating - artsy television that didn't make viewers antsy. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 2, 2014
88% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Knick is unusual and very good. It's a great leap backward in time, yet another ambitious examination of at an important but often overlooked epoch in history. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
89% Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Manh(a)ttan provides a cleverly imagined portrait of the men and women who were at the epicenter of that peculiar sovereignty. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
80% You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The premise of You're the Worst is amusing, but the lines don't match it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
56% Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Ms. Greer and Mr. Faxon are talented comedians, but the writing isn't quite up to their abilities. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
82% Satisfaction: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The series picks up as it moves away from the couple's problems and into the complications Neil's new career creates. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
100% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 4 (TV, 2004) "It takes at least two episodes for Mr. David's television persona to regain some degree of cozy familiarity. And that discomfort is one of the things that make Curb Your Enthusiasm so unusual and so funny. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2014
92% The Divide: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Divide... is surprisingly good. But what's most surprising is that it's on WE, a cable channel best known for shows like L.A. Hair and Marriage Boot Camp. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2014
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Welcome to Sweden explores less familiar territory and best of all, is not in the least bit zany. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
41% Working the Engels: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The family dynamic is not unlike the one on Arrested Development, only Working the Engels leaves out the humor, inventiveness and sophistication. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The premiere, while entertaining and expertly produced, doesn't hold out a lot of promise. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2014
70% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Leftovers has an intriguing premise that is intelligently and artfully presented. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
60% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Tyrant is well made and enjoyable, but the fish-out-of-water subplot is the show's weak spot. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 24, 2014
64% The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The battle sequences are close-up and genuinely thrilling, even in an age of Imax in 3-D and Call of Duty video games. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 20, 2014
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