Alessandra Stanley

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
56% Iron Jawed Angels (2003) The film celebrates freethinkers who made huge personal sacrifices to wage a critical battle for human rights, yet it does so by bowing to commercial orthodoxies and the meekest modern notions of womanhood. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
83% The Special Relationship (2010) The film provides a captivating peek into the meshing of personality and power and how easily even the strongest bonds come unglued. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
70% The Girl (2012) Once his motives and psychological weaknesses are laid bare, the intrigue dries up, and the rest is just a depressing, true-life Hollywood ending. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
100% Temple Grandin (2010) This narrative is loyal to Ms. Grandin's credo: emotions are secondary to tangible results. And the result is a movie that is funny, instructive, and also intangibly charming. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) A clever, beautifully made but somehow underwhelming re-enactment of the breakup of the Loud marriage, on camera and off. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
88% Grey Gardens (2009) Ms. Lange and Ms. Barrymore easily play eccentric beauties, but they are even better in the more complicated roles of crazy cat ladies. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
83% You Don't Know Jack (2010) You Don't Know Jack is a compelling, at times thrilling, tale that can absorb even those with little interest or feeling for the subject. This is one of the saddest, dreariest subjects imaginable, but You Don't Know Jack is anything but. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
82% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos (2014) This spy parable is too preachy and heavy-handed. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
56% Peter Pan Live! (2014) Ms. Williams convincingly pulled off a British accent and was, all in all, a confident, lively and suitably impudent Peter Pan. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
100% Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014) This is a smart, informative and compassionate look at the artist known as the Godfather of Soul, whose music changed America. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2014
50% Big Driver (2014) Big Driver is slimmer in content, as well as form, than Misery, but it is nonetheless gripping. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
83% Mitt (2014) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
100% Burton And Taylor (2013) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2013
90% Scott Turow's Innocent (2011) Not all the films on Mystery Movie Night are equally good, but Innocent is one of the better choices. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
No Score Yet Ricochet (2011) It's a dead bore, weighed down by bad writing and a plodding performance by Mr. Corbett, who is to film noir what saltpeter is to sexual attraction. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
61% Clear History (2013) "Clear History," a memorable comedy about a man trying to be forgotten. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2013
91% Our Nixon (2013) After two hours, Nixon remains a riveting enigma. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2013
50% Phil Spector (2013) Even with a Mamet screenplay and actors like Mr. Pacino and Ms. Mirren there is not much anyone can do to make the audience care. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
3/5 80% The World According to Dick Cheney (2013) The World According to Dick Cheney has interesting insights and revealing moments, but for critics who long to confront Mr. Cheney it may prove dissatisfying, because it allows him to make astonishing assertions without direct contradiction. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2013
4/5 80% 24: Redemption (2008) Redemption is at its best when it focuses on action, not the after-action reports, and its best is awfully good. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2013
100% The Loving Story (2012) The tone of the film is solemn and pious, which seems almost inevitable when the topic is segregation and racial intolerance. But there are other reasons to watch this film besides feel-good expediency. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2013
No Score Yet The trouble with The Girl is that it tries to psychoanalyze Hitchcock but fails by trying to know the man too much. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2012
67% Game Change (2012) This is a sharp-edged but not unsympathetic portrait of a flawed heroine. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
93% Page Eight (2011) It's the right cast in the right setting but with a wrongfully righteous script. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
2.5/5 No Score Yet [Haynes'] painstaking effort to restore every brushstroke of the author's original story paints over the ambiguities of class and social ambition that play out within the Pierce family dynamic. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2011
4/5 79% Recount (2008) An astute and deliciously engrossing film. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2008