For 30 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 20% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lesley Smith's Scores

Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 80 Foyle's War: Season 8
Lowest review score: 20 Mob City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 7 out of 30
30 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Lesley Smith
    To viewers new to the franchise, L&O: UK might prove a fine introduction. For dedicated watchers of the original, it might function as a kind of recap of the "best of" episodes from the series' entire life. But for the truly addicted, it will always be a paler, politer, well-bred echo of the Real Thing, better left on the side of the Atlantic where it originated.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Lesley Smith
    When so much of the series depends on psychological nuance, the lurch into Hollywood action thriller confrontations is an outright admission of defeat. Sensationalism trumps subtlety once more. Both Luther and Idris Elba deserve so much more.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Lesley Smith
    Some of this talent is visible in the premiere episode's poetic counterbalancing of empty landscapes and claustrophobic casino back-offices, and actors' convincing performances.... When it comes to plotting and scripting, though, Vegas is far less sure-footed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Lesley Smith
    In this second season, only a mild intellectual puzzle stretched over far too many episodes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Lesley Smith
    Parts of the show seem archaic, more Life on Mars than life in a 21st century police department. Other parts seem careless bricolage.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Lesley Smith
    Like The Closer, Major Crimes offers utterly predictable crime-solving.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Lesley Smith
    Like so many crime novel adaptations, Case Histories leaves the audience with a faint echo of a delightful original, oozing with talent, budget, and location shooting, and almost bereft of compelling content.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Lesley Smith
    If the show has the courage to probe this very contemporary evolution, Abby's tenure at IA might provide grown-up drama for women of an age more often served by sexist sitcoms. And if not, Lifetime may be delivering just another old-fashioned family drama with nothing new to say.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Lesley Smith
    Unforgettable is a show cobbled together from the once good bits of once good shows.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Lesley Smith
    The first episode is not a courageous start, despite good acting from the ensemble cast, generous location shooting, and a quirkily realized context.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lesley Smith
    Intelligence might probe these questions more, and so become richer than the latest show about a tortured male genius outsmarting the bad guys. Or it might just settle for flashy graphics, great action scenes, and underused actors looking good.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lesley Smith
    Despite pacy editing, superb action choreography, and location shooting across Europe, the whole turns out to be yet another re-run of that updated Western, 24, which pits an arrogant outlaw protagonist against friend and foe alike.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Lesley Smith
    The navel-gazing tenor doesn’t always obscure Parenthood‘s thought-provoking moments, which often also showcase clipped, witty scripting, and lucid acting.

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