For 227 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy DeWolf Smith's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Pacific: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Andromeda Strain: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 227
227 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    This being a made-for-television environment, no one perishes, but there are no happy endings here, either.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Thankfully, Caprica can be enjoyed without any reference to the literal past or the figurative future.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's a bit old-fashioned, which in today's TV universe makes it seem light and fresh--like the entrancing Ms. Applegate herself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As charming as all that is amid the macabre, Pushing Daisies is a show that only a grown-up can fully enjoy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    If Welcome to the Captain can sustain its tone of tender quirkiness, it may find an appreciate audience stretching from those who loved "Arrested Development" to fans of "My Name Is Earl."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As the denizens of K-Ville move among the ruins of the city, the real and the fake merge until you forget that this is mere entertainment. It's a new experience, and an invigorating one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The underlying theme here, once the fantastic elements are stripped away, is loneliness. That (plus the interesting face of its star) gives New Amsterdam a true and very tender heart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Of all the new shows I've watched, it's also the one I'm most eager to see again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's all more like a steady burn--of talent, of smart writing, of chemical reactions--and it may take a few episodes to feel the heat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The production is set among English traders in 19th-century Japan, the timeline of the action is altered, and some beloved examples of word play are no longer in the script. These are small matters, though, compared to the fresh gorgeousness on display and the elements of the story that come into focus here in new and moving ways.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The fantastic Ms. Ullman is as funny as ever, depicting a new slew of characters in sketches that mock the way we are.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It is not an exaggeration to say that the effect is of opening a treasure chest and being showered with its riches.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    There is enough lively (if sometimes explicit) dialogue and reliable sexual appeal in all this to keep intuitive male viewers interested.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Magnificent cinematography, abundant animal life and lovely music that may contain harmonies unique to Botswana--all these make The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency a distinctly foreign affair. In the end, though, what comes through most strongly is not what's different, but how easily we recognize it all.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Everything happens quickly -- scenes, cameos, comments and quips fly by. But nothing is throwaway or stupid, and in the midst of laughter, the emotion, when it comes, feels real. That's good acting. It also happens only when writers respect their audience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Divorce, father issues, an aging Peter Pan—we've seen these things before. Not like this, though, with no false notes, and reactions, from pain to optimism, that feel honest and not manufactured.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The casting is effective. William Miller gives Oliver the requisite vulnerability and steeliness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    White Collar takes off in its own refreshing directions, with enough wit and sparkle to make the time fly by.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    TNT's cop drama Southland is like a hot date on a Saturday night. Just waiting for another episode to begin each week is a thrill, and once the show gets going the rush is like nothing else on TV.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Even without the Hollywood glamour, though, the New York series may turn out to be the superior product, grounded as it is in Mr. Greenberg's compelling, layered character, with a strong mind and vulnerable heart.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What makes this a standout family show is not the absence of dirty words. Who needs those when there's an abundance of eccentric humor and bright writing?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    So far--although Glee may be creeping closer to the edge--it remains nearly as delightful as it was when everything about the show seemed shiny and new.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    No vampires (so far). But no matter what materializes in the town, it's satisfying to see in the first episode that Haven already revolves around grown-ups.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Although their characters are as vivid as they are distinctive, these two interact so effortlessly, in conversation and body language, it's easy to forget they are just acting. And inside these "lost boys" are real men struggling to get out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Making, and enjoying, a commitment to watch Showtime's new dramedy The Big C requires a deliberate decision to ignore nagging questions. Such as: Why are so many of the TV and cinematic cancer stories of the past few decades about women? And in an era when more and more of us know someone with cancer, or have experienced it directly, does that mean that we are now ready to embrace the subject as entertainment? Dwell too long on those questions, and what is good about The Big C may pass you by.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    We may have seen film of migrating wildebeest and zebras on the Serengeti before. But Great Migrations looks at everything from new and spectacularly beautiful angles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It consistently pokes fun at our culture and foibles in ways that are clever and sometimes sharp but never mean.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The series is set in modern-day Rome, where the women wear tight skirts, the men are in sharp suits, and even the corruption is exquisite in its labyrinthine complexity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jokes like that ["You gonna go all 'Twilight' on me?"] and the wisecracking Sally occasionally threaten to turn Being Human into a mild, campy thing. As we get to know the characters, however, and begin to identify with their sense of loss and isolation, humor helps make what is preposterous about their situation seem real.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Hey, it works. Probably because Falling Skies tells a gripping story, full of people whose fate we cannot guess on a playing field whose contours are not yet clear.