For 235 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 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy DeWolf Smith's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Treme: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 235
235 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    That these actors can make us care about their characters, or at least feel their pain so acutely, is what elevates Getting On above the miasma of its material.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Despite the music in James Lapine's documentary, Six By Sondheim, it is archival clips of Mr. Sondheim describing how he writes that make the film a treasure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    After the stage-setting of the first two episodes, however, Looking becomes less frenetic and begins building emotional resonance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Suffering is never easy to watch, and when a series revolves around a woman in near-constant mental anguish, things can creep close to tiresome. Such is Ms. Sevigny's performance, though--at once veiled and yet open to view as she has not often been in other roles—that you can't stop looking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Fantastic (as in crazy) though much of this may be, so danger-laden is the misty, smoky air and so claustrophobic are the richly detailed sets that it is difficult to look away.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While the series is not without humor--including the occasional sexual witticism--it is never camp, a huge plus for devotees of genuine drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Most of the people [Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart--who pose as Georgie and Poppy Carlton] encounter seem to believe they're being filmed with real British aristos on a travel-type show about the U.S. Their surprise--and polite attempts to hide it--at the things the visitors from England say is the funniest part of the show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    This is a show that has to be watched with full attention since it unfolds so quickly through endless twists and turns.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    A slick production.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Some viewers, accustomed to less-original TV fare, may miss having stock gags and situations rammed down their throat. "Sons & Daughters" is a savory for more discerning palates.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Any way you portray Karol Wojtyla, he comes out looking extraordinary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Following the show will require some effort for viewers accustomed to less demanding fare.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Ultimately, what makes "Friday Night Lights" compelling is not the football or the cast. It's the accumulation of little details, like the eager faces of the pee-wee players as they meet and respectfully worship the big high-school boys whom they dream of becoming.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Lipstick Jungle has some good things going for it, including actresses in roles that call for slightly more maturity than we're accustomed to, and juicy enough meanies to give it a little suspense.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    "Ugly Betty" shines because Ms. Ferrera is luminous and credible as a character surrounded by caricatures. It's a strange mixture, but it works.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    No contestant wants to hear that his or her artistic creation looks "like a litter box" or something at "an assisted-living facility." But we do. And we lap the insults up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While "Broken Trail" is plot driven and not without action, it is most of all a languid elegy about the olden days on the Western ranges.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Despite his nearly affectless face and inflectionless voice, Mr. Duchovny does fill the screen as Hank, forcing us to take his side whether we like it or not.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Good fun, and not as bastardized as its advertising campaign suggests.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Journeyman has a decent hook.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What Back to You lacks in bite, it compensates for with chemistry and pure talent. The center of it all is the relationship between Chuck and Kelly, and Mr. Grammer and Ms. Heaton work together like they have been doing it all their lives.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Even viewers who had thought they never wanted to hear about a dimpled chad again will find that Recount moves along at a satisfying clip and can make the old drama and suspense seem surprisingly fresh.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Set as far as possible from the canyons of New York, the series has a cool, original look--despite its C-movie moments when burly guys in black jackets zoom down the highway to the accompaniment of country metal rock.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The plots are complex enough to sustain mystery, and if the mean streets of Toronto aren’t all that scary, this is a good thing for a show that is trying not to shock, but to entertain.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Dead Set is less remarkable, because this import from the U.K. is more typical of the genre and gets campy, although it will scare the bejeebers out of you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Kenneth Branagh is perfect as one of its broken-down men. His face telegraphs defeat even as he relentlessly answers the call to duty, on a cell phone that never stops ringing with news of another crime.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    In many respects, HBO's The Alzheimer's Project is nearly identical to the Emmy-winning PBS Alzheimer's presentation, "The Forgetting," which was first broadcast in 2004 and updated last year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    He's Washington, D.C., consultant Cal Lightman, helping authorities solve crimes and suss out liars by reading their facial gestures and demeanor cues. As science, this is a slim reed indeed, but it can make stories go around.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Certainly things will get more exciting in future episodes, when everybody throws powerful stink bombs at Japanese ships, for instance, and--not for the first time in his career--Mr. Watson steals the show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The show’s writers and producers may be trying to force-feed her to us as the health-care equivalent of the whore with a heart of gold. But Ms. Falco manages to shake off clichés and attract us to her for reasons never referred to in the script.