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 Sherlock: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 235
235 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    One must be anesthetized for the series to have its desired effect of making us root for Underwood or at least feel suspense until each of his miniplots pans out to successful competition. Yet rapacious viewing will be numbing too, and not in a useful way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Fortunately, there are some laughs in Hello Ladies and skewerings of the vapidness that runs like a river beneath the glitzy surface of show business.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Although the first few episodes can be slow going and are inert in spots, the series finds a rhythm by episode four, as it develops characters and side themes to remind us just how dark those dark ages were.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Despite some funny and even pungent moments, in fact, Doll & Em is so gentle that you can barely feel anything.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    [So far] the show has the elements of a gripping yarn.... But there was a vibe of something tedious when one of the kidnappers announced: "Today the bug is king"--and if Crisis really goes there, some of us will be tempted to run away.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Since the series was filmed partly aboard U.S. Navy vessels, aircraft and with other working equipment, when the big guns go off it looks and sounds satisfyingly earthshaking. Inevitably, some things are formulaic.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The result is ridiculous; but it's far more amusing than Hollywood Squares, which is where other formerly famous go to die.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Yes, it's all fairly formulaic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The main thing in its favor is the chemical tension between its stars. That may not be enough, but it's something.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Despite its updated gloss and cast, in fact, Raising the Bar doesn't really break a mold.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Kings, which also serves up melodrama and mystical happenings, is far more ambitious [than Aaron Spellings' shows]. Yet it can have the effect of a real sleep potion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It seems determined to eschew high style in favor of a flat, dark world that's appropriately grim yet also numbingly static.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The series might be more fun if "jobmother" Hayley Taylor didn't have to stop each time she utters a harsh truth and comfort an angry or weeping spouse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    [Why do] The husbands come across as total bums? Not just because of the way they lounge around all day moaning about how hard (sniff) it is (sniff) not to be able to provide for their family. They dress like bums, too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Magic City is a little slow at getting under our figurative skin.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    [The show is] so tame, in fact, that viewers may be forgiven for hoping, against their better instincts, that things get a little wilder, if not more wanton, down the road.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    There is some suspense here, even if it is mainly because the violence when it comes is so swift and sickening. But the show still feels slack.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's a good refresher course, but not a hugely gripping one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While there's a nice ensemble cast, Mr. Samberg is meant to steal the show and he does--although not often in a good way.... But the nearly laugh-less pilot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is like one of those SNL sketches that doesn't work but you don't mind too much because it's possible the next sketch will be hilarious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Watching NBC’s Dracula isn’t always easy, and not only because its Dublin-born star, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is often compelled to speak with a cartoonish American accent.... The biggest distraction of all may be the series’ sociopolitical construct, seemingly ripped from the headlines about Occupy Wall Street, as told to climate-change zealots and written up by Dalton Trumbo.... To its credit, this one isn’t camp and doesn’t clown around.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The miniseries itself never quite reaches dramatic liftoff. Could be the know-how-it-ends curse of biopics at work. Or perhaps it's because it is so difficult to spare time and emotion for a couple of punks.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Much of this is utter nonsense. Life at a real fertility clinic is certainly a lot more humdrum, with fewer sexy nurses and doctors, a lower success record and longer debates about which clients to treat.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    After just one episode, I was interested enough to make a mental note to watch the final one someday, just to see who won and what the race was all about. People with more time on their hands and a tolerance for utter implausibility may choose to make the whole journey.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    There is a lot that is ridiculous here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's all done in an over-the-top, low-budget sort of way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    If you can view The Company's as a basic thriller, and ignore its gaffes, you'll find entertainment here.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    In other words, deconstructionists of the world, there is nothing here for you. Nor, it must be said, for anyone who is not entertained by family-friendly fare. Perhaps future episodes will get down and dirty. So far, however, the series is straight as an arrow.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Ms. Hunt gets some humorous lines, and the banter between partners Callen and Hanna can make them seem like a new-age Starsky and Hutch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The production has a satisfyingly brooding, ominous look and it's possible to see the basic appeal for role-players and other fans of a realm that provides a limitless playing field for their own imaginations. Thrones also has wolf pups, which is always cool. But then we're back to the familiar favorites of the infantile.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Amid memorable villains, Dickens always gave us someone to like and root for. It's hard to find anyone to cheer on here.