Nancy DeWolf Smith

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For 300 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy DeWolf Smith's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Ray Donovan: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 The Andromeda Strain
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 300
300 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Good fun, and not as bastardized as its advertising campaign suggests.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    A slick production.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The otherwise unknowable details of conversations, wonder and doubt about the apparent resurrection, and political maneuvering are filled in a respectable but usually lively way by a cast of accomplished actors.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The humans are still mostly good guys. Their dilemmas and antics--including blowing up a nuclear plant and giving birth to an infant who can stand up in her crib a few hours later--remain fun to watch.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The sets are somewhat spartan, and the cast of investigators almost uniformly young and good looking (a token geezer gets eviscerated early on), never a good sign if big budgets and verisimilitude are your thing. Yet the animals that matter look terrifyingly real, and the prospect of watching the human cast try to put the ferocious visitors back where they came from before "history unravels" is exciting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As show titles go, Naked and Afraid is inspired. Better still, the new Discovery series is even more entertaining than its title.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The stage is thus set for an epic showdown between the dogged Lamb and Vincent, under whose calm facade lies a vicious shark of a man.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The vibe so far is part "Hunt for Red October," part "Lord of the Flies."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What's appealing here is that they, and the show, manage to create something close to real drama, including stretches where there is not a gag in sight.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Political Animals crams elements of conventional TV fare into a blender and makes something that is wildly different and kind of liberating.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    There are some wonderful moments in this film by Barry Avrich.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The accomplishment here is that tight writing and editing, a solid cast with good timing and Mr. Sheen's chops as the ne plus ultra of sitcom performers, make the whole thing feel, if not entirely fresh-then crisp.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    They [the black characters] are so well drawn and acted and so dramatically compelling that the others--like the casually cruel plantation massah and the kindly abolitionist lawyer and his wife--can seem like stock characters in a movie of the week.
    • 60 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    You don't have to be a New Yorker to enjoy ESPN's eight-part miniseries, The Bronx is Burning, although it might help.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Here's hoping that the strong whiff of sanctimony in the pilot of "Studio 60" is blown away by fresh air in future episodes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As beloved as Mr. Wilson is from “The Office,” as it is written the character of the curmudgeon Backstrom doesn’t seem trenchant enough to be memorably offensive or socially tart. Yet if enough viewers pray long enough for his evolution, they may be rewarded by taking other pleasures from the show.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The pilot moves along at a cracking pace, introducing new clues and characters and settings so fast that it's very tempting to sit back and enjoy the ride, ludicrous though some of it may be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    After the male action sequences, alas, the feminine interludes tend to be soporific.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    No doubt Dollhouse will make a good computer game, although it looks like one already.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    "Jericho" doesn't pretend to be artistically risky, but it's got a scary and gripping theme in an age of terrorism and nuclear thuggery.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Ultimately, though, it's not what happens to the folks on this show that is so revealing. It's what goes on in our own minds as we watch and listen to them try to navigate the shoals of racial differences.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The Casual Vacancy was riveting while it lasted. When it was over, though, I wanted to stick a fork in my face.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    All of this might seem silly if it weren't for Mr. Goldblum.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Showtime's new comedy series la la land can be torture to watch, whether you end up choking with laughter or cringing at the sight of well-meaning folks being made fools of.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The humor in Community is so soft that it will likely please only the tenderhearted. The river that runs through it is a comforting one, though.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Unfolding simultaneously in two distinct worlds, the series has an enchanting premise, even if it plods at times when it should sparkle and soar.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Over a mere three episodes for this season, it is difficult to know most of the characters. Some, like Sir Hallam, seem only half-drawn. Agnes's sister Lady Persie (Claire Foy)--a debutante who's become a fascist fangirl--is repellant in an uninteresting way. There are some plot touches, involving minorities, that clang as too modern. Then again, when the Duke of Kent cries over his brother Edward's abdication--"It's the sort of thing that happens in Romania"--memories of what was so entrancing about the original show come wafting back.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The language in "Huff" is still graphic and foul. What redeems it, as always, is the artful acting and occasional small scenes of quiet beauty.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The show confirms almost everything we already knew or suspected about local TV stations. It is amusing.... What is less clear is whether some of them are as spectacularly clueless as they appear to be.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Once Matthew Perry and (especially) Thomas Lennon kick in as the slovenly Oscar Madison and the fastidious Felix Unger, respectively, their timing and physicality, and some tart writing, pull the show up like a water-skier behind a motorboat.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Mr. Ramsay is not quite the raging beast in "Hotel Hell" that he is in his own kitchens.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    You don't have to be under 30 to enjoy this. It's no more, or less, ridiculous than ABC's massively-hyped hit about sex, love and secrets among housewives and other oldsters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    For those of us who can't be bothered to decipher the mumbo jumbo, let alone take it seriously, there is diversion enough in each episode's discrete inner story, which doesn't require a mental decoder ring.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While little of this is boring, the movie only sizzles and sparks when it jumps out of flashback mode and into the 1950s "present," with Ms. MacLaine as a slightly cranky and tottering but totally grand old dame.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    This singing competition is like a hybrid of MTV's "Silent Library" and "Jackass." If you hated those or don't know what they are, consider yourself warned.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Writers (and co-executive producers, among others) Mark Cullen and Robb Cullen have an uneven and not 100% original touch here. But sitcom magic is difficult to make, and at least Mr. Robinson has a few tricks in its bag.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Despite its updated gloss and cast, in fact, Raising the Bar doesn't really break a mold.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The upside is that the first few episodes (of nine) may well draw you in, along with some wonderful performances.... If only there were more such gems in this particular crown.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's a good refresher course, but not a hugely gripping one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Magic City is a little slow at getting under our figurative skin.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    This film seems to want to scream, but never does, taking instead a mildly passive-aggressive approach to the objects under its microscope while following a trail of inquiry that meanders without ever arriving.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Yes, it's all fairly formulaic.
    • 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.
    • 49 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Nothing much new here, although there's always another case for the audience to watch Laura solve.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Although the theme of toxic corporate greed is still there, the elongating of the story into many hours and the flattening of some mysteries for clarity on television may annoy devotees of the feature film.
    • 43 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    There is a lot that is ridiculous here.
    • 65 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    If only the formula didn't require the 6-foot, seven-inch Mr. Jones to hug so many sobbing thankful owners, with apparent tears in his own eyes. He's more fun when he's beastly.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sex Box breaks no meaningful boundaries in its first two episodes. The average music video is more titillating.
    • 58 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.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    This light-as-a-feather comedy can be fun.

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