Nancy DeWolf Smith
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For 266 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 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy DeWolf Smith's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Bleak House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 266
266 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    An atmospheric thriller wrapped around a nugget of social commentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The first episode of Under the Dome is so intriguing that you may be tempted to Wiki the Stephen King novel on which it's based to find out what will happen next. Don't do that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    There's enough room left in the genre for another modern pairing, and Mr. Miller and Ms. Liu bring something memorably new to each character.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While the documentary doesn't view the day through rose-colored glasses, it lets us approach that time in a new, less painful way.
    • 70 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?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's far more beautiful than its predecessors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It has cinematic production values that give it the heft of a movie, and the lead characters are so natural and believable that the alien angle is less ludicrous than usual.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    No sooner has Upstairs veered toward farce than it redeems itself, again and again.
    • 78 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    All good stuff, plus a brief but powerful moment at the end that will leave longtime "Morse" fans in an agony of nostalgia
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    This being a made-for-television environment, no one perishes, but there are no happy endings here, either.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 73 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    A series that is improving with age.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    After only one episode it's clear that the more we learn about each of them, the more we will want to know.
    • 42 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It can be genuinely scary (the pilot has a "Lovely Bones" vibe that's not for children). But it has wit too, and avoids camp.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Although their four-hour production sags and drags in places, it is overall a stylish and engaging new take.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Take the back stories, add the unfolding drama of love, loss, disappearances and danger, shake it all up with exotic locales from Paris and Berlin to Monaco and Rio--and it could be a tasty cocktail
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Will is so apparently happy that most of the pathos inherent in his arrested development will have to be supplied by the viewer. But there is uplift in the theme. A man whose life is passing him by has a chance to stop being useless and search for the origins of true joy--and a little child shall lead him. Even if there are not too many creative surprises here, it's a journey that never loses its appeal.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Another preposterous television premise perhaps, but one that may be comforting to viewers looking for gentle escape with dash of uplift and hope.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Terra Nova stakes out its own universe, and the fact that we have been on such journeys before may enhance the experience of this one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    An elaborate mystery is always compelling, and here, episode after episode, we search for clues, for some sign that will let us distinguish between reality and imagination.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As familiar as this tableau may be, Hell on Wheels finds enough beauty, danger and emotion to make some part of every episode seem fresh and worth waiting for.

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