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 Ray Donovan: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 266
266 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The grotesqueries of "Dexter" are not something that can easily be dismissed with the old "you don't have to watch" line. We don't have to watch. We do have to live among the viewers who will be desensitized, or aroused, by this show.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As they stumble from one brutal act to another, accompanied by a hip rock soundtrack, we're not watching dramatic art; it's more like "Dawson's Creek" for psychopaths.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It was nothing short of painful recently to watch the first episode of NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?"--one of the more interestingly focused reality shows--about efforts, by a handful of celebrities, to trace their ancestors
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Over five-plus hours, the miniseries would have had time to explore every nuance. But there are so few that rise above artifice, and so little dramatic action driving the plot, that even an actor as talented as Ms. Winslet can hardly fill the dead spaces.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    "The State Within" has so many inauthentic touches, that-would-never-happen moments, and is so often off in the details, that it's difficult to take seriously.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Perhaps Tara will, over time, find something interesting to say. Perhaps it will be about the trauma that presumably led to the split in Tara's personality. Right now, however, what makes the show so painful is the abuse of her children, inflicted by Tara both in and out of split mode, and abetted by her pathologically laid-back husband.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Some shading aside, some occasional twinges of remorse, nothing can hide the fact that these people have no souls to lose, no character to develop. Apart from looking for "Godfather" homage moments, there isn't more to root for here than there is at a cage fight.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    We're left with a heap of hocus-pocus that will offend some viewers and seem pretentious or silly to others.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Suffice it to say that Bravo has found yet another group of not-very-appealing women to represent their gender and, more broadly speaking, the lifestyle of the heterosexual cheeseball.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Gold Rush is jaw-dropping television. Not only are most of these men total boobs and incompetents, but their stupidity borders on criminal at times.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jules will search for self-esteem in frequent sex and the proof that she is still "hot." Such a quest could be made funny, but here it mostly isn't. Ms. Cox is struggling with some ugly material and often seems desperate.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    In the three episodes HBO made available to reviewers, however, the only moment of transcendence for the viewer occurs when some of the characters take to the sea on their boards and ride the waves in an "Endless Summer" moment that comes as a blessed relief after the inexplicable chaos of what precedes it -- and is over too soon.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The Royals is a trashy soap opera that’s not bad enough to be funny and is best when it wallows in melodrama.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    If it's relevant and reflects the hip themes of today, perhaps nobody will notice wooden acting, ludicrous dialogue and a plot so convoluted that the whole enterprise has as much tension as a broken violin string.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 30 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Stalker won't get the kind of respect "Dexter" did, in part because it is more overtly cheezy in the generic showbiz way.

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