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 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy DeWolf Smith's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Sherlock: Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 300
300 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The trick to Ray Donovan, its gift to TV art, is to make almost every character emerge fully formed, and each scene a stunning vignette: of tragedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It takes a while to build up satisfying dramatic steam, so it may require more patience than some are willing to give.... but there has to be something great about a show that keeps you staring at it episode after episode, waiting for attraction to take its course.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    [Bill Nighy] is the riveting, breath-stealing, can't-take-your-eyes-off-him center of drama where every actor and every moment is like that, too.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The casting is effective. William Miller gives Oliver the requisite vulnerability and steeliness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's all more like a steady burn--of talent, of smart writing, of chemical reactions--and it may take a few episodes to feel the heat.
    • 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
    Mr. Connelly is one of the writers and executive producers, along with co-executive producer Eric Overmyer of “The Wire” and much other fame. They know good writing, with not a word wasted. They know cop lore and lingo and what turns viewers on about the genre. There’s a solid cast. The rest... who knows? It just happens.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    After only one episode on preview, it is not clear how well or long this premise can work and still be so engaging. But so far, the new series works well in every way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Thankfully, Caprica can be enjoyed without any reference to the literal past or the figurative future.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Watching [Valerie’s entourage] fawn over stars, such as Seth Rogen playing himself, is still irresistibly painful, like pushing on a sore tooth. But watching Paulie G. puff with deceptive calm on his fat e-cigarette, we see through the smoke, and the laughs, the faint shape of a show going pleasantly darker.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While they are every bit as wild and woolly as the historical figures of Norse sagas, such is the power of Vikings that we come to know and even root for them, so enthralling are they and almost everything else here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    You don’t need to have seen the two seasons of HBO’s drama “Looking” to enjoy the movie that wraps things up now that the series has ended.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As the series proceeds, the fiction of the bigger events--e.g. global immortality--is made believable or at least compelling by tiny touches that perfectly anticipate how society would respond.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The story of rising (and falling) movie star Vince (Adrian Grenier) and his entourage of high-living pals is as amusing as ever; and as the show matures so, ever so slightly, do the characters.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The fantastic Ms. Ullman is as funny as ever, depicting a new slew of characters in sketches that mock the way we are.
    • 70 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Hey, it works. Probably because Falling Skies tells a gripping story, full of people whose fate we cannot guess on a playing field whose contours are not yet clear.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Hearing the opening notes of "New York, New York" and seeing Tom Selleck at the start of the show may hurt some viewers like a retro kick in the gut. Yet by the end of the pilot a new, hip-hoppish version of that old tune cements Blue Bloods in the here and now, even if the here and now is a wee bit squaresville.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The glorious new PBS mystery series Grantchester is a revelation on two fronts and unforgettable on both. It turns back the clock to solve crime in a different era, offering respite from the world around us now even as it reveals how little ever changes about the human heart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    An often engrossing attempt to explore the way needful alliances between Indians and settlers may have had a transforming, even enlightening, effect on some of the English.
    • 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?

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