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 2.1 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 300
300 tv reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Stunning in a different way are the three Marines at the center of the series. In their true stories and, more importantly, their individual responses to the demands of warfare, we find a perfect trinity of action, emotion and intellect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What makes The Walking Dead so much more than a horror show is that it plays with theatrical grandeur, on a canvas that feels real, looks cinematic and has an orchestral score to match. For all its set pieces, however, Walking is most breathtaking in its small moments, in which the pain and glory of being human are conveyed with only the flick of a filmmaking wrist.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    One welcome aspect of all this is that some of the plot threads which became so distracting last season, threatening to tip Big Love into crazy-flatulent "L.A. Law" territory, seem to be gone. There is more than enough left, along with consistently brilliant acting all over, to keep the show as mesmerizing as it ever was.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    If the series were only about the doe-eyed and inscrutable Naz, it would be interesting enough. But it is bursting with other characters and heart-ripping portraits and morality playlets with a life of their own. The main attraction is the disheveled lawyer Jack Stone (John Turturro, in a mind-blowing performance).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The PBS series is more marvelous, and thrilling, than ever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The best parts of Treme are breathtaking. And then it exceeds that.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Intricate plots (many updated versions of old favorites), fast pacing and smart, witty writing make Sherlock one of the most dazzling confections on TV.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Perhaps the most glorious Masterpiece Theater of all time.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What makes it uniquely entertaining are Mr. Rock's and co-creator Ali LeRoi's humorous insights into the terrors of adolescence and their tart observations about harsh realities of the wider world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The question of whether Malvo is a Satan or some kind of avenging angel is what helps elevate Fargo above the realm of merely clever black comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    [The best way] to view The Girl as an exquisitely lurid morality play in the Hitchcock style.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The stories are complex and contemporary, with references to a remembered past. But it's easy to forget the past--the present Sherlock, droll yet naive, is so wonderfully weird.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    A superbly stylish and scary French drama with no equal in its genre.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It is even more excruciating -- which in this case means better -- than last year's.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Each week the story unfolds like a tapestry, its intricate stitches slowly creating not just a scene but a whole world. It's a world to get lost in, but not always easy to endure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The Canadian wilderness scenery is spectacular and the cast is even better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The narrative is so intense and the details are so rich that you can forget to breathe.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Beautiful, painful, almost lovingly languid but never, ever boring.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It is not very often that a TV series invents a new look, or even a new genre. After only two weeks on the air, it may be too soon to gush that way about FX's new drama Justified, but this is one cool show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What makes this documentary so fascinating are the narratives by many of the CIA analysts, operatives and others who worked in the shadows over almost two decades to lay the groundwork for identifying Islamic radicals and tracking terrorists.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The cast--including Michael Cudlitz, Ben McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy and Regina King--is perfection. No ensemble of actors on television is more stunning or exciting to watch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The HBO film Grey Gardens shines new light on old subjects, and the result--including a fantastic performance from Drew Barrymore--is beyond entertaining.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Onto this short list of tightly written and intensely acted thrillers now comes Boss.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Watching "My Name Is Earl" unfold is like taking a hydrofoil ride and flying so fast above the ordinary surface of television life that when the show ends you feel dazed and amazed for hours afterward.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Watching Messrs. Hopkins and McKellen in the full expression of their powers--in a TV setting but stagelike enough to be a stellar showcase--is a treat as good as the play itself.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As a murder mystery, Broadchurch is satisfyingly complex (even if the accents may take some getting used to). As an exploration of grief it is even better, with Ms. Whittaker and Ms. Colman pointing the way. But in its long, slow unfolding Broadchurch is most magnificent in another sense--as an elegy for the happy innocence of ignorance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    In a film directed by Ryan Murphy and with strong performances, including those by Mr. Ruffalo, Ms. Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Alfred Molina, Mr. Mantello's anguished lament ["...can't you see how important it is for us to love openly...without guilt?"] may be the most haunting.

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