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 1.6 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 300
300 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Mindy is not just soulful and amusing. It takes a genre full of clichés, adds something fresh and spins it into gold.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The production is set among English traders in 19th-century Japan, the timeline of the action is altered, and some beloved examples of word play are no longer in the script. These are small matters, though, compared to the fresh gorgeousness on display and the elements of the story that come into focus here in new and moving ways.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    No vampires (so far). But no matter what materializes in the town, it's satisfying to see in the first episode that Haven already revolves around grown-ups.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The plot--absurd as it is that a handful of people would be alone and in charge of saving the world, or in an encounter between organizations named Section 20 and Office 39--has enough twists and momentum to keep you eager to know what happens next. What’s also cool, and helps further elevate Strike Back in its genre, is the artistic attention to detail.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It is not an exaggeration to say that the effect is of opening a treasure chest and being showered with its riches.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Longmire is the best of two worlds: a modern crime drama with dry wit and sometimes heart-wrenching emotion that's also got a glorious setting under the big sky of Wyoming.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Even with an occasional made-for-TV-movie flatness, Gracepoint seems poignant and complex and even frightening enough to sustain interest all over again.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It is funny in the manner of "Best in Show" or "A Mighty Wind," but much more biting. Although that means there are some truly painful moments, the talent of Mr. Lilley, a brilliant mimic, is a divine salve.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sleepy Hollow is great fun and gorgeous to look at.... The mythology of Sleepy Hollow is richly complex.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Vide Shakespeare and all the other roles, Mr. Branagh has never been better cast.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Everything happens quickly -- scenes, cameos, comments and quips fly by. But nothing is throwaway or stupid, and in the midst of laughter, the emotion, when it comes, feels real. That's good acting. It also happens only when writers respect their audience.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    An exhilarating burst of fresh air.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The new season of Foyle's War could be the best ever.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The TV series picks up perfectly where the movie left off, adding spice along the way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    This is Southland, where the emotional underpinnings of the main characters give the show its outstanding grace and depth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As painful as it is to see a fallen dog's body draped in the American flag, what Glory Dogs also does is deepen our appreciation for the servicemen who train them.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As the denizens of K-Ville move among the ruins of the city, the real and the fake merge until you forget that this is mere entertainment. It's a new experience, and an invigorating one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    A dark but artful and sophisticated drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Although their characters are as vivid as they are distinctive, these two interact so effortlessly, in conversation and body language, it's easy to forget they are just acting. And inside these "lost boys" are real men struggling to get out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The omniscient-narrator device works very well for a complex story spanning many years and varied sets of players.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As odd as poor Norman is, there's something about Norma that gives Bates Motel its true, and truly frightening, center. Vulnerable and malign, Ms. Farmiga pretty much nails it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's a bit old-fashioned, which in today's TV universe makes it seem light and fresh--like the entrancing Ms. Applegate herself.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    If Welcome to the Captain can sustain its tone of tender quirkiness, it may find an appreciate audience stretching from those who loved "Arrested Development" to fans of "My Name Is Earl."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jokes like that ["You gonna go all 'Twilight' on me?"] and the wisecracking Sally occasionally threaten to turn Being Human into a mild, campy thing. As we get to know the characters, however, and begin to identify with their sense of loss and isolation, humor helps make what is preposterous about their situation seem real.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    After the stage-setting of the first two episodes, however, Looking becomes less frenetic and begins building emotional resonance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Making, and enjoying, a commitment to watch Showtime's new dramedy The Big C requires a deliberate decision to ignore nagging questions. Such as: Why are so many of the TV and cinematic cancer stories of the past few decades about women? And in an era when more and more of us know someone with cancer, or have experienced it directly, does that mean that we are now ready to embrace the subject as entertainment? Dwell too long on those questions, and what is good about The Big C may pass you by.

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