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 The Night Of
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 300
300 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The script by Sarah Treem, the show’s co-creator with Hagai Levi, can be murky. Then again, Noah and Alison are telling their stories to a detective, apparently in the aftermath of a major event or crime. It will be a jaded viewer indeed who can resist coming back for more after the first episode ends.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    White Collar takes off in its own refreshing directions, with enough wit and sparkle to make the time fly by.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As the series proceeds, the scheming, criminality and even bloodshed that swirl around many of these objects and their acquisition becomes a mounting weight atop Graham and Roxanna in particular. Seeing the bad karma pile on is what makes The Art of More difficult to stop watching.
    • 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
    If the first hour is any guide, though, there will be enough action and interplay and people to feel safe around, or suspect, to keep it constantly entertaining.... So far, paying attention to all that is exciting.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Some viewers may be dismayed to see so much more of Brody's sulky daughter, Dana (Morgan Saylor), or put off by another Carrie meltdown. But those are minor annoyances. Overall, the new Homeland looks to be back on track in marvelous ways.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Despite its fantastic nature, the story is an onion with a thousand layers, each one a satisfying mystery of its own.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Of all the new shows I've watched, it's also the one I'm most eager to see again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The casting is effective. William Miller gives Oliver the requisite vulnerability and steeliness.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Behind the Candelabra, a snapshot from the last decade of the pianist and showman Liberace, is sublimely entertaining.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Divorce, father issues, an aging Peter Pan—we've seen these things before. Not like this, though, with no false notes, and reactions, from pain to optimism, that feel honest and not manufactured.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The good stuff: To the music that nobody can take down or chip away at. To the energy and excitement and drama of a James Brown performance, from the footwork and the sweat to the drama of the moment when Brown, apparently near death from exertion, was draped with a cape and lead shuffling slowly offstage until, UNH! he would turn around, spring back to the microphone and the whole frenzy would begin again.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As always, figuring out what makes the sheriff tick is the best puzzle of all.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Mr. Steinberg, a comedian who is now also an admired television director, is the ideal interviewer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Although the film ends on an odd note that seems to endorse near-subsistence farming as the only moral and sustainable form of agriculture, it makes an important record of a receding era.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It would be grim if it were not for the poetry itself, and Mr. Hollander’s soothing approximation of the way Thomas declaimed it on recordings he left behind.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Director Liz Garbus conveys much of the excitement and turmoil surrounding the subject of her documentary, Bobby Fischer Against the World.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    After the static and bloodless world of “The Girlfriend Experience,” the Showtime comedy Dice is like an explosion of heat and vigor and passion.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Most of the editors here have charm and pizazz that seem more appealing than the photographs they masterminded.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Power is a frightening but easy-to-get-sucked-into fable about those last two paths to financial success [drug dealing and nightclubs].
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The truthful background of this high-stakes history makes it thrilling on a deeper level. Along with the battle scenes and other entertainments, the series reflects many challenges of today’s world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    For all its emotional agony and slow pacing at times, Happy Valley is always moving forward and the fifth episode explodes off the screen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The series is set in modern-day Rome, where the women wear tight skirts, the men are in sharp suits, and even the corruption is exquisite in its labyrinthine complexity.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It is neither a cheap thrill or too painful to watch these lost souls being drilled in first impressions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Despite the music in James Lapine's documentary, Six By Sondheim, it is archival clips of Mr. Sondheim describing how he writes that make the film a treasure.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Suffering is never easy to watch, and when a series revolves around a woman in near-constant mental anguish, things can creep close to tiresome. Such is Ms. Sevigny's performance, though--at once veiled and yet open to view as she has not often been in other roles—that you can't stop looking.

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