For 227 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy DeWolf Smith's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Bleak House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Andromeda Strain: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 227
227 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Terra Nova stakes out its own universe, and the fact that we have been on such journeys before may enhance the experience of this one.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Some fans apparently don't think the sloe-eyed blond actor Jamie Campbell Bower is studly and thrusting enough for Arthur. But boyishness gives him room to grow, and there is plenty that's masterly about Joseph Fiennes as Merlin, who is occasionally seen in a studded hoodie and always shrouded in mystery, but other otherwise all man.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While the tale is not always exciting and the parade of suits grows blurry at times, other times Fail takes on the urgency of an imminent nuclear disaster. Shop talk, cutting quips and appropriately ominous music add atmospherics.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The whole enterprise is less goosed and glitzy than NBC's successful show, "The Voice." But it's easier to concentrate that way, on the experts who know what they want and talk to the contestants with a brutal honesty that's still softer than the real world.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What's appealing here is that they, and the show, manage to create something close to real drama, including stretches where there is not a gag in sight.
    • 69 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Take the back stories, add the unfolding drama of love, loss, disappearances and danger, shake it all up with exotic locales from Paris and Berlin to Monaco and Rio--and it could be a tasty cocktail
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Another preposterous television premise perhaps, but one that may be comforting to viewers looking for gentle escape with dash of uplift and hope.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It can be genuinely scary (the pilot has a "Lovely Bones" vibe that's not for children). But it has wit too, and avoids camp.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As familiar as this tableau may be, Hell on Wheels finds enough beauty, danger and emotion to make some part of every episode seem fresh and worth waiting for.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's hard to know why a conventional sitcom turns out to be better than average, with some of the same appeal--mapcap and yet still warm and relatively gimmick-free--as the 1980s' "Kate & Allie."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The story occasionally gets convoluted, or slightly exhausting....But the cast is so strong that there is always something to marvel at.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jerry Lewis is not only a "genius," a word that crops up so often that only in show business would such an outpouring not be mistaken for parody.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Inquiring minds who liked "Lost," or "The 4400" and "The Event" will find much to feast on.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    An elaborate mystery is always compelling, and here, episode after episode, we search for clues, for some sign that will let us distinguish between reality and imagination.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's still a fun, fast ride, with lots of twists and turns, murder and menace, and after only a few episodes we know enough back story about most of the main characters to care what happens to them.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The latest version of Treasure Island on Syfy, stands out as a gem--although some plot changes for the sake of agitprop make it a flawed one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    When all is said and done, none of these back stories is as inspiring as what happens when these people open their mouths and just sing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The stage is thus set for an epic showdown between the dogged Lamb and Vincent, under whose calm facade lies a vicious shark of a man.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Political Animals crams elements of conventional TV fare into a blender and makes something that is wildly different and kind of liberating.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The accomplishment here is that tight writing and editing, a solid cast with good timing and Mr. Sheen's chops as the ne plus ultra of sitcom performers, make the whole thing feel, if not entirely fresh-then crisp.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Nobody here offers shattering insights into the meaning of life or even of modeling. They're just among a large group of attractive women telling stories to the camera.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Fun even when it's ludicrous, forgivable when the clichés fly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The vibe so far is part "Hunt for Red October," part "Lord of the Flies."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The tapestry of characters in George R.R. Martin's fantasy kingdom has grown so huge now that only the most avid fan can hope to identify them all, let alone keep track of the family ties, alliances and enmities which make this quasimedieval world so dangerous to nearly everyone in it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The humans are still mostly good guys. Their dilemmas and antics--including blowing up a nuclear plant and giving birth to an infant who can stand up in her crib a few hours later--remain fun to watch.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The sets are somewhat spartan, and the cast of investigators almost uniformly young and good looking (a token geezer gets eviscerated early on), never a good sign if big budgets and verisimilitude are your thing. Yet the animals that matter look terrifyingly real, and the prospect of watching the human cast try to put the ferocious visitors back where they came from before "history unravels" is exciting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    [The Renaissance and Leonardo] bring moments of transcendent beauty to the series, which was written by David S. Goyer, and is laced with aha moments of glorious invention and the scent of mysticism. The line between mystery and bafflement is a thin one, though, and at times it is impossible to tell what's going on or who's who in the flickering torchlight. There is also a distraction, at least initially, in the portrayal of Leonardo--who comes across as a weird amalgam of Peter Pan, MacGyver and a Chippendale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While the show is full of comic highs and witty insight, it isn't funny all the time because some of the jokes are disappointingly crude.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's a straightforward story of iron determination to succeed against the odds—the options for drilling are now risky, and a failure means the loss of half a million dollars. But it is, beside that, a picture of a family, a portrait limited in its detail but dramatic nonetheless in its evidence of the tense relationship between the assured and driven CJ and his younger, college-educated brother.