Nancy DeWolf Smith
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For 253 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy DeWolf Smith's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Big Love: Season 5
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 253
253 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Set as far as possible from the canyons of New York, the series has a cool, original look--despite its C-movie moments when burly guys in black jackets zoom down the highway to the accompaniment of country metal rock.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    In many respects, HBO's The Alzheimer's Project is nearly identical to the Emmy-winning PBS Alzheimer's presentation, "The Forgetting," which was first broadcast in 2004 and updated last year.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The plots are complex enough to sustain mystery, and if the mean streets of Toronto aren’t all that scary, this is a good thing for a show that is trying not to shock, but to entertain.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    He's Washington, D.C., consultant Cal Lightman, helping authorities solve crimes and suss out liars by reading their facial gestures and demeanor cues. As science, this is a slim reed indeed, but it can make stories go around.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The show’s writers and producers may be trying to force-feed her to us as the health-care equivalent of the whore with a heart of gold. But Ms. Falco manages to shake off clichés and attract us to her for reasons never referred to in the script.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What women really want was never more simply put than in the CW's compelling Vampire Diaries.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sons of Tucson has a sharp edge that can be funny even as it makes you feel uneasy for laughing.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While some criminals may escape, it's all happening in sunny Hawaii; and every time bad guys kick up a fuss, we know the good guys will kick back harder. The closing line, 'Book 'em, Danno,' may be a cultural joke, but it also sounds good as a promise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Its pilot episode (which will be repeated Saturday from 8-9 p.m.) felt like a fusion of "E.T." and a "Frontline" documentary on Guantanamo.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Dead Set is less remarkable, because this import from the U.K. is more typical of the genre and gets campy, although it will scare the bejeebers out of you.
    • 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 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.
    • 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."
    • 67 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Inquiring minds who liked "Lost," or "The 4400" and "The Event" will find much to feast on.
    • 74 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.
    • 58 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.

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