Nancy DeWolf Smith
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For 259 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy DeWolf Smith's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Big Love: Season 5
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 259
259 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Inquiring minds who liked "Lost," or "The 4400" and "The Event" will find much to feast on.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Cold Justice is about simple people in forgotten places, a far cry from the rich New York socialites and corporate villains of an entertainment like "Law & Order." Yet with real pain comes the promise of real closure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Following the show will require some effort for viewers accustomed to less demanding fare.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What women really want was never more simply put than in the CW's compelling Vampire Diaries.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    This relaxing series about small-town lives is as burden-free as a day on the beach with an umbrella, a book and a breeze.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Mei’s dogged and often clumsy efforts to bring the truth to light ought to seem laughably naive. Yet the more we grasp the enormity of what she is up against--a relentless apparatus of which every citizen of China is aware--the harder we root for Mei and her tiny Chinese family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Those who find unremitting gloom too much to bear will be cheered to know that the show’s complicated mysteries and interpersonal dramas may provide sporadic relief. Whether the storytelling will be as good as the acting is too early to say.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Watching [Valerie’s entourage] fawn over stars, such as Seth Rogen playing himself, is still irresistibly painful, like pushing on a sore tooth. But watching Paulie G. puff with deceptive calm on his fat e-cigarette, we see through the smoke, and the laughs, the faint shape of a show going pleasantly darker.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The mind reels from all the action. Most of the time it is an entertaining sensation.
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    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The result is strangely illuminating--who knew that the sight of six motorcycles parked outside a bar will keep 88% of female customers away?--and sometimes hilarious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Some viewers, accustomed to less-original TV fare, may miss having stock gags and situations rammed down their throat. "Sons & Daughters" is a savory for more discerning palates.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The World Wars has a few annoying habits, including pared-down descriptions that can be depressingly inane.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    "Ugly Betty" shines because Ms. Ferrera is luminous and credible as a character surrounded by caricatures. It's a strange mixture, but it works.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Lipstick Jungle has some good things going for it, including actresses in roles that call for slightly more maturity than we're accustomed to, and juicy enough meanies to give it a little suspense.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What Back to You lacks in bite, it compensates for with chemistry and pure talent. The center of it all is the relationship between Chuck and Kelly, and Mr. Grammer and Ms. Heaton work together like they have been doing it all their lives.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    No contestant wants to hear that his or her artistic creation looks "like a litter box" or something at "an assisted-living facility." But we do. And we lap the insults up.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Like the book on which it is based, Killing Kennedy sticks pretty much to knowable facts. While this means some suspicions are not ruled out, Oswald is depicted as acting on his own--and seems able to get off several shots quickly--so there is no grassy knoll, etc. Think of it as a Cliffs Notes version of the Warren Commission.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Ultimately, what makes "Friday Night Lights" compelling is not the football or the cast. It's the accumulation of little details, like the eager faces of the pee-wee players as they meet and respectfully worship the big high-school boys whom they dream of becoming.

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