Nancy DeWolf Smith

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For 288 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 2.6 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 288
288 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Nobody (including James Earl Jones as the chief justice) plays openly for laughs here, which would spoil an already precarious illusion. Yet amid the high-voltage action, there is banter and always an open invitation to laugh if you want to.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    If German expressionism is your thing—and the sensation of emotional battering feels real here for the characters and viewers alike--the eight-episode series will be searingly satisfying. Everyone else, be warned and encouraged: This is a long walk on the dark side pierced by occasional moments of glittering, breath-stopping beauty.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Although their four-hour production sags and drags in places, it is overall a stylish and engaging new take.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Will is so apparently happy that most of the pathos inherent in his arrested development will have to be supplied by the viewer. But there is uplift in the theme. A man whose life is passing him by has a chance to stop being useless and search for the origins of true joy--and a little child shall lead him. Even if there are not too many creative surprises here, it's a journey that never loses its appeal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Mr. Connelly is one of the writers and executive producers, along with co-executive producer Eric Overmyer of “The Wire” and much other fame. They know good writing, with not a word wasted. They know cop lore and lingo and what turns viewers on about the genre. There’s a solid cast. The rest... who knows? It just happens.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Whether you come away seeing Scientology as a cult that ensnares vulnerable people or as a faith of self-empowerment, the film leaves a terrible taste of too much information. This must be its point, but take heed just the same.
    • 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.
    • 49 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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