Nancy DeWolf Smith
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For 268 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 35% 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

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Pacific: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 268
268 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Some fans of the series--created by Frank Darabont and based on the comic-books by Robert Kirkman, who is a writer and producer for the television show--would prefer more combat and less talking.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Amid occasional incongruities--wait and see--there are entertaining glimpses of period party food, hints of primitive forensics, and a village trial with inebriated jurors and a cheering, jeering peanut gallery that seems eerily authentic.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    This is a show that has to be watched with full attention since it unfolds so quickly through endless twists and turns.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Some occasional tastelessness aside--ranging from tired pregnancy-test urination jokes to a few gags that are unprintable--One Big Happy evolves into something a cut above the usual fare. It is brightly written, and tender at heart. Most of all, it is endowed with a great ensemble cast.
    • 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.
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    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    They all talk the talk that we want to hear: "We're after the worst people on this planet," one marshal says, looking at the camera: "You're going to live like an animal for the rest of your life until I catch you."
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Any way you portray Karol Wojtyla, he comes out looking extraordinary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    When it isn't outlandish, it has a more seriously entertaining side in the mystery of a hooded man who was mortally wounded while trying to tell Martin that even his identity as Martin is not real.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While "Broken Trail" is plot driven and not without action, it is most of all a languid elegy about the olden days on the Western ranges.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Journeyman has a decent hook.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Even viewers who had thought they never wanted to hear about a dimpled chad again will find that Recount moves along at a satisfying clip and can make the old drama and suspense seem surprisingly fresh.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Fun even when it's ludicrous, forgivable when the clich├ęs fly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 91 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Despite his nearly affectless face and inflectionless voice, Mr. Duchovny does fill the screen as Hank, forcing us to take his side whether we like it or not.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Good fun, and not as bastardized as its advertising campaign suggests.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    A slick production.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The otherwise unknowable details of conversations, wonder and doubt about the apparent resurrection, and political maneuvering are filled in a respectable but usually lively way by a cast of accomplished actors.
    • 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.

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