Nancy DeWolf Smith
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For 242 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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy DeWolf Smith's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Sherlock: Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 242
242 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    As show titles go, Naked and Afraid is inspired. Better still, the new Discovery series is even more entertaining than its title.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The World Wars has a few annoying habits, including pared-down descriptions that can be depressingly inane.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The language in "Huff" is still graphic and foul. What redeems it, as always, is the artful acting and occasional small scenes of quiet beauty.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    You don't have to be under 30 to enjoy this. It's no more, or less, ridiculous than ABC's massively-hyped hit about sex, love and secrets among housewives and other oldsters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    After the male action sequences, alas, the feminine interludes tend to be soporific.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Ultimately, though, it's not what happens to the folks on this show that is so revealing. It's what goes on in our own minds as we watch and listen to them try to navigate the shoals of racial differences.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    "Jericho" doesn't pretend to be artistically risky, but it's got a scary and gripping theme in an age of terrorism and nuclear thuggery.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    All of this might seem silly if it weren't for Mr. Goldblum.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Here's hoping that the strong whiff of sanctimony in the pilot of "Studio 60" is blown away by fresh air in future episodes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The pilot moves along at a cracking pace, introducing new clues and characters and settings so fast that it's very tempting to sit back and enjoy the ride, ludicrous though some of it may be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    You don't have to be a New Yorker to enjoy ESPN's eight-part miniseries, The Bronx is Burning, although it might help.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    For those of us who can't be bothered to decipher the mumbo jumbo, let alone take it seriously, there is diversion enough in each episode's discrete inner story, which doesn't require a mental decoder ring.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    No doubt Dollhouse will make a good computer game, although it looks like one already.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While little of this is boring, the movie only sizzles and sparks when it jumps out of flashback mode and into the 1950s "present," with Ms. MacLaine as a slightly cranky and tottering but totally grand old dame.