Nancy DeWolf Smith

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For 300 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 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nancy DeWolf Smith's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Walking Dead: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Andromeda Strain
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 300
300 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The Night Manager is a treat. ... For all its locations, the storytelling canvas is somehow small. And there are some ludicrous plot holes and twists which nudge the The Night Manager in a campy Bond direction. But it never strays near comedy, which makes the six episodes pretty much a nonstop fear-fest.
    • 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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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Even when it drags a tad early on, there is always something good coming down the pike.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    You don’t need to have seen the two seasons of HBO’s drama “Looking” to enjoy the movie that wraps things up now that the series has ended.
    • 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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