Nancy DeWolf Smith
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For 250 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 3.9 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 250
250 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    No doubt Dollhouse will make a good computer game, although it looks like one already.
    • 74 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The humor in Community is so soft that it will likely please only the tenderhearted. The river that runs through it is a comforting one, though.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Showtime's new comedy series la la land can be torture to watch, whether you end up choking with laughter or cringing at the sight of well-meaning folks being made fools of.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Over a mere three episodes for this season, it is difficult to know most of the characters. Some, like Sir Hallam, seem only half-drawn. Agnes's sister Lady Persie (Claire Foy)--a debutante who's become a fascist fangirl--is repellant in an uninteresting way. There are some plot touches, involving minorities, that clang as too modern. Then again, when the Duke of Kent cries over his brother Edward's abdication--"It's the sort of thing that happens in Romania"--memories of what was so entrancing about the original show come wafting back.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Unfolding simultaneously in two distinct worlds, the series has an enchanting premise, even if it plods at times when it should sparkle and soar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Mr. Ramsay is not quite the raging beast in "Hotel Hell" that he is in his own kitchens.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    One must be anesthetized for the series to have its desired effect of making us root for Underwood or at least feel suspense until each of his miniplots pans out to successful competition. Yet rapacious viewing will be numbing too, and not in a useful way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Fortunately, there are some laughs in Hello Ladies and skewerings of the vapidness that runs like a river beneath the glitzy surface of show business.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Although the first few episodes can be slow going and are inert in spots, the series finds a rhythm by episode four, as it develops characters and side themes to remind us just how dark those dark ages were.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    [So far] the show has the elements of a gripping yarn.... But there was a vibe of something tedious when one of the kidnappers announced: "Today the bug is king"--and if Crisis really goes there, some of us will be tempted to run away.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Despite some funny and even pungent moments, in fact, Doll & Em is so gentle that you can barely feel anything.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Since the series was filmed partly aboard U.S. Navy vessels, aircraft and with other working equipment, when the big guns go off it looks and sounds satisfyingly earthshaking. Inevitably, some things are formulaic.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Yes, it's all fairly formulaic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The result is ridiculous; but it's far more amusing than Hollywood Squares, which is where other formerly famous go to die.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The main thing in its favor is the chemical tension between its stars. That may not be enough, but it's something.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Despite its updated gloss and cast, in fact, Raising the Bar doesn't really break a mold.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Kings, which also serves up melodrama and mystical happenings, is far more ambitious [than Aaron Spellings' shows]. Yet it can have the effect of a real sleep potion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It seems determined to eschew high style in favor of a flat, dark world that's appropriately grim yet also numbingly static.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    [Why do] The husbands come across as total bums? Not just because of the way they lounge around all day moaning about how hard (sniff) it is (sniff) not to be able to provide for their family. They dress like bums, too.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The series might be more fun if "jobmother" Hayley Taylor didn't have to stop each time she utters a harsh truth and comfort an angry or weeping spouse.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Magic City is a little slow at getting under our figurative skin.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    [The show is] so tame, in fact, that viewers may be forgiven for hoping, against their better instincts, that things get a little wilder, if not more wanton, down the road.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    There is some suspense here, even if it is mainly because the violence when it comes is so swift and sickening. But the show still feels slack.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    It's a good refresher course, but not a hugely gripping one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    While there's a nice ensemble cast, Mr. Samberg is meant to steal the show and he does--although not often in a good way.... But the nearly laugh-less pilot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is like one of those SNL sketches that doesn't work but you don't mind too much because it's possible the next sketch will be hilarious.

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