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 Big Love: Season 5
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 288
288 tv reviews
    • 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 clichés 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    There’s a large cast and its characters grow in increasing depth.
    • 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.
    • 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
    As show titles go, Naked and Afraid is inspired. Better still, the new Discovery series is even more entertaining than its title.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The stage is thus set for an epic showdown between the dogged Lamb and Vincent, under whose calm facade lies a vicious shark of a man.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The vibe so far is part "Hunt for Red October," part "Lord of the Flies."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    What's appealing here is that they, and the show, manage to create something close to real drama, including stretches where there is not a gag in sight.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Political Animals crams elements of conventional TV fare into a blender and makes something that is wildly different and kind of liberating.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    There are some wonderful moments in this film by Barry Avrich.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Nancy DeWolf Smith
    The accomplishment here is that tight writing and editing, a solid cast with good timing and Mr. Sheen's chops as the ne plus ultra of sitcom performers, make the whole thing feel, if not entirely fresh-then crisp.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    As beloved as Mr. Wilson is from “The Office,” as it is written the character of the curmudgeon Backstrom doesn’t seem trenchant enough to be memorably offensive or socially tart. Yet if enough viewers pray long enough for his evolution, they may be rewarded by taking other pleasures from the show.
    • 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.

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