For 42 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Smith's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Phil Spector: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
42 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Sara Smith
    After True Detective, all the other TV cops hunting serial killers are going to look like copycats. It’s that the taut script and spot-on dialogue takes us on a ’90s noir roller coaster ride of Shakespearean tragedy with fearless literary aspirations, delivered by two actors at the top of their game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Sara Smith
    The result is a challenging psychological thriller within a gripping crime procedural.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    [A] smart espionage drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Ripper Street was clever enough not to hang its hat on the over-examined killings of the five Ripper victims, and clever fans of police procedurals will relish spending eight hours with cops who have to invent the crime-solving tools at their disposal.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    It brings its own style of spine-tingling dysfunction to the screen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Flawless production design and lush cinematography make Rectify visually stunning, but its simmering mystery and artfully depicted dysfunction make every scene hum with tension.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    The freshest take on the single-camera mockumentary since “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Ray Donovan is undeniably derivative, but it sure is fun. Liev Schreiber leads a stellar cast as Ray Donovan.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Orange is scary, smart and relevant, and it will make you wonder why no one thought to give the “Oz” formula a dose of estrogen before now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Paired with the endearing self-awareness and cerebral nods to pop culture Whedon brings to his best projects, it’s the perfect setup for fall’s most promising new TV show.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Although it’s a medical drama on one level, Masters of Sex is frequently laugh-out-loud funny, with romances, mysteries and coming-of-age stories unfolding throughout its large cast.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    While its premise isn’t new--anyone remember “Total Recall 2070” or “Mann and Machine”?--the show’s ambition, solid cast and pure production values make it a worthwhile diversion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    In its second season, House of Cards is just like its main character: clever, ruthless, a bit too self-satisfied and surprisingly powerful.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Sometimes slasher flick, sometimes courtroom drama, this Lizzie is a cynically dark, shamefully fun account of an all-American crime.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Walton and Stockham are a seamless comedy team straight out of the gate. Their banter is more salty and cynical than sappy, but that’s how it gets to you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Penny Dreadful is a smart, self-referential Dracula vs. the Wolf-Man vs. Frankenstein concept delivering the scares, chills and laughs that summer TV needs.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    [The pasts of the ladies at Litchfield] are less “Shawshank Redemption” than “Goodfellas,” with every episode using sparse, smartly edited scenes to tell one inmate’s story.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Thanks to its excellent cast, led by Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as Russ and Lina, Married rises above its cliched setup.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    It’s Gretchen and Jimmy’s repartee, their unrelenting need to voice their awful thoughts, that makes Worst worth watching.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Smith
    Those who accept it for what it is--a funny, manipulative soap that relies on historical upheaval to frame its scarce plots--should be happy to hear that Downton’s new season is better than its last.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Smith
    Deception borrows a lot from that show and others, ending up more fun than challenging.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Smith
    Mr. Selfridge really gets rolling in its third and fourth episodes, when its interlocking stories and Piven’s outsize performance settle into place.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Smith
    Some critics called the book incisive and addictive, while others dismissed it as pulpy and juvenile. Under the Dome checks all those boxes in Monday’s pilot episode.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Smith
    A year after the Rosie Larsen case ended, this new chapter is compelling enough to earn some fan forgiveness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Smith
    Lead writer Daniel Knauf, who created HBO’s “Carnivale,” has tweaked Bram Stoker’s classic tale in delightful, if heavy-handed ways.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Smith
    The series hits its stride a few episodes in, when Lowe and Blackbeard finally get on a boat together to fight a common enemy, knowing they’re each just waiting for the right moment to kill the other. Their dynamic evokes the tense partnership between Al Swearengen and Sheriff Bullock in "Deadwood."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Smith
    It’s not that The Leftovers isn’t great storytelling, because it is. It’s just befuddling, violent and sad--more and more all the time, with no satisfaction in sight. Theroux is flat-out fantastic and Emmy-worthy in this role.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Smith
    The Following, compelling and frustrating from its opening credits, sets viewers up for a season-long, blood-soaked rematch between an evil intellectual and his law-enforcement nemesis.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Smith
    Rocha, combined with the new format of The Face, creates a real threat to the Tyra empire.... [But] The Face, with a focus on posing, strutting and styling in its first few weeks, has room to fall.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Sara Smith
    The Bridge will no doubt tie all these threads together in 13 well-executed episodes, after a lot of red herrings, victims killed in horrific ways and one final twist. It’s guaranteed to be a depressing journey, and it’s starting to feel like one we’ve been on before.