For 65 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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sara Smith's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Phil Spector
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
65 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    The moral quicksand that made The Americans so compelling for its first two seasons is deeper than ever.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    It's a more compelling, faster-paced and less frustrating journey than fans were treated to in “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance With Dragons,” the novels that line up with the current action in Westeros’ winter-is-coming world.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Frances McDormand delivers another one of her consistent, airbrush-free performances in HBO’s four-part miniseries, an adaptation of Strout’s book that focuses more tightly on its title character and ends up drawing to a simpler, more raw-edged conclusion.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Sara Smith
    Montage of Heck achieves its goal of intimacy almost too well. It’s such a tightly cropped portrait that criticizing it feels like criticizing Cobain. But it’s too long and a bit repetitive, and it keeps trying to explain its subject through his own scribblings long after his soul has been laid bare by more direct means.
    • 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.
    • 86 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Haggis’ journey into and out of Scientology could have made a fascinating film by itself, and he’s just one of a dozen articulate talking heads.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    I could watch Roger (ever-dapper John Slattery) fire people all day long (Sunday’s surprise firing is an epic one), but Don’s cryptic conversations with strangers can feel staid and scholarly.... And then--herein lies the addictive nature of the show--the action pauses for just a moment, the acting thrums with tension, and you feel satisfied that you have been a good student.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Smith
    Behind the Candelabra isn’t a smear job, but it’s not a revelation, either.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Every time the 1943 of Manhattan begins to feel like 2014, it returns to the nostalgia of movies like “The Right Stuff,” where brains and grit make the peace, back to a time when America trusted its fate to the smartest guys we could find.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    [A] smart espionage drama.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Like “True Detective,” The Knick benefits from a consistent vision and stellar cinematography. Its turn-of-the-century sets and costuming will transport viewers into the past more vividly than any stuffy sitting room in “Downton Abbey.” But it requires dedication to stick around with The Knick until the action gets going a few episodes in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Sara Smith
    Daredevil stands alone as an artful, gritty ensemble drama that could elevate the superhero origin story like HBO’s “True Detective” did for the crime procedural.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    Ray Donovan is undeniably derivative, but it sure is fun. Liev Schreiber leads a stellar cast as Ray Donovan.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sara Smith
    The freshest take on the single-camera mockumentary since “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Smith
    Alongside Roth, Shepard and talented character actor Tim Blake Nelson, Madden pulls off the sometimes treacly dialogue, but the insistent no-duh musings (“the die has been cast”) wear thin quickly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Sara Smith
    Showrunner Julian Fellowes knew he had to spice things up, apparently, so he employed a lazy, “shocking” plot device that will leave fans sickened, indignant and wondering why Fellowes just didn’t give his beloved characters something worthwhile to do instead. That offensive event aside, this season’s repetitive tropes, recycled conflicts and predictable heartbreak are not worth the trouble this time around.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Sara Smith
    The show’s recycled vampire mythology fails to justify this level of bloodletting, which even fans of “The Walking Dead” might find gratuitous.
    • 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.
    • 70 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Sara Smith
    The result is a challenging psychological thriller within a gripping crime procedural.

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