For 50 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sid Smith's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Teachers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 50
  2. Negative: 11 out of 50
50 tv reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Sid Smith
    Dense, richly layered, packed with dozens of colorful characters (enough for four series), "The Wire" unfolds as a sophisticated, sometimes impenetrable and always ultra-gritty documentary. But it pays off after meticulous, devoted viewing, delivering rewards not unlike those won by readers who conquer Joyce, Faulkner or Henry James. [18 Sep 2004]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Sid Smith
    "Love Monkey" may well be the smartest and most innovative network comedy-drama in many a year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Sid Smith
    Entertaining, genre-bending. [16 Nov 2004, p.C1]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Sid Smith
    Abrams and Lindelof have crammed this one with so many chills and cliffhanging plot twists that it's all about sitting back, tossing credulity out the window and waiting for what happens next. The classy look and feel of the opener (the series is shot in Hawaii) also help make Lost a feast for the young and young at heart, even if you find yourself a little embarrassed, in the dead of a dark Wednesday night, to be so seduced by Saturday matinee fare. [22 Sept 2004, p.C1]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Sid Smith
    The real accomplishment here is creator Bob Lowry's complex, thought-provoking insights into upper-middle-class highs and lows today. [5 Nov 2004, p.3]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Sid Smith
    This "Bleak House" is sublimely bleak, as well as richly textured, superbly acted and intermittently funny. Fans of the epic adaptations that have long been the bread and butter of "Masterpiece Theatre" won't want to miss it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Sid Smith
    The storytelling and dialogue are amusing, mildly touching and unpredictable...And Grey's Anatomy wins points for its cast, starting with Pompeo, who artfully combines brains, ambition, sexy good looks and glimpses of innocence. [25 March 2005, p.Zone3]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Sid Smith
    It all promises to be addictive watching.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Sid Smith
    She's self-flagellating, but in a nuanced, funny-sad and heartbreaking way, mixing slapstick and pathos with intelligence and the sharpest of comic instincts. [4 June 2005, p.C25]
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Sid Smith
    Besides its surefire pacing and startling moments, "Invasion" features a promising cast.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Sid Smith
    "Human Trafficking" manages edge-of-your-seat suspense and an unsettling blend of Dickensian horrors and documentary-style realism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Sid Smith
    Your tolerance for all this may depend on how many crime procedurals you need on your calendar. For some, this one may prove one too many. [22 Sep 2004]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Sid Smith
    The plotting is OK, the dialogue is better and the two leads are appealing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Sid Smith
    "My Name Is Earl" is cheeky, inventive and often bewitching.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Sid Smith
    While the story and drama aren't always successful, and occasionally border on the cloying or trite, "Daniel" is something fresh, mildly provocative and amusingly performed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Sid Smith
    Funny, refreshing and bold. [4 Aug 2005]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Sid Smith
    There's restraint in the presentation here, at least compared with other shows in this ilk. The stories are touching and tell us at least a little about pretty amazing medical advances.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Sid Smith
    Judging from the first two episodes, the series remains both visually compelling and dramatically impenetrable, likely to attract ongoing fans but too confusing at this stage to attract new ones. [7 Jan 2005]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Sid Smith
    Rome is slow, ponderous, terribly uneven and dense, more "The Wire" than "The Sopranos" draped in togas. But those who stick it out may well be seduced by the series' cumulative effort to create a complete, if repulsive, world. This is a bold cable offering, always a little more than sword-and-sandal kitsch and rarely, if ever, kind. [26 Aug 2005, p.C1]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Sid Smith
    There's an uneven quality to the humor, and the snide putdown of "Leave It to Beaver"-land is starting to get old. [5 Aug 2005]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Sid Smith
    "Head Cases" might have more of a chance if it gets a little bit sharper, edgier, funnier and surprising. But it's a likable, potentially promising premise, buoyed by the expert casting of its leads.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Sid Smith
    "Brian" is easy, harmless viewing, sliding down the gullet as smoothly and reassuring as a glass of California merlot.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Sid Smith
    Though reminiscent of other TV fare, though standard in dialogue, plotting and performances, "In Justice" does boast a touch of originality by examining not only investigators, victims and criminals, but innocent bystanders ensnared in the crime web as well.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Sid Smith
    May well be worth a look.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Sid Smith
    Though the writing here is inconsistent, [Louis-Dreyfus] just might stay around with this one, which gives her some chances to show off.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Sid Smith
    Crowded, confusing and unafraid to be dull, "Sons & Daughters" also holds tremendous promise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Sid Smith
    As a crime drama, "Medium" has a long way to go to match the dramatic propulsion and seductive intricacy of the likes of "Without a Trace." The storytelling is flat, even predictable, whether you're psychic or not. [3 Jan 2005]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Sid Smith
    At times, Morrow seems not in the same family with Krumholtz and Hirsch, and at others not even in the same TV series. He's in a world of his own. [21 Jan 2005]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Sid Smith
    The glut of characters and heavy-handed plot twists crammed into the first episode suggest that "Conviction" may prove too much of a good legal thing.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Sid Smith
    Estes and Jones are appealing, slightly underplaying their buddy shtick. In a galaxy far, far away, their act might click. But in our universe of cop show overload, they're just another team grappling with grisly violence and unrepentant evil.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Sid Smith
    "War" is sometimes funny.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Sid Smith
    Though miles behind the sophistication of the earlier NYC-set "Seinfeld" or "Friends," "Kings" sometimes boasts laugh lines funnier than those, say, on "How I Met Your Mother," the CBS venture essentially after the same audience.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Sid Smith
    As with "Guy," the idea is to cram this new animated cartoon series with a laugh a second, or at least a second-by-second attempt. Trouble is, too many of the laughs are so-so, too fleetingly funny or disturbingly potty-mouthed. [4 Feb 2005]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Sid Smith
    It ambles along with formulaic plotting and cop shop melodrama. [13 Jun 2005]
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Sid Smith
    Though relentlessly ominous, "Surface" is, so far, only good for surface scares.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Sid Smith
    Too much of the setup is a sad, cheesy cross between "Grey's Anatomy" and "Nip/Tuck."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Sid Smith
    The scientific setup may be intriguing... But the dialogue, including the contrived sexual tension between Temperance and Seeley, is strictly canned and cutesy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Sid Smith
    Occasionally bright and funny, "Related" is also synthetically perky and manic.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Sid Smith
    There's something about "Three Wishes" and all these shows that seems exploitative and programmatic.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Sid Smith
    Youngsters in this age group might find the show intriguing. The rest of us, censorship or no, will likely be bored.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Sid Smith
    The whole enterprise is a bit sophomoric and transparent, its behind-the-scenes political battles the stuff of canned Hollywood war movies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Sid Smith
    A bland, routine echo of its predecessor, even if it boasts much more spectacular effects.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Sid Smith
    Harmless and intermittently amusing, winning points by letting its actors indulge in improvisation, "Free Ride" is nevertheless about as unpromising as its lead character's aimless career goals.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Sid Smith
    The movie is more a series of biographical announcements than penetrating drama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Sid Smith
    Straightforward and earnest in its storytelling, it is weakened by unsubtle acting and an emotional temperature at times so overwrought as to border on spoken opera.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Sid Smith
    The whole thing is flush with bright talent and woefully deficient in bankable gags.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Sid Smith
    Unimpressive and bland.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Sid Smith
    Never amusing, "Freddie" is relentlessly unreal and monotonously sophomoric.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Sid Smith
    The dialogue and plot contrivances are banal, the acting is cartoon and the whole thing is more transparent than a see-through bikini.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Sid Smith
    Easily the lamest new sitcom all season... [it] manages an entire half-hour without a single viable joke.