• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2006
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29

Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    There is a challenge to "Smith." It may be wonderfully shot so far. It may be blissfully quiet. And it may be supremely acted. But how much can a viewer care about the bad boys and girls over the course of many episodes?
  2. 80
    The best of a recent group of heist dramas, including NBC's "Heist" and FX's "Thief."
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    75
    So odd, you must check it out. [22 Sep 2006, p.89]
  4. 75
    If I hadn't seen the same thing done 56,000 times before - from both versions of "Oceans 11" to my all-time-favorite, "Snatch" - I would be all over this show like a groupie. But I did, so I'm not.
  5. 75
    Though the crime thriller territory is familiar, Liotta and the talented supporting cast give "Smith" an extra kick of dramatic energy.
  6. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    75
    The pyrotechnics involved in the opening heist are good, and the cast is a dream. [25 Sep 2006, p.43]
  7. The premiere breathe[s] like a moody, dark theatrical release -- one that tastes like Quentin Tarantino muddled with Michael Mann -- as opposed to a pilot from executive producer John Wells.
  8. 70
    Think Ocean's Eleven (2001) meets HBO's The Sopranos.
  9. It’s a smart series with a pacing that sometimes takes your breath away. Still, once the action pauses, will viewers want to spend time with a bunch of amoral characters?
  10. If anything is liable to make "Smith" above the well-made caper show it already is, it's what might be done with the relationship between Liotta and Madsen.
  11. 70
    At times Smith seems less like a crime drama than a character study of a collection of seriously damaged people. But the show's metabolism is enjoyably unpredictable.
  12. Ambitious and well-made, good cast, but brutal.
  13. This series... is, for all its noise, sharply plotted, visually rich, heavily informed by intrigues and intriguing characters
  14. Setting up the first big heist takes all of the first episode, so our introduction to Smith and crew is too quick, more than a little forced and ultimately not compelling enough.
  15. A schizophrenic pilot that's more interesting in parts than as a whole.
  16. This story of professional thieves is beautifully shot, but the structure of the pilot -- it begins with the start of the robbery, flashes back to the planning of the robbery, returns to the robbery and shows its aftermath -- is a little repetitive, which takes away from attempts to build tension and surprise.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Interesting but not fully compelling, it's a long shot to make a big score.
  18. 60
    Smith takes many risks for broadcast television -- and reflects fascinating tensions in the medium.... But an old-fashioned concept trips up Smith.
  19. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    60
    [A] serviceable heist drama.
  20. The cinematography is stylish, and the action sequences compare favorably to those shot for larger screens. The acting is good, sometimes even inspired, and yet there is a big problem with the show. Put simply, most of these characters are distasteful and sometimes downright repulsive.
  21. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    50
    To love "Smith" is to love an ice cube. There may be a cold beauty to the craftsmanship of this enterprise, but there's a pinched, frostbitten heart at the center of it as well.
  22. 50
    The pilot is admittedly a swift, brisk bit of escapist whimsy, but one has to wonder whether the idea of a heist every week will really prove tenable.
  23. For a serialized drama to catch on, though, it has to grab you from the start. Despite its impressive roster of actors, "Smith" doesn't.
  24. 50
    If the producers of Smith could have chosen to focus on character development instead of a revolving door of action scenes, they might have had a top-notch show on their hands. As it stands, however, it looks as though Smith will be another victim of a good idea given a poor execution.
  25. 30
    “Smith” is so thinly written, and the characters so generic, that it’s hard to feel much for this series except admiration for its cinematography.
  26. Maybe they'll play up all the complicated marital undercurrents in future episodes, but given the emptiness of Bobby's character, it's hard to imagine that anybody would care.
  27. 30
    The second and third episodes mostly felt like a retread of the pilot, with the same alluring but dangerous heist to execute, the same planning session between key players, the same conflicted feelings and suspicions.
  28. 25
    Hands down the worst new show of the season.
  29. It's not entirely Liotta's fault, though, that there's so little passion in "Smith," that the Everyman situations that serve "The Sopranos" so well seem so, well, generic, here and that the intricacies of the gang's capers fail to fascinate.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 76
  2. Negative: 5 out of 76
  1. jjweeks
    Jul 26, 2007
    10
    Loved the show what happened?
  2. JanR
    Feb 15, 2007
    10
    Smith with Ray Liotta was the best show on TV!! ' Bring it back!!! You keep the "junk" and get rid of this unique show??? I just shake Smith with Ray Liotta was the best show on TV!! ' Bring it back!!! You keep the "junk" and get rid of this unique show??? I just shake my head.... Full Review »
  3. LorinW
    Jan 23, 2007
    10
    Smith was a great ride, you can't compare it to the crap that's on TV now. Bring it back CBS!!!!