Nancy DeWolf Smith

Nancy DeWolf Smith

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Nancy DeWolf Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Wall Street Journal

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Power: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "As with filmed masterpieces like The Godfather and The Sopranos, almost nobody in Power is without some guilt, and in a more-perfect world the worst of them would not be presented as entertainment, let alone as people to root for. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 5, 2015
81% Odd Mom Out: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The amusing Odd Mom Out is a sweet, frothy surprise. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 5, 2015
55% Aquarius: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This show set in the era of LSD feels more like a dose of Thorazine. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 22, 2015
85% Wayward Pines: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Fox's seductive new miniseries Wayward Pines -- in which a man wakes up in an unfamiliar town where nothing is what it seems -- is not like any other show in the what-is-really-going-on-here category. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 7, 2015
30% Happyish: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "There are even some tentatively humorous moments here... But few of the jokes feel modern, let alone witty. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 24, 2015
80% Turn: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Even the accents... promote the sense that we are peeking behind the curtain of life as it really happened, not watching another gimcrack re-creation of the bandaged head, flute and limp sort. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 14, 2015
93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "Whether you come away seeing Scientology as a cult that ensnares vulnerable people or as a faith of self-empowerment, the film leaves a terrible taste of too much information. This must be its point, but take heed just the same. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 3, 2015
28% The Royals: Season 1 (TV, 2015) ""The Royals" is a trashy soap opera that's not bad enough to be funny and is best when it wallows in melodrama. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 13, 2015
18% One Big Happy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It is brightly written, and tender at heart. Most of all, it is endowed with a great ensemble cast, including Rebecca Corry and Chris Williams as Lizzy's sister and brother-in-law. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 13, 2015
30% Dig: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The mind reels from all the action. Most of the time it is an entertaining sensation. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 26, 2015
86% Broadchurch: Series 2 (TV, 2015) "Those who find unremitting gloom too much to bear will be cheered to know that the show's complicated mysteries and interpersonal dramas may provide sporadic relief. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 26, 2015
24% The Odd Couple: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The first few minutes include some unfunny lines followed by ridiculous bursts of canned laughter. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 17, 2015
72% Bosch: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "They know good writing, with not a word wasted. They know cop lore and lingo and what turns viewers on about the genre. There's a solid cast. The rest . . . who knows? It just happens. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 17, 2015
90% Friday Night Lights: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "What makes Friday Night Lights compelling is not the football or the cast. It's the accumulation of little details, like the eager faces of the pee-wee players as they meet and respectfully worship the big high-school boys whom they dream of becoming. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 2, 2015
61% 12 Monkeys: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Watching it can be like trying to untangle a ball of spaghetti. It also is difficult to surrender to the story because one of the characters looks like Naomi Watts fused with a Barbie, and can't do much to [relay] emotion except swing her ponytail. Enjoy. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 16, 2015
35% Backstrom: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "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. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 16, 2015
100% Grantchester: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The glorious new PBS mystery series Grantchester is a revelation on two fronts and unforgettable on both. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 16, 2015
64% Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Black Sails may succeed or fail on the strength of its appeal as a treasure tale with soft-porn slasher features. But the show is not without some memorable lines, though some of the best ones are unprintable. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 30, 2014
75% The Red Tent: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "What a back story it is. Let it not be said that the miniseries lacks drama and action. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 8, 2014
67% One Child: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "[It] stands out as a brutally realistic portrayal of the powerlessness of the individual in the Communist state. But the juggernaut that drives this story with a force that will leave viewers reeling is Party-rule. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 8, 2014
85% The Comeback: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "Watching Paulie G. puff with deceptive calm on his fat e-cigarette, we see through the smoke, and the laughs, the faint shape of a show going pleasantly darker. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 6, 2014
No Score Yet The Last Patrol (2014) "In an era when documentaries about soldiers tend to focus on their injuries or mental illness, The Last Patrol opens wide a different vista that is moving and beautiful -- and abundantly life affirming. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 6, 2014
79% Death Comes to Pemberley: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "If Austen fans can forgive a new cast, sets and scripting for not always being the stuff of memory or expectations, they will be rewarded with another three precious hours in Austenland. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 24, 2014
79% Kingdom: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Byron Balasco has created a drama about punching power which can still locate heat and intimacy in the small act of a woman removing a man's boxing gloves. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 10, 2014
95% The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "It will be a jaded viewer indeed who can resist coming back for more after the first episode ends. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 10, 2014
66% Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Even with an occasional made-for-TV-movie flatness, Gracepoint seems poignant and complex and even frightening enough to sustain interest all over again. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 26, 2014
21% Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Why anyone would want to watch a show about people being gruesomely killed is a question for minds more inquiring than mine. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 26, 2014
No Score Yet The Paradise: Season 2 (TV, 2013) "The second season of the series that begins on Masterpiece this week is the last of the fairest of them all. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 26, 2014
58% Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The new Fox show seems to be that increasingly elusive thing on television, an exhilarating burst of fresh air-even if that air is coming from the general direction of a children's cancer ward. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 12, 2014
22% The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Nothing much new here. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 12, 2014
100% Happy Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "For all its emotional agony and slow pacing at times, Happy Valley is always moving forward and the fifth episode explodes off the screen. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 15, 2014
56% Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "There's always another legend, which Mr. Bean convincingly inhabits as a Scot, a Serb or whoever it takes to help catch the bad guys before they destroy the world. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 15, 2014
91% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "There has to be something great about a show that keeps you staring at it episode after episode, waiting for attraction to take its course, and then begins to pay off with [an] exchange between Claire and Jamie [about their innocence]. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 1, 2014
No Score Yet The Newburgh Sting "All this is a lot more powerful in the film than it looks in writing here. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 18, 2014
80% Ray Donovan: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "It could be the most astounding creation on television now, even in a second season, [the] first five episodes are like tentacles of an octopus that reaches out and drags you in. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 18, 2014
64% The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Despite the modernistic themes, this is fairly old fashioned in a good vs. evil kind of way. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 20, 2014
83% Endeavour: Pilot (TV, 2012) " You don't have to be familiar with the Inspector Morse series in order to enjoy Endeavour. But the experience will be many times richer if you do recognize this new film as a prequel to the old show. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 10, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) "In a film directed by Ryan Murphy and with strong performances, including those by Mr. Ruffalo, Ms. Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Alfred Molina, Mr. Mantello's anguished lament may be the most haunting. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 23, 2014
78% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Fantastic (as in crazy) though much of this may be, so danger-laden is the misty, smoky air and so claustrophobic are the richly detailed sets that it is difficult to look away. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 8, 2014
30% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "What is missing is shock value. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 8, 2014
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The 10-part FX series doesn't try to repackage an original piece of art. It is based on a new story, with a splendid new cast of characters. Echoes of the 1996 movie are everywhere. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 11, 2014
67% Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "The reassembling of an enormous cast creates a vortex of engrossing new story lines, plots, dangers and passions. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 28, 2014
61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "So far, the show has the elements of a gripping yarn. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 14, 2014
29% Those Who Kill: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "No other drama on this subject has the asset in this instance of ChloĆ« Sevigny. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 28, 2014
81% Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "Such is the power of Vikings that we come to know and even root for them, so enthralling are they and almost everything else here. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 24, 2014
76% About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Even if there are not too many creative surprises here, it's a journey that never loses its appeal. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 14, 2014
81% The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1 "In the end... what comes through most strongly is not what's different, but how easily we recognize it all. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 29, 2014
80% Klondike: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Yet in a miniseries full of wonders-among them all those lead actors from the U.K. or the former British Empire-Discovery has now staked its own claim. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 22, 2014
97% Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2014) "Thank goodness for flashbacks, because we also finally get to see Mr. Cumberbatch kiss a woman in a way that will leave no doubt about Sherlock's talent as a lover. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 17, 2014
89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "After the stage-setting of the first two episodes, Looking becomes less frenetic and begins building emotional resonance. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 17, 2014
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