Nancy DeWolf Smith

Nancy DeWolf Smith

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Wall Street Journal
Total Reviews:
142

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
58% 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
89% 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
—— 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
78% 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
79% 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
31% 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, 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
93% In The Flesh: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " To be tolerant or not to be tolerant, that is one question, and In the Flesh explores it in a novel way. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 3, 2014
61% Bonnie & Clyde: Season 1 " The miniseries itself never quite reaches dramatic liftoff. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 6, 2013
100% Six By Sondheim " Despite the music in James Lapine's documentary, Six By Sondheim, it is archival clips of Mr. Sondheim describing how he writes that make the film a treasure. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 6, 2013
72% Getting On: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " That these actors can make us care about their characters, or at least feel their pain so acutely, is what elevates Getting On above the miasma of its material. That's a rare feat, worth seeing no matter what. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 22, 2013
100% Southland: Season 5 (TV, 2013) " The cast is perfection. No ensemble of actors on television is more stunning or exciting to watch. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 19, 2013
100% Southland: Season 4 (TV, 2012) " Southland deserves a category of greatness all its own. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 19, 2013
92% Southland: Season 2 (TV, 2010) " Each episode leaves us wondering, and wanting more. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 19, 2013
56% Killing Kennedy (2014) " Killing Kennedy is subversive in a great way. The more the pathology of Oswald is developed...the more it resembles what propels many conspiracy theorists." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 12, 2013
57% Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story " There are some wonderful moments in this film by Barry Avrich. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 8, 2013
52% Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Even some of the smallest visual affects can be gorgeous, like the blood oozing from a mirror when Dracula jinxes a pair of seer twins looking for him through the glass, or the slow cascade of bullets rolling off a suicide note. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 25, 2013
89% The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014) " It may sound like travesty, but given the gore, the payoff that will make it worth bearing is a pot of gold in the form of a cure. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 14, 2013
88% Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " The nearly laugh-less pilot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is like one of those SNL sketches that doesn't work but you don't mind too much because it's possible the next sketch will be hilarious. Except with SNL you don't have wait 30 minutes. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 23, 2013
77% Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " To set the stage for the rest of the series, the pilot is crammed with supernatural events, and these pile up so fast that the whole enterprise threatens to become ridiculous. But hang in there and watch where it leads. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 23, 2013
100% Foyle's War: Season 7 (TV, 2010) " The new season of Foyle's War could be the best ever. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 23, 2013
93% Top of the Lake: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The gorgeous scenery around the silvery lake, alpine yet not in a welcoming way, makes all the pools of psychic pain seem even blacker. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 13, 2013
65% Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Vegas is a nice antidote to those urban police shows where everything seems to be lighted by a single 40-watt bulb. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 9, 2013
56% Treasure Island (2012) " Stands out as a gem - although some plot changes for the sake of agitprop make it a flawed one." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 14, 2013
83% Endeavor " 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 Aug 14, 2013
90% The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (TV, 2013) " [A] dark but artful and sophisticated drama. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 18, 2013
95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " The glitter and kitsch, and jaw-dropping performances by Michael Douglas as the middle-age Liberace and Matt Damon as his much younger boy-toy Scott Thorson, make this a wild ride without compare." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 24, 2013
—— Longmire: Season 2 (TV, 2013) " What a long, hard wait it has been for this wonderful show, where the mysteries are good and the main characters all look and act like adults. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 23, 2013
76% Family Tree: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " While the show is full of comic highs and witty insight, it isn't funny all the time because some of the jokes are crude. But the gentle persona of Mr. O'Dowd is a perfect example of the sweet haplessness that underpins even the sharpest comedy here. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 9, 2013
80% Orchestra Of Exiles (2012) " It is a moving tale -- especially because so many of the people interviewed are descendants of the violinists, French horn players, pianists and others who escaped Nazi Germany and other countries of prewar Europe." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 15, 2013
63% Da Vinci's Demons: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Thank goodness for the Renaissance and Leonardo. These bring moments of transcendent beauty to the series, which was written by David S. Goyer, and is laced with aha moments of glorious invention and the scent of mysticism. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 11, 2013
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " hold tight for perhaps the most glorious sequence ever filmed for the series, involving the dragon-owning, throne-questing princess Daenerys and 8,000 robotlike slave soldiers at the very moment when her destiny as a leader becomes crystal clear. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 28, 2013
60% Mr. Selfridge: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It is plenty addicting without the lords and ladies [Downton Abbey], opening a treasure box of tales about love, loss, ambition and the spirit of a new age. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 28, 2013
93% Top of the Lake (2013) " The gorgeous scenery around the silvery lake, alpine yet not in a welcoming way, makes all the pools of psychic pain seem even blacker." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 22, 2013
81% Bates Motel: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Vulnerable and malign, Ms. Farmiga pretty much nails it-smiling sweetly as she is introduced to Norman's friend with cystic fibrosis and asking: "What is your life expectancy, Emma?" " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 15, 2013
22% Alice (2008) " Despite these diversions and whiz-bang special effects, the movie drags at times." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 8, 2013
82% Vikings#DEL: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " 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 28, 2013
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