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Nancy DeWolf Smith

Nancy DeWolf Smith

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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
87% Looking: The Movie "The movie makes anybody who watches it at least glimpse the deeper, disconcerting, questions. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 22, 2016
95% The Night Of: Miniseries (TV, 2016) "Unfolding over eight episodes, it hits the dramatic jackpot on so many levels that no one who sees it will react in exactly the same way -- but most everyone will be forever changed by the experience. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 8, 2016
33% Roadies: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "All shows like this are destined to be nostalgia-stokers and appetite-whetters at best. So maybe watch Roadies as yet another reminder that what we're all really chasing is the gut-clenching thrill of live music. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 23, 2016
60% Guilt: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "From the opening minutes of Guilt, Freeform... has got its hooks in with a juicy murder mystery. Now and then, for no apparent plot reason, there is a sex scene set to pop-lovemaking music. The whole thing is fabulous, as in utterly unrealistic " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 10, 2016
17% Heartbeat: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "To those who note that Heartbeat is based on the life and autobiography of celebrity surgeon Kathy Magliato, one can only say we've come a long way, baby. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 18, 2016
100% Everything Is Copy (2016) "Jacob Bernstein's documentary about his mother is thus a chance to linger over and re-enjoy Ms. Ephron's insights, which so often created happiness and then ended with her death at 71 from leukemia in 2012. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 18, 2016
93% Underground: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "WGN America calls its new series Underground a historical escape thriller, and it hits all three of those spots. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 4, 2016
87% Hap and Leonard: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "The first three episodes of "Hap and Leonard" sucked me in almost as easily as Trudy pulls Hap. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 4, 2016
100% Prey: Series 1 (TV, 2016) "Fans of British police procedurals will enjoy Prey. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 22, 2016
70% Baskets: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Something is off about all these people, but most of them-and even the supposed cultural wasteland of Bakersfield-can be looked at with tenderness for the joy they bring. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 22, 2016
97% The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Judging by the six episodes (of 10) made available for reviewing, The People v. O.J. Simpson gets more interesting as it progresses. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 5, 2016
78% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) "A Very Murray Christmas, a combination surrealist nightmare and Perry Como yuletide extravaganza with the aesthetics of a late-'80s cable-access art show, has all the makings of a Christmas perennial. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 4, 2015
28% The Art of More: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Seeing the bad karma pile on is what makes The Art of More difficult to stop watching. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 23, 2015
80% Saints & Strangers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The film is an often engrossing attempt to explore the way needful alliances between Indians and settlers may have had a transforming, even enlightening, effect on some of the English. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 20, 2015
61% Flesh and Bone: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Now and then Flesh and Bone captures something mind-blowing that makes the pain worthwhile. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 5, 2015
28% Agent X: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Homeland does not need an antidote, but if it did, TNT's new Agent X would serve well in that role. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 5, 2015
16% Wicked City: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Wicked City compensates for some pedestrian dialogue and only-on-TV coincidences with bouts of genuinely scary intensity, and doesn't default to eruptions of gore. Another plus is the blast-from the-past setting. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 23, 2015
92% The Last Kingdom: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "At bottom, The Last Kingdom is a historical action series and you don't need skin in the game to enjoy it. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 9, 2015
93% The Grinder: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) "So far, the new series works well in every way. It gets to be a witty sendup of TV shows about the law, TV in general and the whole celebrity culture that we all get sucked into. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 24, 2015
82% Indian Summers: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "In true soap-opera style, everything that can go wrong does, and everyone is being blackmailed or conniving or lusting or about to be betrayed. And many pages of dialogue could have been cut with no harm done. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 24, 2015
84% Quantico: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "If the first hour is any guide, though, there will be enough action and interplay and people to feel safe around, or suspect, to keep it constantly entertaining. Blink and you may miss something important. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 24, 2015
100% American Experience: Season 27 Episode 8 "For the most part, this elusive yet enchanting film explores a man in the light of his enduring gifts to us. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 17, 2015
49% The Bastard Executioner: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Unfortunately, The Bastard Executioner will be unwatchable for a lot of us because of the violence. Yet this may be a rare occasion where those who can get beyond that problem are lucky. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 11, 2015
78% Narcos: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Ultimately, though, and for all its deliberate ambiguity in places, Narcos is most memorable for the way it makes clear the profound difference between being brave and having what people here call "balls." That alone may be worth 10 hours of your time. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 31, 2015
97% Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Beautiful, painful, almost lovingly languid but never, ever boring, this tale of the white folk of Yonkers and the handful of poor people of color who were given a chance to live among them unspools over three consecutive Sunday nights. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 14, 2015
20% Mr. Robinson: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Sitcom magic is difficult to make, and at least Mr. Robinson has a few tricks in its bag. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 3, 2015
100% Strike Back: Season 4 (TV, 2013) "Perhaps the most appealing thing about Strike Back, at least on a subliminal level, is its utter lack of moral equivalence. Good is good and bad is bad and nobody's going to force you to feel guilty about any gray areas. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 3, 2015
39% Tut: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The dialogue ranges from the prosaic: "I seem to have lost my way. Can you spare me some meat?"-to the accidentally amusing. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 17, 2015
72% The Spoils Before Dying: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "This parody murder mystery about a hipster turned detective in 1950s Los Angeles is packed with jokes, sight gags and mocking cultural or cinematic allusions. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 6, 2015
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
56% 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
79% 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
94% 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
62% 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
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