Gail Pennington
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For 211 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gail Pennington's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Amazing Race: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Black Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 211
211 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    A fascinating and challenging new drama series. [27 Oct 1996]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    Wonderfully warped...Expect both sly satire and big belly laughs from this summer treat. [4 Aug 1998]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    The half-star markdown in the rating for Nashville is a knock on Panettiere, whose performance seems too broad, especially in the face of such naturalistic acting from everyone else in the cast. But that flaw can't keep Nashville from being a superb series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    The Americans isn't just a heart-pounding action drama; by presenting heroes who are also villains, it also confronts viewers with TV's deepest moral dilemma since "The Sopranos."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    Ray Donovan is fun, but it’s also heart-breakingly sad and deadly serious, sometimes all at once. In all cases, this is one of the smartest series to come around in a while, sharply written (by creator and executive producer Ann Biderman) with a perfect balance of comedy and tragedy, action and reflection.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    The Bridge translates brilliantly, fitting into its new setting so perfectly, you’d never imagine it had aired in any other incarnation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    By the end of Episode 2, you’re likely to be so invested in the characters, you’d stick with them forever, just as book readers have.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    Thigpen is terrific as Ella, and she and Nelson have immediate buddy-buddy chemistry. The District could be just the ticket for Saturday night stay-at-homes looking for something upbeat, but be forewarned that the show tunes and peppy speeches are interspersed with bursts of violence so extreme as to make "Walker, Texas Ranger" look like "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." [6 Oct 2000, p.D7]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    Braugher is such a riveting actor, with so much going on behind his eyes, that he'd probably be interesting reading a list of school closings on the first snow day. [10 Oct 2000, p.F1]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    Some UFO cliches - bright lights, mysterious marks, lost time - turn up here (could they be cliches because they're...true?), but intelligent writing and sharp plotting lift the series far above the standard for the genre. The lead characters have a quirky chemistry that (refreshingly) isn't built on the "squabble and kiss" standard. (They're both pretty appealing, however, and if they should eventually kiss, I for one wouldn't mind.) [9 Sept 1993, p.06G]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    By the time the episode wraps up with a good-vs.-evil clash, though, it's really rolling, with special effects that are both fun and scary. Doherty, Combs and Milano are appealing, and also believable as sisters, and T.W. King adds a down-to-earth touch as police detective Andy Trudeau, Prue's old boyfriend, who suspects that something is up. [7 Oct 1998, p.E6]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    Together, they're TV's Cute and Quirky Couple of the Year. Speaking of cute and quirky - Dharma & Greg sometimes tries a little too hard to be both. But mainly, it's delightful. [24 Sept 1997, p.8E]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    One of the sweet surprises of the season, a family sitcom that manages to be realistic without being either silly or mean-spirited. It's funny, too. [12 Sep 1996]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    Involving, enjoyable TV. [5 Oct 1999, p.D6]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    Only the darkness of the show is disconcerting. Poignancy is great, and presumably Clark will triumph in his battles against evil. But in post-Columbine, post-Sept. 11 America, humor has never been a more valuable commodity. If Smallville can strike the right balance, the series should fly. [16 Oct 2001, p.F1]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    Once it relaxes, however, Scrubs turns out to be a thoughtful show that has dispensed with a laugh track and proves amusing enough not to need one. (Now, let's dispense with those fantasies.) Shot with a single camera in a former hospital, it aims for the exaggerated realism and the light-meets-dark tone of "M*A*S*H" -- a worthy ambition even if it doesn't get there. [2 Oct 2001, p.F1]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    "Without a Trace" offers sharp writing, stylish directing and a cast with real chemistry. [26 Sep 2002]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    Beyond the "yikes" factor, Nip/Tuck tells compelling stories about its troubled characters. [22 July 2003, p.E1]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    A quirky mix of light and dark, humor and grit, sentiment and substance -- "The O.C." if scripted by Raymond Chandler. [21 Sept 2004, p.E1]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    It's just what TV viewers want in summer -- fun. [23 Jun 2005]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    Britain's BBC2 and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon have captured the feverish tone and most fascinating storylines of Faber's book in a miniseries making its U.S. debut.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    In his quest to make Murder One - whose fans last season were passionate but few - more "user friendly," Bochco hasn't dumbed it down a bit. [10 Oct 1996, p.6G]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    Mob City is smart, stylish, sexy and altogether addictive.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    A pleasant surprise. [30 Sep 1993]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The second season of HBO's Deadwood gets off to such a sluggish start that fans can be forgiven if -- like saloon boss Al Swearengen -- they worry that change is coming all too fast to the raw, lawless Western town. [6 Mar 2005, p.F03]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Endeavour is most interesting for the light it sheds on the character development of young Morse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    A show that is beautiful and sweet, funny and touching.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    People who like procedurals will enjoy playing along. But the real charm of the series--as in a lot of cable originals--is in its ensemble.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Chances are, it will make you cry even more often than it makes you laugh, but it will rarely bore you.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The decision to have some students graduate was a smart one, and splitting the action between New York (where Lea Michele's Rachel Berry is attending NYADA, the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts) and Ohio (where the remaining members of New Directions are regrouping) turns out to have been even smarter.