Gail Pennington
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For 227 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gail Pennington's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Olive Kitteridge
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 227
227 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    It's hospital drama in the "St. Elsewhere" mold - but, so far, with less humor. [18 Sep 1994]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    Sweet and whimsical. [12 Jan 1997]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    The writing, which draws heavily on Carey's stand-up act, is often funny, with wry comments about life's absurdities. [13 Sep 1995]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    As funny as it ought to be. [28 Mar 1999]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    In addition to the laughs (and Spade, in appropriately small doses, is especially funny), the opener of "Just Shoot Me" includes a touching scene between father and daughter that gives us the necessary understanding for both these characters. [4 Mar 1997]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    Jimmy Fallon welcomed viewers to his Tonight Show Monday, introducing himself as "your host--for now." That was about as edgy as Fallon got on his first show, which seemed designed to reassure fans of Jay Leno that Tonight wouldn't change too much, while also giving "Late Night" followers some of the bits they enjoyed on Fallon's old show.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    Lighthearted lessons are learned all around. It's all very sweet. [20 Sept 1996, p.10E]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    So far, it's certainly no "Homicide," in which the dialogue was always crisp and unexpected.... But when Copper puts down its billy clubs and delves deeper into its characters, the series has great possibilities.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    The push-pull between over-talking and ignoring will drive Go On.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Thorne isn't a powerhouse like "Luther," but if you enjoy crime fiction, it's fast-paced and well-acted enough to be worth your time.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Nobody will watch Common Law to watch crimes being solved. But viewers may be engaged by the characters and their chemistry, and that's what USA is counting on.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    There are real scares, and you'll certainly jump in your seat. On the other hand, who knows if such a dense plot will ever be sorted out?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    The comedy is all over the place in tone, bouncing from broad and silly to poignant and real to silly again.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Historical re-enactments almost always seem cheesy, especially when accompanied by a soaring score and melodramatic narration (by Josh Brolin). But these are arguably better than most.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Loud and silly as it is, the show also manages to create and define its characters skillfully.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Deception isn't like super-soapy "Scandal" or over-the-top "Revenge" (which has gone seriously downhill this season) in that both the story telling and the acting seem more realistic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Odd, crude and strangely charming, Legit won't be for everyone. But fans of FX's other comedies should definitely give it a try.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    The cases often seem more obvious than intriguing; the emotions feel forced; much of the dialogue is trite. The cast is unusually diverse, and that's worthy of high praise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Somebody tell the creators of shows like this, please, that viewers want engaging characters and entertaining, absorbing storytelling. We really don't need to be whooshing around in time while our heads spin.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Vikings is full of fighting, impaling, beheading and all that fun stuff. The hope is clearly to draw "Game of Thrones" fans, but it's not that good.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    When Thandie Newton is on screen in Rogue, it's tough to look away.... Other than Newton, though, Rogue is a disappointment in the early going, more tedious than thrilling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Defiance wants to be that crossover science-fiction show that appeals both to true believers and general audiences. If "Terra Nova," which aimed for that same ground, didn't succeed, I can't see "Defiance" doing it either.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    In the end, even if you've seen if before, Ring of Fire is a better than average Lifetime movie that will leave viewers hand-clapping, singing along and maybe sniffling a little.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Getting On is for mature audiences only, with uncensored language and outrageous behavior all around. If you like comedy with more cringes than chuckles, Getting On could be for you.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    It breaks absolutely no new ground, but it's lively, fast-paced and enjoyable enough, if you like this sort of thing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    This is a cartoonish Army, under orders to take pratfalls whenever possible. You'll laugh. Or you won't.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    It does what it sets out to do: that is, adapt the book faithfully and still make an entertaining film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Steinberg promises that Black Sails, with no parrots and no peg legs, will be pirate-cliché free. Unfortunately, the female characters don’t escape sexist stereotypes. And that keeps Black Sails from being as much fun as it might have been.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    They are quirky--cookie-cutter quirky. But for summer TV drama, that's not the worst they could be.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    The first episode of Tyrant, the only one I've seen, is both exotic (the cultural elements surrounding the wedding are fascinating) and unfortunately trite, to the point of embracing stereotypes about the Middle East that some early viewers have found offensive.

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