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 The Amazing Race: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Black Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 227
227 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    If you appreciate challenging, intellectually stimulating drama, this is it...My advice: Watch, absorb, and don't panic if you don't catch every nuance. You'll have time - 23 episodes. [19 Sept 1995, p.6D]
    • 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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The best cop show of any recent season...It's not for everyone, but it is for anyone who still misses "Homicide" and thinks "NYPD Blue" long ago devolved into soap opera. [10 Mar 2002, p.F2]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The Returned, in French with subtitles, is beautiful, riveting and above all thought-provoking.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    An astonishing achievement, a miniseries that manages to put human faces on the drug culture in American neighborhoods. [16 Apr 2000, p.F9]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    HBO’s deeply involving and completely draining miniseries.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Riveting. [21 June 2005, p.E1]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The best new sitcom to come along in years. [2 Nov 2003, p.C4]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    It's rare to be able to say, unconditionally, that a TV reality show is inspirational, and that everyone will be better for watching. But that's the case with MasterChef Junior.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    [A] sense of humor keeps Hannibal from being unbearably dark even when the crimes are, and they always are.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    Freaks and Geeks is a grittier "Wonder Years," while retaining some of that show's sweetness. The writing is sharp, and the young stars are vividly, awkwardly real. Spending an hour with them is almost worth going back to high school again. [24 Sept 1999, p.E10]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Twists that are genuinely surprising, plus quirky humor, separate Top of the Lake from, say, AMC’s “The Killing,” which was also deliberately paced but unrelentingly dour as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Gosh, I love this show. Meet Felicity and prepare to fall in love. [29 Sept 1998]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The line between charming and annoying is pretty fine here, and although Ed is indeed a cute show, I finished two episodes feeling more annoyed than charmed. Much of this zaniness seems as forced as the romance between Ed and Carol, which needs more time to develop. Maybe she'll grow to love him. Maybe you and I will, too. [8 Oct 2000, p.F6]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Lost is a sci-fi soap opera adventure -- with humor, mystery and interesting characters galore...It's "Survivor" with the one thing "Survivor" lacks -- a terrific script.
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Outstanding. [21 July 2004, p.E01]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Given how much is right about Fargo, the real reason to watch and keep watching is the storytelling, with more surprises per hour than you can count.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Anyone who watches won’t soon forget A Poet in New York, one of the best things on television this year.
    • 85 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    Clearly, Rescue Me isn't for everyone, but the fearless, funny series is don't-miss viewing for its legions of fans. [13 June 2007, p.L15]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The Missing, written by brothers Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, is sometimes grueling to watch. But it earns a place in haunting crime drama next to the recent “Broadchurch” and “Top of the Lake.”
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The entire cast of The Normal Heart is outstanding, but no one stands out more than Bomer, who is so much the handsome star of USA's "White Collar," in the beginning, then almost unrecognizable as the dying Felix.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    A fascinating and challenging new drama series. [27 Oct 1996]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Gail Pennington
    In no way does NYPD Blue even approach the brilliance of Barry Levinson's police drama, "Homicide," which aired briefly last spring and still could return. So if you exercise your right to change the channel when it comes on, you won't be missing greatness. [19 Sept 1993, p.7F]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The first hour, provided for preview, is spectacular even when seen without completed special effects.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The Dust Bowl, collecting so much oral history that was about to pass away, is a treasure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The Honorable Woman is intriguing from the start, but almost in spite of itself, as everyone seems to have a dark secret and nothing is what it seems.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    Relax and go with the goofiness and you could have a good time. [9 Jan 1996]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Insightful, intelligent and very, very funny, the WB's Gilmore Girls is the best not-quite-drama, not-quite-comedy of the new television season. [5 Oct 2000, p.F6]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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