Gail Pennington

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For 385 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gail Pennington's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Manhattan: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Tucker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 385
385 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The Returned, in French with subtitles, is beautiful, riveting and above all thought-provoking.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Outstanding. [21 July 2004, p.E01]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The “Masterpiece” drama returns Sunday, recapturing some of the excitement that made America fall so hard for it three years ago.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    In a stifling summer of same-old, same-old on the tube, HBO's Oz is a shock of ice water in the face, a kick in the stomach, an exciting, exhausting, horrifying, mesmerizing trip to hell, operating as the Oswald Maximum Security Prison...For adults who choose to go to hell and (not quite) back, Oz is just about as powerful as TV drama gets. [10 July 1997]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Quippy, topical but also thoughtful, Master of None is perfectly binge-worthy and thus the ideal Netflix show. If you start watching, be sure to set aside time for all 10 episodes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Riveting. [21 June 2005, p.E1]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    If Seasons 1 through 4 have bored or baffled or just annoyed you, Season 5 won't win you over. If, on the other hand, you greet the return of Downton with unabashed affection, as I admittedly do, you won't be disappointed, even if some of the storylines feel like reruns, or even when you want to grab a character by the shoulders and shake him or her.
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    HBO’s deeply involving and completely draining miniseries.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    In the four episodes provided for preview, the action seldom lags, but just when we think we’re in for a fun ride this season, something darkens the sun.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Parks and Recreation is a rare gem--a TV comedy that's sweet, good-hearted and even inspirational, but also completely hilarious.
    • 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
    The best new sitcom to come along in years. [2 Nov 2003, p.C4]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 46 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    But Schwimmer does his best TV work yet in Feed the Beast, breaking viewers’ hearts just as Tommy’s has been broken. His pain reaches out and grabs us, and we root for him to find a way to go on.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Superb characterizations and riveting action are leavened by wry humor, making Deutschland delightfully addictive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    What's best about Catastrophe is how engaging the characters of Rob and Sharon are, and how quickly we come to root for them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The Good Place takes off in absurd, insane and delightful directions, with episodes so rich in asides and throwaway bits that they might need to be watched more than once.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Matthew Weiner clearly intended for us to contemplate the mortality of his TV masterpiece when he wove Peggy Lee’s bleak 1969 ballad through Sunday’s midseason premiere.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The Dust Bowl, collecting so much oral history that was about to pass away, is a treasure.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    It might be even better--yes, even better, if exceeding perfection is possible--than the first.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Better Things is really about relationships between mothers and daughters, poignant and frustrating and human and hilarious. At telling that story, it's the best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    From the start, this 2015 Project Greenlight is both educational and completely entertaining. This is a show that was more than worth reviving.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Often uncomfortable to watch, sometimes hilarious soap opera, UnREAL is also both intelligent and thought-provoking, one of TV's smartest and most cynical shows.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Bryan Dykstra was excellent as LBJ in the Rep’s solid production, but the movie, directed by Jay Roach, is almost a different animal, both intimate and broad, giddily exuberant and deeply dark. A bonus: On film, we hear every witty and/or disturbing line.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Manhattan is in other class entirely, the kind of series that is so good, it lifts a network into a whole new tier. What “Mad Men” did for AMC, Manhattan could do for WGN.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The Americans is one of TV's best drama series, if not the best, and it's also one of the most challenging. There are details to remember, nuances to catch and morality to ponder.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The first hour, provided for preview, is spectacular even when seen without completed special effects.

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