Gail Pennington

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For 373 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gail Pennington's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Feed the Beast (2016): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Black Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 373
373 tv reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    “I am confused about everything,” Peter tells his girlfriend before fleeing the scene of a bully smackdown. Sampling The Messengers, you may be too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    There are nice moments, especially from Holloway, whose quips are vastly more clever than the rest of the show.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Szymanski, who directed from a script by Murray Miller, gets the look of the documentary, including some real footage mixed with new scenes made to look vintage, just right. The tone, though, is so broad, we never for a second forget the “mocku” in the “mentary.”
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The original pilot was a mess, confusing and annoyingly full of holes, but an extremely well-cast mess with a lot of potential. [17 Sept 1995, p.6C]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Saldana seems to be sleepwalking through most of it, and we rarely feel Rosemary’s fear. Rather than jumping in your seat, you’re more likely to pick up a magazine.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Do No Harm expects us to accept the dual-personality premise without grounding it in anything believable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Some of the special effects are magical; others are genuinely terrifying. But with so many characters, and such an abundance of twists and turns and truths and lies, keeping up is exhausting even in the first two hours. And none of the characters, especially the mopey Quentin, is engaging enough to make it worth the effort.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The Expanse cuts viewers no slack. It plunges so quickly into its world that you may think, as I did, that you accidentally failed to watch the first episode.... Colorful characters, banter and some zero-gravity sex are more selling points.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The pace is generally fast enough to distract from the convoluted plot.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The Next adds a door-knock component, providing a Publishers Clearing House-style surprise, and has the stars hang out with their proteges at home, which isn't really as entertaining as you'd think.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    If you enjoy animal sight gags, Animal Practice will provide at least a few laughs.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    It's summer, and this is a scripted, first-run network TV series. That's something. And maybe everyone hasn't seen a dozen dramas with similar troubled-family plots, many (Netflix's "Bloodline," for instance) much craftier.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    It's hard to know where a middling comedy will go from just the pilot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Long on scenery and even longer on schmaltz. The kids are fine; Gregory Smith is the show's strongest link as complicated, 15-year-old Ephram, and Vivian Cardone ("A Beautiful Mind") is off-the-scale adorable as 9-year-old Delia. But Williams' conversion to small-town doctor seems forced, and so do the quirks of Everwood residents. It's nothing that a prescription for better writing couldn't fix, however. [16 Sept 2002, p.D6]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Everything about this new summer show is confounding. Is it horror? Political satire? Slapstick comedy?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Saving Hope is pretty easy to watch, despite its abundant potential for eye-rolling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The writing is clunky and the acting is almost universally stiff. The characters need to be much more engaging to keep us from wanting to jump overboard from The Last Ship.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    An occasionally funny new TV Land comedy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The Firm is tedious but not terrible; whether it will be watchable depends, one, on how much you like legal procedurals and, two, how the ongoing McDeeres-in-jeopardy plot is handled in future episodes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The Whispers (created by Soo Hoo and claiming Steven Spielberg as an executive producer) is too slow and self-consciously creepy to hold my attention for long. Your response may vary.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    As for the story, it's so murky and convoluted that following it requires a lot of work--far too much work for something so flat-out ridiculous.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Perhaps over that time, it will evolve into the buddy dramedy it needs to be. Until then, though, it's just another police procedural, and prime time already has plenty of those.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    So mainstream, it makes "L.A. Law" look like experimental theater. It's not bad, just very familiar. [4 Mar 1997]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    It's ridiculous, but it doesn't bite.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    "Awws" are more frequent than laughs.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Meyers is likable and pleasant, and the first show probably isn't a good indication of what his Late Night will eventually be like. In the early going, though, there isn't much fresh happening there.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    It's too silly for real horror fans and too gross for the fainthearted.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The original Chicago Med pilot, which was built into an episode of "Chicago Fire" and is widely available online, was tedious, but that's no sign that the series itself won't stage a remarkable recovery.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis and Ian B. Goldberg ("Once Upon a Time") created Dead of Summer, and they have paid more attention to the moody atmosphere and opportunities for scares than to the characters--at least, the living ones.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    I suspect that viewers who know the Bible well will be annoyed by "The Bible," while those who are casual students will be alternately mildly entertained and fairly bored. People with no religious beliefs probably won't watch anyway, but if they do, they could wind up confused or amused.

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