Gail Pennington
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For 202 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gail Pennington's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 202
202 tv reviews
    • 66 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    This is a cartoonish Army, under orders to take pratfalls whenever possible. You'll laugh. Or you won't.
    • 72 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.
    • 57 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Young & Hungry is nicely paced, and even in the first episode, the humor is character-driven. It's as uncomplicated, and tasty, as a good grilled cheese.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Gail Pennington
    It's kind of charming, and sporadically funny, but nothing special. [23 Sept 1993, p.8G]
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Gail Pennington
    Every performance is strong, and the writing is solid. Unfortunately, "Soul Food" has succumbed to premium-cable syndrome, including extremely graphic sex scenes that will put off many viewers who might otherwise have enjoyed it. [28 Jun 2000]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Gail Pennington
    Queer as Folk tries hard to expand the portrayal of gays on television beyond stereotypes. Unfortunately, the shock factor is so high that few viewers whose minds might be opened seem likely to stick around for the learning experience. [3 Dec 2000, p.C2]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Gail Pennington
    The laughs - more like chuckles, actually - are predictable, but Jones is a cutie, and he and Sheen are charming together. [22 Sept 2003, p.E6]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Caruso is stiff and grim, and the crew doesn't click with him or one another. [23 Sep 2002]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Saving Hope is pretty easy to watch, despite its abundant potential for eye-rolling.