Gail Pennington
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For 259 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gail Pennington's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Parks and Recreation: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Black Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 259
259 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Helix is very involving, giving us characters to care about even in the midst of so much necessary setup.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Thanks to the clever writing and a very appealing performance by Gummer, this is one of my favorites of the fall season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    There's action, wit and dry humor, and some entertaining if not dazzling special effects. Again accessibly, most episodes will be stand-alone, with an underlying mythology to ramp up the stakes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The Dovekeepers is beautifully written and acted, without a whiff of the hokey melodrama so unfortunately common in period pieces, especially those with biblical themes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Nobody is likely to remember Murder in the First 18 years from now, as TV aficionados do "Murder One." But viewers who want to watch a mystery unfold and follow the twists and turns without having to sweat it should be more than satisfied.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The Librarians is a charming, engaging addition to the roster of new cable series.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    By the end of the first episode, who’s who and what’s what have begun to sort themselves out, and Turn looks like a series that will be absorbing to follow for its characters, not just its action.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Just when you're smirking at Empire, it reaches out and hooks you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    One show isn't much of a test of what Corden's Late Late will be. But the premiere certainly suggests that fun is ahead.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    After disliking the show initially, I've now seen the first three episodes, and I've come around. Despite its flaws, The Office is a smart, subversive change from most TV comedy. With so many trite and predictable -- and generally unfunny -- sitcoms around, one that's different deserves a chance. Or two or three. [24 Mar 2005, p.F8]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    Leeves is a hoot as Daphne, and provides leavening to Mahoney's self-centered gruffness. This could all work out, I guess; these characters (except possibly Dad) could grow on us, and in the post-"Seinfeld" time slot, they're likely to get a chance. [16 Sept 1993, p.6G]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    Hugh Laurie is cranky, scathingly honest, brilliant Dr. Gregory House, whose amazing diagnostic abilities almost make up for his abrasive personality, in the Fox medical drama House. [16 Nov 2004, p.E06]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    Always messy, often rude, sometimes poignant and frequently annoying, Popular is - come to think of it - a lot like teen-agers themselves. And that just could make it the most authentic high school series of the year. [28 Sept 1999, p.D6]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    Absorbing as the show promises to be, Sunday night's opener is something of a disappointment because it basically rewrites the Martha Moxley murder case, the details of which are very familiar from the recent Michael Skakel trial. [28 Sept 2003, p.C5]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    It's a refreshing change, though, to see competitions based on mental achievement and eliminations based on merit, not whim. [8 Jan 2004]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    Even at its meanest, "South Park" is seldom mean-spirited, and it's often outrageously funny. [13 Aug 1997]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    So far, so good. [6 Oct 2000, p.D7]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    Sweet and whimsical. [12 Jan 1997]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    The absence of the familiar law-order yin-yang gives the spin-off its own identity, but in the beginning it feels like a loss...What may turn out to sink this sharply written, well-acted show, however, is the premise itself. The prospect of tuning in every week to confront a creepy new sex crime, with most of the victims women and children, simply isn't very appealing. [20 Sept 1999, p.E6]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    They are quirky--cookie-cutter quirky. But for summer TV drama, that's not the worst they could be.

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