Gail Pennington
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For 258 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 Rescue Me: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 258
258 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 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.
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    • 63 Gail Pennington
    I'm not sure the mild-mannered but eternally stressed Blais and the big-ego Vigneron were the best choices for the premiere, though. The whole affair is a tiny bit bland.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    This Odd Couple, starring Matthew Perry as messy Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as fastidious Felix Unger, just feels forced, tired and not funny enough.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    The more it settles down, the better it gets, although "better" remains relative.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Extreme, yes. But that's what makes it an experiment we might want to watch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Viewers may be attracted to Backstrom because of its charming supporting players as much as its abrasive hero. The whole thing grew on me in the course of three episodes provided for preview.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Slow and mournful, The Returned is interesting but not, in the early going, enormously compelling.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Loud and silly as it is, the show also manages to create and define its characters skillfully.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    To see its potential, you'll have to grit your teeth through a lot of painful moments early on.
    • 67 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    The characters are well-enough developed in the early going.... As the story deepens, though, it also becomes so complicated that it threatens to squeeze out marginal fans of the genre.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Beautiful but dull, at least in the early going.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    The comedy is all over the place in tone, bouncing from broad and silly to poignant and real to silly again.
    • 71 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    The push-pull between over-talking and ignoring will drive Go On.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Thorne isn't a powerhouse like "Luther," but if you enjoy crime fiction, it's fast-paced and well-acted enough to be worth your time.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Nobody will watch Common Law to watch crimes being solved. But viewers may be engaged by the characters and their chemistry, and that's what USA is counting on.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    There are real scares, and you'll certainly jump in your seat. On the other hand, who knows if such a dense plot will ever be sorted out?
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    A single-camera comedy with no laugh track, Weird Loners is a pleasant enough viewing experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Shot single-camera style with no laugh track (a blessing on a network where originals are often really loud), Younger feels far more grounded than its premise would suggest.
    • 58 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.

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