Gail Pennington
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For 211 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 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 1
Lowest review score: 0 Black Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 211
211 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    If you enjoy animal sight gags, Animal Practice will provide at least a few laughs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    One episode does not a season make. But the Season 9 premiere, "New Guys," is as uneven as most episodes have been for the last few years.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    It's not terrible, just standard-issue sitcom, with relationships that don't feel true and laughs that seem forced.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Adapted from a Dutch series that was surely better than this, Red Widow is trite and tedious.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The judges seem well chosen. Unfortunately, The Taste kicks off with a bland and sluggish two-hour casting session.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Do No Harm expects us to accept the dual-personality premise without grounding it in anything believable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The new Arrested Development is uneven--but Arrested Development always was, even at its peak. Binge-watching, though, makes it seem even more uneven, and that's too bad.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The first episode does explain the premise pretty clearly--if you pay close enough attention and aren't laughing too hard.
    • 44 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    I don’t dislike the show Reckless could be, and Gigandet and Wood are cute together ... But the pivotal case, in which many officers may have drugged and raped a colleague, demands to be taken seriously ... Switching back and forth to lighthearted flirtation feels terribly wrong.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    There are nice moments, especially from Holloway, whose quips are vastly more clever than the rest of the show.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Together, they're charming, but the "will they or won't they?" romantic tension feels forced, and that takes much of the fun out of it.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    It's ridiculous, but it doesn't bite.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Fox originally provided a different pilot for Rake, one that wasn't so lighthearted. (Really.) That episode will air later, after, the network hopes, we've come to love this bad boy despite his foibles.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    [The cast] throw themselves into Kirstie wholeheartedly, but it's hard not to feel that they're slumming.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    As executed, it almost seems like a parody of the genre.... Beghe's growly, macho performance is hard to stomach, getting in the way of even noticing the attractive supporting cast.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The tone is mostly dreary and the plot with few exceptions goes precisely where you expect.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    It's still hard to expect much out of a sitcom arriving on broadcast TV in summer. In the case of NBC's Undateable, that's a good attitude. If you get a few laughs out of it, great. Otherwise, no hopes will be dashed.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    In the first two episodes, a lot of the gags are just stupid: a stuffy man gets a cake in the face; Mary gets caught in a medieval chastity belt...But Taylor makes Mary easy to like, and John Cameron Mitchell provides nice counterpoint as her pal Derrick, who works in fashion photography and has an ironic comment on everything. [9 Sept 1996, p.6D]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 51 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
    • 61 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The show (co-created by Spelling) is standard-issue cable sitcom, with acting that's too broad (Garth is the exception here) and a laugh track that's loud and awkward.