Gail Pennington
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For 242 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 30% 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 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 242
242 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    This is a cartoonish Army, under orders to take pratfalls whenever possible. You'll laugh. Or you won't.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Based solely on the premiere, American Horror Story: Freak Show might rate a rave, or at least a "great if you like this sort of thing." But since the first season, I've learned that Murphy and Falchuk don't reliably follow the path they start down, often seeming to prefer to gross viewers out than tell a coherent story.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Gail Pennington
    It's kind of charming, and sporadically funny, but nothing special. [23 Sept 1993, p.8G]
    • 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
    • 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
    The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore got off to a promising if uneven start Monday on Comedy Central, with Wilmore's opening segment much stronger than a chaotic panel discussion that followed.
    • 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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Gail Pennington
    Peter Pan Live!, while better in many ways than last year's "Sound of Music Live!," was still uneven, partly because of casting and partly because of the dated source material.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    It's not terrible, just standard-issue sitcom, with relationships that don't feel true and laughs that seem forced.
    • 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.

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