Gail Pennington

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For 448 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gail Pennington's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Catastrophe: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Black Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 448
448 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    A Canadian-South African co-production, it's gracefully directed by Clement Virgo ("The Wire") and gorgeously filmed, mostly in South Africa. Soapy? A little, but so was "Roots."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    It’s terrific. How you respond to it, though, may depend on your mindset as you come into the show. Don’t lower your expectations; dismiss them altogether.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Different and complicated, The Slap feels like something viewers might flock to on cable or Netflix.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The pace is generally fast enough to distract from the convoluted plot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    There's a lot of setup, and we don't know these people well enough yet to laugh with them instead of at them. That begins to change quickly, though, as Fresh Off the Boat gets into its groove, humanizing its characters and upping its humor quotient.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    The Americans remains one of prime time's best series, the only negatives at this point being how complicated the plotting is, to the degree at which we almost need a flow chart to keep up. It's a headache, but a great one to have.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Just when you're smirking at Empire, it reaches out and hooks you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    If Seasons 1 through 4 have bored or baffled or just annoyed you, Season 5 won't win you over. If, on the other hand, you greet the return of Downton with unabashed affection, as I admittedly do, you won't be disappointed, even if some of the storylines feel like reruns, or even when you want to grab a character by the shoulders and shake him or her.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    We see the orchestra and its egos through [new oboe player Hailey's (Lola Kirke)] sometimes incredulous eyes.... Mozart in the Jungle” made me laugh, although I have no idea whether it will make musicians or insiders with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra crack a smile.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    Elf: Buddy's Musican Christmas should be on the Christmas TV calendar for years to come.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Beautiful but dull, at least in the early going.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The Librarians is a charming, engaging addition to the roster of new cable series.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce is a smart, solid examination of just how messy relationships are and how hard it is to make them work.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    There's a plot, which any of us could have written in our sleep.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Extreme, yes. But that's what makes it an experiment we might want to watch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The Missing, written by brothers Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, is sometimes grueling to watch. But it earns a place in haunting crime drama next to the recent “Broadchurch” and “Top of the Lake.”
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    With the end in sight, this is a faster paced, more focused, less annoying Newsroom than in the first two seasons.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    It's rare to be able to say, unconditionally, that a TV reality show is inspirational, and that everyone will be better for watching. But that's the case with MasterChef Junior.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    HBO’s deeply involving and completely draining miniseries.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    A loud, old-school comedy with Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") as mom Marjorie and Tyler Ritter (look-alike younger son of the late John Ritter) as gay son Ronny.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Anyone who watches won’t soon forget A Poet in New York, one of the best things on television this year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    The more it settles down, the better it gets, although "better" remains relative.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Even if this isn’t precisely the sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” we might have wanted, it’s better than no sequel at all.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The Flash pilot, directed by David Nutter, is full of thrilling special effects, too. That adds up to a show that, at least in the early going, has something for almost everyone.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 37 Gail Pennington
    Relaxed as he seems on stage, he's just that stiff when acting. And that, unfortunately, is most of the time.

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