For 1,024 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 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Verne Gay's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Top Gear (US): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie Apocalypse
Score distribution:
1024 tv reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    Cane" is not a bad show, and it's sporadically a good one. Merely, great expectations have not been met.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    Some of Mamet's dialogue is certifiably awful and some certifiably brilliant, and the dichotomy is breathtaking.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    It was... safe, reasonable, unembarrassing, uninspirational.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    ABC hasn't provided much in advance to watch--smart network!--but there were some clips for Wipeout, and they were (seriously) hilarious.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    A harmless and mostly fun little sitcom.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    You get the sense that the filmmakers' vision and Wright's are never quite in sync--or perhaps are in sync too perfectly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    A relentlessly grim and deeply depressing viewing experience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    A reasonably competent soap.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    A watchable and skillfully made telefilm (Jay Roach of "Austin Powers" fame directed) that is, nonetheless, marred by a melodramatic reliance on Good vs. Evil, and guess which side is which?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    "Lost Room" is a shaggy dog story that gets shaggier with every scene. It's a tale as tall as the Empire State Building that threatens to topple in the merest breeze but - miraculously - never does.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Verne Gay
    "Brotherhood" is sharply written... Nevertheless, a heavy air of predictability hangs over "Brotherhood," which has a tendency to confirm viewer expectations instead of challenging them.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    In a word, The Listener is boring. Or, if you prefer alliteration, listless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The Path is a grim unburdening, all right, but also that what-if series in search of deeper moorings, and a deeper meaning.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Nothing remotely lurid in either show [7 Days of Sex and The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet].
    • Newsday
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Nice locales (Paris! Rome!), a couple of decent action sequences... but otherwise a tepid potboiler over-seasoned with too many spy tropes and a plot with too many gaping holes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Nice to look at, good performances, but ultimately a snooze.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Sure, it all looks and sounds achingly familiar and blandly dumb, and maybe some of it is. But check the brain at the door. You could do much worse.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Best not to overthink 60 Days, and 60 Days clearly doesn’t want you to.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    [Chopra's] attractive, all right, and so is the rest of the telegenic crowd surrounding her. What's missing is much of a reason to care about her (or them). That's the fault of a pilot which spins a wild-eyed premise.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A messy newcomer with a "Twilight" saga vibe and "Twin Peaks" DNA.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The writing is sharp, but sharp-edged too. Overwhelmed with venom, Queens tends to be more mean-spirited than free-spirited. The cast is energetic, particularly Roberts and Curtis, who look like they're having a great time. But they can't quite convey that fun to the audience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The cast has major potential, but Life Unexpected still needs to find an original and compelling voice.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A featherweight entertainment with a good cast, some charm, and not nearly enough laughs.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Yes, cliches about wealth and privilege abound and are confirmed, or perhaps further embedded....But NYC Prep is so eager to establish a kinship with "Gossip Girl" that it's forgotten to tell much of a story.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Princesses is not nearly as offensive as "Jersey Shore." The bad: It's still pretty dumb.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    It's a Pre-Cambrian specimen that crept out of the primordial ooze of TV past, with a rhythm so profoundly familiar that if you happened to fall asleep during the first few minutes and woke up for the last, you'd be able to mentally reconstruct the entire program from scratch.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A convoluted story that doesn’t seem all that worthwhile to unravel, or peel--or watch..
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    [Shalom Auslande's] worldview is one part Christopher Hitchens, one part Samuel Beckett, one part Louis CK.... If all that makes his funny-ish new show sound bitter, angry, provocative and even compelling, then (well) that's because it is. But Happyish can also be wildly uneven and a little too smug in its certitude.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    There's a smoldering ember of promise here, mainly in the cast, even if the pilot tended to smother it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Name aside, Cyber's pokey and old-fashioned, but the leads are the big draw.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    It's all standard Schumer stuff, and nothing fans haven't sort of heard before, or maybe laughed at before, or cringed at before, or seen elements of before (her 2012 Comedy Central special). Those fans should be pleased. As usual, everyone else will be appalled.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A competent, connect-the-dots procedural that never offers much of a case for why a remake was needed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Not so much scandalous as scandalously dull.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Yes, offensive, but the second episode loses that element, which suggests Fox got the message. Not surprisingly, it's the better of the two.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Perception is both clever and ridiculous.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Singleton’s first TV series has a nice retro vibe, but otherwise not much action, not much originality, and not much wallop.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    After Spartacus blows most of its special-effects budget on the pilot, it settles into a not-bad sword-and-sandal genre series, a la "Xena" or "Hercules."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Some excellent special effects are in Monday night's episode, but nothing particularly shocking because it's become abundantly clear by now that The Dome can do any damn thing The Dome--or the writers--want.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    What's missing is passion, joy and (ultimately) interest.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Not great comedy, but hopefully the beginning of long overdue recovery process for a talented, troubled actor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    These too-timid re-enactments, punctuated with the occasional burst of VFX gunfire, are interspersed with some informative commentary by real experts like veteran mob reporter Selwyn Raab and dramatically less informative observations by actors like Vincent Pastore, who of course played a mobster on TV.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Oddly amusing and amusingly odd.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Hap and Carla are certainly a great-looking couple, standing in the shadow of the North Dakota Rockies. What they're not is a heightened version of Blake and Alexis Colby Carrington, the sort of heights I was really hoping for here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Nothing much new here (based on the first hour), but Remini appears resolute, tough-talking and potentially formidable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    As a family, they are particularly eager to convey a sense of normalcy, but Sister Wives still doesn't have much interest in exploring the religious underpinnings or larger ethical questions of this anything-but-normal lifestyle. You're left without a solid clue why the Browns--all five of them--have gone to this much trouble.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Good-looking--also lethargic, languid, listless and a little bit lifeless--at least in the early going.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Sarah Palin's Alaska is part-travelogue, part-"Todd and Sarah Plus Eight," part-slick political infomercial, and part Mark Burnett hokum - and oddly fascinating for all those reasons.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Nice looking, but not nearly enough action.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Allegiance is a curious duck, indeed. Smart and sophisticated certainly, but -- occasionally--a bit dim-bulbed and hokey, too.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    At least Take Me Out has plenty of energy and camp.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    In the pilot, some of the lines even find their mark--assuming the intended mark are sites like BuzzFeed, Digg, Cracked, Reddit, Upworthy and so on. But the millennial jokes quickly grow stale, along with their “what is it with these kids” setups.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A prime-time soap that wants to be harder-edged than “Empire,” but instead manages to be less fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The Bomb is a headlong-rush past the milestones and guideposts of this history, rarely pausing to explore their deeper consequences or meaning, while offering just a nod now and then to enduring controversies, or acknowledging--though barely exploring--the huge personalities that shaped this history, such as Robert Oppenheimer. The actual science is almost completely ignored.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The show juggled a lot of storylines last night, maybe too many, but the vibe feels right. "90210" is not a disaster, and the CW can now officially let out a deep ... sigh ... of relief.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Falco--as always--remains one of TV's bright shining lights, but her Nurse Jackie suddenly feels like a work in progress.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Thin, flavorless high school gruel, but the lead bad boy is intriguing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Headaches will be induced just in trying to unravel the plot mess Bon Temps finds itself in. At least this will be the last headache.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    It's all weirdly engrossing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Still sweet and sad, but often dour and slow, too.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    We already know too much and paradoxically too little about the JFK assassination. A TV movie needed to tell us something we don't know. No dice here.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    It's inert, lackluster and a trifle old-fashioned. Even the action scenes feel geriatric. It's also vaguely silly--a big reason the venerable good twin/evil twin gambit is better suited to comedy than drama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Glimmers of hope force their way through the fog of noir cliche.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Bruckheimer assembly-line sausage stuffed with plenty of hooey and violence--but the leads are plenty appealing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Forte does seem to be having a good, slovenly time, but after a while, the whole affair starts to feel a bit wanton and self-indulgent.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A not-bad spinoff that feels older than "The Vampire Diaries" and even more convoluted.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Oh, sure, they can pierce necks and drink blood: Big deal! Any ol' vampire can do that. With a limited repertoire of vampire moves, the Radcliffs shoulda moved to Bon Temps instead of the Gates to learn some new tricks.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    In spots, it's been turned into an antic Saturday morning cartoon. A shame.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Most of the material flatlines even before it begins, while never rising to the level of the HBO series to which it pays homage.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    After a rough start, Backstrom settles into an obvious, and comfortable, procedural rhythm.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    After this overheated effort to make Charlie interesting, or at least different, she's basically just another Carrie Mathison without the pills.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    This is a Danny McBride comedy--not exactly funny, but weirdly engaging in its own uncomfortable way. His fans should be pleased. Everyone else will be puzzled--or worse, repulsed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The Following is a bummer of significant proportions. Not that it's bad--it's not--but it's bleak, sordid, blood-spattered and creepy (though not necessarily always "creepy" in a good way, like "The Walking Dead").
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    What's wrong here are some of the same elements that have made the 2013-14 network comedy crop one of the weakest in memory--not enough laughs, not enough of a show that feels like it has something interesting to say (and wants to say it).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    There’s some funny stuff on the Netflix version (two episodes were made available). Truthfully, just not enough. In fact, W/Bob & David can be more tedious than inventive.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Flesh and Bone is so grim, so devoid of pleasure, so moldering that you're left to wonder why this significant collection of talent didn't actually have something fun or exciting to say about the New York ballet world.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Neither offensive nor particularly funny, it's merely another average, laugh-track-addled sitcom. The four leads are fine; they just need better material.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Honestly, it's a complete oddball with some charm and a few good lines.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    There’s a fascinating sideshow here--Carey’s tough manager--otherwise this is a by-the-book celebrity reality series that just happens to star one of the world’s biggest celebrities.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Violent and dull.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A rare HBO misfire--but I do hope Amy finds peace.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    It's pretty much impossible to describe The Beast without getting tangled in the underbrush of potboiler cliche....The good news, in fact, the wonderful news, is that Swayze really is good.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Good-hearted and gentle, Fisher struggles on the "funny" front.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Roughness still feels bland and unexceptional. Thorne remains what's best about this idea in the first place.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The show ambles along without getting viewers to particularly care about Alex or Pete. Without that requisite electricity, they're hollow, or just sad.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The third season was a two-headed monster. One was Sam and Ron; the other was Shore's typically moronic, casually vulgar, breezily amusing self. Guess which one was unwatchable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Dutiful, respectful, evenhanded, and full of old network TV news clips that attest to the great drama of the moment, Confirmation can also be about as adventurous as a televised hearing on C-SPAN.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Sumptuously produced but glacially told, The Crown is the TV equivalent of a long drive through the English countryside. The scenery keeps changing, but remains the same.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Messy, discordant opener with potential.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    This isn't only "Frasier," recast as a standard family sitcom. It's "Green Acres."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The River still has a quirkily eccentric charm. It's just so deliciously odd.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Hannibal isn't quite the sum of its admittedly evocative parts. The story is often strained, or like that poor synth operator, overextended; the shocks tend to be operatic--oversold as opposed to a deft sudden jolt to emotional solar plexus.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Looking occupies some fuzzy ill-defined middle ground filled with uni-dimensional characters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Legends simply feels too loose, too campy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The Latina female leads are--to put this in a way that's both politically correct and blandly inoffensive--vivacious.... That trademark Cherry wit, written in acid, is evident here. too.... But the biggest problem here is the sprawl--lots of stories, lots of characters, lots of colors--and not one them going anywhere in a hurry.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Dramatically inert, Badlands is at least technically accomplished.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The first couple of episodes are on the tedious side. Bad guys still die, things still get blown up.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A genial, old-fashioned--nay, prehistoric--family sitcom on the wrong network.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Sure, there are some fun moments. Sure Brosnan looks mah-velous. He always does. But a little less plodding plot and a lot more action, please.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Too brittle and full of bile to cleanly hit the target.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    This is an extremely tough balancing act or--back to the musical analogy--this is a show where the notes have to play exactly right. They don't here.

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