For 802 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Verne Gay's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Portlandia: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Bells: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 69 out of 802
802 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    A messy newcomer with a "Twilight" saga vibe and "Twin Peaks" DNA.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The cast has major potential, but Life Unexpected still needs to find an original and compelling voice.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The first couple of episodes are on the tedious side. Bad guys still die, things still get blown up.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    Finding original humor in this tired old horse of a format may not only be difficult, but close to impossible.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Verne Gay
    The fatal attraction story line is a long windup to a punchline you already know, and promos have revealed it as well. The mystery element is plopped down in the middle of that particular story like a lead MacGuffin.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    An easily digestible guide to pop culture that can make any water-cooler conversation more interesting (or interminable). But this television adaptation--if tonight's premiere is representative--does not work.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Creator Shonda Rhimes promised deeper, sharper medical stories this season to tether this show to the ground, and tonight Private Practice delivers those - even if the so-called "moral gray" area of each feels contrived.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    While "Men" may have the nutritional equivalent of stick gum, there's some genuine charm here along with a surprisingly seasoned and talented cast.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Boo Boo is critic-proof. Call it vulgar, call it schlock, call it a cup of flatulence, call it whatever you like. But John Waters called it first: America loves its trash culture, smells and all.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Accidentally feels like a show that's nearly been focus-grouped into oblivion--with lines, beats and a cultural resonance that's so familiar you can almost see the baseball bat of predictability descending upon your head. So be it. Elfman's fine, as usual. This could be worse.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Murdered innocents, a gory sword fight in slow motion and dry, witty, dialogue. Yes, it's all here, but what's missing is ... excitement.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Pulp hooey with a comic book vitality and earnestness that manages to keep it (usually) on track.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Problem here is that Beers is yoking his specialty with something that is not his forte--reality competition. The result often feels forced and frivolous.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Family is a trifle--part comic book, part kids' show--that is perfectly pleasant but without edge, bite or dramatic heft. With Chiklis aboard, it's like witnessing a concert pianist execute an elaborate version of "Chopsticks."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    BFF is not bad--classify this as another Young Urban New York-based sitcom--but it's not great, either, or certainly not smart enough, or different enough, or flat-out funny enough to deserve anything other than the bleak future that now appears preordained.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    The New Normal needs to take a deep breath, get off the soapbox and get funny fast. The right elements--talented cast and showrunner--are already in place.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Cynical, randy, derivative and as wearily familiar as a cup of cheap joe, "Freddie" is also expertly cast, acted, written and directed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Sure, it's summer and the viewing is easy--and Zoo is about as easy as it gets. There is some fun here, or potentially some fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Linney is a fine actress, but her material here doesn't match her talents.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    I think I comprise a third type--a wary Weeds fan who's happy it's back but hardly ecstatic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    There's an almost overwhelming been-there-seen-that feel to the pilot, which doesn't really offer any suggestion of "well, you haven't seen this."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Some brief memorable performances, particularly Cusack as a tippling housewife. Otherwise, an inexplicable misfire.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    There's a wonderful cast here... There's even an intriguing core idea... But the show also feels phony from beginning to end.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Outlaw isn't bad as much as bogus. The whole faulty premise creaks and groans under the weight of a now-you-see-it-now-you-don't shell game, as key plot points zip by, then are quickly tucked back under their shell in the vain hope you won't remember them, or maybe take them at face value.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Mildly amusing, though take out some of the harsh language and you've got more of a Disney Channel or TeenNick series than a memorable Fox one.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Verne Gay
    Purefoy brings some raffish charm to the role, but these days, who wants to embrace raffish philandering philanthropists--particularly ones so defiantly dim.

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