For 876 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Verne Gay's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 True Blood: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Bells: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 876
876 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    As indictments go, Going Clear is relentless and effective. But fair and balanced? That's another question--or maybe that's an issue.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Verne Gay
    Can Rescue Me wrap all this up in the short time left? I hope so, but this episode feels like so much temporizing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    A breath of cold, bracing and - bless it - fresh air. Eisner's fable is dark, almost impenetrably so, though skillfully rendered. Best of all, nothing here has ever been performed on reality TV, the best I can tell.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Lacks the hard, uncomfortable edges of [FX's also premiering] "Starved," but it's clear this show wants and intends to do a little damage, too. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Newsday
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Far and away the best new pilot on NBC this season.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Even for sitcoms, "Sunny" is often a vile, twisted beast that crosses the line of acceptable taste. But it can also be highly amusing, and the addition of DeVito and Archer does nothing to diminish that. [29 Jun 2006]
    • Newsday
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Could... become a very pleasant surprise.
    • Newsday
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Underwood, in the role of Maria, didn't entirely succeed--acting is part of the bargain, after all. But NBC's live version of Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein's beloved musical, staged at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, largely did.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Anyone who wants to take a walk on the wild side and lose an appetite in the process, your show has arrived.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    "Raines" is both thoroughly conventional and thoroughly unconventional; in fact, it often revels in its conventionality.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    "Crumbs" is surprisingly good.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Yes, there have been some valid questions about TV's recent embrace of the serial. (Too many? Will people stay tuned?) "Kidnapped" feels so fresh that viewers won't even care.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    A show that is so achingly familiar - in content, tone, stars, everything - that it's actually funny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Gossip Girl actually isn't bad by the standards of the medium--with "The Hills" pretty much being the standard--and it's even surprisingly competent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    "Sleeper Cell" is nicely acted, produced, written, directed, but is still so deeply rooted in the conventions of the medium, that no matter how hard it tries, or how hard it wants to be something else, this still ends up Just TV.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Congenial.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    The pilot still is often clever and engaging, but confusing too.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    "The Nine" may well be the best of the crop - smart, clever and especially wise to the ways of this genre - but the challenge remains the same. This is work - admittedly often pleasurable work, but come 10 p.m. next Wednesday, we've got to do it all over again.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    The overall production--good, mostly efficient, and certainly not perfect.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    An effective and well-wrought drama, with enough cinematic flair and energy to paper over some of its more obvious faults.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Just about everything worked, and worked well, from the opening credits to the final ones. The energy and beauty of New York City was incorporated in a way that exceeded even my expectations--happily exceeded them. Meanwhile, The host: A bit nervous, understandably, he nonetheless reminded fans and people who have never heard of him why he's here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Yes, "The Loop's" a winner, although let us be the first to admit that the usual attributes associated with "winning" are probably stretched beyond all recognition in this context.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    A flawed if promising start for a tough old veteran that proved it's still got some fight--and talk--left.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Verne Gay
    Grease: Live was maybe not a slam dunk, but nevertheless was the crowd pleaser it deserves to be and so often has been.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    You see no skepticism in Beyond. No analysis. No thinking. Just a lot of truly scary people yelling at very young kids.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    The pilot is flawed (most pilots are), not particularly funny and even--bizarrely--deploys two bland jokes from the "Weeds" premiere at 10 (did the writers trade notes?). But Falco is good, proving that she can transcend Carmela Soprano.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Tatum seems genuine and almost desperate to forget the past; Ryan affects the pose that he couldn't care less. Over this is draped a weird "only-in-Hollywood" vibe--and a particularly sad one, too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    It's all vaguely familiar and spirited enough to look like shiny summer fare. Just don't scratch the surface.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    Maybe just crazy enough to be engaging in the early going. It's the long run that looks questionable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Verne Gay
    You can see Halt reach for that something. You can't quite shake the sense that Halt doesn't know what that "something" is.

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