Gail Pennington

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For 457 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gail Pennington's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 All The Way (2016)
Lowest review score: 0 Tucker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 457
457 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    An addictive mixture of soap opera aond coming-of-age saga, one that fans of shows like "Party of Five" and "My So-Called Life" -- and good TV in general -- should certainly sample. [20 Jan 1998, p.D3]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Wolf Lake shows signs of turning into the kind of pretentiously mystical drama that attracts breathless Internet fan groups but leaves less-susceptible viewers snickering. Depending on what turn it takes, Wolf Lake could be fascinating or foolish. [11 Sep 2001, p.F1]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Here's a surprise from CBS - a new comedy that's actually fairly funny. [02 Jan 1995, p.6E]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    The trouble with "The Trouble With Larry" is that all these jokes don't add up to many laughs. [29 Aug 1993, p.8C]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Gail Pennington
    What with the dog stunts (Wishbone has three stunt doubles), all the kids and the large cast of costumed actors for the literary segments, this is a very labor-intensive effort for a five-times-a-week show. Computerized special effects are even used. Still, the dramatizations feel amateurish, hardly above your church group's talent night. [09 Oct 1995, p.6E]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    "Storm" is classic King, scary as heck and loaded with dark, psychological twists and turns. [14 Feb 1999, p.D8]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Gail Pennington
    There's a "Twilight Zone" vibe to the stories and their TV treatment, although it goes without saying that Rod Serling did better in half the time. William Hurt is sure to rack up acclaim for his tour de force performance in the first hour, "Battleground," airing without commercials, in which a hit man is attacked by an army of toy soldiers. Once you get the point, however, the actual battle -- wordless if not soundless -- seems to go on and on. [12 July 2006, p.E6]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Gail Pennington
    I've seen the first six hours, and if I weren't here writing this, I'd be home watching the finale. I'm that hooked. [8 May 1994, p.6C]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Gail Pennington
    This is a subversively smart show, and better still a shockingly funny one. Adults who enjoy the edginess of "Malcolm in the Middle" could find a new favorite here. [19 March 2000, p.F1]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Cases amusing or deeply tragic immediately test both her medical skills and her knowledge of Indian local culture, both lacking. But as trite as it might seem in outline, The Good Karma Hospital won me over quickly, and I flew through all six episodes in an evening. Acharia, whom "Game of Thrones" fans probably won't recognize as Dothraki handmaid Irri ("It is known"), is both charming and completely believable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Except for its familiarity, not necessarily a liability in TV comedy, there's nothing wrong with Marlon except its dated joke-punchline structure, deafening audience laughter and the tendency of the cast to shout all the dialogue.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    The dark humor and bursts of bloody action will satisfy some viewers, but the pacing is so leisurely and the characters are such sad sacks that Get Shorty can feel like a chore.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    It will undoubtedly seem tame to staunch "True Blood" fans. But a few winks of humor and some good scares make Midnight, Texas more than you'd expect from a summer series on broadcast TV.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The plot runs from dark to darker. But there are also flashes of humor, and the Byrdes are well-developed as characters from the beginning. Their plight, and the path they find themselves on, is twisty enough to hold interest, but laid out clearly enough to keep viewers from feeling hopelessly lost.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    It’s also a lot of fun, lively and fast-paced, with comedy, tragedy, action and history, just as audiences of 1589, and today, demand.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Snowfall will feel like too much work for some viewers. But those who stick with it will be rewarded with a drama that’s both involving and important.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Sad is that is, we have to admire a show that knows when to call it quits and goes out on top. Broadchurch does just that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    GLOW is often very funny, but it also plays (and works) as drama, a balance that would more often be found in an hour-long show. The half-hour format, though, is just right, leaving a viewer eager to bounce and roll through the 10-episode first season.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Gail Pennington
    Making sense of this mess is probably impossible (either my screener was missing scenes or the plot makes a big and confusing jump in the middle of the premiere) and not worth the effort. Unless, that is, you love seeing bad people get their faces eaten off, or you really, really miss "Under the Dome."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    Loch Ness might not be pure noir, but it’s enjoyable noir light.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    The town of Algonquin Bay has secrets. Bad things happen in the long winter darkness, filled with predators, drugs and violence. All this, and Campbell’s outstanding performance, add up to a drama that stands with the best of TV noir.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    The characters in Claws initially seem like clichés, including Desna, who is very much the familiar big-busted broad in high heels and hot pants. Before the first hour is over, though, we see them differently.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Gail Pennington
    Twin Peaks doesn't spend significant premiere time in Twin Peaks, and that results in a slow, scattered setup that has barely begun to come together by the end of Episode 2. ... Lynch clearly delivers exactly what he and Frost intended to deliver in the premiere, and will continue to do just that. The question is whether the result will be worth spending 18 hours to puzzle out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Gail Pennington
    Madoff proves too slippery for clear characterization, even for the combined talents of Levinson and De Niro, and the result is a film that is dull, with bursts of weird.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Gail Pennington
    A sweet little show, low key and more smile-worthy than hilarious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    The series will be a joy both for Anne superfans and for anyone who likes heart-tugging drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Victorian Slum House is a remarkable combination of educational, inspirational and entertaining.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    Television’s smartest and most uncomfortable look at a marriage.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Gail Pennington
    Life (and death) in Gilead is depicted in painstaking detail by executive producer Reed Morano (“Meadowland”) and director of photography Colin Watkinson (“Emerald City”) and feels eerily real, if sometimes almost excruciatingly slow.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gail Pennington
    In short, Fargo is back, and it’s brilliant.

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