Verne Gay

Verne Gay

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Publications:
Newsday
Total Reviews:
416

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A 79% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Satisfying -- but you might never eat spaghetti again. " — Newsday
Posted Jul 10, 2014
A+ 100% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Better, richer, more compelling than season one. " — Newsday
Posted Jul 9, 2014
A 84% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " All charm and smarts, the best new NBC comedy in a long time. A winner. " — Newsday
Posted Jul 8, 2014
A 84% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This terrific cinematic opener promises the sun, moon and stars -- oh, and Halle Berry, too. " — Newsday
Posted Jul 7, 2014
C+ 62% Under the Dome: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Poor, silly Dome has been breeding like a drunken rabbit. Does anyone else have an itchy trigger finger yet? " — Newsday
Posted Jun 27, 2014
B 69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A baffling, beautiful, maddening, provocative puzzle (and do watch next week's episode). " — Newsday
Posted Jun 26, 2014
D+ 38% Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Taxi Brooklyn is an odd fish in the wrong pond -- even its Brooklyn feels alien. " — Newsday
Posted Jun 25, 2014
C- 57% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Tyrant at times comes perilously close to embracing derogatory media stereotypes of Arabs. " — Newsday
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B- 64% The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Passable summer thriller with some decent (for TV) action sequences. " — Newsday
Posted Jun 18, 2014
C+ 50% True Blood: Season 7 (TV, 2014) " 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. " — Newsday
Posted Jun 18, 2014
B 73% Murder in the First: Season 1 " Good, cleanly told newcomer that can be a bit pokey. " — Newsday
Posted Jun 6, 2014
B 44% Power: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The opening episode -- already posted online -- is a bit sluggish, but Power gets better in subsequent episodes. Starz, and Fitty, appear to have a winner. " — Newsday
Posted Jun 5, 2014
A- 97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " You need to dive in, get with the flow, and especially get into the stories -- there are many of those and all richly layered. " — Newsday
Posted Jun 4, 2014
B 61% Crossbones: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " An oddity with additional oddness in the form of Malkovich. But as summer diversions go, this looks to be a good one. " — Newsday
Posted May 29, 2014
B+ 79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Before long, everyone seemed to have an IBM "clone." That's your backdrop to Halt, but the foreground is a compelling human one. " — Newsday
Posted May 29, 2014
B- 38% Undateable: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Amusing, dumb, silly -- exactly what you'd expect. " — Newsday
Posted May 29, 2014
A- 93% The Normal Heart (2014) " Powerful, still full of anger, and hard to watch." — Newsday
Posted May 22, 2014
C 41% Gang Related: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Pulp hooey with a comic book vitality. " — Newsday
Posted May 20, 2014
A 96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) " A hell of a lot of fun. George Plimpton would heartily approve." — Newsday
Posted May 19, 2014
C+ 31% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Lots and lots of exposition, absent any humor -- Polanski's "Baby" certainly had that in the oddest places -- and even Satan would doze off during the story of his birth. " — Newsday
Posted May 9, 2014
B+ 79% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo) creation promises an intriguing summer pastime, for an eight-week run anyway. " — Newsday
Posted May 7, 2014
B+ 84% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) " A good opening salvo for what will probably be Jack's last day, at least on TV. Enjoy it while you can -- and it is enjoyable. " — Newsday
Posted May 2, 2014
D 58% Bad Teacher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " What this Bad Teacher really needed to do was outsmart the source material -- make this version more clever, or sharper, or funnier, or (above all) make it for adults. After all, no teens will ever fall for this flavorless, sanitized and timid retread. " — Newsday
Posted Apr 24, 2014
B 97% Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The show can be messy and confusing -- a headlong rush to who-knows- where-or-why at times. But those clones keep it grounded. " — Newsday
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B- 98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The series, is funnier than the film, more bleakly so. The Coens got brilliant performances out of their film actors and they do here as well -- Thornton especially, who is a magnificent sociopath-monster. Freeman simply reminds everyone how good he is. " — Newsday
Posted Apr 15, 2014
B- 67% Nurse Jackie: Season 6 (TV, 2014) " Falco is very good, always is, but her show has gotten tired. " — Newsday
Posted Apr 11, 2014
A 96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Silicon Valley happens to be sly and smart. " — Newsday
Posted Apr 4, 2014
B- 50% Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Intelligent drama absent passion and the sweep of history. " — Newsday
Posted Apr 2, 2014
A+ 98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Still TV's best -- dive in while the water's warm. Winter is coming, after all. " — Newsday
Posted Apr 1, 2014
C+ 68% Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " 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). " — Newsday
Posted Mar 26, 2014
A- 61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Smart new techno-thriller led by the always good Mulroney. " — Newsday
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B 52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Yes, this is all very familiar -- Sundance's The Returned was better, by the way -- but there are still solid hints of an engaging series. " — Newsday
Posted Mar 10, 2014
B+ 36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Believe can be mawkish, a little bit empty-headed, and full of questions without answers. But I like it anyway. (So sue me.) " — Newsday
Posted Mar 7, 2014
C- 73% Sirens: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Overtones of Rescue Me, absent the wit and bite. " — Newsday
Posted Mar 5, 2014
A- 65% The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Red Road demands patience, but from what I've seen, it strongly suggests that will be rewarded. " — Newsday
Posted Feb 26, 2014
A- 97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " I'm happy to report that The Americans is still emphatically The Americans -- a superior television series by just about every measure -- direction, storytelling, writing, plot and immaculate performance[s] by [its two] leads. " — Newsday
Posted Feb 26, 2014
B 81% Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Starts slow, gets better, and very nice to look at. " — Newsday
Posted Feb 24, 2014
D+ 25% Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Watch this and you too will become adrenalized -- and as a result, your brain will turn to wet cement, or perhaps mush, and your memory will also easily be implanted with any suggestion or impulse. " — Newsday
Posted Feb 24, 2014
C+ 36% Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Instead of feeling original, Fisher feels derivative -- a Wonder Years for a new generation that doesn't remember the original. " — Newsday
Posted Feb 20, 2014
D- 50% Happily Divorced : Season 1 (TV, 2011) " Based on the 22 irredeemably painful minutes TV Land offered for review, this show is clunky, sodden, cliched, drab, bland and terribly (terribly) weary. " — Newsday
Posted Feb 18, 2014
B 67% Harper's Island: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " What a hoot. What a ridiculous, soap-operatic cutup of a series. But if you can stop giggling long enough, as I managed to - quite a feat, let me tell you - Harper's Island is also hugely enjoyable. " — Newsday
Posted Feb 12, 2014
A+ 100% Friday Night Lights: Season 4 (TV, 2009-2010) " Quirky, funny, smart, wonderful acting, surprise cameos by cherished actors (Steve Harris, The Practice), and a one-two punch by Chandler and Britton that is unbeatable. What's not to love? " — Newsday
Posted Jan 31, 2014
B 85% Hawking (2013) " As billed, an intimate look at a genius, but the science gets a major haircut here." — Newsday
Posted Jan 29, 2014
B- 73% Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " Hot in Cleveland is a by-the-numbers sitcom with a couple of laughs, an inoffensive premise and four seasoned actresses who make the material much better than it is. " — Newsday
Posted Jan 28, 2014
B+ 92% Herblock: The Black & the White (2013) " Loving, informative, often fascinating portrait. But it could've done without the re-enactments." — Newsday
Posted Jan 27, 2014
B+ 66% Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " As an actor, he [Kinnear] plays the Lovable Rascal surprisingly well, offering just enough humanity, and enough likability, to merit a second look. " — Newsday
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B+ 85% Enlisted: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Sentimental, funny, absurd, ridiculous, dumb, smart, silly, romantic, and there's even (unexpectedly) a patriotic bone or two. " — Newsday
Posted Jan 9, 2014
D+ 57% Chicago PD: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " From the minute Voight roughs up some drug-dealing punk in the opening frames -- then sends him off with a warning, "Don't ---- with my city" -- you know you're in for a long, wearily familiar ride. " — Newsday
Posted Jan 8, 2014
D- 29% Killer Women: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The worst new show of 2014 can take solace that there are still 358 days left for another one to exceed it. " — Newsday
Posted Jan 6, 2014
C 36% Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Lots of cartoon violence mixed with -- irony alert -- not enough intelligence. " — Newsday
Posted Jan 6, 2014
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