Verne Gay

Verne Gay

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Publications:
Newsday
Total Reviews:
435

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C- 34% Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's mostly gold-plated hooey. The plot is slight, the resolution a laugher and the characters basically stick figures. " — Newsday
Posted Sep 22, 2014
B 50% Forever: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Castle with a twist and a pair of hugely attractive leads. " — Newsday
Posted Sep 22, 2014
B+ 95% Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [Ben] MacKenzie plays this exactly right. He has to be heroic, but not too heroic. As the last good man in a fallen world, he makes hard choices, but, paradoxically, some of them unintentionally contribute to the evolving evil of this world. " — Newsday
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B 65% Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's often good at the seemingly little touches, like the patter of sharp dialogue that fills in character, motivation and personality. " — Newsday
Posted Sep 19, 2014
A- 100% The Good Wife: Season 6 (TV, 2014-2015) " Good, crackling start that -- as the old saying goes -- changes everything and may even point to the end. " — Newsday
Posted Sep 18, 2014
C+ 22% The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This series, which blends and bends genres, tries to balance sketchy character development with a sketchy tone, then ends with a payoff that's rushed and implausible. " — Newsday
Posted Sep 16, 2014
C+ 57% Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " 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. " — Newsday
Posted Sep 15, 2014
A+ 100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Burns and Ward pile on so much detail, alongside so much stunning footage, that by watching this whole spread -- to borrow that famous and also well-rubbed line -- will be like arriving "where we started and know the place for the first time." " — Newsday
Posted Sep 12, 2014
C 85% Sons of Anarchy: Season 7 (TV, 2014) " Fans will love Tuesday night's supersized launch. I'm just limp and weary from it all. " — Newsday
Posted Sep 9, 2014
A 87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " The end begins -- evocatively, dramatically. " — Newsday
Posted Sep 3, 2014
A 100% Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Raylan Givens was, and very much remains, the coolest cop on TV. " — Newsday
Posted Aug 22, 2014
B+ 96% Justified: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " The show remains terrific; the production details, the writing, the quality just about peerless in just about every shot. " — Newsday
Posted Aug 22, 2014
A —— The Simpsons: Season 1 (TV, 1989-1990) " An endless, imponderable, unstoppable Niagara of sight gags, jokes, one-liners, characters and stories that explore everything from the meaning of God to the anti-allure of Duff Beer. " — Newsday
Posted Aug 20, 2014
B- 50% 4th and Loud: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Surprise, surprise -- Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley appear to be serious team owners and the series documenting their wild, crazy new venture is serious, too. " — Newsday
Posted Aug 15, 2014
B+ 56% Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The idea of multiple or false identities is promising for all sorts of reasons. " — Newsday
Posted Aug 13, 2014
A 87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Knick isn't merely good -- but clinically, historically (even sociologically) interesting. " — Newsday
Posted Aug 8, 2014
F 25% Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A cynical, feckless money-grab by veteran talents who should know better, it's hard to imagine why "Partners" got made in the first place, except to fill airtime. " — Newsday
Posted Aug 5, 2014
B+ 89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) " A beauty that requires time and patience, but at least strongly hints at a payoff that will reward both. " — Newsday
Posted Jul 30, 2014
F+ 56% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) " The Second One is also more predictable, silly and self-conscious of the legacy -- absurd as it might seem to use the word "legacy" anywhere near a review about Sharknado." — Newsday
Posted Jul 28, 2014
A 87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Satisfying -- but you might never eat spaghetti again. " — Newsday
Posted Jul 10, 2014
A+ 97% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Better, richer, more compelling than season one. " — Newsday
Posted Jul 9, 2014
A 82% 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 83% 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
A- 70% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Leftovers, in fact, turned out to be strangest, saddest, gloomiest -- and most addictively watchable -- TV success story of the entire summer. " — 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
B 60% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Tyrant overcame a shaky start [and] proved that initial impressions can sometimes be -- if not wrong -- premature. " — 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+ 46% 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+ 78% 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- 94% The Normal Heart (2014) " Powerful, still full of anger, and hard to watch." — Newsday
Posted May 22, 2014
C 43% 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+ 30% 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 94% 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+ 96% 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
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