Gotham Screened to Rave Reviews
Many complimentary words were bandied about, such as "gorgeous," "brilliant," and "fantastic." TV Equals' Sandrine Sahakians claimed that "the trailers don't do it justice" and added that it was "definitely top of [her] list this fall."
"Rest assured, Gotham is everything that you want Gotham to be," Collider's Christina Radish wrote. "This Gotham is grimy and violent, and clearly on its way to being overrun by a criminal element that will quickly be sending it on a downward spiral. It feels much more like the real world heightened than it does a comic book world."
MTV concurred with the characterization of "Gotham" as a gritty, realistic show, writing that it "isn't a superhero show. If anything, it's closer to a police procedural with some comic book trappings."
Many critics cited the stand-out performance of Robin Lord Taylor (The Penguin) as particularly worthy of praise. Christina Radish wrote that he "is a true stand-out as Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin... His performance is just so good that people won't be able to not talk about it," while MTV called him "superb and transfixing" and suggested that the name of the show be changed to "Penguin: Origins" based solely on his performance.
There was only one detractor so far, with Hitfix's Daniel Fienberg writing, "I can't shake the feeling there are a lot of unfulfillable promises in Gotham." But even he gave the show a hesitant thumbs-up as a whole, adding, "But... good pilot. It's well-cast, top to bottom, and the production values play higher in context than they do in the trailer."