Joanne Ostrow

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For 293 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 293
293 tv reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Think the Clintons meet "Dallas" in D.C. And that, for six episodes, may be enough.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Funny - barely - in an uncomfortable, theatrical way, some moments feel like performance art or improv exercises, albeit with nice title sequences. [14 Aug 2005]
    • Denver Post
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    While the characters are slight and the dialog is silly, there's a story there somewhere.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    It is formulaic but built to last. Think of this expensive remake as 'Touched by a Kimble.'... The workmanlike hour continues to mine old themes of alienation, injustice and the search for truth. [5 Oct 2000, p.E-03]
    • Denver Post
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    If you can get past the showy physicality, there's real meat here...Unfortunately, the series is frequently its own worst enemy...Every so often, (it feels like every few scenes), the visuals overwhelm the content, and it's clear the producers are intent on using every bit of license that cable networks allow. Story is overwhelmed by effects. It all becomes "deeply superficial," without the ironic twist. [1 Sept 2006, p.F-01]
    • Denver Post
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Conflicts and tortured characters abound. Unfortunately, the drama goes somewhat soggy when the camera leaves the tight confines of the submarine and the complex plotlines twist into knots.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    As the lead character, actor Kevin James has a certain something. We just hope it's not contagious. [21 Sept 1998, p.G-05]
    • Denver Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Nobody will accuse it of being ponderous or academic. It's expensive-looking and shallow but long.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    While the atmospherics are great and the cast is impressive, the weight of the film is too much for the slender premise.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    The extremes of smart and wacky writing styles have never been so much at odds.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    The talented cast and upbeat pilot work in the series’ favor, but if the half-hour is to be more than a platform for Williams’ improv, the story will have to go deeper. And make us care.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    The likability of a lying, cheating, essentially egomaniacal criminal defense lawyer is a stretch in the first place. It takes a lot of grinning and tousling from Kinnear to make it work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Seeso’s first original scripted comedy, written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Will Sharpe, is a head-scratcher. It does have Olivia Colman going for it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    It would be naughty to call it dry. But the lack of personalities leaves the viewer groping for an angle. The overwhelming nature of the event begins to feel overwhelming on the couch, too.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Much of the insanity that drove viewers to “hate-watch” the show in its first season has been scrubbed. Competence reigns. The results are mixed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Not a brilliant effort, but worth a look.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    By trying to make her politically neutral, they threaten to defang the drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    The film doesn't reinvent the Biblical fiction format but it is interesting enough to move you to read Diamant's take on ancient sisterhood.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Self-indulgent but packed with great cameos and kitschy production numbers, the whole affair could have been a tight 90 minutes. Instead it's flamboyantly self-referential and clocks in at four hours.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Fans will enjoy picking out the many sight gags and puns in the dense, multilayered animation. But, on first viewing, and unlike "The Simpsons," the "Futurama" pilot isn't fall-off-the-couch funny. [25 Mar 1999]
    • Denver Post
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Neither [Welcome to Sweden or "Working the Engels"] is awful, neither will make you cancel other plans.... The execution is slick, and sister Amy has cameos, but how many times can they make the sauna jokes?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Neither ["Welcome to Sweden" or Working the Engels] is awful, neither will make you cancel other plans.... A few bright ideas enliven the half-hour. But how many meddling mother jokes can they pile on before we’re weary?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Both [Undateable and "The Night Shift"] are NBC series serving as spring-summer filler, adequate at what they do but not worth scheduling your life around.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Both ["Undateable" and The Night Shift] are NBC series serving as spring-summer filler, adequate at what they do but not worth scheduling your life around.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    The cast is inviting.... But the too-prominent, overly obvious voice-over narrator is a truly awful innovation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    The second hour gets into the wrangling with studio bosses, casting decisions and constraints to come. The minutia of line producing may be fascinating in theory, but watching hour after hour is a dreary prospect. [2 Dec 2001, p.F-01]
    • Denver Post
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    So far, it's less funny than intriguing, a way to shake up the sitcom.... The series, the first scripted entry from Ryan Seacrest Productions, seems awfully superficial, at least in the first three episodes available for preview.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Unfortunately the storytelling lacks subtlety. The good and evil characters are too starkly one or the other. The camera tends to flag ideas or objects in advance and make points too obviously.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    While it's enjoyable enough watching Malkovich sneer and gloat and threaten torture, the overall adventure isn't as enticing as recent frontier/mob/dirty-cop outings.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    The subtlety that made [The Good Wife] work is not in evidence here. Nor does this hour demonstrate the sophisticated humor of “Veep,” a better parody that doesn’t need a zombie-like subplot.

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