Joanne Ostrow
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For 257 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 257
257 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    Mad Men remains a brilliant, perfectly designed and visually exciting series--one of the very best the medium has to offer--whether you take it at face value or find the experience of watching the TV series enriched by tracing the modern echoes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    What follows is a rich, funny, touching exploration not just of transgender life, but of family, identity and sexuality in general. Tambor's genius in the role is in creating a very particular female character well beyond makeup and wardrobe, seemingly on the cellular level.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    The horrors of war, the danger of shifting alliances and the anguish of intra-family rivalries raise the dramatic stakes, matched by the glorious visuals.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    Like the best TV shows, Ed has a profound point beneath its silliness. It seems it's always possible to return to Stuckeyville, the hometown we carry around inside, and see new possibilities. If we let go and embrace a magical dramedy that dares to dream, we may feel somehow ennobled. [5 Oct 2000, p.E-03]
    • Denver Post
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    Remarkable on many levels - as an interpretation of history, spotlighting what many consider to be the defining event of the 20th century, and as a tribute to heroism. Emotional and starkly realistic, it's not an easy 10 hours of television...The film also is notable as a collection of superb performances and, pragmatically, as an unimaginably expensive television production: $ 120 million. [6 Sept 2001, p.F-03]
    • Denver Post
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    Gritty and grim, The Shield takes the familiar genre to a new level of intensity, graphic violence, nudity and, not least, profanity. The vocabulary may shock some viewers; the casting will surprise others: Michael Chiklis plays the heavy, the corrupt cop at the center of The Shield. It's a riveting star turn. [12 Mar 2002, p.F05]
    • Denver Post
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    The season's best new drama introduces a smart ensemble and immerses us in a tangle of conflicting viewpoints. The storytelling device, which occasionally backtracks in time, isn't distracting or forced. [29 Sept 2002, p.F-02]
    • Denver Post
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    The season's best new comedy - we're talking laugh-out-loud funny. [2 Nov 2003, p.F-14]
    • Denver Post
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    Judging by the first six episodes, this round is just as addicting as the first, the ensemble rising to the occasion of topping their first outting.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    The series returns for season 2 on July 13 on Showtime, still excelling thanks to a confluence of terrific casting, great performances and smart storytelling about America in the repressed 1950s.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    While it's not fun entertainment (lacking the tragicomic notes of, say, "The Sopranos"), it is an amazing dramatic entry. It's only January, and only four episodes were available for review, but True Detective sets the bar for 2014's TV newcomers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    Part of what makes his series hilarious is the riotous pace and innovative comedic rhythms that sneak up on viewers. This distinctive style is as different from TV's old "Laverne & Shirley" model as third-wave ska is from Perry Como. [7 Nov 2004, p.F-15]
    • Denver Post
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    One of the best series anywhere. [8 Jun 2003]
    • Denver Post
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    This is high-definition bliss.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    A superbly acted and exquisitely rendered gem.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    David Brent, brilliantly conceived and played by Gervais, remains among the most wonderfully annoying characters in modern TV comedy. [12 Oct 2003]
    • Denver Post
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    The best TV show you’re not watching.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    The Corner is a marvel - a powerful testament to the crumbling inner city, the Catch-22 of urban social services, and the strengths and vulnerabilities of the human spirit. [16 Apr 2000, p.K-09]
    • Denver Post
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    Prepare for top-notch dramatic writing, exceptional camera work and complex characters. [27 Oct 1996]
    • Denver Post
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    Supremely satisfying. [21 Oct 2004]
    • Denver Post
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Viewers should expect a bit of exposition before the series shifts into high gear. By the third episode, bada bing, it's off and running. [13 Jan 2000]
    • Denver Post
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    The new season contains more laugh-out-loud funny moments, the characters are well defined and the male characters get more prominence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Based on both content and time slot - between "Home Improvement" and "NYPD Blue" - Spin City is potentially the breakout hit of the season. [17 Sept 1996]
    • Denver Post
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    These four transporting hours tell a touching, funny, heartbreaking story that underscores how complex life is, how fragile human interactions are.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    If it's action you seek, Rectify is a poor choice. But for fine cinematography, great acting and probing character development, you'll want to tune in.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    The series remains smarter and funnier than most anything on television. ... But be forewarned: the 'Sopranos' season starts slowly and a bit unevenly. [4 Mar 2001]
    • Denver Post
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    As the new season begins, this series continues to be among the best of the extraordinary number of great TV dramas vying for attention.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    The camera is discreet, cutting away at the very end, giving privacy when taste requires. The families involved are brave in ways not required of ordinary "reality TV" subjects. Even when they appear to be speaking for the camera, the situations are not manipulated. The impact is quite powerful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Innovative camera work and occasional sound effects throughout add distinctive elements to the series. [9 Jan 2000]
    • Denver Post
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    The characters interact, the camera observes. And we marvel--not only at the technique and the acting, but at the fullness of each individual point of view, detailing who these people are and how they got there.

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