Joanne Ostrow
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For 220 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 220
220 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    One of the best series anywhere. [8 Jun 2003]
    • Denver Post
    • 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
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The humor is often obscure. The flavor ranges from silly to heartbreaking, crazy to profound. The Emmy-winning show's unpredictability is part of the charm.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    The creepiness is slow and almost elegant. The vision is grand, epic even. The music, by Mogwai, is wonderfully absorbing. The whole creation, by Fabrice Gobert, is first-rate supernatural drama more than a mere horror show.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    An engrossing drama about a modern seaside town that comes unraveled with the mysterious death of a young boy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    This season's three installments--"Scandal in Bohemia" is followed by a scary "The Hounds of Baskerville" and "The Reichenbach Fall" in which nemesis Moriarty (Andrew Scott) returns--make a pleasingly diverse set.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    This is high-definition bliss.
    • 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
    • 90 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.
    • 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 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 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.
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    No spoilers here, but there's a twist at the end of tonight's hour of Friday Night Lights that will reverberate through the season. This is cause for concern: The addition of a sustained mystery, not to mention the sight of teens jumping through windows to meet sex partners, could render Friday Night Lights more like every other show. Still, if it makes the story more accessible for those who crave a more literal narrative without altering the basic nature of the series, I'm for it. [5 Oct 2007, p.F-02]
    • Denver Post
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Benedict Cumberbatch is alive and well and in fine form.... Purists may find the fancy graphics distracting but creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss use the high-tech touches sparingly.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Suffice it to say creator Matthew Weiner unspools enough story to keep fans hooked, immediately satisfying some curiosities and creating others.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Long before Sept. 11, the standout of the fall TV season was an ambitious thriller about a counter-terrorist. ... It's even more captivating now that terrorist threats are a daily fact of life. [4 Nov 2001]
    • Denver Post
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The entire 14-hour, seven-night experience of Burns' latest opus is an engaging and at times surprising marathon.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Innovative camera work and occasional sound effects throughout add distinctive elements to the series. [9 Jan 2000]
    • Denver Post
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Dunham succeeds in making viewers uncomfortable while proferring a new (sharp, slightly bitter) flavor of introspective female comedy.
    • 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.