For 206 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 206
206 tv reviews
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    One of the best series anywhere. [8 Jun 2003]
    • 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    The season's best new comedy - we're talking laugh-out-loud funny. [2 Nov 2003, p.F-14]
    • 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    This is high-definition bliss.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    Supremely satisfying. [21 Oct 2004]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    A superbly acted and exquisitely rendered gem.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joanne Ostrow
    Prepare for top-notch dramatic writing, exceptional camera work and complex characters. [27 Oct 1996]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Innovative camera work and occasional sound effects throughout add distinctive elements to the series. [9 Jan 2000]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    CBS may have the most appealing nonscripted hour of the fall. [4 Sep 2001]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    The overly gruesome operating room moments are best glimpsed through shielded eyes. The rest of the drama draws viewers in with rich characters, a breathless pace, a refusal to pigeonhole good guys versus bad guys, thoughtful observations about family life and midlife relationships, and intriguing casting. [22 July 2003, p.F-01]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Laurie is a wonder. His drawn face, scraggly beard, hollowed eyes and gaunt body add an offbeat distinction to his dignified performance. His is a sinister quirkiness. [15 Nov 2004, p.F-01]
    • 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]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Judging by the first five hours of the second season, it successfully broadens the storylines of several key characters. The cast is first-rate; only Elizabeth McGovern? occasionally rings a false.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    The cast, from Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty to Debra Messing and Angelica Huston, is superb. The subject matter is a carefully blended mix of artistic and accessible.
    • 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.