Joanne Ostrow
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For 259 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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Masters of Sex: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 259
259 tv reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    The engrossing, beautifully cast and well acted Masters of Sex is at once the tale of an odd couple and the story of a culture coming of age.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Deeply cynical about human beings as well as politics and almost gleeful in its portrayal of limitless ambition, House of Cards is a wonderfully sour take on power and corruption.
    • 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]
    • Denver Post
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    A beautifully executed 1940s period drama about the men and women involved in the top-secret Manhattan Project is at once transporting and provocative.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    A well constructed, masterfully written piece, Hannibal exceeds the "ick" factor of any crime procedural on the air.
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    CBS may have the most appealing nonscripted hour of the fall. [4 Sep 2001]
    • Denver Post
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    A beautifully affecting biopic about the tragic and glorious life of blues pioneer Bessie Smith, showcasing a gutsy, soul-and flesh-baring performance by Queen Latifah in the title role.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    An engrossing drama about a modern seaside town that comes unraveled with the mysterious death of a young boy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Moody, dark yet at times poetic, this is TV made in the indie-film style, without pretense. Adult, premium-cable caliber without the visual excess.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    Netflix has previously scored with "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards," but this is the first true comedy it has picked up and it looks to be a winner. Unbreakable? Unassailable.
    • 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]
    • Denver Post
    • 85 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joanne Ostrow
    The best comedy you're not watching.... Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne"), Alex Borstein ("Family Guy") and Niecy Nash ("Reno 911") simply kill it as an ensemble, doing justice to the sharp writing of Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    This is not just a fun escape, it’s a clever puzzle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Graphic cruelty, not to mention violence, makes for difficult viewing in this lavishly produced miniseries. But it’s worthwhile, especially as director Clement Virgo has opened a new window on the experience of blacks in Canada.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Rampling brings her primly authoritative presence and a stern look to the task. Her scenes with Hall crackle with tension.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    [The characters] are sympathetic even when unlovable. The dialogue and physical gross-out moments are equally frank. And hilarious.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    It is exploring new turf in terms of a relationship drama with a bold narrative premise, and vaguely spiritual aspirations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    This is put-your-feet-up, pour-a-brandy television, a tasty import that's good company for a culture undergoing its own sometimes dizzying shifts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    While the plot rests a tad heavily on a couple of wild coincidences, writer David Wolstencroft ("MI-5") has constructed an interesting tangle of smart dialogue and credible characters to put across a rather cynical view of lawyers and law.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Heather Paige Kent is endearing as Lydia DeLucca, a 32-year-old Italian Catholic from New Jersey, who breaks off her engagement to pursue her dream of going to college. [5 Oct 2000, p.E-03]
    • Denver Post
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    HBO tackles some familiar territory--beauty and the perils of aging, crowsfeet to sagging cheeks--but treats the subject from several new angles thanks to the candor of the older, wiser, still stunning former models.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The direction by Susanna White is subtle, except for a too-frequent visual pun of kaleidoscopic, prism-like refractions to help us see that the world at the moment of Parade’s End is splintering into pieces. Cumberbatch pulls off the stoic-to-shell-shocked expressions of Tietjens, Hall is masterful in a demanding role and Clemens is suited to playing the fresh young thing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    A spoofy, sarcastic and hilarious exercise in adult animation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    This ambitious undertaking sticks to over-arching themes through the chronology.

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