Joanne Ostrow
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For 250 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Ed: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 250
250 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Outrageous. ... Thanks to inspired editing, it all hangs together. [14 Jul 2003]
    • Denver Post
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The second season looks to be equally incisive [as the first]. With heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Not only is it creepy, suspenseful and full of splendid special effects, veteran actors and fresh young faces, but it's laced with big thoughts about environmentalism and the future of the planet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    A medically sound, educational effort.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The Girl, directed by Julian Jarrold, impeccably re-creates the film technology of the time. It also delivers a psychologically astute reading of one of Hollywood's more bizarre entanglements.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    That uncomfortable flash of shame even as we smile at his antics is what makes Life's Too Short so oddly engaging.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Two sweet, funny, even poignant dramedies ["About a Boy" and "Growing up Fisher"] launch on NBC this weekend, both helping midseason feel richer than the meager offerings of the network's fall slate.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Overall, The Knick is a sublimely addictive ride for which viewers will want to scrub up.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Two sweet, funny, even poignant dramedies ["About a Boy" and "Growing up Fisher"] launch on NBC this weekend, both helping midseason feel richer than the meager offerings of the network's fall slate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Oliver is terrific at mining humor from the most popular topics of the day, that is, the idiocy of the media and politicians. He's funny when he's knocking our intelligence. But he's best when he sticks to a barrage of short bits, enhanced with clips or photographs, as in his first week's efforts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    This reprise won’t eclipse memories of the film, but it shouldn’t be automatically discounted. It’s a longer, slower study, suited to a different medium and hitting the same gruesome and all-too-human notes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Yes, they [Amanda Peet and David Walton] throw sparks, but it's more than that. The quick reparte and the presence of great secondary players is also a crucial part of the appeal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    [Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas is] clever enough for adults, sweet enough for young kids and musically inventive enough to please the worst Scrooge.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Clearly, writer-creator Julian Fellowes knows how to keep fans hooked, cleverly playing out credible character traits across time, and knowing the breathless pace of change resonates with our current passage into another modern age.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Last Tango in Halifax is an absorbing, sometimes surprising tale of late-in-life romance marked by stunning performances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The prettiest soap opera on TV continues to offer a refuge from the present while mirroring contemporary attitudes and evolutions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The goal is not an academic history but a backstage, groupie-eye view. While it's familiar territory for longtime Stones fans, it works.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    What a wonderful, funny, poignant origin tale for fans of “Doctor Who” and newcomers alike: An Adventure in Space and Time, airing Nov. 22, features a terrific performance by David Bradley as William Hartnell, the first Doctor. And a pleasing bit at the very end that will make you gasp.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The direction and writing are subtle but intriguing, like Highmore's innocent grin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Push Girls is a hybrid nonfiction series and, ultimately, an inspiring work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    With Louis-Dreyfus inhabiting the central role, the writing shines.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    You may have read the transcripts over the years, but to hear the dialog, now on the eve of the 40th anniversary of his Aug. 9, 1974 resignation, is newly eye-opening.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Set in 1870s London, the tightly focused story of manipulative men, trapped women, an inappropriate, even abusive doctor, plus diary entries containing dreams of escape adds up to an inviting, rather highbrow wallow.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Better than a haunted house story, 666 Park has the potential to seduce audiences with a mix of grandeur, drama and horror and an underlying message on what's truly valuable in life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The first film is well constructed to be unnerving; the second offers the sight of "Grey's" Dr. Yang toting a revolver. Both make for creepy-rich summer viewing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Think of Doll & Em as a collection of short stories rather than half-hour comedies and it’s quite absorbing.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    All in all, its assured storytelling and fine performances give a worthy contemporary spin to a classic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    It may be preposterous. It may lack the political finesse of "The Americans" or "Homeland." But with tight shots of nervous eyes and cinematic displays of Jack's heroics, 24 still excels at high anxiety.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    As was the case with the controversial "In Treatment," those with no patience for self-analysis or a psychologically minded view of relationships may find The Affair slow going. But the mystery element should keep even impatient viewers guessing.

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