Joanne Ostrow
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For 214 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 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Masters of Sex: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 214
214 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Beyond profundities laced with humor, the action drama from J.J. Abrams, created by “Fringe’s” J.H. Wyman and starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, is a visual feast.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    This ambitious undertaking sticks to over-arching themes through the chronology.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    [The characters] are sympathetic even when unlovable. The dialogue and physical gross-out moments are equally frank. And hilarious.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    This is not just a fun escape, it’s a clever puzzle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Tremendous footage of mountain treks and river running make the spectacle compelling while the sometimes clunky dialogue gets the message across.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The direction and writing are subtle but intriguing, like Highmore's innocent grin.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Assuming you aren't a programmer and don't plan to invent the next killer app, you may at first find HBO's Silicon Valley more pathetic than amusing.... By the end of the second episode, however, the personalities take off, the humor sharpens and there's no need to reboot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    It's telegenic, adrenaline-pumping drama, edited to manipulate as well as inform. (Not for nothing is a fresh-faced young female urologist the first character introduced, talking about a penile surgery.) But it's also real and, for that reason, far better than the "Grey's Anatomy" soap opera.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Dramatically gripping and well cast, the film offers a glimpse inside the compound that has made headlines.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Well told, well acted, The Strain might be just the thing for fans of “The Walking Dead” feeling a little too calm this summer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Overall, The Knick is a sublimely addictive ride for which viewers will want to scrub up.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    A good concept in need of nurturing. [20 Mar 1995]
    • Denver Post
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The debut is cinematically beautiful, the cast is top-notch, the story is compelling, the characters distinct, the music stirring. The question is, why now? [30 Dec 1997]
    • Denver Post
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Scott Bakula as Capt. Jonathan Archer is not as commanding a figure as some past captains. But his inexperience suits the prequel's tone. [26 Sep 2001]
    • Denver Post
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    While uneven and not as immediately seductive as David Chase's 'The Sopranos,' Ball's Six Feet Under is a daring exploration on a theme, funny to creepy to plain weird. [3 June 2001, p.E-01]
    • Denver Post
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Trump's narrative skills are as grating as his accent, but the hook is undeniable: With peeks into The Donald's penthouse, boardroom, helicopter, limo and his taste in hiring and firing, this debut has solid entertainment value. [8 Jan 2004]
    • Denver Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    While the first hour is daunting, the series offers a terrific villainess who also has a knack for humor. [28 Aug 2005, p.F-03]
    • Denver Post
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Thanks to Sedgwick, the hour is a distinguished contribution to the cop genre, delving further into a character's personal life than the "Law & Order" procedurals, and avoiding the showy visual effects that are high points of the "CSI" brand. [13 Jun 2005]
    • Denver Post