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

  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Corner: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 214
214 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    A worthy new configuration - the side-splittingly sad sitcom. [2 June 2005, p.F-01]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    We'll see if audiences can tolerate the notion of profound interrelatedness as weekly entertainment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Truthfully, a little bit of this fun farce may go a long way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Frankly, the acting merits more accolades than the storylines so far.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Vegas is likely to be successful simply because, at heart, it's a CBS crime procedural with cowboy threads.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Bunheads hasn't quite found its footing, but shows great promise thanks more to the cast and crew than to the initial hour.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    If you like dark action-adventure with a deep mythology, you may enjoy this suspenseful hour, intended to perplex as it entertains. For some viewers, however, the questions will get in the way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The Scotts have held onto enough of the memorable 1978 movie adaptation of Robin Cook's novel to pay tribute, but added enough to make it feel contemporary.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Some are going to embrace this new freedom; others are going to be overwhelmed. The very personal reactions make for grand voyeurism.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The casting and direction are solid. We'll stick with it for now to see if there's growth in the character relationships, too.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    It's easy to get hooked on the drama's fast-paced, international intrigue and tony visuals (shot in London, Scotland and Morocco). It's almost enough to keep you from contemplating some of the more outrageous turns.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    It's a strange amalgam of behind-the-scenes imagining, video simulations, archival footage and patriotic odes to the military regarding a rather recent event.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Of course it's formulaic, but the cast is inviting and the formula works.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    A funny but not particularly inventive political comedy about four Republican Senators sharing a house in Washington, D.C.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    This series won’t change the world, or even the world of TV comedy, but it is an intriguing diversion.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    It’s goofy, but fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Heavy dysfunction gets a backup laugh track, and it can turn mean. But Lorre knows how to wring dark humor from tragic circumstances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The first four episodes supplied to critics are engaging, but especially in the aftermath of his passing, the shadow of James Gandolfini is, sadly, everywhere.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    There seems to have been a conscious decision to add a dose of not just violence but horrific suspense and shocking violence. The first hour in particular feels like a disappointing departure. The character remains the same, even if he encounters accentuated gore and mental illness in the criminals. He even grows a bit.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    We know the body convulsing on the floor of the grand foyer isn't really being electrocuted. And yet we get sucked into the suspense and the gore as the players express fear, anxiety and tearful protests against being the next to die. ABC's amalgam of drama, murder mystery, parlor game and elimination competition for money is a curious mishmash.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The Michael J. Fox Show is not only an enjoyable TV comedy about a likeable guy in a likeable family, it’s not only a step toward wider recognition of a specific disease and of disabilities in general, it’s the return of a primetime icon after years away battling Parkinson’s.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    For better and worse, it feels like an extended version of a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Executive producers Haskins and Emily Halpern are sharp and the lines are funny and maybe, just maybe, there’s a show here.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    It has the feel of a quirky cable comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Cultural commentary mixed with the mystery, along with lavish production values, gives Irving’s tale a clever twist. The hour is trying to cover a lot of bases, but it may find its focus.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The documentary, narrated by Benjamin Bratt (son of a Peruvian mother), is rather dry in spite of the rich subject matter. It's particularly slow-going at the start (the pre-Alamo section is a slog), but it picks up steam as the chronology moves toward the modern age with notables contributing first-person accounts.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The tone ranges from fun to scholarly as colorful drawings enliven the film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Like most docu- reality TV mashups, the need for drama on-screen trumped detailed explanations. Choppy editing comes standard. Still, the tension between the impulse to search and the need for privacy is clear. Emotions run high and the conflict makes for good television.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Grand special effects, impressive acting by the young Sequoyah and an enduring interest in all things supernatural may help Believe to catch on.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The cinematography is stunning, the music and atmospherics are immersive. With occasional hiccups the acting is mostly subtle. Suspension of disbelief will be required (how else can Bassam/Barry slip out of his father's palace in the middle of the night to rendez-vous with an old journalist buddy?) But Tyrant is worth the effort.