Joanne Ostrow

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For 261 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 Band of Brothers: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 261
261 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Even if zombies aren’t your cup of TV, there is plenty to appreciate about the construction of Fear the Walking Dead.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    What "Nashville" on ABC and Arrow on the CW have in common, is appealing characters in well-plotted stories.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    A fun, intriguing new drama...Inspiration is allowed to take all sorts of liberties. Fortunately, the production values of the show are high and no attempts are made to portray aliens on screen, for instance. The director wisely lets us imagine an unexplained power source with a whirl of wind rather than cheap-looking spaceships or funny-looking men with antennae heads. [8 Sept 1993, p.1F]
    • Denver Post
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    What Nashville on ABC and "Arrow" on the CW have in common, is appealing characters in well-plotted stories.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    A little bit screechy, a little bit preachy, NBC's The New Normal is nonetheless the best comedy of the season--a season short on innovative comedies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Flockhart... is a compelling presence, and the tone of the writing is both fun and thoughtful. [7 Sep 1997]
    • Denver Post
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The plotting is intricate, the entire acting ensemble is first-rate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Purists will miss the trappings of 221B Baker Street. But Elementary is appealing on several counts. Count No. 1 is Miller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The series successfully blends super-heroics with women’s post-war fight against sexism in a fun, winking way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    [A] well-researched film.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    G&O feels less serious of intent, less urban or urbane than “Broad City.” But fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Togetherness is very L.A., and very of the moment. For some it may feel too true.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Although it's less than exciting and not at all a comic respite, Saul has me along for the ride.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    While the hour is entertaining and moves briskly, it lacks the subtlety (not to mention violence, great opening credits and bad wigs) of The Americans.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Duchovny is eminently watchable.... At times the music is more involving than the acting, and appears a useful cover for some lame dialogue. But creator John McNamara ("In Plain Sight") successfully layers sociology, crime story and period music in an involving semi-historical drama.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The tone ranges from fun to scholarly as colorful drawings enliven the film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Thomas M. Wright, Ted Levine and Annabeth Gish are well cast and their characters are fully sketched. Having seen two hours of season 2, I’m not ready to give up yet, but I’m starting to prioritize TV’s darkest hours and wonder if The Bridge will make the cut.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Judging by the first handful of episodes, Battle Creek is a tad more eccentric than the usual CBS drama, a refreshing step beyond the procedural format. Not a challenging series, but a watchable one.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Think of it as a def Dallas, an African-American Dynasty for 2003, a blend of MTV and BET that finds itself on UPN. ... Sex, violence, music and some eye-catching casting make this effort worth a look. [13 Apr 2003]
    • Denver Post

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