Joanne Ostrow

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For 293 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 293
293 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Season 2 of Manhattan gets off to a slow start and may require catch-up work. But the high-minded story about the creators of the atom bomb soon picks up the pace.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Scripture and subtle wit are sprinkled through the outrageous violence and a particularly lovely vocal accompanies a grotesquely violent massacre aboard an airplane. This one will delight a certain narrow audience.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    An engaging work of strong storytelling.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    For those of us who thrilled to “The Jewel in the Crown,” the latest PBS “Masterpiece” saga, Indian Summers, will scratch the same itch. As the Brits enjoy high tea on the subcontinent, the colors are so vivid, the characters so rich, the period piece so faithfully depicted, you can practically smell the Punjabi spices.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The level of comedy is again superlative, with Appleby and Zimmer carrying the cynicism and viciousness to new levels.

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