Joanne Ostrow
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For 218 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 218
218 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 68 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
    After a very slow start, Outlander, from the book series by Diana Gabaldon, is a bodice-ripper with a sprinkling of science fiction, a fantasy drama with a bit of action-adventure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    G&O feels less serious of intent, less urban or urbane than “Broad City.” But fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    It's all a fairly standard spy-thriller template, but the cast and crew give Legends an edge. Trust Howard Gordon ("Homeland," "24") and company to devise a well-plotted mystery.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    It's tough work that may help the viewer appreciate the miracle that occurs any time an indie movie actually makes sense, let alone transports audiences.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    It is formulaic but built to last. Think of this expensive remake as 'Touched by a Kimble.'... The workmanlike hour continues to mine old themes of alienation, injustice and the search for truth. [5 Oct 2000, p.E-03]
    • Denver Post
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    As the lead character, actor Kevin James has a certain something. We just hope it's not contagious. [21 Sept 1998, p.G-05]
    • Denver Post
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Fans will enjoy picking out the many sight gags and puns in the dense, multilayered animation. But, on first viewing, and unlike "The Simpsons," the "Futurama" pilot isn't fall-off-the-couch funny. [25 Mar 1999]
    • Denver Post
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    If you can get past the showy physicality, there's real meat here...Unfortunately, the series is frequently its own worst enemy...Every so often, (it feels like every few scenes), the visuals overwhelm the content, and it's clear the producers are intent on using every bit of license that cable networks allow. Story is overwhelmed by effects. It all becomes "deeply superficial," without the ironic twist. [1 Sept 2006, p.F-01]
    • Denver Post
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Funny - barely - in an uncomfortable, theatrical way, some moments feel like performance art or improv exercises, albeit with nice title sequences. [14 Aug 2005]
    • Denver Post
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    While the characters are slight and the dialog is silly, there's a story there somewhere.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Much of the insanity that drove viewers to “hate-watch” the show in its first season has been scrubbed. Competence reigns. The results are mixed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    The extremes of smart and wacky writing styles have never been so much at odds.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Think the Clintons meet "Dallas" in D.C. And that, for six episodes, may be enough.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Conflicts and tortured characters abound. Unfortunately, the drama goes somewhat soggy when the camera leaves the tight confines of the submarine and the complex plotlines twist into knots.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    It would be naughty to call it dry. But the lack of personalities leaves the viewer groping for an angle. The overwhelming nature of the event begins to feel overwhelming on the couch, too.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    The talented cast and upbeat pilot work in the series’ favor, but if the half-hour is to be more than a platform for Williams’ improv, the story will have to go deeper. And make us care.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    The likability of a lying, cheating, essentially egomaniacal criminal defense lawyer is a stretch in the first place. It takes a lot of grinning and tousling from Kinnear to make it work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    While the atmospherics are great and the cast is impressive, the weight of the film is too much for the slender premise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Not a brilliant effort, but worth a look.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Nobody will accuse it of being ponderous or academic. It's expensive-looking and shallow but long.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Neither ["Welcome to Sweden" or Working the Engels] is awful, neither will make you cancel other plans.... A few bright ideas enliven the half-hour. But how many meddling mother jokes can they pile on before we’re weary?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Neither [Welcome to Sweden or "Working the Engels"] is awful, neither will make you cancel other plans.... The execution is slick, and sister Amy has cameos, but how many times can they make the sauna jokes?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Problematic. ... The captivating McDermott as a defense attorney needs tougher characters to bump up against if he is to struggle meaningfully with his inner self. [2 Mar 1997]
    • Denver Post
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    The second hour gets into the wrangling with studio bosses, casting decisions and constraints to come. The minutia of line producing may be fascinating in theory, but watching hour after hour is a dreary prospect. [2 Dec 2001, p.F-01]
    • Denver Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    So far Grey's Anatomy is groping for a balance between over-the-top nuttiness and heartstring plucking drama; it lands awkwardly in the dram-edy category. If it would stop trying to be droll and ironic (this is no "Scrubs"), it just might make the cut. [27 March 2005, p.F01]
    • Denver Post