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 5 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: 12 out of 293
293 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Dreyfuss is sensational as Madoff, a twinkle in his eye as he explains his "magic."
    • 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.
    • 72 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Promising aspects of opening night were the interactions with Jon Batiste and the Stay Human band, the Oreo cookie binge as a metaphor for indulging in Donald Trump jokes, the nods to both Letterman and Jimmy Fallon, and the peek at what Colbert will be without his Comedy Central blowhard conservative mask. The George Clooney “interview,” not so much.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    This experimental extended series takes its time before making any sense. Dive in, and marvel at the fact that at least it’s different.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Confirmation is not nearly as nuanced as the recent O.J. Simpson trial docudrama on FX. It’s also much shorter and more reliant on news footage. But it similarly revives memories of a wild media/cultural/political flashpoint.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The CIA office politics are getting old, but the topical references remain gripping.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Truthfully, a little bit of this fun farce may go a long way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    It has the feel of a quirky cable comedy.
    • 64 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.

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