Joanne Ostrow
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For 250 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 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 250
250 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    If the tone of this miniseries lays it on thick, the subject is universal, the information is solid, the photography brilliant and the whole effort a sumptuous departure for NatGeo.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Thanks to Sedgwick, the hour is a distinguished contribution to the cop genre, delving further into a character's personal life than the "Law & Order" procedurals, and avoiding the showy visual effects that are high points of the "CSI" brand. [13 Jun 2005]
    • Denver Post
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    For better and worse, it feels like an extended version of a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    It’s goofy, but fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    A good concept in need of nurturing. [20 Mar 1995]
    • Denver Post
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The film glosses over the turbulent aspects of Brown's personal life (domestic-abuse charges and an arrest record are mentioned in passing), and it isn't comprehensive (there's nothing about his four wives, six children, drug addiction or his death in 2006). But the tuneful feature-length film is packed with great vintage clips.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Of course it's formulaic, but the cast is inviting and the formula works.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The series sometimes meanders, but only because Grohl's goals are lofty.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    It won’t be the hit of the year, but Fresh Off the Boat is worth a look.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    The series has great potential. The question is whether Empire should stick to being a good family drama in a vibrant contemporary setting with a topical issue woven into the story, or whether it can measure up to the pretensions to great literature.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    While the first hour is daunting, the series offers a terrific villainess who also has a knack for humor. [28 Aug 2005, p.F-03]
    • Denver Post
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    While uneven and not as immediately seductive as David Chase's 'The Sopranos,' Ball's Six Feet Under is a daring exploration on a theme, funny to creepy to plain weird. [3 June 2001, p.E-01]
    • Denver Post
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    A worthy new configuration - the side-splittingly sad sitcom. [2 June 2005, p.F-01]
    • Denver Post
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Frankly, the acting merits more accolades than the storylines so far.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Scott Bakula as Capt. Jonathan Archer is not as commanding a figure as some past captains. But his inexperience suits the prequel's tone. [26 Sep 2001]
    • Denver Post
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    We'll see if audiences can tolerate the notion of profound interrelatedness as weekly entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    A funny but not particularly inventive political comedy about four Republican Senators sharing a house in Washington, D.C.

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