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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Orange is the New Black: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 261
261 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Vegas is likely to be successful simply because, at heart, it's a CBS crime procedural with cowboy threads.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joanne Ostrow
    Bunheads hasn't quite found its footing, but shows great promise thanks more to the cast and crew than to the initial hour.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Think the Clintons meet "Dallas" in D.C. And that, for six episodes, may be enough.
    • 64 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Nobody will accuse it of being ponderous or academic. It's expensive-looking and shallow but long.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    The extremes of smart and wacky writing styles have never been so much at odds.
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Not a brilliant effort, but worth a look.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    By trying to make her politically neutral, they threaten to defang the drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    The film doesn't reinvent the Biblical fiction format but it is interesting enough to move you to read Diamant's take on ancient sisterhood.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    Self-indulgent but packed with great cameos and kitschy production numbers, the whole affair could have been a tight 90 minutes. Instead it's flamboyantly self-referential and clocks in at four hours.

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