Joanne Ostrow
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For 235 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Corner: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 235
235 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joanne Ostrow
    By trying to make her politically neutral, they threaten to defang the drama.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Darker than "Desperate Housewives," and even less nuanced. [11 Aug 2005]
    • Denver Post
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Depending on your tolerance, it's either a ridiculous presentation best suited to a drinking game (take a gulp every time the screen goes black), or a paranormal adventure that owes everything to "Lost."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Anger Management is a perfectly acceptable, standard-issue sitcom.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Executive producer Melissa Rosenberg has crafted an off-putting start to a series that may have worked better in the Netherlands.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    The yin and yang of stardom are on display here: The footage from her in concert is breathtaking. The cliches from her interviews are cringe-inducing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Both ["Killer Women" on ABC, Intelligence on CBS] feel like paint-by-numbers hours, unsatisfying offerings that are difficult to recall an hour after you've watched them.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Darabont certainly proves his love of the period, of pulp fiction and of the dark and moody film technique. He's less convincing when it comes to selling a story.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Carrie Underwood isn’t an actor and Stephen Moyer isn’t a singer and together they lacked chemistry as Maria and Captain Von Trapp..... The highpoint of the evening was Audra McDonald’s rendition of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and Laura Benanti as the Baroness lit up the screen.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Both [Killer Women on ABC, "Intelligence" on CBS] feel like paint-by-numbers hours, unsatisfying offerings that are difficult to recall an hour after you've watched them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    The cast is stunning, the music enticing. Yet Black Sails lands too quickly on an island (shot in Cape Town) and the best parts of the spectacle--the open sea vistas and the claustrophobic shipboard scenes--run aground.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    So far, it's less funny than intriguing, a way to shake up the sitcom.... The series, the first scripted entry from Ryan Seacrest Productions, seems awfully superficial, at least in the first three episodes available for preview.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    The show is fun to watch, but only because Maslany delivers such diverse and precisely defined characters worth watching.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Both ["Undateable" and The Night Shift] are NBC series serving as spring-summer filler, adequate at what they do but not worth scheduling your life around.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Both [Undateable and "The Night Shift"] are NBC series serving as spring-summer filler, adequate at what they do but not worth scheduling your life around.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    While it's enjoyable enough watching Malkovich sneer and gloat and threaten torture, the overall adventure isn't as enticing as recent frontier/mob/dirty-cop outings.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Kind of hilarious. Kind of silly. Mostly a game of spot-the-cameo players and teasing about what moment a certain chainsaw will come in contact with certain bodies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Joanne Ostrow
    Kelsey Grammer gives his pompous-windbag act another whirl, this time opposite Martin Lawrence on the predictably old-school comedy Partners.

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