For 207 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 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanne Ostrow's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rob: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 207
207 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    A medically sound, educational effort.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Push Girls is a hybrid nonfiction series and, ultimately, an inspiring work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    What Nashville on ABC and "Arrow" on the CW have in common, is appealing characters in well-plotted stories.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Producer Terence Wrong once again delivers fast-paced, narration-free, riveting footage, thanks to video crews who spent four months, unescorted and unhindered, with hospital personnel and patients at crisis points in their lives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    HBO tackles some familiar territory--beauty and the perils of aging, crowsfeet to sagging cheeks--but treats the subject from several new angles thanks to the candor of the older, wiser, still stunning former models.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    A little bit screechy, a little bit preachy, NBC's The New Normal is nonetheless the best comedy of the season--a season short on innovative comedies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Better than a haunted house story, 666 Park has the potential to seduce audiences with a mix of grandeur, drama and horror and an underlying message on what's truly valuable in life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The second hour is more engrossing than the first, and is easily rich enough to keep us coming back for more.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    What "Nashville" on ABC and Arrow on the CW have in common, is appealing characters in well-plotted stories.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    This is put-your-feet-up, pour-a-brandy television, a tasty import that's good company for a culture undergoing its own sometimes dizzying shifts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The Girl, directed by Julian Jarrold, impeccably re-creates the film technology of the time. It also delivers a psychologically astute reading of one of Hollywood's more bizarre entanglements.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    As an immersive experience for viewers who wouldn't think of getting this close to war zones, the Witness films are amazing documents.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The goal is not an academic history but a backstage, groupie-eye view. While it's familiar territory for longtime Stones fans, it works.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The evolution of the couple's relationship is as engrossing as the strong-arm spy stuff.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The plotting is intricate, the entire acting ensemble is first-rate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The direction by Susanna White is subtle, except for a too-frequent visual pun of kaleidoscopic, prism-like refractions to help us see that the world at the moment of Parade’s End is splintering into pieces. Cumberbatch pulls off the stoic-to-shell-shocked expressions of Tietjens, Hall is masterful in a demanding role and Clemens is suited to playing the fresh young thing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Not only is it creepy, suspenseful and full of splendid special effects, veteran actors and fresh young faces, but it's laced with big thoughts about environmentalism and the future of the planet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    All in all, its assured storytelling and fine performances give a worthy contemporary spin to a classic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Chronicling Cathy's journey, executive producers Darlene Hunt and Jenny Bicks (a cancer survivor) have so far taken her from denial to rage to bargaining and depression. Onward to acceptance, and to a satisfying conclusion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Rampling brings her primly authoritative presence and a stern look to the task. Her scenes with Hall crackle with tension.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    If you get past the large leap and buy into the premise, Hostages promises surprising switchbacks and character development ranking among the best of the season.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The first three hours leave us thirsting for more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    The Starz 10-hour miniseries is a beautiful, fun period piece populated by amazing talent.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Heather Paige Kent is endearing as Lydia DeLucca, a 32-year-old Italian Catholic from New Jersey, who breaks off her engagement to pursue her dream of going to college. [5 Oct 2000, p.E-03]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Will delight those who know a bit about the star-making machinery. It will tickle sports fans and entertain anyone in search of a decent adult comedy. [7 Aug 1996, p.G01]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    It’s a next-gen “Barney Miller,” a smart workplace cop comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    His name is above the title and, depending how you feel about James Spader, NBC’s The Blacklist may become your favorite fall show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Whedon’s trademark humor in the midst of action-adventure (per “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) saves the day as often as the very human, yet very gifted heroes. That protects the fantastical from becoming ridiculous.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joanne Ostrow
    Last Tango in Halifax is an absorbing, sometimes surprising tale of late-in-life romance marked by stunning performances.