Joanne Ostrow

Joanne Ostrow

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Publications:
Denver Post
Total Reviews:
152

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
87% Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A beautifully executed 1940s period drama about the men and women involved in the top-secret Manhattan Project is at once transporting and provocative. " — Denver Post
Posted Jul 21, 2014
93% Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " The tension between the need to tighten the moral grip and the desire to act out in ever more grandiose, licentious ways gives the drama its pulse and its relevance. " — Denver Post
Posted Jul 15, 2014
100% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " After a stunning debut season, Masters of Sex, the brilliantly evocative drama about sex researchers Masters & Johnson, continues to amaze. " — Denver Post
Posted Jul 14, 2014
91% The Sopranos: Season 2 (TV, 2000) " The second season of The Sopranos begins on a less frothy, slightly more bitter note than the first, but the terrific midlife-crisis mob show continues to generate a buzz. " — Denver Post
Posted Jul 8, 2014
69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Save your appetite for something fresh as these "Leftovers" have been warmed too many times. " — Denver Post
Posted Jun 30, 2014
85% The Bridge (FX): Season 2 (TV, 2014) " 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. " — Denver Post
Posted Jun 26, 2014
57% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The cinematography is stunning, the music and atmospherics are immersive. With occasional hiccups the acting is mostly subtle. Suspension of disbelief will be required, but Tyrant is worth the effort. " — Denver Post
Posted Jun 23, 2014
83% The Escape Artist: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " A diabolical villain. A brilliant defense attorney and happy family man. And a clever reading of the law with switchbacks you don't see coming. That's the latest Masterpiece: Mystery! two-parter with David Tennant in a stunning performance. " — Denver Post
Posted Jun 16, 2014
94% Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " If it's action you seek, Rectify is a poor choice. But for fine cinematography, great acting and probing character development, you'll want to tune in. " — Denver Post
Posted Jun 11, 2014
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " This round is just as addicting as the first, the ensemble rising to the occasion of topping their first outing. " — Denver Post
Posted Jun 2, 2014
61% Crossbones: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " In Crossbones, low-tech fight scenes are a welcome relief from the customary mind-blowing special effects. Mostly, however, the reason to watch is Malkovich. " — Denver Post
Posted Jun 2, 2014
93% The Normal Heart (2014) " Moving, well acted and important for a generation who may be unfamiliar with the source material. But the TV version, also written by Kramer, doesn't have the emotional heft of the play." — Denver Post
Posted May 27, 2014
92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " The humor is often obscure. The flavor ranges from silly to heartbreaking, crazy to profound. The Emmy-winning show's unpredictability is part of the charm. " — Denver Post
Posted May 5, 2014
84% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) " There are reasons we still love 24, despite the gaps in logic, the repetitious dialogue, the monotonously unrelenting tension and some wooden acting. It's the combination of action and character. " — Denver Post
Posted May 5, 2014
46% The Comeback: Season 1 (TV, 2005) " The Comeback is a worthy new configuration - the side-splittingly sad sitcom. " — Denver Post
Posted Apr 29, 2014
97% Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Sorry to say, the sometimes arbitrary storytelling, the lackadaisical direction, the reliance on coincidence and miraculous plot turns all undermine the drama. Maslany deserves better. " — Denver Post
Posted Apr 21, 2014
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Relax, this 10-part series (on which the Coens have producer credits) deviates in a story sense, but it is true to the spirit and the grim humor of the original. You betcha. " — Denver Post
Posted Apr 14, 2014
90% Friday Night Lights: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2008) " The story arcs dare to treat small-town American life in all its solemn complexity. The characters rise above inert cutouts, each following a journey, for better and worse, worth taking. " — Denver Post
Posted Apr 8, 2014
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " By the end of the second episode, the personalities take off, the humor sharpens and there's no need to reboot. " — Denver Post
Posted Mar 25, 2014
64% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Think of Doll & Em as a collection of short stories rather than half-hour comedies and it's quite absorbing. " — Denver Post
Posted Mar 10, 2014
36% Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This isn't a show about the sightless, although Simmons (who is not blind) is terrific at conveying the limits and hurdles. The story is more concerned with the particular challenges of parenting through divorce than with blindness. " — Denver Post
Posted Mar 4, 2014
76% About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Here's further proof that midseason offers more thoughtful fare a chance to thrive. " — Denver Post
Posted Mar 4, 2014
86% Bates Motel: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " In Freddie Highmore's depiction of the adolescent Norman, it's possible to see the gears turning in his head, to see the normal development process going hideously off-track, paving the way for what we know becomes of the adult. " — Denver Post
Posted Mar 3, 2014
85% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Kevin Spacey remains a delightful Southern-accented villain as Frank Underwood. " — Denver Post
Posted Feb 19, 2014
58% Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Maybe they were going for "Deadwood on the Beach," with the politics of organizing an unruly bunch the underlying theme. Instead, they got "Spartacus Island," a less-elevated narrative with violence in keeping with the Starz brand. " — Denver Post
Posted Jan 27, 2014
84% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " In an effort that has the potential to be one of the best and boldest new TV dramas of the year, two film stars exhibit on the small screen the advantage of working in an extended serial. " — Denver Post
Posted Jan 10, 2014
97% Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " Benedict Cumberbatch is alive and well and in fine form. " — Denver Post
Posted Jan 8, 2014
36% Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Holloway is fun to look at as Gabriel Vaughn, who has a special cyber-function that makes him a walking Google app and helps him solve top-secret intelligence matters. Is he man or machine? Almost Human is better at that conundrum. " — Denver Post
Posted Jan 6, 2014
29% Killer Women: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " (Killer Women) is an unsatisfying offering that's difficult to recall an hour after you've watched it. " — Denver Post
Posted Jan 6, 2014
69% Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Change continues to make Downton relevant to our lives, letting us in on the variously graceful and resentful ways people deal with the inevitable. " — Denver Post
Posted Jan 6, 2014
94% Last Tango in Halifax: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Sweet and dear. It's more sweet than sexy, more dear than exciting. Yet the British import Last Tango in Halifax is an absorbing, sometimes surprising tale of late-in-life romance marked by stunning performances. " — Denver Post
Posted Jan 3, 2014
56% The Assets: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Not a brilliant effort, but worth a look. " — Denver Post
Posted Jan 3, 2014
40% The Sound Of Music Live! (2014) " Considering this was the first live musical theater effort for the medium in 50 years, it ranks as a successful curiosity that may inspire a new generation to explore further." — Denver Post
Posted Dec 12, 2013
65% Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Darabont certainly proves his love of the period, of pulp fiction and of the dark and moody film technique. " — Denver Post
Posted Dec 3, 2013
95% An Adventure in Space and Time " What a wonderful, funny, poignant origin tale for fans of Doctor Who and newcomers alike." — Denver Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
72% Alpha House: Season 1 " Plenty of partisan shenanigans to satirize, like Veep, but, unlike Veep, nothing addictive about it. " — Denver Post
Posted Nov 18, 2013
100% The Returned: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The whole creation, by Fabrice Gobert, is first-rate supernatural drama more than a mere horror show. " — Denver Post
Posted Oct 30, 2013
52% Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " It's scary, all right, but only when you think of what the budget must have been. " — Denver Post
Posted Oct 25, 2013
100% Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013) " Take a bow, Vince Gilligan. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 30, 2013
46% The Millers: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " It's goofy, but fun. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 25, 2013
90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The engrossing, beautifully cast and well acted Masters of Sex is at once the tale of an odd couple and the story of a culture coming of age. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 24, 2013
—— The Hollow Crown: Richard II " This rich and rewarding rendering is powerful thanks to the enduring words, the casting and the terrific performance of Ben Whishaw as Richard." — Denver Post
Posted Sep 23, 2013
65% Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " It doesn't immediately hit the jackpot, but like certain casino games, it's could prove tough to resist. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 9, 2013
82% The Blacklist: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Portraying a brilliant criminal mastermind who opens the drama by turning himself in to the FBI, demanding the presence of a specific rookie agent, he (Spader) is effortlessly captivating. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 6, 2013
73% Trophy Wife: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " The half-hour is loaded with issues and it's all too sudden and sitcom-random...but these things happen. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 6, 2013
33% Super Fun Night: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It has the feel of a quirky cable comedy. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 6, 2013
55% The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " 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. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 6, 2013
77% Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Cultural commentary mixed with the mystery, along with lavish production values, gives Irving's tale a clever twist. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 6, 2013
70% The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Not a breakthrough comedic form, but the welcome return of a familiar TV standout. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 6, 2013
67% Mom: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Heavy dysfunction gets a backup laugh track, and it can turn mean. But Lorre knows how to wring dark humor from tragic circumstances. " — Denver Post
Posted Sep 6, 2013
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