For 156 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Being John Malkovich
Lowest review score: 0 End of Days
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 156
  2. Negative: 38 out of 156
156 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Compulsion, self-deception and the slippery nature of evil are explored with fidelity and supreme control .
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Affliction turns the sound on with sudden, crystalline clarity, and echoes with the haunting power of a suppressed truth that has finally been released.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A thoroughly absorbing, even transfixing, journey to a future that may already be upon us.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Actually moves, whisking the audience on a funny, sad and extraordinary journey through a singularly compelling moment in American pop culture.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, funny and often viciously cruel, this is a romantic comedy for people who are too old to believe in fairyales but wise enough to accept a happy ending when that's what life gives them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Prove(s) once again how ingenious, artful and flat-out entertaining animation can be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A revealing, intimate, quirky and generous portrait of nothing less than the American Dream.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    This audacious hybrid of cinematic styles is pure entertainment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    The title represents size and power, speed and hubris -- the very things the ship has come to stand for and the things that Cameron has restored to the cinema with grand, generous style.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A big, fat old-fashioned gush of passion as drawn through a post-modernist prism that makes it less easily comprehensible but more beguiling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A movie that will endure.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    This smart, fanciful and brilliantly staged comedy takes a truly one-of-a-kind premise and makes it, of all things, a weirdly profound meditation on consciousness, identity, fame, gender and reality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The kind of movie that gives mainstream Hollywood star vehicles a good name.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    McTeer delivers a messily cheerful performance as a woman who thinks nothing of brushing her teeth with beer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The Cider House Rules is about many things -- chance, passivity, free will and self-invention -- but ultimately it comes back to Larch, who emerges as a toweringly noble figure even in his weakest moments.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Well worth the wait.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Accomplishes a delicate balancing act, that of entertaining the audience with the thrills and adventure of the Andrea Gail's final journey.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The movie's best moments belong to Bill Murray,
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Absorbing, artfully executed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    It gets under your skin and into your head, and you don't want it to leave.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    A grand, sweeping nostalgia trip that evokes the sickness of an era even as it tries to find its essential humanity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Taymor conjures images that are as indelible as they are wordlessly articulate.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The movie is, to borrow Rob's phrase, unassailably cool.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The conventional and the cliche are slam-dunked in favor of a fresh, authentic take on passion, ambition and coming of age.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Hard to take in its particulars.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The only thing missing from this rich production is an emotional charge, which Highsmith could create on the page but which Minghella doesn't quite capture on screen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Dense, ironic and thoroughly engrossing caper melodrama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    (Penn)'s is a lovely, soulful performance in a movie that manages to imbue tragedy with just the right grace note of insouciance -- a movie worthy of Woody Allen himself.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    There's good trash: throwaway, intellectually undemanding action movies that, despite their heavy body counts and hard edges, are executed with a touch of class and a sunny disposition.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    For movie fans who despair of the state of American cinema, the in-jokes are hilarious.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A kinetically charged gridiron drama that is enormous fun to watch.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Grisly, stylish and often weirdly funny, Blood Simple is a reminder of how rarely an original artistic sensibility is announced to the world and how much better movies are when that sensibility is allowed to keep going its own way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Suffused with a sophomoric sensibility that belies its more serious underpinnings.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    If The Eyes of Tammy Faye is skimpy, it's still an important correction to the record about this fascinating and misunderstood woman, who turns out to be much more than just her makeup.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A quietly resonant movie about the painful alliance between single mothers and their daughters, and the complicated drama of separation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Jewison's focus on the Canadians' dogged do-gooderism might have actually prevented a good movie from being a great one.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    One of the unique virtues of the cinema is its ability to bring history to life with engrossing detail and gripping immediacy; East-West does this.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Will remind filmgoers that one of the chief pleasures of going to the movies is a good old-fashioned swoon
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Elmo graciously shares the stage with a cast of players who will not only delight youngsters but will come as sweet relief to grown-ups.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's a clear-eyed, unsentimental portrait and indelible for that very reason.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    So understatedly good.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Romance, intrigue and old-fashioned movie glamour make a dazzling return in Girl on the Bridge, Patrice Leconte's sumptuous love story with a razor-sharp edge.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Winterbottom ("Welcome to Sarajevo," "Go Now") has filmed Wonderland with a hand-held 16 millimeter camera, lending the production an air of scrappy immediacy that is often arrestingly at odds with Michael Nyman's overheated musical score.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A glamorous, alluring entertainment that revels in the artifice of Hollywood while exposing its corrupt heart, L.A. Confidential pays stylish homage to some of the great film noirs of the distant and recent past.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Possesses memorable portrayals of thoroughly original characters and draws a beguilingly bleak portrait of its Rhode Island settings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An absorbing glimpse not only at the phenomenon of punk rock but also at British social history and the rock star mystique.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A wonderfully complex character at the center of a gratifyingly satisfying yarn.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Shower makes for a lovely and poignant journey.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A bawdy, brainy sex comedy geared toward smart people with a sophomoric streak.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's the talk...and the extraordinarily expressive faces of those who do the talking, that accounts for its engrossing, enchanting powers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    With a wistful look at the wages of ambition and the failure of promise, Wonder Boys finally celebrates self-awareness, ending on a muted, quietly moving note of triumph.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    John Turturro's farce about life and theater that is by turns elegant and bawdy, but always transfixing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Filled with so much heartbreaking beauty, Bringing Out the Dead might be best described as an artist's sketchbook, a series of tableaux and ideas that provide a telling glimpse of a director whose work is always evolving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Arrives as a balm to seared adult psyches that have endured all manner of assaults at the multiplex this season.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    These guys are funny.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Smith shows the grasp of character and offbeat humor that really registered in "Clerks," and a subtler mastery of film fluidity and professionalism than anything in the cheesy, amateurish "Mallrats."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Sets up a mood of tensile suspense from the beginning and never lets it go.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A murder caper that could have been written by Agatha Christie during a pub-crawl.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Crammed, cheek to jowl, with bleak moments, high hopes, sweetness and naked emotion.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A quirky and satisfying love story.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Builds slowly but passionately, not dancing to some Hollywood tune, but finding its characters where they are and letting them be who they are.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Tells an important story about a story that might never have been told at all.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    That rare kids' movie that may be even more entertaining for its intended audience's adult companions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A lively, compulsively watchable but ultimately sobering film about the men who make their living off prostitution.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An engaging yarn and a moving character study, but it's also a sweet, sad glimpse of everyone's future.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Almodovar has created an ecstatic homage to the women who have inspired him all his life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    X-Men flies to the rescue with superheroes who have real substance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Fairly bursts with the exuberance and youthful energy that must have attended its creation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Isn't a noble story, or even a cautionary one: It just feels pretty painfully real.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Once you get the hang of Figgis' own brand of coercion -- one based on an intricate sound design and musical score -- you find yourself happily going along for the ride.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    There is undeniable power in Magnolia, in which small moments of truth are given epic gravitas, not just by Anderson's adroit cinematic style (no one's camera is more restless or inquisitive), but by the wisdom and compassion of the characters he creates.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The movie dazzles with its slick lines, but there's a situational intelligence at play too -- little vignettes involving minor characters are begun at one wedding and then evolve into major events at the next.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Possesses moments of fleeting grace, pathos and beauty, even if it ultimately doesn't amount to much.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's just another modest, unsurprising little heist flick. So why is it so much fun? Newman.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Aside from Lillard, the stand-out here is Cook, who plays a new breed of post-feminist Cinderella with a convincing mix of seriousness and vulnerability (although just once, it would be nice if Cinderella could keep her glasses on and still be beautiful). With her doe eyes and peaches-and-organic-yogurt complexion, Cook resembles a young Winona Ryder (if that's possible), right down to the appealing blend of sweetness and self-assurance. [29 Jan 1999: 1E]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Its mood of ennui and dread will haunt long after its title character's beaming grin has faded.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Has a sweetness to it that's irresistible, and its techno, trance and jungle soundtrack is as infectious and hypnotic as a contact high.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Ends up being more about her hair (Meg Ryan's) than anything else.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The story of the triumphant underdog is irresistible, even when every single plot point comes marching down Main Street.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Depends on breezy attitude and effortless delivery for its success.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    This isn't your father's Stuart Little, but youngsters will be delighted. Mostly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Von Trier has assembled a fearless troupe of gifted actors - especially Jorgensen - to explore the outer reaches of human cruelty and vulnerability.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A carefully conceived and earnest movie that announces its many points just a bit too carefully and earnestly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Kasdan has assembled a stellar cast of supporting players to lend this low-key tale some interest.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The story's more sober elements are regularly leavened by hip visual flourishes and even some quiet comedy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Provides an arresting journey through the Japanese countryside and culture.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    As earnest as the performances are, something seems to be lost in the translation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Too sketchy about her protagonist's interior life, and too fast and loose with the details of this story, to make much of an impact beyond its initial shock.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    An uneven, if lively, diversion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A bland also-ran in a post-"Sopranos" universe.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Has the sentiment and sweetness of a good coming-of-age movie but lacks the drive and pulse that makes for a great rock and roll movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    It's not meant to be scary. It's meant to be Disney -- a fun and warm children's fantasy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Can be recommended even if just for the presence of Elaine May, who turns in her most charmingly ditzy performance since "A New Leaf."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Keeps filmgoers wondering what will happen next even as they are repulsed by what's happening in front of them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Almereyda has done a splendid job of rendering Hamlet as expressive visually as it is verbally.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Ann Hornaday
    As a tasteful take on a minor novel, Metroland is genteel enough, but it lacks the urgency and scope of a must-see movie. [07 May 1999]
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Character-rich, but plot-poor.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    A toothless series of vignettes rather than an insider satire on par with, say, "Bowfinger."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Does it make it as a movie? Only in fits and starts.