For 1,274 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% 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
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 0 Let's Be Cops
Score distribution:
1,274 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Directed with rigor and sensitivity by Jason Osder, this is the kind of nonfiction film that proves how powerful simple storytelling and a compelling through line can be.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    For those willing to join Reggio in his extended meditation, Visitors offers a sublime, even spiritual experience, as well as a bracing reminder of cinema’s power to create a transformative occasion.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    As a film that dares to honor small moments and the life they add up to, Boyhood isn’t just a masterpiece. It’s a miracle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Liberated from playing the hits, Benjamin eloquently captures Hendrix’s emerging style without having to succumb to jukebox-musical opportunism.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    In Kennedy’s scrupulous, adroit hands, Last Days in Vietnam plays like a wartime thriller, with heroes engaging in jaw- dropping feats of ingenuity and derring do.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Made with uncommon skill and assurance, the film never succumbs to rank sentimentality, but it manages to get at the nuances of human relationships.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Anamaria Marinca delivers an utterly transfixing performance as Otilia, a young woman who helps a friend (Laura Vasiliu) obtain an illegal abortion in the waning days of Romania's communist Ceausescu regime.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to an exceptionally deft touch, Mottola manages to capture the absurdity and anguish of young adulthood, while never sacrificing meaning on the altar of crude humor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Like all good fairy tales, this outsize celebration of perseverance and moral triumph contains within it a deeper idea -- in this case, the relative nature of what we think we know, and what's worth knowing at all. No doubt Dickens himself would approve.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    The kids in Nobody Knows are most decidedly not crazy, and we come to care for them to an almost excruciating degree.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Turns out to be not just rude, crude and outrageously funny but a deceptively sophisticated meditation on moral agency -- with pot jokes!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    The heart of Million Dollar Baby lies in the core relationships among Frankie, Maggie and Scrap, friendships so pure, so genuine, so authentic that it takes actors of Eastwood's, Swank's and Freeman's caliber to sell them in this otherwise cynical world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Bringing a tough, astringent wit to a subject too often wrapped in the cozy blanket of sentimentality or cute humor, Tamara Jenkins takes a frank look at the indignities of aging in The Savages, a black comedy that invites viewers to laugh or at least smile ruefully at the dying of the light.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Sean Penn sings a powerful and poetic hymn to America with Into the Wild, his sweeping, sensitive and deeply affecting adaptation of Jon Krakauer's best-selling book.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    United 93 unfolds with the terrible inevitability of a modern-day "Battle of Algiers," with Greengrass exerting superb control of tone, structure and pace...United 93 may be the best movie I ever hated.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    The performances are accomplished, but the real star of Hustle & Flow is Brewer, a playwright who has written and directed a few other movies but who is effectively making a breathtaking national debut here.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Despite all of Van Sant's narrative feints and coy protestations, the audience is left with one searing memory after seeing Last Days, and that memory is of Cobain. Was he, as Gordon's character suggests at one point, simply a rock-and-roll cliche? Or was he a visionary genius, as the name of Pitt's character implies?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Manages to be one of the genuinely fresh discoveries of the summer, a little gem that deserves to become a big sleeper hit.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Gromit's every facial move -- every grimace, scowl, eye-roll and glance askance -- is sublime.
    • Washington Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A small, self-contained gem of incisive writing, superb acting and rich, expressive visuals.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Koltai is an accomplished, Oscar-nominated cinematographer (for 2000's "Malena"), and Fateless is meticulously composed and shot.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Extraordinary on many levels...because Mountain Patrol instead becomes what might be the first Chinese conservationist spaghetti western ever made.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Shot through with cheeky wit and hilarious musical numbers by the aforementioned slugs, Flushed Away features an eye-popping boat chase through London's watery nether regions, as well as the winning vocal talent of Kate Winslet, Bill Nighy and Ian McKellen, doing his best Sydney Greenstreet. Well done!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Mafioso may have been made in another era, but it stands as a classy, even radical rebuke to the film school posers who keep recycling the same tired gangster tropes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    The news is good for Bridge to Terabithia fans. The beloved children's book has not just survived but thrived in its adaptation to the screen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    That such a masterful depiction of American heroism and can-do spirit has been created by a German art film director known for considerably darker visions of obsession is an irony Herzog no doubt finds delicious.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    This uncommonly intelligent thriller evokes the great films of the 1970s ("All the President's Men," "Klute," "Three Days of the Condor") that managed to elicit gritty urban realism while maintaining a suave sense of style and moral complexity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Gosling's performance is a small miracle, not only because he's so completely open as a man who's essentially shut off, but because he changes and grows so imperceptibly before our eyes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    As he has done in all his movies, from creature features such as "Mimic" to serious dramas such as "Pan's Labyrinth," del Toro creates unforgettable images, filled with color, texture, lyricism and horror.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    It's beautiful. I loved it. And it broke my heart.