For 1,272 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 School of Rock
Lowest review score: 0 Alone in the Dark
Score distribution:
1,272 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    If Shutter Island, a gothic thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, were put to a free association test, the word most likely to come to mind would certainly be "weird."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Michael Caine delivers a stunning performance in Harry Brown, a rancid little revenge fantasy that probably doesn't deserve him.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    A dog-frequency movie: enjoyable only to those tuned in to its particular register.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    There's very little that's even kind of funny in It's Kind of a Funny Story, which can't accurately be described as a comedy but isn't a true drama, either.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    A jagged little pill of a movie from baby boomer avatar Edward Zwick.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    This fitfully funny but mostly dull misfire defines exactly where the line can be drawn between truly subversive humor and lazy cynicism.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    As it is, the audience must content itself with baby poop, naughty words and the female anatomy at its pneumatic extreme, while Bateman and Reynolds's search for transcendence continues.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    First-time director Anne Sewitsky may intend Happy, Happy as a Chekhovian chamber piece or romantic bagatelle, but her smugness about racism - and her glib symbolic resolution of the conflicts she raises - suggests an ambition that far outstrips her ability, at least for now.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    All of it makes for a rollicking, outsize tale of overweening ambition and palace intrigue, but J. Edgar instead plays it safe in a turgid, back-and-forth series of tableaux that look as if they were filmed from behind a scrim soaked in weak tea.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    One of the weaknesses of The Sitter is that Hill doesn't develop much comic chemistry with the children.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Man on a Ledge has its diverting moments, but by the time it has reached its too-pat final twist, it turns out to be a title desperately in search of a movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Conceived and directed by Madonna, W.E. is a gorgeous mess.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    As this sloppy, scattered, utterly synthetic piece of Hollywood widgetry unspools, it becomes increasingly clear that the romantic tension at play exists mostly between the men in question.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Director Scott Hicks lavishes good taste and sunsets on a story that - devoid of genuine tension, conflict or combustible chemistry between its two stars - just prettily sits there.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Dark Shadows doesn't know where it wants to dwell: in the eerie, subversive penumbra suggested by its title or in playful, go-for-broke camp.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Rock of Ages gets too mired in plotty cul de sacs, manufactured setbacks and numbers that are all staged as show-stoppers. In the words of the Journey song that serves as a climactic singalong, it goes on and on and on and on.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Gerwig remains one of the most captivating new stars to hit the big screen, but she's still looking for a movie that deserves her.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    It's a curio, ripe with dreamy atmospherics and intriguing mysteries, but little else.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    A strange little movie. Unsure whether it wants to be a quirky, sad-eyed indie pixie or a brassy, raunchy broad, it veers uneasily between the two, never quite settling into a comfortable or recognizable groove.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Ted
    Eventually MacFarlane's formula -- consisting of filthy, ethnically offensive jokes, scatological humor, tacky pop culture references and random cameos -- begins to wear thin.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    That Winterbottom has delivered a dud makes Trishna all the more disappointing, a rare unsatisfying swerve from an otherwise reliably provocative career.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    It's a bloated, shockingly tedious trudge that manages to look both overproduced and unforgivably cheesy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Jack Reacher is a wildly ill-advised miscalculation, with Cruise's virtually unstoppable appeal butting uncomfortably against Reacher's alternately cocky and downright crude cynicism.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Anne Fletcher's lifeless comedy about an overbearing mother and her exasperated adult son, has no flawlessly delivered punch lines. It doesn't even have a hangnail.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Slick, sick, self-consciously stylish and defiantly shallow, Gangster Squad is one of those movies you can't talk about without invoking other (often better) movies. A lot of movies.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Offers jaw-dropping visuals, but its troubling images of violence may cause this revolutionary effort to miss the evolutionary boat.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    To his (Snipes) credit, there are few other stars who could breathe a degree of credibility into a film like The Art of War.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Never makes the Jordans' tribulations feel like anything more than yuppie angst.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    An only fitfully engaging L.A. soap opera.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    There's less here than meets the eye, not to mention the ear, nose, tongue and fingertip.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    (Perry and Willis) are blown off the screen by Amanda Peet and Natasha Henstridge.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Little more than an electronic press kit for the band, produced for the benefit of its fans.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    At some point the foul language, lascivious sight gags, references to sex toys, violence against animals and cruelty toward children simply ceases to be funny.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    With a grating combination of naivete and arrogance, The Green Mile consistently overplays its melodramatic material, including a portrait of a black man that is as breathtakingly offensive as it is earnest.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Blessed with some outstanding performances, among them Ribisi's.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Bullock's character goes through some changes, but she never turns into some unrecognizably serious actress.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Brain-softener.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    An uninteresting take on a tired formula that is only occasionally funny and usually pretty gross.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Busy, over-stylized mess of a movie.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Of Madonna's considerable talents, making the camera love her isn't one: The screen seems to go dead every time she's on it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Overblown sanctimony and sentimentalism as corny as the Fourth of July.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Giamatti provides those small moments of triumph that Duets pretends to celebrate but instead stifles with its sense of superiority.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 28 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    Both assaultive and tiresome, A Good Day to Die Hard barely registers on the action movie Richter scale. It goes bang, it goes boom, and then it blessedly goes away.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    Safe Haven is one of those Valentine’s Day confections that satisfy your sweet tooth until you get to their weird, off-putting center. The problem with movies is that you can’t put them back in the box.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    Snyder tries to up the spectacle ante with ever more explosions, crashes, thermal blasts, topological realignments, gunfire and mano-a-mano fistfights. But the result is a punishing sense of diminishing returns and a genre that has finally reached the point of mayhem-induced exhaustion.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    Bullock and McCarthy and the chemistry they generate are far more compelling than the movie they’re in. Too often the sketches go on too long, and the coarse, abrasive tone quickly begins to feel repetitive and off-putting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    White House Down never quite seems to decide what kind of movie it wants to be, although by firepower alone it qualifies as this summer’s most cartoonishly bombastic exercise in sensory overload (so far).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    2 Guns feels like it’s all been done before, whether by John Woo, Michael Bay or any number of their CGI-happy clones.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    It would be dishonest to claim it isn’t funny. The laughs may come in fits and starts, usually by way of sight gags and set pieces, but they do come. And then they go.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    Adore at its core is a bore, nothing more.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    The film might take its name from poker subculture, but it lacks all the urgency, single-mindedness and swiftness that the title implies at its most literal. Runner Runner is a bummer. Bummer.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    A movie that, despite its strenuous efforts to appear hardened and sexy and sleek, is unforgivably phony, talky and dull.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    The best thing about awkward moments, after all, is that they usually pass quickly. And, blessedly, just as swiftly forgotten.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    Don’t expect to see a great film, or even a very good one. Whether you discover a meaningful channel with which to continue your walk with the film’s protagonist, however, is strictly between you and your god.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    Although The Other Woman nibbles around the edges of revealing truths about relationships, it leaves most of that potential behind, instead pursuing easy, exhausted cliches about zip-less marriages, upper class suburban drudgery, cynical careerism and dumb-but-sweet blondes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    As is true with so much of Haggis’s work, Third Person suffers from an airless, too-neat lack of connection with organic life.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    Reiner assembles a square meal of rom-com pleasure points, but it’s bland, by-the-numbers and not particularly memorable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    The Zero Theorem doesn’t fully earn the elaborately conceived scaffolding on which its relatively tame ideas are hoisted.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Ann Hornaday
    The Loss of Sexual Innocence is belabored, pretentious and often willfully opaque. [25 Jun 1999]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    The frightening myths about adoption that run through Like Mike make even its happiest endings a little bit creepy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Should have been a smart bit of cinematic froth but instead sinks like an overworked souffle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    By the film's self-congratulatory final shot, Stevie has become less a portrait of a sorry young man's difficult life than the story of auteurist arrogance and self-deception run amok.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Gator never emerges as anything but a blatant and outspoken -- and virulently brutal -- jerk.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    It winds up being tuneless, unfunny and, despite its strenuous efforts, not terribly sexy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    So cheesy and cheap that it almost attains high camp.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    At once listless and overheated, giddy and utterly zipless, the current incarnation lacks not just the savoir-faire of its stylish predecessor but also the sex appeal.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    A retread of material already thoroughly plumbed by Martin Scorsese.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    It's piddling -- a hangdog little comedy with not enough laughs...its spirit rattles around inside it like a marble in an oil drum.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    It's a remarkable, if appalling, spectacle of self-abasement. But of course, that's Sandler's specialty.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Has the tired, over-baked feeling of a script that never quite worked but was tinkered with until every ounce of spontaneity or life was hammered out of it.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    A stunningly inert piece of cinema, a movie that basically boils down to serial shots of people talking to each other.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Maybe the easiest thing would be to skip the movie altogether. Godard has created such a hermetic, uncompromising world that only the hardiest cinematic spelunkers are likely to appreciate its depths.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Not good enough to qualify as classic Gothic horror, not nearly fun enough to qualify as great B-movie camp.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Another soundtrack-driven, disposable, not entirely objectionable teen movie.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Doesn't orchestrate the scares with much finesse.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Unrelentingly grim, unremittingly gross and unforgivably unattractive, 28 Days Later is an orgy of troubling images and bestial sound effects.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Sadly, the filmmakers haven't given viewers enough context or information about their protagonist to know whether he's utterly free or utterly unmoored -– or to care very much either way.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Two-hour exercise in chaotic action and coarse, annoyingly coy sexuality.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Belabored, ostentatious, overlong behemoth.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    In a summer of surprisingly self-serious comic book movies" Lara Croft "stands out as being particularly humorless.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Plays less like a novel re-imagining of a classic if campy narrative than a drearily self-conscious exercise in Know Your Film References.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Sylvia plays it safe, and in doing so it becomes little more than just another domestic melodrama devoid of life and, of all things, poetry.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    An unsurprising, undistinguished piece of post-summer, pre-holiday detritus.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    One part historical drama and one part futuristic adventure, Timeline resembles a "Star Trek" episode by way of "Scooby-Doo."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    It evokes a warmed-over Fox TV special.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Never gels into the smart, tightly orchestrated cat-and-mouse game that it promises to be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Viewers anticipating side-splitting guffaws will be disappointed: Stuck on You is a strangely lackluster, flaccid string of fitfully humorous episodes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    An endless, virtually laugh-free pastiche of Aaron Sorkin by way of Aaron Spelling, Chasing Liberty features Mandy Moore trying so strenuously to be the next America's Sweetheart that she almost pops a vein.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    The loudest, trashiest, stupidest, cheesiest celebration of ritualized male aggression of 2004.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    A boilerplate melodrama whose good guys and bad guys are so baldly drawn they could have been conceived by Friz Freleng.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    A movie marred by a flaccid script, listless pacing, a plethora of cutesy-poo gags and Ray Romano.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    A nasty, formulaic and unforgivably obvious procedural.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Watching Thurman's character "triumph" in a context as joyless and self-referential as Tarantino's is a soul-deadening experience, one that over two hours takes on the same dreary monotone as the cheapest pornography.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    As little as there is to recommend in Scooby-Doo 2, it must be noted that the human cast has done an uncanny job of inhabiting their two-dimensional characters.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    The effect isn't just frenetic, unfunny and dull. It's kind of creepy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    A movie that sags and drags under the weight of poor pacing, execrable writing and largely unlikable characters.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Bland, workmanlike and instantly forgettable.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    It wants us to believe that being popular and getting the cutest guy in school really is the key to happiness. Like, how totally last century is that?
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Dragged down by a paper-thin story, the predictable number of fight scenes executed at equally predictable intervals and stock, unmemorable characters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    An extraordinary collective act of moral and physical courage is relegated to a backdrop for a mushy, synthetic family melodrama.