For 1,302 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 End of Days
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A wonderful thing to snuggle into, as full of heart and pep and innocence as the title character himself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Takes both its characters and the audience to the depths, but it's a journey Kidd redeems with wit and fluency and, ultimately, a deeply persistent humanism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A big, sexy, sun-splashed thrill ride, is what a summer movie ought to be: not totally mindless, but more interested in jangling your nerves than engaging your brain.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A stirring, emotionally galvanizing film, not only due to its shattering subject matter but thanks to Mullan's spot-on eye for casting and fluid, uncoercive style.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Small, quiet movie that imperceptibly takes its viewers by their throats and doesn't let go
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Outstanding entertainment for little ones but just as rewarding for their adult companions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Ten
    Kiarostami has been hailed as the premier humanist filmmaker at work in a larger Iranian cinematic renaissance, and all his formal signatures are on view here -- the small, intimate canvas, the loose, improvised air of the performances, the absence of an authoritarian directorial hand.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A movie of technical skill and rare depth of intellect and feeling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A candid, colorful and deeply meaningful sociocultural time capsule, one that captured the black community at the height of its political energy and optimism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Just might be the most action-packed suspense thriller of the summer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    It's an exhilarating, funny, very sweet movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Searing dramatization of a story of remarkable courage, stamina and spirit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Guest has proven to be this era's master of humanist satire.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    The best advice to filmgoers who appreciate smart, mature, humanist movies is, simply, Go.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    If Mystic River is just a bit overplayed, a tad too highly pitched, it still resonates with grief and fury and feeling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A movie that throws out the rules with audacity, assurance and admirable moral seriousness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Gets viewers inside these tense, emotional and occasionally terrifying events with immediacy and, given the confusion of the time, remarkable clarity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Has Blanchett and Jones to its credit. To watch them is to take in two of the screen's greatest natural wonders.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Chomet's vision is singularly strange and somber, and one of enormous originality and promise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    For an agonizing and ultimately transcendent cinematic portrait of sacrifice, love and saving grace, audiences need look no further than this unpretentious and deeply moving film.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    The greatness of The Battle of Algiers lies in its ability to embrace moral ambiguity without succumbing to it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Ingenious, exhilarating, funny and profound.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Surprisingly smart, graphically faithful live-action adaptation of the Mike Mignola series
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    The movie, a lyrical blend of documentary and fiction filmmaking techniques, offers a bold example of the rewards of crossing boundaries -- stylistic, cultural, temporal and even commercial.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Harbors some indelibly arresting images and characters whose stories, even at their most superficial, manage to be authentically inspiring.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A gripping, deeply moving film
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A delirious piece of pop ephemera.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    If Kelly felt it necessary to add the new material, that's all to the good. It just means there's more to love.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Magnificent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    As much as any earnest historical drama, Secret Ballot serves as an eloquent argument for civic life, showing its human elements to be no less flawed for being so necessary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Explodes in a burst of energy, musical chops and an eerie political prescience that makes it feel like something beamed from some past-is-future time warp.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Paris is a funny, sad, romantic and deeply felt love letter to a great city. If you can't book a trip now, it's the next best thing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Manages to be both engrossing history and astonishingly germane to present-day political debates.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    In many ways Fish Tank joins "An Education" and "Precious" as an acute, empathic portrait of a girl growing up, but more than those films Arnold leaves viewers with a feeling of unsettled ambiguity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Audiard delivers on and exceeds the promise he evinced in that earlier film, drawing viewers into the densely layered, ruthless ecology of a French prison and, against all odds, making them not mind staying there awhile.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Holofcener has accrued a rabid, loyal following for her singular brand of observant wit and aching tenderness. Both pour forth in abundance in Please Give, a wry, wistful portrait of contemporary urban manners.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Inception is that rare film that can be enjoyed on superficial and progressively deeper levels, a feat that uncannily mimics the mind-bending journey its protagonist takes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    It's as soothing and pure as the sweetest water from the deepest well.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Emerges as the summer's first true must-see film, required viewing for everyone, but especially audiences in Washington.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    If you think you've absorbed all you could about subprime mortgages, credit default swaps and the arcana of elaborate derivatives, think again. Inside Job traces the history of the crisis and its implications with exceptional lucidity, rigor and righteous indignation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    A near-masterpiece of a film set in the hothouse world of New York ballet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Although Ralston's act of desperation is admittedly difficult to watch, viewers who might avoid the film out of squeamishness would be depriving themselves of one of the year's most exhilarating cinematic experiences.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    It's the kind of absorbing, attractive, unfailingly tasteful enterprise that a critic can recommend without caveat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    If you think "Rocky" and "Raging Bull" define the alpha and omega of boxing movies, think again. David O. Russell's The Fighter proves there's still punch in the genre, especially when a filmmaker tells a familiar story in a brand-new way.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Equal parts playful, sophisticated and engrossing, The Adjustment Bureau is like the first songbird of spring, signaling that the winter of our collective brain-freeze is over and it's safe to go back to the multiplex.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Telling an old story in a new way and infusing what might have been a dry political polemic with poetry, passion and unlikely warmth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    He (Herzog) emerged with a breathtaking tour of art that, in its formal sophistication, dynamism and rhythmic lines, looks as bold and new as Cezanne's work must have looked in the 1860s.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Have you ever been trapped in the back seat of a car while the old married couple up front bickers and banters for hours? It's either sheer torture or, if the couple happens to be Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, wildly entertaining.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Senna is what film critics might call a TMSI movie, as in: Trust me, see it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Considering that any one of those elements could have scuttled its fragile mix of drama, comedy and life-and-death stakes, 50/50 beats the odds with modest, utterly winning ease.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    A must-see for any student of history, political rhetoric and film poetics at their most vagrant and revelatory.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The Artist is anything but mute, with a lush orchestral score and a little sonic wink at the the end; fewer movies this year reward listening - and watching - so lavishly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Absorbing, inspiring and terrifically entertaining, Undefeated earns its title: It's a winner all the way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Most important, does The Dark Knight Rises achieve the impossible, which is to bring a cherished cinematic chapter to a close, yet manage to leave fans feeling not desolate but cheered? To that all-important question, the answer is an unequivocal yes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to the assured hold Johnson exerts over this ingeniously structured game of cat-and-cat, we'll go anyplace he has in mind.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    This captivating, expertly machined political thriller jumps through every hoop the naysayer can set up: It's serious and substantive, an ingeniously written and executed drama fashioned from a fascinating, little-known chapter of recent history.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to Lewin's light but assured touch, The Sessions never wears its theological preoccupations heavily, instead allowing transcendence to creep up on the audience quietly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thankfully, this fractured fairy tale of mental illness, family drama, ragged romance and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fandom has landed in the superbly capable hands of David O. Russell.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Mud
    This is where a filmmaker’s taste and reflexive sense of balance makes all the difference. Southern culture may be on the skids in Mud, but Nichols’s sensitive portrayal is gratifyingly on the level.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    At its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty. Evil may be good, story-wise. But virtue, at its most tested and tempered, is even better.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The warmth that courses through American Hustle makes it irresistible, with Russell’s affection for his characters and his sharp-eyed evocation of their recessionary times, honoring their struggle, however dishonest, rather than denigrating it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    A compelling, complex, confounding film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    In the capable hands of these fine filmmakers and actors, even its most bitter observations about life and aging are nearly always reliably balanced by moments of warmth, understanding and out-and-out screwball humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    With long, quiet takes in which he simply observes Johansson wordlessly taking in the world around her, Glazer infuses the everyday modern world with a surpassing sense of strangeness and doom.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    There are as many awkward, discomfiting sequences in Obvious Child as there are interludes of genuine fun and romance. The result is a movie that feels risky and forgiving and, despite its traditional rom-com contours, refreshingly new.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    In Myers’s capable hands, and with a powerful, vanity-free performance by Monaghan, Fort Bliss joins “Coming Home” and “The Best Years of Our Lives” as a movie deeply in sync, not just with the military characters it depicts, but also with the civilian world that awaits them with such confoundingly mixed messages.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Citizenfour isn’t just a useful primer in the civil liberties and consent issues his disclosures raised. It humanizes a man who almost immediately became controversialized as a naive, self-important desk jockey or, worse, a handmaiden to terrorists everywhere.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The kind of movie that gives mainstream Hollywood star vehicles a good name.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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,
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.

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