For 1,299 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Riding Giants
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
1,299 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    An exhilarating ride.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Riveting, gracefully constructed film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The film leaves viewers with the sad, even tragic sense that his legacy would have been more profound had he gotten out of his own way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Has important things to tell viewers about global politics, and in an eerily resonant way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Reproducing every bruise, blowup and body-check and getting right up on the ice and into the fray, the movie brings the audience back to 1980 with bone-crunching verisimilitude.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Given the current heightened tenor of religious rhetoric and paranoia, it may well wind up pushing brand-new buttons today. To quote Michael Palin quoting Jesus, "There's just no pleasing some people."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    May well wind up being the smartest bonehead comedy of the summer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Moormann deserves credit, not only for choosing a wonderful and deserving subject for a film, but for doing him proud.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Kwietniowski has managed to create a surprisingly engrossing and suspenseful narrative without resorting to cosmetics, melodrama or hype.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Efficient, precise, carefully calibrated and terrifically entertaining.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A movie suffused with a warm glow of nostalgia for times and music and movies gone by.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Preserves and resuscitates the hard-boiled genre.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Blessedly free of the self-righteous histrionics and sentimentality that so often cheapen powerful personal stories.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    That rare movie that manages to be not only an adroit, carefully observed study in character and suspense, but important.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, silly, splenetic and a bit smug, it's a movie that might put a viewer's teeth on edge were it not for its winning lead performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Bears the unmistakable stamp of authenticity, even at its most outrageous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Absorbing, funny, exhilaratingly entertaining ride through two years in the life of the most successful heavy metal band in history.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Lee has created that rarity in filmmaking: a movie we need, right now.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Still, it's difficult to hold his whoppers against him. In creating characters of such spirit and life, and in imagining such a vibrant, imaginative homage to the transformative powers of love, Kramer, more than most, has earned the right to push his luck.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    If the setting is claustrophobic, it's also bracingly beautiful, a contradiction that is every bit in keeping with Sokurov's preference for ambiguity over clarity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A movie that, in the story of one man dying, shows us all how to live.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Belongs, wholly and completely, to Clarkson, who delivers Joy's mordant asides and withering observations with a flawless balance of tartness and vulnerability.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Spielberg's dark side may not be where everyone wants to live, but it's somehow encouraging to know that he has one.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Pirates of the Caribbean moves easily from sunny 18th-century seafaring adventure to creepy zombie flick and back again.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    May be most valuable for its depiction of the strength of democratic ideals, even in the most precarious and contradictory of circumstances.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    For filmgoers whose idea of a good time is getting the stuffing scared out of them (who are you guys, anyway?), Signs should prove to be time well spent.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Eastwood's instinct for creating efficient, adult, mainstream entertainment is virtually unerring. He's still a class act, not to mention craggy, suave, laconic and very, very cool.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Proves to be a whiz-bang kick in the pants.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Anything that inspires that many whoops, gasps and groans with only two actors and a few choice words has earned its place at the summertime box office trough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Does a terrific job of capturing the outlaw energy of the original production.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, funny, well-acted and visually lively.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    If the zombie genre steadfastly refuses to die, we can be grateful to Shaun of the Dead for breathing fresh, diverting life into the form, with subtle visual humor and a smart, impish sense of fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Rarely have the dangers of drifting apart been given such a visceral and genuinely upsetting emotional wallop.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    What makes Wilbur worth watching are its smaller bits: Mads Mikkelsen's hilarious performance as a taciturn psychiatrist and Julia Davis's equally funny portrayal of a needy group therapy counselor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smith makes it look easy, but underneath the physical high jinks and slick veneer of I, Robot lies a performance of real discipline and intelligence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Imbued with a greater degree of psychological darkness than before.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Not to be missed, if only for an unforgettable leading performance by Kevin Bacon.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The ending is enormously satisfying and moving.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    It doesn't take a screenwriter, for example, to point out the uncanny fact that, when two parent penguins perform a neck-curving pas de deux above their tiny chick, they resemble nothing so much as a perfect heart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Visually dazzling, epic in its sweep and deeply romantic in its sensibility, The House of Sand is one of those films whose images and ideas linger long after the lights come on, having been burned into the viewer's consciousness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Block, an experienced documentarian, does an outstanding job walking the knife-edge between personal and self-absorbed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Deeply absorbing and moving with the caffeinated speed of Smith's own feisty campaign, Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? is at once a celebration of small-d democracy and an elegy to it, a portrait that will surely inspire and infuriate viewers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Designed to educate, outrage and finally spur viewers to action. That it does so with vibrant visual style and an engaging narrative makes it that rare consciousness-raising film that's not only good for you, but a joy to watch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    If Fighting for Life is propaganda, it's the best kind, largely avoiding editorialization and instead focusing on simple human drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Invictus, which features outstanding performances from both its lead actors, succeeds wonderfully on its simplest level, as a portrait of political genius.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    By presenting Avatar in 3-D, Cameron is staking his claim and building a fence around his own precious resource, making it unobtainable on any but his own terms to increasingly emboldened and technologically savvy natives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Fantastic Mr. Fox imparts lessons as profound as "The Road's" about love and gratitude and awareness of others. It just has more fun doing it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Shot through with a bold, extravagant generosity of spirit, this journey behind the literal and figurative looking glass marks a gratifying return to form for Gilliam.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    How fitting that Firth should carry A Single Man, a movie of quiet but potent emotional power, perfectly suited to his singular gifts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Grounded in the direct, disarming truth of their experience, the movie has a straightforward lack of cheap sentiment that saves it from being either too maudlin or saccharine-sweet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    For filmgoers whose tastes run to pulp genre frissons, auteurist brio and Nicolas Cage at his most luridly over-the-top, Bad Lieutenant scores a kind of freaky-deaky home run.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A sumptuous period drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    At one point, Frank contemplates a wheeled suitcase and infuses in that one moment the sweetness and vulnerability of E.T. See Everybody's Fine, but one piece of advice: Phone home first.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Through vivid archival material and voice-overs, the filmmakers create moving vignettes that, taken together, form a fascinating primer on nonviolence as a political force and discipline.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Joins such wonderful recent films as "The Lives of Others" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex" as a clear-eyed portrait of a highly charged chapter in Germany's history, a history that once again proves rewarding fodder for an alert artistic imagination.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The new Karate Kid brings fresh life and perspective to the classic tale of perseverance and cross-generational friendship, thanks to Harald Zwart's sensitive direction and two exceptionally appealing stars.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Burton finely balances excess and restraint to create an absorbing, visually rich world of his very own.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A delicate, if slightly smoggy, feeling of regret hangs over Greenberg, a quietly funny portrait of grown-ups growing up.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A soaring, sympathetic ode to the outlaws, subversives and insurgents who occupy the edges of popular culture, making them safe for everyone else's dreams.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The raunchy, guy-centric comedy Hot Tub Time Machine makes a vertiginously high-concept bid to be this year's version of "The Hangover" and darned if it doesn't succeed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    McPherson has managed a rare hat trick in genre mash-up, fashioning a deeply absorbing movie that balances horror, romance, comedy and observant humanism with surprising finesse.
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's just another modest, unsurprising little heist flick. So why is it so much fun? Newman.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's a clear-eyed, unsentimental portrait and indelible for that very reason.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Possesses moments of fleeting grace, pathos and beauty, even if it ultimately doesn't amount to much.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A quirky and satisfying love story.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Possesses memorable portrayals of thoroughly original characters and draws a beguilingly bleak portrait of its Rhode Island settings.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Sets up a mood of tensile suspense from the beginning and never lets it go.
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    That rare kids' movie that may be even more entertaining for its intended audience's adult companions.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Tells an important story about a story that might never have been told at all.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Isn't a noble story, or even a cautionary one: It just feels pretty painfully real.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    X-Men flies to the rescue with superheroes who have real substance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    For movie fans who despair of the state of American cinema, the in-jokes are hilarious.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A wonderfully complex character at the center of a gratifyingly satisfying yarn.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    John Turturro's farce about life and theater that is by turns elegant and bawdy, but always transfixing.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A murder caper that could have been written by Agatha Christie during a pub-crawl.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    These guys are funny.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Crammed, cheek to jowl, with bleak moments, high hopes, sweetness and naked emotion.
    • 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
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Suffused with a sophomoric sensibility that belies its more serious underpinnings.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Fairly bursts with the exuberance and youthful energy that must have attended its creation.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Almodovar has created an ecstatic homage to the women who have inspired him all his life.
    • Baltimore Sun

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