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 Frances Ha
Lowest review score: 0 Undiscovered
Score distribution:
1,272 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Writ small, Golden Door is an absorbing and moving love story; writ large, it's the story we've never stopped telling ourselves.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Like its predecessor, the movie is a joyous celebration of extravagant pulp and post-Soviet kitsch, joyously trafficking in gore, loud cars, ladies' stilettos and excess for its own sake.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The cast is superb, especially the young actors who portray Vitus; Gheorghiu is a real-life piano prodigy, lending an extra frisson to the intoxicating music that plays throughout the film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    An extravagant and thoroughly irresistible story of intrigue, romance, comedy and artistic inspiration.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A vivid portrait of a society in the midst of wrenching change, but it transcends its immediate context to become a thoughtful, even unforgettable, chamber piece, performed with exquisite subtlety by two fine actresses.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The result is a film exponentially more vivid and absorbing than the garden-variety rock-doc or biopic. "About a Son" is a must for anyone who still loves Cobain, or still has hope for cinematic portraiture.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    This is documentary-making at its best, not pretending to be journalism, but still playing a crucial role in telling stories that otherwise wouldn't make the front page.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Even if its most ironic humor will sail over the heads of very little ones, Enchanted is that rare comedy that will appeal to the whole family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A fascinating experiment that, if the viewer is willing to surrender to Haynes's sometimes hermetic meditations on Dylan's life, heartily rewards the investment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    For all the pain and loss that The Kite Runner depicts, it is still a film of exhilarating, redemptive humanity, conveying an enduring sense of hope.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Combining the best of fantasy and somber reflection, The Water Horse is a lovely ride.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, subtle, deceptively simple little.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Van Sant is such an assured filmmaker that Paranoid Park is almost inescapably absorbing; he has found a particularly engaging leading man in Miller, whose expressive, even painterly face goes from blank to angelic in the blink of a long-lashed eye.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to the uncommonly shrewd judgment of screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos and director Patricia Riggen, both newcomers, the film never feels like rank exploitation, even as it steadily aims for the emotional jugular.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Gives viewers a perceptive, deeply personal take on the timeless immigrant narrative, in which the most epic journey is finally one of self-discovery.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The Fall is often an affectionate caricature itself, but one of astonishing beauty, featuring two heartfelt performances from Untaru and the tender, often mordantly funny Pace. They're perfect foils for Tarsem's gorgeous tone poem to cinema as a medium of magic and miracles, stories and lies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    As portrayed by William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley and especially Anna Popplewell as Susan, the Pevensies still make for terrific tween protagonists, and Aslan, the majestic mythical lion voiced by Liam Neeson, is still a breathtaking manifestation of the Cat Upstairs.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Terrific family entertainment, an action comedy on a par with "Night at the Museum" and "National Treasure."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The movie is jampacked with jokes, sight gags and set pieces guaranteed to appeal to the audience's sense of the preposterous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The history of filmmakers skewering Hollywood's darker excesses is a long and rich one, from Billy Wilder through Robert Altman. With Tropic Thunder, a rude, crude, over-the-top satire about rude, crude, over-the-top action movies, Ben Stiller makes an ambitious and surprisingly effective bid to join those vaunted ranks.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A wildly ambitious, luridly indulgent spectacle of romance, action, melodrama and historic revisionism, Australia is windy, overblown, utterly preposterous and insanely entertaining.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A crafty, swift, subtly stylish thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A sweet and hilarious romantic comedy featuring a breakout performance by British comic genius Ricky Gervais, inspires viewers to pause, reflect and praise one of the most rare and wondrous occurrences in contemporary cinema: the Good Movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Even though it's pretentious and overlong, A Christmas Tale is still maddeningly engaging, thanks in large part to its attractive and gifted cast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    If you can survive the F-bombs and the near-constant ethnic invective, Gran Torino is not to be missed, if only as the gutsy, thoroughly unexpected valedictory of an icon fully willing to spend every bit of his considerable capital.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    After delivering scene-stealing turns in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" Rudd claims the much-deserved spotlight in I Love You, Man, which in its own endearing way tweaks the very same male-bonding pieties that those movies made a fortune celebrating.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Even the most forced, artificial episodes in Funny People ring oddly true, because George's life -- the obscene wealth, the loneliness, the fame -- is odd. Perhaps not since "Sunset Boulevard" have the wages and eccentricities of celebrity been depicted with such tough, almost perverse honesty.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    See Food, Inc. after dinner, but see it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Afghan Star goes much deeper, eloquently conveying the tensions, small victories and shattering setbacks of a fragile democracy struggling to regain a once-flourishing culture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    With composure so out of fashion these days in the public square, Steven Soderbergh's adamantly restrained The Informant! arrives like a cleansing tonic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Seems propelled by a doomed sense of inevitability and is all the more gripping for it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    This refreshing alternative to the usual potted biopic provides an absorbing look at a singular, steely determination as it was forged and annealed, long before it made itself known to the world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    May not be "Fargo," but it nestles comfortably somewhere beneath that masterpiece and "Miller's Crossing," yet far above such forgettables as "The Ladykillers" and "Intolerable Cruelty."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    That rare, genuinely transporting movie that creates an alternate universe, invites the audience in and lets them sink ever deeper into its particular, sublime reverie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A lovely, amazing, wonderfully provocative film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to Rock's running monologue, combining scathing humor with trenchant observations, the film manages to be side-splitting even while making its most poignant points.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Burton finely balances excess and restraint to create an absorbing, visually rich world of his very own.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The French actor Alex Descas is mesmerizing in 35 Shots of Rum, where he plays a metro conductor.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Lasseter and his team plunge the audience into a collective case of empty- nest syndrome, with a dash of mortal terror thrown in for grins. And again, they make it work.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A sumptuous period drama.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    While its themes of revenge, mutual resentment and grim fatalism offer little hope for a ready solutions, the movie itself testifies to the power of creative collaboration in finding common ground.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Offers an unusually astute glimpse of power at its most alluring and corrosive.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    May not achieve the transcendent heights of "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," but it has its own pleasures.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Kick-Ass should delight fans of the original comics and garden-variety action junkies as well. Suggested subtitle: "Iron Man, You Just Got Served."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An elegant romantic thriller adapted from a novel of the same name, is a terrific film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A mesmerizing and weirdly manipulative experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Hang in there and Despicable Me turns into an improbably heartwarming, not to mention visually delightful, diversion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's popcorn pulp that collided -- at 100 mph, natch -- with a far more sober and crafty grown-up movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    If Slade doesn't necessarily advance the medium with this installment, he nonetheless advances the franchise, with enough lucidity and skill that he's persuaded at least one erstwhile agnostic to take a stand.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Even at its most troubling, Cyrus is powered by a deep vein of humanism, one that offers hope to even the weirdest among us.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    As a full-on celebration of beauty in all its forms, this gem of a contemporary melodrama invites viewers to plunge into a world of unerring taste and luxury, where even tragedy comes softly when it inevitably arrives.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Alternately edifying and alarming film about nuclear proliferation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Agora, Alejandro Amenábar's absorbing historical drama, proves that, in an era of movies made for iPhones with artistic ambitions to match, there are still filmmakers willing to swing for the fences.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Arrives as the perfect midsummer movie, a comedy about a flawed-but-functional family that, like "Toy Story 3," captures the drama of growth and separation in all its exhilaration and heartache.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The Switch, to its credit, really is about a boy, who with the help of a sensitive, sad-eyed kid, stands a chance of becoming a man.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's a smart, bold genre exercise that's enormous fun to watch, harking back to gritty urban thrillers of the 1970s with an assured sense of tone and style.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Stone has a knack for pacing, detail and atmosphere that manages to feel authentic and fancifully allegorical at the same time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Even in an increasingly virtual world, the filmmakers suggest, keeping it real still matters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's tough to guess who will enjoy Secretariat more -- filmgoers who remember the extraordinary events of 1973, when the chestnut 3-year-old won the first Triple Crown in 25 years, or those for whom the story is brand-new.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Howl mixes a number of story lines and aesthetic approaches: We get glimpses of Ginsberg's early days as a poet, including his relationships with Kerouac and Neal Cassady, as well as a depiction of the trial, where a parade of critics and professors pronounced Ginsberg's creation either a work of genius or irredeemable filth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A funny, affecting movie about growing up in the shadow of a formidable mom.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's half of a really good movie, full of the enchantment, emotion and incident for which the Potter series has become so fanatically cherished.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    At its heart, it's about the communities we forge - real and imagined - to save our own lives.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    One thousand points of light never looked so fetching.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The kind of taut, serious adult drama Hollywood rarely produces anymore. Quality-starved audiences should flock to it, if only to ensure that more of them get made.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Client 9 doesn't make any excuses for Spitzer, who is interviewed extensively in the film and who wisely insists that he alone is responsible for his fate.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    From the story itself to the way it's told, Unstoppable is a hymn to stylish, unpretentious competence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    True Grit has sweep and scope and entertainment value to burn, but it's Mattie who invests even the grandest aesthetic elements with meaning.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    "Don't tell, show" has been the writer's imperative for generations; Coppola takes that edict to its most visual and satisfying extremes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    What on the surface seems to possess all the melodrama and photogenic suffering of a banal prime-time weepie instead becomes a lucid, tough, deeply sensitive examination of emotional fortitude.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Writer-director Derek Cianfrance, who with Blue Valentine makes an astonishing debut.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Another Year allows viewers to occupy both psychic spaces, nesting into the warm comforts of a long-lived-in home and then, on a dime, seeing it through the searching eyes of the marginalized figures that, over the course of 11 films, Leigh has so often championed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The weakest link in Unknown - okay, other than the utter preposterousness of its entire premise - is Jones, who as a modern-day version of Hitch's ice queens can't hold her own with the likes of Kim Novak, Grace Kelly and Eva Marie Saint.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Depp possesses one of the finest speaking voices in the business - a nimble, mellifluous instrument that can go from sexy growl to fey warble in no seconds flat.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A pleasantly seedy crime thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A taut, mostly well-crafted race against the clock that combines the time-loop conceit of "Groundhog Day" and the postwar paranoia of "The Manchurian Candidate."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    This meditation on violence explores the toxic knock-on effect of powerlessness and overcompensation, delivering a potent essay on the roots of society's most primal evils.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Rio
    This is a movie that imbues even the hoariest quest-peril-life lesson tropes of family animated films and imbues them with new life and rhythm.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Wiig has the natural beauty and self-deprecating expressiveness it takes to be a star comedienne; she spends much of Bridesmaids looking like a slightly girlier version of Lucinda Williams.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    On Stranger Tides feels as fresh and bracingly exhilarating as the day Jack Sparrow first swashed his buckle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Sheer pleasure to watch, full of rich visuals and felicitous comic turns.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    First Class happily delivers on the escapism and rich narrative texture the best of its predecessors have promised.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    With its heartening final note of hope and renewal, Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 provides an altogether fitting finale to a series that has prized the fans above all.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Tender, observant coming-of-age comedy.