For 1,370 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Amy
Lowest review score: 0 End of Days
Score distribution:
1,370 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    As provocative as the questions it raises are — questions about connoisseurship vs. populism, personal expression vs. the market, and the dark arts of press, publicity and shrewd self-invention — the film’s achievements stay on the surface of those themes rather than plunging deeper.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A bracing, quietly exhilarating documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An elegant romantic thriller adapted from a novel of the same name, is a terrific film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Hang in there and Despicable Me turns into an improbably heartwarming, not to mention visually delightful, diversion.
    • 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
    Shower makes for a lovely and poignant journey.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    With The Bourne Legacy, Gilroy has brought characteristic taste and skill to a nearly impossible task: embracing the past without completely erasing it, thereby creating an invitingly complicated and open-ended future.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    So understatedly good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    There are few cinematic pleasures as satisfying to behold as an actor in a role that fits him like a Savile Row suit. Richard Gere offers just such gratification in Arbitrage, a silky, sophisticated Wall Street thriller that finds the actor utterly in his prime, wearing his age and accumulated emotional wisdom with warmth, charisma and nonstop appeal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A pulpy, deceivingly insightful send-up of horror movies that elicits just as many knowing chuckles as horrified gasps.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An absorbing, agonizing documentary about ambition, lust and anthropomorphism at their most heedless, records suffering and manipulation so extreme that description can barely do them justice.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A whimsical, sad, diverting and altogether delightful exploration of how cinema can benefit, not only from glancing back at its own past, but by staying open to parallel forms of presentation and play.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    If A Most Violent Year has a weakness, it’s in that structural looseness.... Still, A Most Violent Year is an engrossing, often beautiful film, and a breakout opportunity for Isaac.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A wise, warm, funny and touching romantic drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Elizabeth Olsen delivers an utterly transfixing turn as the title character of this chilling psychological thriller.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Like summer movies themselves, it’s become so easy to be glib in dismissing Tom Cruise. “Edge of Tomorrow” provides welcome and hugely entertaining evidence that he’s still a star of considerable gifts, and savvy enough not to let them be squandered just yet.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    In many ways, Jimmy’s Hall shows what the pursuit of happiness can look like, and why it’s worth a revolution to protect it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The fact that Beyond the Lights is so effective at both celebrating and critiquing extravagance and artifice can be credited to Prince-Bythewood’s shrewd understanding of the highly pitched cinematic vernacular she’s working with. Even more crucially, when it came time to cast the transformational figure at her fable’s center, she found the real thing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It’s an exceptional film, not because of its protagonists’ impressive triumphs, but because it honors their struggle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Beneath those puppet-headed antics, and true to its title, Frank is improbably, disarmingly honest.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Viewers may get the sense that The Imitation Game leaves Turing’s essential mysteries intact, but they will nonetheless find even the most public contours of his story ripe with drama, excitement and deeply affecting resonance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A pleasantly seedy crime thriller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Attention is duly paid in this tender and touching film; the strangest thing about Love Is Strange is how completely un-strange it is, from its familiar family dynamics to its exquisite honesty and compassion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Burton finely balances excess and restraint to create an absorbing, visually rich world of his very own.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A murder caper that could have been written by Agatha Christie during a pub-crawl.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The film has a sulfuric, Dostoyevskian quality — and sick sense of humor — that captures the muted aquarium that Los Angeles becomes at night, a spell that’s broken once plot overtakes mood.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    On Stranger Tides feels as fresh and bracingly exhilarating as the day Jack Sparrow first swashed his buckle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The power of images — to distort, define, denigrate and celebrate — emerges with clarity and force in Through a Lens Darkly, a fascinating, visually stunning, emotionally devastating documentary by Thomas Allen Harris.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The filmmaker’s dedication to non-judgment occasionally militates against narrative drive: Beyond the Hills begins to sag in its middle sequences, when the repetitive monotony of Alina’s outbursts begins to yield diminishing returns. But he has made a film that’s worth even those wearying sequence.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The Invisible Woman is less a conventional love story than a wise, often troubling contemplation of myriad modern impulses, from the lure of celebrity and public acclaim to the compartmentalizing of identity and the gender politics of Great Man-ism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Arrives as a balm to seared adult psyches that have endured all manner of assaults at the multiplex this season.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Beauty Is Embarrassing stays true to White's own exacting standards: It's thoughtful, skillfully executed and pure pop pleasure, from start to finish.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Girlhood is a mesmerizing exercise in the enlightenment that can happen when a filmmaker shifts the male cinematic gaze ever so slightly and uncovers what looks like a whole new world.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A kinetically charged gridiron drama that is enormous fun to watch.
    • 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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A deep core of emotion gives 3  1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets its ballast, but Silver, who also serves as cinematographer, infuses the production with simple, elegant sophistication.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Howard directs Rush with speed and jangly, jarring verve, bringing the races themselves to white-knuckled life and allowing the men’s stories to play out with only slightly predictable reversals, upsets and, inevitably, those hard lessons learned.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Tells an important story about a story that might never have been told at all.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Almodovar has created an ecstatic homage to the women who have inspired him all his life.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    One thousand points of light never looked so fetching.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    As a lucid, emotionally involving portrait of the looming crisis surrounding water - supplies of which are dwindling as contamination rises - Jessica Yu's smartly constructed argument works less as a tutorial than as an infectiously impassioned call to arms.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    As von Trier's ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy, Melancholia is a broodingly downbeat self-portrait but also the inspiring work of an artist of seemingly boundless imaginative power.
    • 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
    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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
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    Harrison plays Rickey with a jutting jaw, squinting eye and hoarse bark straight out of the Irascible Old Coot playbook, his character constantly invoking God and the almighty dollar to justify what became known as Rickey’s “noble experiment.”
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A compulsively arranged sacher torte of a movie, an elegant mousetrap of stories-within-stories that invokes history with a temperament ranging from winsome to deeply mournful.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Viewers may not agree about what they’ve seen when they come out of Noah. But there’s no doubt that Aronofsky has made an ambitious, serious, even visionary motion picture, whose super-sized popcorn-movie vernacular may occasionally submerge the story’s more reflective implications, but never drowns them entirely.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A quirky and satisfying love story.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    This is a sequel that wears its well-worn formula, mocking inside jokes and gleeful taste for overkill proudly, flying the high-lowbrow flag for audiences that like their comedy just smart enough to be not-too-dumb.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Isn't a noble story, or even a cautionary one: It just feels pretty painfully real.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Ida
    Each and every detail accrues to create a vivid, unforgettable portrait, and all are absorbed and reflected by Anna, portrayed by Trzebuchowska with the transparency and wonder of a woman for whom not just history but secular life itself is almost totally abstract.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Sets up a mood of tensile suspense from the beginning and never lets it go.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It’s true that satire is the perfect weapon of reason, and Justin Simien deploys it with resourcefulness, cool assurance and eagle-eyed aim.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The volatile, unbridled emotion of Mommy — its sheer life force — makes up for its structural weaknesses, giving viewers an often breathtaking glimpse of a director who, like his own adamantly unconventional protagonists, is fairly bursting at the seams with spiky, headstrong brio.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Oslo, August 31st builds to an unforgettable climax, a bravura sequence that starts at a party, crawls through a variety of nightclubs and raves, and ends on a note of utterly surprising lyricism.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The French actor Alex Descas is mesmerizing in 35 Shots of Rum, where he plays a metro conductor.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Fans of Fassbender's yummy performances in this year's "Jane Eyre" and "X-Men: First Class" should be forewarned that, although we see the handsome Irish actor in the altogether, Shame is strangely un-sexy.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Writer-director Derek Cianfrance, who with Blue Valentine makes an astonishing debut.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Interspersing "real" people with professional actors, Linklater creates a vivid, gossipy Greek chorus that serves as a kind of collective unreliable narrator -- an altogether appropriate stance given the moral gray zone the sweetly confounding Bernie inhabits.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The Avengers has been executed with all the reverence the super-fans demand, as well as the winking, self-referential humor that has made it palatable for filmgoers disinclined to take a bunch of grown men dressed in spangles and spandex so very seriously.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The casting coup here is Benedict Cumberbatch, who exudes steely resolve and silken savagery as a villain on the cusp of becoming a legendary nemesis.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Through some astonishing archival footage and perceptive commentary from Who guitarist Pete ­Townshend, the filmmaker puts the band in its complicated context as both reflector and creator of the postwar British teenage gestalt.
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Strangely, Scorsese's very passion for the subject matter turns out to be both a blessing and a curse for Hugo.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    West of Memphis makes a lucid, absorbing contribution to an epic saga that Berlinger and Sinofsky first wrestled into an 18-year-long narrative that changed two lives and saved one. And it gives that epic an ending that's happy, sad, inspiring, infuriating, right and terribly wrong, all at the same time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    One of the reasons Haywire is such a pleasure to watch is that its director, Steven Soderbergh, doesn't overplay the film's hear-me-roar subversions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Most vividly, The Swell Season captures the insistent, borderline-disturbing energy of fandom at its most rabid and psychically intrusive.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    For movie fans who despair of the state of American cinema, the in-jokes are hilarious.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The setting and fatalistic musings of The Grey invite comparison to Sean Penn's stirring 2007 ad­ven­ture "Into the Wild"; in its more metaphysical moments, told in impressionistic flashbacks, it recalls last year's "The Tree of Life."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to a sensitive performance from Kinnear, as well as from a terrific cast of supporting actors, what could have been merely a feel-good exercise in Eschatology Lite instead becomes a wholesome but also surprisingly tough-minded portrait of a man wrestling with his faith.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Smoothly navigating the perilous line between insufferably twee and heartbreakingly grim, Quartet is a subtle, sure-footed delight.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A well-acted, beautifully filmed, utterly depressing chronicle of revenge and thwarted dreams in post-industrial America.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Fairly bursts with the exuberance and youthful energy that must have attended its creation.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    When Merchants of Doubt isn’t making you mad, it makes you very simply, and overwhelmingly, sad.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A baggy, at times brutal conglomeration of surprisingly deep character development and aggressively percussive action, The Winter Soldier is a comic-book movie only in its provenance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    With its unflinching portrayal of cynical school officials and their corrupt symbiosis with the sports teams and Greek systems to which they’re beholden, The Hunting Ground is, at its most basic, a damning indictment of entitlement and impunity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    After Tiller does viewers the great service of providing light where there’s usually only heat, giving a human face and heart to what previously might have been an abstract issue or quickly scanned news item.

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