For 1,096 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Blue Is the Warmest Color
Lowest review score: 0 Orphan
Score distribution:
1,096 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    By turns fascinating, puzzling and troubling -- a deeply felt account of the varieties of religious experience but also a thoroughly uncritical apologia for fanaticism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    If Tucker's road map often feels a little too confining and the screwball comedy too contrived, he can take credit for introducing viewers to a character they have almost certainly never met before.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Brokeback Mountain possesses handsome and sympathetic lead players, magnificent scenery, heartbreaking melodrama, righteousness and cultural import. But as a testament to the importance of following one's passion, it's devoid of one crucial thing: passion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Humor and warmth abound in Mrs. Henderson Presents.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Fun With Dick and Jane has lived up to its title: It's fun, and that's fine.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    You won't be disappointed, and you will be deeply, quietly moved.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A briskly moving, deeply engaging 40-minute documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    With surprisingly good production values and sly, underhanded wit, Willmott never tips his hand, steadily guiding the satire to a genuinely stunning, back-to-reality conclusion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Bekmambetov handles these narrative bumps with ease, infusing even the hoariest -- and goriest -- of horror movie cliches with equal parts macabre fascination and jaunty humor. The film lives up to its hype with a style, swagger and substance that will appeal not just to the fanboys (and girls) but to their uninitiated friends as well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Like "Winter Soldier," Sir! No Sir! will surely reopen old wounds, as the Vietnam War -- like the Civil War 100 years before -- refuses to die. But hawks and doves alike should be grateful to Zeiger for preserving a fascinating piece of American cultural history.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    By turns funny, affecting tale.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Abrams keeps the action clicking along in 5/8 time, and Cruise is at his scowling/smiling best as he jumps, shoots and leaves. (See Tom run! Run, Tom, run!) Best is Philip Seymour Hoffman as the baddie; the film's best sequence features him playing Cruise playing him at a swank party in Vatican City.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The Australian director John Hillcoat makes an audacious, unsettling American feature debut with The Proposition, a revisionist western that brings its own brand of sanguinary honesty to the genre.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Follows the youngsters over the course of a tumultuous year, during which time Cuesta and screenwriter Anthony Cipriano succeed in making the audience care desperately whether they're okay and whether the adults in their lives do the right thing. The lingering question is why that should be so improbable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Creadon and his editor, Douglas Blush, add verve to an otherwise talky exercise by cutting Wordplay as if it were a puzzle itself, with Across and Down camera moves and blocks of black space. A visual pun altogether worthy of those being filled in on screen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The film ultimately becomes too contrived to be anything but a fleeting diversion, but kudos to these emerging filmmakers for daring to make something a little bit different and, for the most part, intriguing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    At a time when the country is engaged in fresh debates about the fragile relationship between privacy and national security, this particular chapter seems worth revisiting.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Music video director Simon Brand makes an impressively taut debut with Unknown, a nifty little psychological crime thriller that suggests a "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" for the postindustrial age.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Purists will howl at the liberties Shainberg has taken with the facts, but there's a bravery to Fur, an uncompromising commitment to its narrow focus -- of one woman's creative birth -- that rhymes with Arbus's own artistic courage.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Bobby, even if it suffers from a few silly scenes, gets more right than it does wrong.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Family Law never really gets to the nitty-gritty of the Perelmans' fraught relationship, instead maintaining a gently ironic distance that, while admirable in its restraint, ultimately lacks emotional fire.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's a fun ride, and the big payoff -- that history turns out to be way cooler than its reputation suggests -- is even more gratifying. Bully!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    No one can deny the powerful reality that weaves its way through Bamako.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Clocking in at two hours-plus, Glastonbury at times gives viewers the impression that they're slogging through the three-day plunge into mud, music and madness themselves. But for all the posers with light sticks and piercings, there are moments of Dada-esque beauty, not to mention some great music.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    There's nothing wrong with the moral of The Ultimate Gift's story; in fact there's everything right about it. But director Michael O. Sajbel too often succumbs to movie-of-the-week sentimentality and starchy pacing. Still, Breslin's captivating performance reminds you why she was recently nominated for an Oscar.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Binder has set a difficult bar -- to make a funny, sad, original movie about the healing power of not necessarily healing -- and he just manages to clear it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    An animated feature (showing in 3-D in select theaters), has a couple of clever tricks that make it worth wearing those dumb, uncomfortable glasses. But this would be as delightful and attractive a production without the gimcrackery.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Often possesses the gimlet-eyed wit of "The Player" or the mock docs of Christopher Guest.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    White delivers another weirdly dark-but-funny story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Hot Fuzz deploys the same mix of genre conventions, slapstick and old-school British humor that made "Shaun of the Dead" such a dumb-but-good romp.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Paris, je t'aime builds into something quite wonderful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's cool but not too cool, and cute but not too cute. A neat trick considering its overexposed avian cast.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Manages to navigate the era of cellphones and Mean Girls with retro nostalgia and wholesomeness, making it a rare girl-powered outing for tweens in an otherwise guy-centric summer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Viewers are urged to grab an aisle seat, the better to dance when the music moves them -- as it surely will.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A taut, meticulously crafted police procedural.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    At a time when the action genre has come to be dominated by sleek, matte surfaces and set-'em-and-forget-'em computerized effects, Live Free or Die Hard seeks to remind viewers of the simple, nostalgic pleasures of watching stuff get blown up and bad guys get smoked.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Harrowing, controlled and diabolically self-assured, Joshua leaves filmgoers teetering on their own emotional precipice, wondering just where pathos ends and pathology begins.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A star isn't born in El Cantante as much as it's reconfirmed. She's still here, and she's still got it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Stardust has it all: sweetness, magic, lusty wenches, evil witches, tankards of mead, a gay pirate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Christopher Mintz-Plasse steals the movie in his screen debut as a nerd di tutti nerds, a kid whose fake I.D. reads "McLovin."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Everyone is given their due and dignity in this funny, sexy, humanist film that, if it is a chick flick, gives the genre a good name.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The Darjeeling Limited"has its charms, chief of which is watching three terrific actors evince with unforced ease the rewards and resentments of brotherhood.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Phoenix is an arresting presence on screen, but don't expect any "Departed"-esque fast talk from Wahlberg, who is oddly inert in a role that should crackle with brotherly ambivalence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    See Darfur Now, and you won't read the daily news the same way again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The Life of Reilly pays fitting homage to a man who deserves to be remembered for much more than just trading double-entendres with Brett Somers on "The Match Game."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It should be required viewing before going into a supermarket, McDonald's or your very own refrigerator.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Must-see viewing for anyone who thinks of Christmas as just a mall and its night visitors.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Cage is back in crackling good form in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Smarter and more poignant than the average chick flick.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The films of Michel Gondry aren't for everyone, but viewers who vibe to his playful, cerebral, wildly imaginative sensibility might get a kick out of Be Kind Rewind.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The film's flaws are nothing compared with the pleasures it offers, chiefly in its unapologetic pursuit of old-fashioned sweetness and romance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    An interlocking ensemble piece in the tradition of "Crash" and "Babel," but with welcome dashes of whimsy and magical realism.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Even as the derivative roots of Nim's Island are clearly visible, kids will no doubt vicariously enjoy Nim's adventures and Edenic existence. And how refreshing, for once, to see a girl embark on derring-do that, in Nim's own words, makes her the hero of her own story.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Uma Thurman delivers a mesmerizing performance in The Life Before Her Eyes, a film that, once seen and fully digested, exerts the same haunting pull as the shattering events it chronicles.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's less a movie than a delivery system for sensory pleasures, sunny romance and designer-label stuff that in real life would result in diabetic shock (or at least a ruined credit rating).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The result is a classic comic-book hero quest that, while not entirely novel, hews to its own rules and conventions with dignity and artfulness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    With its pounding, bloody violence, foul-mouthed language and putrid worldview, Wanted isn't comic book-y on a par with "Iron Man" or "The Incredible Hulk." Rather it's an example of revenge of the nerds at its nastiest and most vulgar.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Whether they're navigating a recently flooded Prague or the pristine waters of a Tuscan swimming pool, the fiends and angels who populate Beauty in Trouble are like so many scorpions explaining why they sting the fabled frog trying to help them: "It's my nature."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Argento and Aattou deliver appropriately outsize performances to fit the movie's sense of extravagant escapism, and Claude Sarraute delivers a slyly witty performance as the elderly lady carried away by Ryno's Scheherazade-like tale.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    One of the great strengths of CSNY is how skillfully it deflects criticism of "four balding hippie millionaires" taking to the stage to criticize American politics; the film is peppered with excerpts from some of the tour's earliest and nastiest critics.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Like the mix tapes that obsess its main characters, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist builds into something of infectious joy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    With its urgent post-9/11 context and often brutal violence, it seems off-key to describe Body of Lies as a nifty political thriller, but that's what it is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's impossible to watch Defiance without experiencing a vicarious thrill of resistance and revenge.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The Express finesses a cinematic hat trick: It's entertaining, deeply moving and genuinely important.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The result is a vivid portrait, not just of one unforgettable young man but also of a country in transition.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Save Me is a particularly flattering showcase for Gant, best known for his work on the TV show "Queer as Folk" and ready for a big-screen breakout.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Exudes genuine appeal, thanks to director Kenny Ortega's brilliant choreography and a gifted cast.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Okay, the concept for the movie is admittedly lame, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with watching a passel of adorable pooches wrinkle their brows and bark while human voices come out of their mouths.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Combines the derring-do of classic adventure tales with far more serious issues of moral agency. And it serves as a haunting reminder to seek joy and beauty, even in the depths of despair.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Bernhard Schlink's highly regarded novel "The Reader" receives a graceful, absorbing screen adaptation by director Stephen Daldry.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Just when you begin to think you know who the cat and mouse really are, in steps Viola Davis to steal not just her scene but the entire movie from Streep.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Winds up being a touching portrait of that rarity in the movies: a recognizably human couple with recognizably human problems and quirks.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to an accomplished cast, anchored by Elsner and Wepper, and observant filmmakers, very little in Cherry Blossoms is lost in translation.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The compulsively watchable Owen makes for an ideal leading man of both action and angst. The film's eye-popping set piece, a shootout at the Guggenheim Museum, is an extravagantly choreographed valentine to philistines everywhere.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Features a handsome production and terrific performances.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The movie's chief value is to preserve Phoenix at the height of his wary physical grace, which recalls a young Marlon Brando.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Hollywood loves the heroics of good intentions, but this movie is just as interested in the road to hell.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    But by far the most powerful element is N'Dour's lone voice, a thing of high, pure beauty that feels at once ancient and new. When he sings, an otherwise earnestly conventional film becomes a vehicle of incantatory power.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's as predictable and comforting as a Happy Meal, but it must be said that The Proposal manages to elicit some genuinely amusing moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    If not always coherent, at least compelling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    May not be for everyone, but filmgoers tuned in to its particular, perverse frequency will find much to value in its bent sense of humor and compassion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Like Gervais, the audience wants to see a struggle, which here comes down to whether unvarnished honesty or random acts of compassionate deceit will win the day. That alone makes for entertainingly high stakes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Arriving on the nastier heels of the horror comedy "Jennifer's Body," Whip It plays like that movie's more wholesome twin, delivering the same jolt of anarchic guerrilla-girl empowerment, only with a far less threatening disposition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The Road possesses undeniable sweep and a grim kind of grandeur, but it ultimately plays like a zombie movie with literary pretensions.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Content to be sparkly when it should be sharp-edged and shrewd; it has the potential to roar like a lion, but instead it lays lambs at our feet.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The jittery, scattershot camerawork of Greengrass's longtime cinematographer, Barry Ackroyd, was used far more coherently in Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," and the constant blurry close-ups of computer screens and street-level scrums lose their power with each successive cut.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    At its best, The Last Station vividly illustrates the enduring Russian gift for iconography, whether spiritual, secular or something in between.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The best reason to see 44 Inch Chest is simply to behold some of the finest actors working today, especially Winstone -- who can embody winsomeness and menace in one sweaty, unkempt glance -- and the woefully underemployed Dillane.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Resourceful, if occasionally forced, teen melodrama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Not nearly as accomplished narratively as it is visually.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A tough movie to love.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Dinner for Schmucks has already raised hackles in the Yiddish-speaking community for the breathtakingly offensive epithet in its title (and it's not "dinner"). But it turns out that this comedy of humiliation, starring Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, isn't nearly as off-putting as it might have been.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Eat Pray Love finally settles into its own cinematic destiny as an attractive escapist love story, in which the romance is more with the I than with the guy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A super-stoked action thriller
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Epitomizes the kind of somber, aesthetically refined and morally engaged film that commands deep respect without inspiring much affection.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A well-made, excruciating exercise in containment and sustained suspense. It's a breakout moment for Reynolds. Is it a fun hour and a half? No. But it succeeds within its own straitened contours. It's an intriguing squirm. Now, please get me outta here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    RED
    Unlike "Wild Hogs" or last summer's "The Expendables," this adaptation of the "Red" graphic novel series gets into a cool, sophisticated swing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    All Good Things is creepy and weird and sad, and little else.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Burlesque delivers eyeful after eyeful of rapid-fire opulence and spectacle. But its most memorable sight is the indelible image of one star taking flight, and another triumphantly staying put.