For 1,281 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 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Man on the Moon
Lowest review score: 0 Splice
Score distribution:
1,281 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Watching Thurman's character "triumph" in a context as joyless and self-referential as Tarantino's is a soul-deadening experience, one that over two hours takes on the same dreary monotone as the cheapest pornography.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    For all its stylishness, verve and moments of visual poetry, the relentlessly punishing slapstick and overall cruel tone left me cold.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Unlike other movies about unpleasant characters, "In the Company of Men," for example, Chuck & Buck doesn't have that sharp observational edge.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    A shapeless collection of encounters with Texas prison inmates and their victims, what could have been a well-aimed examination of the most troubling contradictions of capital punishment instead becomes a maudlin, unrestrained wallow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Unrelentingly grim, unremittingly gross and unforgivably unattractive, 28 Days Later is an orgy of troubling images and bestial sound effects.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 20 Ann Hornaday
    The good news might be that Huppert wasn't available for Alias Betty, but the bad news is that it didn't stop France from exporting yet one more cold, pretentious, thoroughly dislikable study in sociopathy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    By the film's self-congratulatory final shot, Stevie has become less a portrait of a sorry young man's difficult life than the story of auteurist arrogance and self-deception run amok.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    The satirical edge has been dulled in a film that is dominated, and ultimately swamped, by its star's mannered, pixilated performance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Funny Games condescends to its audience like a pretentious, preachifying graduate student in post-modernism. It would help us out of the cultural quagmire we're drowning in, if only we could understand its highly convoluted and exclusive language. [29 May 1998, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Aimless and unfocused.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    A dog-frequency movie: enjoyable only to those tuned in to its particular register.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Gator never emerges as anything but a blatant and outspoken -- and virulently brutal -- jerk.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    A grisly, often cynical piece of work whose joyless, aggressive spirit is made even less appealing by its soulless visual style.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Trudging nobly under a mantle of impeccably earnest intentions and a fussy, too-quaint-by-half production design, Honeydripper lags and drags to its utterly predictable end. There's not a spark of spontaneity or soul about it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Until the last 20 minutes or so of Rock School, the actual playing, while often startlingly good, is kind of boring.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 0 Ann Hornaday
    The yuck factor spins off the charts in Splice, a thoroughly repulsive science fiction-horror flick that slicks up its B-movie tawdriness with high-gloss production values and two otherwise classy stars.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    The fact that there's nothing wrong with it -- that there's nary a scenic detail or scrap of dialogue or performance that isn't utterly on the nose -- is precisely what's wrong with it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Indeed, Scream is better than the average slasher film, as its advertisers insist. And, indeed, it is probably Wes Craven's best film, as they also insist. But that is a little like saying the pimple on the left side of your nose is "better" than the pimple on the right side.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Overblown sanctimony and sentimentalism as corny as the Fourth of July.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    There's very little that's even kind of funny in It's Kind of a Funny Story, which can't accurately be described as a comedy but isn't a true drama, either.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    It feels like a retread of several better movies, with a nastier, more bitter edge.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    If Shutter Island, a gothic thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, were put to a free association test, the word most likely to come to mind would certainly be "weird."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Blessed with some outstanding performances, among them Ribisi's.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    An only fitfully engaging L.A. soap opera.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Maybe the easiest thing would be to skip the movie altogether. Godard has created such a hermetic, uncompromising world that only the hardiest cinematic spelunkers are likely to appreciate its depths.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Ted
    Eventually MacFarlane's formula -- consisting of filthy, ethnically offensive jokes, scatological humor, tacky pop culture references and random cameos -- begins to wear thin.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Viewers anticipating side-splitting guffaws will be disappointed: Stuck on You is a strangely lackluster, flaccid string of fitfully humorous episodes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    The question is why the time, talent and treasure of such energetic and even gifted artists have been marshaled in such a disgusting and trivial genre exercise and what viewers are supposed to get out of it. Isn't life hard enough?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    With a grating combination of naivete and arrogance, The Green Mile consistently overplays its melodramatic material, including a portrait of a black man that is as breathtakingly offensive as it is earnest.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 60 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    Bullock and McCarthy and the chemistry they generate are far more compelling than the movie they’re in. Too often the sketches go on too long, and the coarse, abrasive tone quickly begins to feel repetitive and off-putting.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    First-time director Anne Sewitsky may intend Happy, Happy as a Chekhovian chamber piece or romantic bagatelle, but her smugness about racism - and her glib symbolic resolution of the conflicts she raises - suggests an ambition that far outstrips her ability, at least for now.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    An overlong, visually incoherent, mean-spirited and often just plain awful Spider-Man 3.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    All of it makes for a rollicking, outsize tale of overweening ambition and palace intrigue, but J. Edgar instead plays it safe in a turgid, back-and-forth series of tableaux that look as if they were filmed from behind a scrim soaked in weak tea.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    A strange little movie. Unsure whether it wants to be a quirky, sad-eyed indie pixie or a brassy, raunchy broad, it veers uneasily between the two, never quite settling into a comfortable or recognizable groove.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Heights is nothing more than a second-rate version of several much better movies, all of which are available on DVD and video.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Sadly, the filmmakers haven't given viewers enough context or information about their protagonist to know whether he's utterly free or utterly unmoored -– or to care very much either way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Even amid the hit-and-miss broadsides and laugh-free longueurs that comprise most of The Dictator, Cohen's acute hypocrisy-detector keeps on ticking, if barely.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    It's a bloated, shockingly tedious trudge that manages to look both overproduced and unforgivably cheesy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    An uninteresting take on a tired formula that is only occasionally funny and usually pretty gross.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    It's in these vignettes that Away We Go begins to feel less like an authentic exploration of identity than a condemnation of the very community the couple pretends to crave. No one, it turns out, is good enough for Burt and Verona.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    That Winterbottom has delivered a dud makes Trishna all the more disappointing, a rare unsatisfying swerve from an otherwise reliably provocative career.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Attal, who resembles a young Robert De Niro, seems as addled as a director as his character is as a husband, throwing all manner of distractions onto the screen in order to divert the audience.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    It's a curio, ripe with dreamy atmospherics and intriguing mysteries, but little else.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    For all of The Equalizer’s overkill, Washington retains an admirable air of seriousness, embodying McCall as a believable figure of purity and protection, even when he’s going after his opponents with methodical, thoughtfully choreographed sadism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Ann Hornaday
    Has all the energy and spontaneity of a bowl of waxed fruit. If watching "Dogtown and Z-Boys" was tantamount to witnessing history itself, watching "Lords of Dogtown," which Peralta wrote, feels more like watching a stiff, meticulously choreographed reenactment.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    There's less here than meets the eye, not to mention the ear, nose, tongue and fingertip.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Sylvia plays it safe, and in doing so it becomes little more than just another domestic melodrama devoid of life and, of all things, poetry.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Offers jaw-dropping visuals, but its troubling images of violence may cause this revolutionary effort to miss the evolutionary boat.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    Snyder tries to up the spectacle ante with ever more explosions, crashes, thermal blasts, topological realignments, gunfire and mano-a-mano fistfights. But the result is a punishing sense of diminishing returns and a genre that has finally reached the point of mayhem-induced exhaustion.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Yes
    It's a bold exercise, an interesting experiment, but a movie it ain't.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Dark Shadows doesn't know where it wants to dwell: in the eerie, subversive penumbra suggested by its title or in playful, go-for-broke camp.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    At once listless and overheated, giddy and utterly zipless, the current incarnation lacks not just the savoir-faire of its stylish predecessor but also the sex appeal.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    2 Guns feels like it’s all been done before, whether by John Woo, Michael Bay or any number of their CGI-happy clones.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    A jagged little pill of a movie from baby boomer avatar Edward Zwick.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Michael Caine delivers a stunning performance in Harry Brown, a rancid little revenge fantasy that probably doesn't deserve him.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Belabored, ostentatious, overlong behemoth.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Ann Hornaday
    An exercise in vanity, indulgence and a startling degree of shallowness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Seems fatally out of tune, with every staged encounter falling as flat as the protagonist's hot-ironed bob.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Ann Hornaday
    The film would be insufferable if it weren't for the total sincerity and commitment of its players.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Never manages to achieve the balance between authenticity and eccentricity.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    As a director, Solondz seems to have his own locked-in fate -- to favor caricature over compassion -- and his movies are the worse for it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    A film that reduces everything and everyone in its well-worn path to a pretentious trope and, in its final Grand Guignol moments, high camp.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Could be filed under "wacky misfire."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 Ann Hornaday
    Terribly tragic, terribly romantic and, ultimately, terribly, terribly dull.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    White House Down never quite seems to decide what kind of movie it wants to be, although by firepower alone it qualifies as this summer’s most cartoonishly bombastic exercise in sensory overload (so far).
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Ann Hornaday
    This overproduced romantic comedy doesn't even qualify as fluff; it's flat, featureless plastic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Dark, dank, damp, grim, dingy and dour, Dark Water is a tasteful but unremitting bummer.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    It's piddling -- a hangdog little comedy with not enough laughs...its spirit rattles around inside it like a marble in an oil drum.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    It's a remarkable, if appalling, spectacle of self-abasement. But of course, that's Sandler's specialty.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Ann Hornaday
    This lurid celebration of shock, schlock and the shamelessly perverse finds the 67-year-old grandfather of torture porn scraping the bottom of his admittedly limited creative barrel.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    For all its playfulness, the new RoboCop can’t help but lack the novelty of the original’s jolting mixture of dumb-smart irony and visceral pulp.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    The stars of First Descent aren't particularly memorable, or even likable. At their worst, they come off as cocky, self-absorbed Peter Pans; at their best, they're sweet but shallow.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    It's as if the book itself has been locked up and institutionalized, forced to conform to a system that all but obliterates its own unique personality.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Even Strong's best efforts can't save John Carter from collapsing in on itself like a dead star.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Ann Hornaday
    Shouldn't fool viewers into thinking it's anything but a pseudo-artsy piece of tripe.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Should have been a smart bit of cinematic froth but instead sinks like an overworked souffle.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    In reality, Eros is a letdown, a collection of bagatelles that, with one exception, fails to live up to its promise.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 10 Ann Hornaday
    The promise of its premise is squandered all too soon in what becomes yet another tiresome exercise in the way-overworked zombie genre.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Jack Reacher is a wildly ill-advised miscalculation, with Cruise's virtually unstoppable appeal butting uncomfortably against Reacher's alternately cocky and downright crude cynicism.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    The Zero Theorem doesn’t fully earn the elaborately conceived scaffolding on which its relatively tame ideas are hoisted.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Anne Fletcher's lifeless comedy about an overbearing mother and her exasperated adult son, has no flawlessly delivered punch lines. It doesn't even have a hangnail.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Ann Hornaday
    If you find yourself at "The Island" I have only three words of advice: Vote yourself off.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    As ugly, excessive and vulgar as "The Usual Suspects" was stylish, subtle and suave.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    The two main characters are so shallow and self-involved -- not to mention the friends, family members and sundry apparatchiks they lug around with them -- that the two hours of Flannel Pajamas begin to feel like real time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Gerwig remains one of the most captivating new stars to hit the big screen, but she's still looking for a movie that deserves her.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    At some point the foul language, lascivious sight gags, references to sex toys, violence against animals and cruelty toward children simply ceases to be funny.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    It's a film within a film about a film within a film, and seems to lose layers of authenticity with each iteration, finally becoming a profoundly alienating experience.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Akin to watching a ring-tested champion punch far below his weight. What a comedown.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    An extraordinary collective act of moral and physical courage is relegated to a backdrop for a mushy, synthetic family melodrama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Catherine Breillat's pretentious, meandering, self-indulgent portrait of a libidinously deprived young woman is nothing more than pornography tricked out as feminist parable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Two-hour exercise in chaotic action and coarse, annoyingly coy sexuality.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Ann Hornaday
    A movie that, despite its strenuous efforts to appear hardened and sexy and sleek, is unforgivably phony, talky and dull.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    When the film isn’t sloppily directed, it’s a series of lazy filmmaking tics, including fetishistic slow-motion shots of blood, water and sweat, as well as sundry dismemberments, impalings and decapitations.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Hill and Stallone seem determined simply to prove that, even in their golden years, they're still tough enough to rumble with all comers. Bullet to the Head exposes that bravado for the pose that it is, and it's not a good look.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Whether it's the sight of Reynolds squeezed painfully into a football uniform or the endless footballs-to-the-crotch and tired gay jokes, The Longest Yard has the feeling of mutton dressed as lamb.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    Traffics in nearly every trite cliche of the "colorful" South one can think of, from its pseudo-Gothic aesthetic to its overripe dialogue.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    (Perry and Willis) are blown off the screen by Amanda Peet and Natasha Henstridge.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    This fitfully funny but mostly dull misfire defines exactly where the line can be drawn between truly subversive humor and lazy cynicism.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Little more than an electronic press kit for the band, produced for the benefit of its fans.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    A singularly vulgar piece of work.