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 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 0 Undiscovered
Score distribution:
1,096 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Telling an old story in a new way and infusing what might have been a dry political polemic with poetry, passion and unlikely warmth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    He (Herzog) emerged with a breathtaking tour of art that, in its formal sophistication, dynamism and rhythmic lines, looks as bold and new as Cezanne's work must have looked in the 1860s.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Have you ever been trapped in the back seat of a car while the old married couple up front bickers and banters for hours? It's either sheer torture or, if the couple happens to be Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, wildly entertaining.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Senna is what film critics might call a TMSI movie, as in: Trust me, see it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Considering that any one of those elements could have scuttled its fragile mix of drama, comedy and life-and-death stakes, 50/50 beats the odds with modest, utterly winning ease.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    A must-see for any student of history, political rhetoric and film poetics at their most vagrant and revelatory.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The Artist is anything but mute, with a lush orchestral score and a little sonic wink at the the end; fewer movies this year reward listening - and watching - so lavishly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Absorbing, inspiring and terrifically entertaining, Undefeated earns its title: It's a winner all the way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Most important, does The Dark Knight Rises achieve the impossible, which is to bring a cherished cinematic chapter to a close, yet manage to leave fans feeling not desolate but cheered? To that all-important question, the answer is an unequivocal yes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to the assured hold Johnson exerts over this ingeniously structured game of cat-and-cat, we'll go anyplace he has in mind.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    This captivating, expertly machined political thriller jumps through every hoop the naysayer can set up: It's serious and substantive, an ingeniously written and executed drama fashioned from a fascinating, little-known chapter of recent history.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to Lewin's light but assured touch, The Sessions never wears its theological preoccupations heavily, instead allowing transcendence to creep up on the audience quietly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thankfully, this fractured fairy tale of mental illness, family drama, ragged romance and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fandom has landed in the superbly capable hands of David O. Russell.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Mud
    This is where a filmmaker’s taste and reflexive sense of balance makes all the difference. Southern culture may be on the skids in Mud, but Nichols’s sensitive portrayal is gratifyingly on the level.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    At its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty. Evil may be good, story-wise. But virtue, at its most tested and tempered, is even better.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The warmth that courses through American Hustle makes it irresistible, with Russell’s affection for his characters and his sharp-eyed evocation of their recessionary times, honoring their struggle, however dishonest, rather than denigrating it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    A compelling, complex, confounding film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    In the capable hands of these fine filmmakers and actors, even its most bitter observations about life and aging are nearly always reliably balanced by moments of warmth, understanding and out-and-out screwball humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    With long, quiet takes in which he simply observes Johansson wordlessly taking in the world around her, Glazer infuses the everyday modern world with a surpassing sense of strangeness and doom.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    There are as many awkward, discomfiting sequences in Obvious Child as there are interludes of genuine fun and romance. The result is a movie that feels risky and forgiving and, despite its traditional rom-com contours, refreshingly new.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A gorgeous and surprisingly profound meditation on a place and its people.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    An absorbing primer in one of the most fascinating chapters in American social history.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Late Marriage is a closely observed, somewhat funny, ultimately very sad movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Ravishing, often entrancing paean to a pastime that has hooked more than its share of hard-core addicts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A smart, absorbing, often exhilarating documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Dworkin, having led viewers so deeply into her subjects' lives, resists coercing them into any pat conclusions. We're left to wonder about Love and Diane -– and root for them -– on our own.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Engaging, witty and touching film, one that defies categories to become a romantic comedy, historical biopic and philosophical rumination, all in one.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    It testifies to art's vitality and endurance, despite its marketers' -- and sometimes even its makers' -- efforts to the contrary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    May well wind up being the smartest bonehead comedy of the summer.