For 1,095 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 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Locke
Lowest review score: 0 Splice
Score distribution:
1,095 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The three leads deliver funny, convincing performances in a film that wears both youthful callowness and intellectual sophistication lightly. Mutual Appreciation is the kind of movie whose dialogue mostly hews to the rhythms of "like, you know, whatever" but then occasionally throws in a word such as "puissance." And, like, it totally works.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Stands as a valuable chronicle of a brief and snarling musical movement.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    This is an exceptionally assured debut, and Montiel exhibits rare care with editing and sound design. His real forte, though, is casting, to which a brief scene featuring Downey and the incandescent Rosario Dawson powerfully attests.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Beautifully shot and edited with swift efficiency, Black Gold joins a cadre of recent films that shine a welcome light on how the stuff we buy gets to us and, more to the point, how the price of that stuff often has little to do with its real cost.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Bale and Jackman inject their reliable charisma into two otherwise very cold fish. Okay, I'll say it: If you see only one magic-at-the-turn-of-the-century movie this year, make it this one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A vivid, poetic evocation of life in post-invasion Iraq that works both as impressionistic collage and candid portraiture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Nader haters may not be mollified, but An Unreasonable Man, like its subject itself, is a one-stop civics lesson no one should miss.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A riveting, amusing, enlightening and emotionally affecting movie by a guy you've never heard of, about -- wait for it -- the consumer debt crisis.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Along with such colleagues as Abbas Kiarostami and Moshen Makhmalbaf, Panahi has perfected the art of realist filmmaking,
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Kristin Scott Thomas delivers an unnervingly smooth performance as Auteuil's suspicious wife.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.