For 1,377 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 Fargo
Lowest review score: 0 Undiscovered
Score distribution:
1,377 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Genteel but ultimately unnecessary entertainment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Read like a long, anguished prayer, but on screen it looks an awful lot like blasphemy.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Even if Scream 3 lacks the punch and verve of the first two installments, it manages to wring some ironically metaphysical comedy from the movie-within-a-movie motif.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    It's one of those movies whose appeal depends on the viewer's tolerance for watching French people suffer, smoke and sigh prettily.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    As with so many recent literary adaptations, it was the writing that was the art, not its infrastructure of plot and character.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Let's get it out, loud and clear: Jerry Maguire is not a sports movie. It's a stealth chick movie, wrapped in a swaddling of jock stuff so that it gets through guy radar without setting off the missile defenses.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    There're some low New York laughs in Swingers and some nice clothes if you like bad taste, but on the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia. At least they know how to make a sandwich in that town!
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Fails to go into the one realm that would make it worthwhile, which is Ed Wood's brain.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    A bit hard on the posterior, it is definitely easy on the eyes.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Surprisingly formulaic. So many scenes seem lifted from a 1950s melodrama, from Blake and Francis' repentent mother (Leslie Ann Warren) to the film's tearjerker of a final scene.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Terrific looking in the extreme, The Beach is the movie equivalent of vacation reading: no more demanding -- and no less satisfying -- than a sandy paperback left on a damp towel.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    His [Director Mike Figgis's] techniques do make the film at least watchable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Well, it's better than "The Phantom Menace."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Some dazzling in-camera special effects, especially the ingenious idea of filming the story's ghost at a slow speed, six frames per second, giving the being a strange, otherworldly way of moving.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Nightwatch is passable stuff for undiscriminating fans of the ickier-the-better genre; for the rest of us, it offers nothing new. [17 Apr 1998]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    It's a promising concept, albeit melodramatic, but what keeps the movie from halfway working is its infernal preciousness. [03 Sep 1993]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    If listing the cast of Love Actually is exhausting, it's even more tiring to watch it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    A slick, earnest, ultimately inert adaptation of the eponymous book of the Bible.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    Silly? Contrived? Vapid? You bet. Put more simply, "The Prince & Me" is . . . cute.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    Put delicately, this is one long sit, made all the more so by a turgid story, a dour visual palette and uninspiring action.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    They succeed in presenting a compelling series of dots, to use the current parlance, but they don't succeed in connecting them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    Mac manages to find some moments of comedy within a movie that often feels like it's going into extra innings
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    Still breaks the first and only commandment of remakes: Thou shall at the very least do justice to the original, or thou shall not be made at all.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    To watch Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which continually sacrifices its potential for sophisticated fun on the altar of style and physical stunts, is to realize how far we've come from the great movies of, say, George Cukor or Howard Hawks.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    It's like a ferret on crystal meth that belatedly discovers ecstasy, and it's a tiresome trip either way.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    Canadian director Atom Egoyan delivers a rare misfire with Where the Truth Lies, a shockingly fatuous murder mystery with pseudo-intellectual pretensions.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    When a Stranger Calls never manages to convey the primal, almost atavistic terror that has earned John Carpenter's movies and the "Scream" franchise their places in the teen horror canon. The most lasting psychological effect of this pulp non-classic will most likely be limited to a deep pathological fear of Architectural Digest.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    One of the most eagerly awaited cinematic projects of 2006, which may be why it lands with such a curious thud.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    But despite doing its best to jiggle, giggle and ogle its way into a niche somewhere between "Heathers" and "American Pie," it becomes just another forgettable pastiche of sight gags and pop-culture references.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    Although audiences will admire the film's do-it-yourself energy and commitment, Poster Boy finally collapses of its own contrived weight, deflating just when it should soar into madcap -- or at least thoughtful -- satire.

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