For 1,274 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 0 Let's Be Cops
Score distribution:
1,274 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, funny, well-acted and visually lively.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Has important things to tell viewers about global politics, and in an eerily resonant way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Given the current heightened tenor of religious rhetoric and paranoia, it may well wind up pushing brand-new buttons today. To quote Michael Palin quoting Jesus, "There's just no pleasing some people."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Cinema at its most intellectually honest and morally necessary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    May be most valuable for its depiction of the strength of democratic ideals, even in the most precarious and contradictory of circumstances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Does a terrific job of capturing the outlaw energy of the original production.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Bears the unmistakable stamp of authenticity, even at its most outrageous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    If the setting is claustrophobic, it's also bracingly beautiful, a contradiction that is every bit in keeping with Sokurov's preference for ambiguity over clarity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Anything that inspires that many whoops, gasps and groans with only two actors and a few choice words has earned its place at the summertime box office trough.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Absorbing, funny, exhilaratingly entertaining ride through two years in the life of the most successful heavy metal band in history.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smith makes it look easy, but underneath the physical high jinks and slick veneer of I, Robot lies a performance of real discipline and intelligence.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Rarely have the dangers of drifting apart been given such a visceral and genuinely upsetting emotional wallop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    That rare movie that manages to be not only an adroit, carefully observed study in character and suspense, but important.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    If the zombie genre steadfastly refuses to die, we can be grateful to Shaun of the Dead for breathing fresh, diverting life into the form, with subtle visual humor and a smart, impish sense of fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Not to be missed, if only for an unforgettable leading performance by Kevin Bacon.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Eastwood's instinct for creating efficient, adult, mainstream entertainment is virtually unerring. He's still a class act, not to mention craggy, suave, laconic and very, very cool.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Engaging entertainment and a great work of art.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Has its share of surprises, especially in the performances of its two main players.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Quite simply, a beautiful film, in both form and content.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    All of the actors in Turtles Can Fly are nonprofessionals, and all bring electrifying authenticity and presence to their roles.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A startling portrayal of how the cycle of abuse plays itself out in the lives of its victims.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Despite Madagascar's formulaic tendencies, it's a formula that works, so parents are urged to sit back, relax and enjoy -- the kids surely will.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    For a gripping, thoroughly involving account of a flawed but inspiring real-life hero, audiences need look no further.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A wise, funny film about the little leaps of faith it takes to just get through the day.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    It doesn't take a screenwriter, for example, to point out the uncanny fact that, when two parent penguins perform a neck-curving pas de deux above their tiny chick, they resemble nothing so much as a perfect heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A nifty piece of work -- with, by the way, a fantastic musical score and soundtrack -- that, if there's any justice in the movie world, will eventually earn a mystique all its own.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    With one foot planted in the world of comic book fantasy and the other firmly stuck in the grim realities of high school, this is one of those rare family films that truly work for the whole family, even if Mom and Pop might find themselves needing earplugs during some exceedingly long and loud passages.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Jarmusch manages to imbue banality with surprising beauty and humor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    What gradually comes into focus is a terrifying, appalling, infuriating cycle of exploitation and corruption.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A smart, marvelously drawn account of the bravery of homing pigeons during World War II.