For 1,069 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Captain Phillips
Lowest review score: 0 Undiscovered
Score distribution:
1,069 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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?
    • 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.