For 1,261 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 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Atonement
Lowest review score: 0 Let's Be Cops
Score distribution:
1,261 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Unlike other movies about unpleasant characters, "In the Company of Men," for example, Chuck & Buck doesn't have that sharp observational edge.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Funny Games condescends to its audience like a pretentious, preachifying graduate student in post-modernism. It would help us out of the cultural quagmire we're drowning in, if only we could understand its highly convoluted and exclusive language. [29 May 1998, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Aimless and unfocused.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hornaday
    Indeed, Scream is better than the average slasher film, as its advertisers insist. And, indeed, it is probably Wes Craven's best film, as they also insist. But that is a little like saying the pimple on the left side of your nose is "better" than the pimple on the right side.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Overblown sanctimony and sentimentalism as corny as the Fourth of July.
    • 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."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    Blessed with some outstanding performances, among them Ribisi's.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    An only fitfully engaging L.A. soap opera.
    • 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?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hornaday
    With a grating combination of naivete and arrogance, The Green Mile consistently overplays its melodramatic material, including a portrait of a black man that is as breathtakingly offensive as it is earnest.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.