For 1,097 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Quiet American
Lowest review score: 0 Orphan
Score distribution:
1,097 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Even though it's pretentious and overlong, A Christmas Tale is still maddeningly engaging, thanks in large part to its attractive and gifted cast.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Working with his longtime cinematographer Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, Cuaron creates the most deeply imagined and fully realized world to be seen on screen this year, not to mention bravura sequences that bring to mind names like Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    It's a gentle, surprising little movie whose rewards lie in what its characters don't say as much as in what they do.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Moonrise Kingdom is already shaping up to be this summer's art house sleeper hit, and no wonder: It traffics in the very kind of escapist spectacle -- in this case of a thoughtfully composed world brimming with whimsy, enchantment and visual brio -- that the season was made for.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    What makes Milk extraordinary isn't just that it's a nuanced, stirring portrait of one of the 20th century's most pivotal figures, but that it's also a nuanced, stirring portrait of the thousands of people he energized.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    What gradually comes into focus is a terrifying, appalling, infuriating cycle of exploitation and corruption.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    If Mystic River is just a bit overplayed, a tad too highly pitched, it still resonates with grief and fury and feeling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Oslo, August 31st builds to an unforgettable climax, a bravura sequence that starts at a party, crawls through a variety of nightclubs and raves, and ends on a note of utterly surprising lyricism.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to the assured hold Johnson exerts over this ingeniously structured game of cat-and-cat, we'll go anyplace he has in mind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    In this vibrant, lyrical, graphic, sobering and finally soaring testament to aesthetic and political expression, Noujaim consistently provides light where once there was heat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A pitch-perfect movie that threads a microscopically tiny needle between high comedy and devastating drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    In addition to being a study in great acting, this is a study in great directing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Won't break your heart -- it will make it soar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    The narrative is lean, the supporting performances are solid, and, perhaps most crucially, the emotional tone of the piece is spot-on.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Vallée, working with a lean, lively script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, neatly avoids excess, letting Woodroof’s terrific yarn stand on its own and getting out of the way of his extraordinary actors, who channel the story without condescension or manipulative cheats.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A vivid, poetic evocation of life in post-invasion Iraq that works both as impressionistic collage and candid portraiture.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Subtlety may not be the film’s strong suit, but it creates a richly imagined world, as glitteringly arresting as it is savagely merciless.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    By presenting Avatar in 3-D, Cameron is staking his claim and building a fence around his own precious resource, making it unobtainable on any but his own terms to increasingly emboldened and technologically savvy natives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Fantastic Mr. Fox imparts lessons as profound as "The Road's" about love and gratitude and awareness of others. It just has more fun doing it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    This installment has achieved a nearly impossible hat trick. It's a movie that is exegetically correct enough to appease the most hard-core buffs, while opening up the final frontier to a whole new generation of fans who have yet to appreciate Star Trek's ineffable combination of sci-fi action, campy humor and yin-yang philosophical tussle between logic and emotion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Museum Hours is every bit as masterfully conceived and executed as the art works that serve as the film’s lively cast of supporting characters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Monsieur Lazhar resembles a clear, clean glass of water: transparent, utterly devoid of gratuitous flavorings or frou-frou, and all the more bracing and essential for it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An absorbing, agonizing documentary about ambition, lust and anthropomorphism at their most heedless, records suffering and manipulation so extreme that description can barely do them justice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Of Miyazaki’s many gifts as a filmmaker, perhaps the most subtle is the way he honors time and silence and stillness, values that are in lamentably short supply in most modern-day productions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    May not achieve the transcendent heights of "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," but it has its own pleasures.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    At its heart, it's about the communities we forge - real and imagined - to save our own lives.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Strangely, Scorsese's very passion for the subject matter turns out to be both a blessing and a curse for Hugo.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Captain Phillips is such an impressive dramatic achievement that it comes as a shock when it gets even better, during a devastating final scene in which Hanks single-handedly dismantles Hollywood notions of macho heroism in one shattering, virtually wordless sequence.