For 1,295 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 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Three Kings
Lowest review score: 0 Let's Be Cops
Score distribution:
1,295 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Tells an important story about a story that might never have been told at all.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    It's a depressing little kingdom, even when Gordon tries desperately to goose the drama with the requisite "Eye of the Tiger" riffs and some junior high-level palace intrigue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A smart, alert, supremely entertaining movie.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A stirring, emotionally galvanizing film, not only due to its shattering subject matter but thanks to Mullan's spot-on eye for casting and fluid, uncoercive style.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Attention is duly paid in this tender and touching film; the strangest thing about Love Is Strange is how completely un-strange it is, from its familiar family dynamics to its exquisite honesty and compassion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Isn't a noble story, or even a cautionary one: It just feels pretty painfully real.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    While its themes of revenge, mutual resentment and grim fatalism offer little hope for a ready solutions, the movie itself testifies to the power of creative collaboration in finding common ground.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Although Ralston's act of desperation is admittedly difficult to watch, viewers who might avoid the film out of squeamishness would be depriving themselves of one of the year's most exhilarating cinematic experiences.

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