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 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 0 Orphan
Score distribution:
1,261 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Have you ever been trapped in the back seat of a car while the old married couple up front bickers and banters for hours? It's either sheer torture or, if the couple happens to be Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, wildly entertaining.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hornaday
    Put delicately, this is one long sit, made all the more so by a turgid story, a dour visual palette and uninspiring action.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    This uncommonly intelligent thriller evokes the great films of the 1970s ("All the President's Men," "Klute," "Three Days of the Condor") that managed to elicit gritty urban realism while maintaining a suave sense of style and moral complexity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Has important things to tell viewers about global politics, and in an eerily resonant way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    This audacious hybrid of cinematic styles is pure entertainment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Le Havre is a playful parable that conveys profound truths about compassion, humility and sacrifice. It offers proof that miracles do happen - especially in Kaurismaki's lyrically hardscrabble neighborhood.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Made with uncommon skill and assurance, the film never succumbs to rank sentimentality, but it manages to get at the nuances of human relationships.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Late Marriage is a closely observed, somewhat funny, ultimately very sad movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An absorbing glimpse not only at the phenomenon of punk rock but also at British social history and the rock star mystique.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Combines the derring-do of classic adventure tales with far more serious issues of moral agency. And it serves as a haunting reminder to seek joy and beauty, even in the depths of despair.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Gets viewers inside these tense, emotional and occasionally terrifying events with immediacy and, given the confusion of the time, remarkable clarity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Guest has proven to be this era's master of humanist satire.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An elegant romantic thriller adapted from a novel of the same name, is a terrific film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Writer-director Derek Cianfrance, who with Blue Valentine makes an astonishing debut.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The movie dazzles with its slick lines, but there's a situational intelligence at play too -- little vignettes involving minor characters are begun at one wedding and then evolve into major events at the next.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Not nearly as accomplished narratively as it is visually.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Locke is so distilled, such a pure example of cinematic storytelling, that it almost feels abstract.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    The best advice to filmgoers who appreciate smart, mature, humanist movies is, simply, Go.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    No one can deny the powerful reality that weaves its way through Bamako.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's the talk...and the extraordinarily expressive faces of those who do the talking, that accounts for its engrossing, enchanting powers.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    You know you're in the hands of a superbly gifted filmmaker when he can pull off a talking dog.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    That rare, genuinely transporting movie that creates an alternate universe, invites the audience in and lets them sink ever deeper into its particular, sublime reverie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    In many ways Fish Tank joins "An Education" and "Precious" as an acute, empathic portrait of a girl growing up, but more than those films Arnold leaves viewers with a feeling of unsettled ambiguity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    No
    No isn’t nearly as definitive or declarative as its title: It leaves viewers wondering whether they should cheer, shrug or shake their heads.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Hot Fuzz deploys the same mix of genre conventions, slapstick and old-school British humor that made "Shaun of the Dead" such a dumb-but-good romp.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Breathes its own refreshing, occasionally demented, life into that time period, albeit in a pulpy, stylized cinematic language more akin to vampire-hunter cartoonishness than "Lincoln's" more classical reserve.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    From the first smoky notes of a theme song sung by Adele, it's clear that Skyfall will be both classic and of-the-moment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A candid, colorful and deeply meaningful sociocultural time capsule, one that captured the black community at the height of its political energy and optimism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A riotous, rapturous explosion of sound and color, Black Orpheus is less about Orpheus's doomed love for Eurydice than about Camus's love for cinema at its most gestural and kinetic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A celebration -- of love, commitment and devotion until the bitter end. Gay and straight viewers alike are sure to be inspired by this lyrical testament to a corollary of Tolstoy's famous dictum: Every unhappy family might be unhappy in its own way, but every genuinely happy family is a triumph.