For 1,415 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Love & Mercy
Lowest review score: 0 Self/less
Score distribution:
1415 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    The writing is so musical, so attuned to human frailty and aspiration, that I defy anyone to watch the movie without smiling — with amusement one minute, rueful recognition the next, but probably always with some measure of simple, undiluted delight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    McQueen has taken the raw materials of filmmaking and committed an act of great art.
    • 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
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Propelled by an ingenious script by Aaron Sorkin, given vibrance and buoyancy by director Danny Boyle, Steve Jobs is a galvanizing viewing experience.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    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
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Admittedly, Top Five suffers from its share of too-convenient contrivances and clunky passages... But Top Five is also buoyantly self- sustaining, thanks in part to Rock and Dawson’s easy, convincingly seductive chemistry and some genuinely hilarious surprises.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Locke is so distilled, such a pure example of cinematic storytelling, that it almost feels abstract.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Bridge of Spies expands from being a smart, engrossing procedural to a carefully observed character study of Donovan, a particularly intriguing, heretofore overlooked American figure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    The best advice to filmgoers who appreciate smart, mature, humanist movies is, simply, Go.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Foxcatcher exerts a mesmerizing pull, not only because it affords the chance to witness three fine actors working at the height of their powers, but also because it so steadfastly resists the urge to clutter up empty space with the filigree of gratuitous imagery and chatter.
    • 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.

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