For 1,302 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 0 Orphan
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Grisly, stylish and often weirdly funny, Blood Simple is a reminder of how rarely an original artistic sensibility is announced to the world and how much better movies are when that sensibility is allowed to keep going its own way.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    For all its savagery and hopelessness, Starred Up manages to be sympathetic, not only because of O’Connell’s galvanizing turn, but also Asser and director David Mackenzie’s unwavering commitment to portraying his character with as much compassion as brutal honesty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Sheer pleasure to watch, full of rich visuals and felicitous comic turns.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    The movie, a lyrical blend of documentary and fiction filmmaking techniques, offers a bold example of the rewards of crossing boundaries -- stylistic, cultural, temporal and even commercial.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    To watch Bad Education is to revel, along with Almodovar, in the power of cinema to take us on journeys of breathtaking mystery and dimension and beauty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thankfully, this fractured fairy tale of mental illness, family drama, ragged romance and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fandom has landed in the superbly capable hands of David O. Russell.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    For a gripping, thoroughly involving account of a flawed but inspiring real-life hero, audiences need look no further.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Moormann deserves credit, not only for choosing a wonderful and deserving subject for a film, but for doing him proud.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Manages to be one of the genuinely fresh discoveries of the summer, a little gem that deserves to become a big sleeper hit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    See Food, Inc. after dinner, but see it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    As von Trier's ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy, Melancholia is a broodingly downbeat self-portrait but also the inspiring work of an artist of seemingly boundless imaginative power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    The Queen of Versailles turns out to be a portrait -- appalling, absorbing and improbably affecting -- of how, even within a system seemingly designed to ensure that the rich get richer, sometimes the rich get poorer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Quite simply, a beautiful film, in both form and content.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The beauty of Nine Lives is that its occasionally overlapping stories feel entirely unforced; Garcia's is a filmmaking style of rare lyricism, compassion and discretion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    True Grit has sweep and scope and entertainment value to burn, but it's Mattie who invests even the grandest aesthetic elements with meaning.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Just might be the most action-packed suspense thriller of the summer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Searing dramatization of a story of remarkable courage, stamina and spirit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    An exhilarating, often mind-blowing history of surfing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, subtle, deceptively simple little.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Another Year allows viewers to occupy both psychic spaces, nesting into the warm comforts of a long-lived-in home and then, on a dime, seeing it through the searching eyes of the marginalized figures that, over the course of 11 films, Leigh has so often championed.

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