For 1,281 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: 62
Highest review score: 100 Drive
Lowest review score: 0 Orphan
Score distribution:
1,281 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Even when it skates recklessly close to shopworn cliches, Pride manages to navigate around them with vigor, as well as disarming, even wholesome, open-heartedness.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    West of Memphis makes a lucid, absorbing contribution to an epic saga that Berlinger and Sinofsky first wrestled into an 18-year-long narrative that changed two lives and saved one. And it gives that epic an ending that's happy, sad, inspiring, infuriating, right and terribly wrong, all at the same time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Spielberg's dark side may not be where everyone wants to live, but it's somehow encouraging to know that he has one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Senna is what film critics might call a TMSI movie, as in: Trust me, see it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The filmmaker’s dedication to non-judgment occasionally militates against narrative drive: Beyond the Hills begins to sag in its middle sequences, when the repetitive monotony of Alina’s outbursts begins to yield diminishing returns. But he has made a film that’s worth even those wearying sequence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to Lewin's light but assured touch, The Sessions never wears its theological preoccupations heavily, instead allowing transcendence to creep up on the audience quietly.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    It doesn't take a screenwriter, for example, to point out the uncanny fact that, when two parent penguins perform a neck-curving pas de deux above their tiny chick, they resemble nothing so much as a perfect heart.