For 1,370 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Chicago 10
Lowest review score: 0 Orphan
Score distribution:
1,370 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    With its awkward reenactments and other stylistic clunkers, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry doesn’t break much formal ground. But it serves as a moving reminder of how crucial citizen action is in fomenting social change.
    • 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
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    It’s difficult to make a visually dynamic movie about people listening. But that’s precisely what Pohlad has done with both sensitivity and audaciousness, on the one hand attuning his protagonist to the music of the spheres, and on the other bearing witness to his deepest isolation and sadness.
    • 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
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Even those who don’t buy in completely to Mundruczo’s parable will be impressed by his canine crowd scenes, staged with ambition, skill and genuinely original vision.
    • 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
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Iris serves as a spirited, often dazzling primer in how to fight the dying of the light and feel fabulous while doing it.
    • 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
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    I’ll Be Me is an elevating experience, inviting the audience to bear witness to Campbell’s courage, humor and spiritual strength. His story may make for a tough movie, but it’s an important and triumphant one, as well.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    One of the best performances -- and movies -- of the year so far.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    This invigoratingly fresh, optimistic film - which features the breathtaking debuts of director Dee Rees and leading lady Adepero Oduye - plunges the audience into a world that's both tough and tender, vivid and grim, drenched in poetry and music and pain and discovery.
    • 79 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Qualifies as the most painful, poetic and improbably beautiful film of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Magnificent.

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