For 1,095 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Tammy
Score distribution:
1,095 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Argento and Aattou deliver appropriately outsize performances to fit the movie's sense of extravagant escapism, and Claude Sarraute delivers a slyly witty performance as the elderly lady carried away by Ryno's Scheherazade-like tale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A vivid portrait of a society in the midst of wrenching change, but it transcends its immediate context to become a thoughtful, even unforgettable, chamber piece, performed with exquisite subtlety by two fine actresses.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Afghan Star goes much deeper, eloquently conveying the tensions, small victories and shattering setbacks of a fragile democracy struggling to regain a once-flourishing culture.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hornaday
    For all its stylishness, verve and moments of visual poetry, the relentlessly punishing slapstick and overall cruel tone left me cold.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Ann Hornaday
    The film is ultimately too self-regarding, too smug to be transcendent itself.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    That such a masterful depiction of American heroism and can-do spirit has been created by a German art film director known for considerably darker visions of obsession is an irony Herzog no doubt finds delicious.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A smart, absorbing, often exhilarating documentary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Block, an experienced documentarian, does an outstanding job walking the knife-edge between personal and self-absorbed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    There's no doubt that Eminem has the talent and presence of a star. It's just a shame that the filmmakers didn't capture his power with mad skillz of their own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Offers an unusually astute glimpse of power at its most alluring and corrosive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    A compelling, complex, confounding film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    An absorbing primer in one of the most fascinating chapters in American social history.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    How fitting that Firth should carry A Single Man, a movie of quiet but potent emotional power, perfectly suited to his singular gifts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Extraordinary on many levels...because Mountain Patrol instead becomes what might be the first Chinese conservationist spaghetti western ever made.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Ann Hornaday
    Make no mistake: The War Tapes is not an overtly political film. It appears to grind no partisan ax nor score either red or blue points. Whether viewers support the war or not -- or find themselves somewhere in the mushy middle -- this documentary won't fit comfortably into the pigeonholes of their preconceptions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The result is a vivid portrait, not just of one unforgettable young man but also of a country in transition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    It's as soothing and pure as the sweetest water from the deepest well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    As admirable as Moors’s oblique style is, though, Blue Caprice doesn’t offer the sense of catharsis or closure, let alone new information, that makes it more than a cold, if disciplined, directorial exercise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to an exceptionally deft touch, Mottola manages to capture the absurdity and anguish of young adulthood, while never sacrificing meaning on the altar of crude humor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    At its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty. Evil may be good, story-wise. But virtue, at its most tested and tempered, is even better.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Engaging entertainment and a great work of art.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    While qualifying as the most gorgeously appointed and finely detailed version of the novel so far, still lacks the element of essential fire to make it come fully, even subversively, to life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Seems propelled by a doomed sense of inevitability and is all the more gripping for it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hornaday
    Even with Hudson's triumphant arrival and an overall fizzy mood of singing, dancing, pop nostalgia and camp, Dreamgirls is an uneven crowd pleaser.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Just in time for the holiday travel season, Flight brings audiences perhaps the most harrowing scenes of a troubled airplane ever committed to film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen delivers an astonishingly restrained and expressive central performance in The Hunt, an engrossing psycho-social drama by Thomas Vinterberg.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Explodes in a burst of energy, musical chops and an eerie political prescience that makes it feel like something beamed from some past-is-future time warp.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Elizabeth Olsen delivers an utterly transfixing turn as the title character of this chilling psychological thriller.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    At its best, The Last Station vividly illustrates the enduring Russian gift for iconography, whether spiritual, secular or something in between.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A wise, funny film about the little leaps of faith it takes to just get through the day.