For 1,097 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 Atonement
Lowest review score: 0 Alone in the Dark
Score distribution:
1,097 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A wise, funny film about the little leaps of faith it takes to just get through the day.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Small, quiet movie that imperceptibly takes its viewers by their throats and doesn't let go
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    If the zombie genre steadfastly refuses to die, we can be grateful to Shaun of the Dead for breathing fresh, diverting life into the form, with subtle visual humor and a smart, impish sense of fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Mortensen has called A Dangerous Method Cronenberg's "Merchant-Ivory picture," but it just as often resembles a Woody Allen movie - literate, sophisticated and deeply concerned with sex and manners. (It's even mordantly funny, as an early scene at the Freud family dinner table attests.)
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    What on the surface seems to possess all the melodrama and photogenic suffering of a banal prime-time weepie instead becomes a lucid, tough, deeply sensitive examination of emotional fortitude.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Mud
    This is where a filmmaker’s taste and reflexive sense of balance makes all the difference. Southern culture may be on the skids in Mud, but Nichols’s sensitive portrayal is gratifyingly on the level.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Christopher Mintz-Plasse steals the movie in his screen debut as a nerd di tutti nerds, a kid whose fake I.D. reads "McLovin."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A delicate, if slightly smoggy, feeling of regret hangs over Greenberg, a quietly funny portrait of grown-ups growing up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Depp possesses one of the finest speaking voices in the business - a nimble, mellifluous instrument that can go from sexy growl to fey warble in no seconds flat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Howard directs Rush with speed and jangly, jarring verve, bringing the races themselves to white-knuckled life and allowing the men’s stories to play out with only slightly predictable reversals, upsets and, inevitably, those hard lessons learned.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    It's beautiful. I loved it. And it broke my heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Manages to be both engrossing history and astonishingly germane to present-day political debates.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    There are as many awkward, discomfiting sequences in Obvious Child as there are interludes of genuine fun and romance. The result is a movie that feels risky and forgiving and, despite its traditional rom-com contours, refreshingly new.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    In spirit, and sheer joie de vivre, it's everything the movie business should aspire to. Win Win exemplifies movies the way they oughtta be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's the moral journey of Nolte's character that is the real story in Clean, but Assayas instead focuses on the manipulative habits of an addict, resulting in a mannered study of narcissism and self-pity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Interspersing "real" people with professional actors, Linklater creates a vivid, gossipy Greek chorus that serves as a kind of collective unreliable narrator -- an altogether appropriate stance given the moral gray zone the sweetly confounding Bernie inhabits.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Wiig has the natural beauty and self-deprecating expressiveness it takes to be a star comedienne; she spends much of Bridesmaids looking like a slightly girlier version of Lucinda Williams.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The Invisible Woman is less a conventional love story than a wise, often troubling contemplation of myriad modern impulses, from the lure of celebrity and public acclaim to the compartmentalizing of identity and the gender politics of Great Man-ism.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A nifty piece of work -- with, by the way, a fantastic musical score and soundtrack -- that, if there's any justice in the movie world, will eventually earn a mystique all its own.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The power of this quiet little film lies in the lyricism of its images of life on Bangladesh's waterways and in its towns...and in the naturalistic performances from its cast of mostly nonprofessional actors.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Given the current heightened tenor of religious rhetoric and paranoia, it may well wind up pushing brand-new buttons today. To quote Michael Palin quoting Jesus, "There's just no pleasing some people."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Even if its most ironic humor will sail over the heads of very little ones, Enchanted is that rare comedy that will appeal to the whole family.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    After Tiller does viewers the great service of providing light where there’s usually only heat, giving a human face and heart to what previously might have been an abstract issue or quickly scanned news item.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Nader haters may not be mollified, but An Unreasonable Man, like its subject itself, is a one-stop civics lesson no one should miss.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    One of the great strengths of Finding Vivian Maier is the filmmakers’ willingness to gently thread ethical inquiry in and out of the film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Dick, whose films include a revealing expose about the movie industry's film ratings board, has created yet another galvanizing call to action with The Invisible War.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Everyone hits their marks with gusto and believability in Catching Fire... But the engine of the entire operation is Jennifer Lawrence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Full of heart-rending moments, in which people of good faith search for answers to what, in the end, remain painfully irreconcilable questions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The Wolf of Wall Street remains one-note even at is most outré, an episodic portrait of rapaciousness in which decadence escalates into debauchery escalates into depravity — but, miraculously, not death.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    Takes both its characters and the audience to the depths, but it's a journey Kidd redeems with wit and fluency and, ultimately, a deeply persistent humanism.