For 1,272 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Felicia's Journey
Lowest review score: 0 Alone in the Dark
Score distribution:
1,272 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    May well wind up being the smartest bonehead comedy of the summer.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Kwietniowski has managed to create a surprisingly engrossing and suspenseful narrative without resorting to cosmetics, melodrama or hype.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Efficient, precise, carefully calibrated and terrifically entertaining.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A movie suffused with a warm glow of nostalgia for times and music and movies gone by.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Preserves and resuscitates the hard-boiled genre.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Blessedly free of the self-righteous histrionics and sentimentality that so often cheapen powerful personal stories.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    That rare movie that manages to be not only an adroit, carefully observed study in character and suspense, but important.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, silly, splenetic and a bit smug, it's a movie that might put a viewer's teeth on edge were it not for its winning lead performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Bears the unmistakable stamp of authenticity, even at its most outrageous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Absorbing, funny, exhilaratingly entertaining ride through two years in the life of the most successful heavy metal band in history.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Lee has created that rarity in filmmaking: a movie we need, right now.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Still, it's difficult to hold his whoppers against him. In creating characters of such spirit and life, and in imagining such a vibrant, imaginative homage to the transformative powers of love, Kramer, more than most, has earned the right to push his luck.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    If the setting is claustrophobic, it's also bracingly beautiful, a contradiction that is every bit in keeping with Sokurov's preference for ambiguity over clarity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A movie that, in the story of one man dying, shows us all how to live.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Belongs, wholly and completely, to Clarkson, who delivers Joy's mordant asides and withering observations with a flawless balance of tartness and vulnerability.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Pirates of the Caribbean moves easily from sunny 18th-century seafaring adventure to creepy zombie flick and back again.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    May be most valuable for its depiction of the strength of democratic ideals, even in the most precarious and contradictory of circumstances.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    For filmgoers whose idea of a good time is getting the stuffing scared out of them (who are you guys, anyway?), Signs should prove to be time well spent.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Eastwood's instinct for creating efficient, adult, mainstream entertainment is virtually unerring. He's still a class act, not to mention craggy, suave, laconic and very, very cool.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Proves to be a whiz-bang kick in the pants.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Anything that inspires that many whoops, gasps and groans with only two actors and a few choice words has earned its place at the summertime box office trough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Does a terrific job of capturing the outlaw energy of the original production.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, funny, well-acted and visually lively.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Rarely have the dangers of drifting apart been given such a visceral and genuinely upsetting emotional wallop.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    What makes Wilbur worth watching are its smaller bits: Mads Mikkelsen's hilarious performance as a taciturn psychiatrist and Julia Davis's equally funny portrayal of a needy group therapy counselor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smith makes it look easy, but underneath the physical high jinks and slick veneer of I, Robot lies a performance of real discipline and intelligence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Imbued with a greater degree of psychological darkness than before.