For 1,261 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 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Whale Rider
Lowest review score: 0 The Babysitters
Score distribution:
1,261 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    There's good trash: throwaway, intellectually undemanding action movies that, despite their heavy body counts and hard edges, are executed with a touch of class and a sunny disposition.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Elmo graciously shares the stage with a cast of players who will not only delight youngsters but will come as sweet relief to grown-ups.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    One of the unique virtues of the cinema is its ability to bring history to life with engrossing detail and gripping immediacy; East-West does this.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A quirky and satisfying love story.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Jewison's focus on the Canadians' dogged do-gooderism might have actually prevented a good movie from being a great one.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Possesses memorable portrayals of thoroughly original characters and draws a beguilingly bleak portrait of its Rhode Island settings.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Sets up a mood of tensile suspense from the beginning and never lets it go.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The movie dazzles with its slick lines, but there's a situational intelligence at play too -- little vignettes involving minor characters are begun at one wedding and then evolve into major events at the next.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    With a wistful look at the wages of ambition and the failure of promise, Wonder Boys finally celebrates self-awareness, ending on a muted, quietly moving note of triumph.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Once you get the hang of Figgis' own brand of coercion -- one based on an intricate sound design and musical score -- you find yourself happily going along for the ride.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A glamorous, alluring entertainment that revels in the artifice of Hollywood while exposing its corrupt heart, L.A. Confidential pays stylish homage to some of the great film noirs of the distant and recent past.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An absorbing glimpse not only at the phenomenon of punk rock but also at British social history and the rock star mystique.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    That rare kids' movie that may be even more entertaining for its intended audience's adult companions.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Romance, intrigue and old-fashioned movie glamour make a dazzling return in Girl on the Bridge, Patrice Leconte's sumptuous love story with a razor-sharp edge.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Tells an important story about a story that might never have been told at all.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Winterbottom ("Welcome to Sarajevo," "Go Now") has filmed Wonderland with a hand-held 16 millimeter camera, lending the production an air of scrappy immediacy that is often arrestingly at odds with Michael Nyman's overheated musical score.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Isn't a noble story, or even a cautionary one: It just feels pretty painfully real.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    X-Men flies to the rescue with superheroes who have real substance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    For movie fans who despair of the state of American cinema, the in-jokes are hilarious.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A wonderfully complex character at the center of a gratifyingly satisfying yarn.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    John Turturro's farce about life and theater that is by turns elegant and bawdy, but always transfixing.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A murder caper that could have been written by Agatha Christie during a pub-crawl.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    These guys are funny.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Crammed, cheek to jowl, with bleak moments, high hopes, sweetness and naked emotion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Will remind filmgoers that one of the chief pleasures of going to the movies is a good old-fashioned swoon
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Smith shows the grasp of character and offbeat humor that really registered in "Clerks," and a subtler mastery of film fluidity and professionalism than anything in the cheesy, amateurish "Mallrats."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Suffused with a sophomoric sensibility that belies its more serious underpinnings.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    There is undeniable power in Magnolia, in which small moments of truth are given epic gravitas, not just by Anderson's adroit cinematic style (no one's camera is more restless or inquisitive), but by the wisdom and compassion of the characters he creates.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Builds slowly but passionately, not dancing to some Hollywood tune, but finding its characters where they are and letting them be who they are.