For 1,345 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 Stories We Tell
Lowest review score: 0 The Babysitters
Score distribution:
1,345 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Nostalgia trips are fun, but when they intersect with genius, virtuosity and genuine revelatory insight, they take viewers to a higher place.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A quietly resonant movie about the painful alliance between single mothers and their daughters, and the complicated drama of separation.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    In a World . . . is a lot of fun, reflecting Bell’s own obvious love of piquant paradox and the music of the spoken word. But it also has a sharply observant streak that makes it as nourishing as it is endearingly nutty.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A soaring, sympathetic ode to the outlaws, subversives and insurgents who occupy the edges of popular culture, making them safe for everyone else's dreams.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Howl mixes a number of story lines and aesthetic approaches: We get glimpses of Ginsberg's early days as a poet, including his relationships with Kerouac and Neal Cassady, as well as a depiction of the trial, where a parade of critics and professors pronounced Ginsberg's creation either a work of genius or irredeemable filth.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The performances are consistently first-rate from a cast of appealing actors who slip effortlessly into Farhadi’s naturalistic aesthetic scheme, which seems utterly unforced even at its most intricately staged.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The weakest link in Unknown - okay, other than the utter preposterousness of its entire premise - is Jones, who as a modern-day version of Hitch's ice queens can't hold her own with the likes of Kim Novak, Grace Kelly and Eva Marie Saint.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    As provocative as the questions it raises are — questions about connoisseurship vs. populism, personal expression vs. the market, and the dark arts of press, publicity and shrewd self-invention — the film’s achievements stay on the surface of those themes rather than plunging deeper.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Invictus, which features outstanding performances from both its lead actors, succeeds wonderfully on its simplest level, as a portrait of political genius.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A bracing, quietly exhilarating documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An elegant romantic thriller adapted from a novel of the same name, is a terrific film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Hang in there and Despicable Me turns into an improbably heartwarming, not to mention visually delightful, diversion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    If Slade doesn't necessarily advance the medium with this installment, he nonetheless advances the franchise, with enough lucidity and skill that he's persuaded at least one erstwhile agnostic to take a stand.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Shower makes for a lovely and poignant journey.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    With The Bourne Legacy, Gilroy has brought characteristic taste and skill to a nearly impossible task: embracing the past without completely erasing it, thereby creating an invitingly complicated and open-ended future.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    So understatedly good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    There are few cinematic pleasures as satisfying to behold as an actor in a role that fits him like a Savile Row suit. Richard Gere offers just such gratification in Arbitrage, a silky, sophisticated Wall Street thriller that finds the actor utterly in his prime, wearing his age and accumulated emotional wisdom with warmth, charisma and nonstop appeal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A pulpy, deceivingly insightful send-up of horror movies that elicits just as many knowing chuckles as horrified gasps.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    An absorbing, agonizing documentary about ambition, lust and anthropomorphism at their most heedless, records suffering and manipulation so extreme that description can barely do them justice.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A whimsical, sad, diverting and altogether delightful exploration of how cinema can benefit, not only from glancing back at its own past, but by staying open to parallel forms of presentation and play.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Shot through with a bold, extravagant generosity of spirit, this journey behind the literal and figurative looking glass marks a gratifying return to form for Gilliam.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    If A Most Violent Year has a weakness, it’s in that structural looseness.... Still, A Most Violent Year is an engrossing, often beautiful film, and a breakout opportunity for Isaac.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A wise, warm, funny and touching romantic drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Elizabeth Olsen delivers an utterly transfixing turn as the title character of this chilling psychological thriller.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Like summer movies themselves, it’s become so easy to be glib in dismissing Tom Cruise. “Edge of Tomorrow” provides welcome and hugely entertaining evidence that he’s still a star of considerable gifts, and savvy enough not to let them be squandered just yet.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The fact that Beyond the Lights is so effective at both celebrating and critiquing extravagance and artifice can be credited to Prince-Bythewood’s shrewd understanding of the highly pitched cinematic vernacular she’s working with. Even more crucially, when it came time to cast the transformational figure at her fable’s center, she found the real thing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It’s an exceptional film, not because of its protagonists’ impressive triumphs, but because it honors their struggle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Beneath those puppet-headed antics, and true to its title, Frank is improbably, disarmingly honest.

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