For 1,529 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Social Network
Lowest review score: 0 Alone in the Dark
Score distribution:
1529 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Fairly bursts with the exuberance and youthful energy that must have attended its creation.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    When Merchants of Doubt isn’t making you mad, it makes you very simply, and overwhelmingly, sad.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A baggy, at times brutal conglomeration of surprisingly deep character development and aggressively percussive action, The Winter Soldier is a comic-book movie only in its provenance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    With its unflinching portrayal of cynical school officials and their corrupt symbiosis with the sports teams and Greek systems to which they’re beholden, The Hunting Ground is, at its most basic, a damning indictment of entitlement and impunity.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    In its own way, the movie version — handsomely directed by Phillip Noyce and featuring an appealing, sure-footed cast of emerging and veteran actors — aptly reflects The Giver’s pride of place as the one that started it all, or at least the latest wave.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Captain America might hold the most promise, not just of saving the world, but of saving comic book movies from themselves.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Straight Outta Compton reminds viewers not only who N.W.A. were and what they meant, but also why they mattered — and still do.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Suffused with enormous compassion for the young woman at its center, this parable of awakenings shares some DNA with the art house hit “An Education” but has little of that movie’s nods to cozy humor and happy endings.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The kind of taut, serious adult drama Hollywood rarely produces anymore. Quality-starved audiences should flock to it, if only to ensure that more of them get made.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Offers an unusually astute glimpse of power at its most alluring and corrosive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Famuyiwa reminds viewers not to believe — or worse, internalize — the hype, and he provides a great deal of cheeky, infectious fun in the process. Put another way, Dope is the bomb.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Funny, moving, hip and transcendent all at the same time, The Way is both deeply thoughtful and enormous fun to watch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    X-Men flies to the rescue with superheroes who have real substance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    When disaster strikes, about an hour into the movie, we’re put in the uncomfortable position of admiring the fiery spectacle that Berg has created with sophisticated visual effects, cinematography and editing, while being aware that unspeakable real-life suffering has been packaged for mass entertainment. Berg does a good job of maintaining a thoughtful balance between those somewhat uneasy stances.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Even when it skates recklessly close to shopworn cliches, Pride manages to navigate around them with vigor, as well as disarming, even wholesome, open-heartedness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Sheer pleasure to watch, full of rich visuals and felicitous comic turns.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Short Term 12 is that rare movie gutsy enough to tell the truth about love: that it’s not a poetic longing or a magical-thinking happy ending, but a skill. And, the film suggests, we all have the capacity to learn it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    With such classics as "El Norte" and, more recently, "Sin Nombre" and "Under the Same Moon" having addressed the subject matter already and so well, viewers might be forgiven for asking just how many immigration movies we need. As A Better Life proves, as many as there are stories to tell.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    In a bait-and-switch worthy of its title, The Good Lie may lure in viewers eager to see a Reese Witherspoon movie, but they’ll fall in love with something else entirely.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    For fans of horror at its most sinister, The Witch is not to be missed. It casts a spell that lingers long after its most disquieting mists have cleared.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    This is the rare military drama that conveys both the graphic physical effects of war and its lingering psychic cost.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Muted, measured and meditative, Arrival brings taste and restraint to a genre in the midst of a mini golden age: It comes in peace.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Exciting, absorbing and stubbornly optimistic in the face of overwhelming devastation, E-Team will, with any luck, shed deserved light on the routine sacrifices these activists and professionals make for the sake of human values.

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