For 1,523 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Whale Rider
Lowest review score: 0 Orphan
Score distribution:
1523 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's a clear-eyed, unsentimental portrait and indelible for that very reason.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    McPherson has managed a rare hat trick in genre mash-up, fashioning a deeply absorbing movie that balances horror, romance, comedy and observant humanism with surprising finesse.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    These guys are funny.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Life of Pi is spellbinding while it lasts. Lee's film can be appreciated as many things -- a post-Darwinian meditation on coexistence as the key to survival, a reflection on the spiritual nature of suffering and transcendence, a beguiling bait-and-switch on the vagaries of belief itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Tender, observant coming-of-age comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Truth would have been more compelling with less sanctimony and tougher self-examination.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    On one level, The Clan is an accomplished but not terribly original genre exercise — another story about amorality run amok, given an extra jolt from its real-life roots and heightened political context. What sets the film apart are the performances.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    As small and specific as it is, Everybody Wants Some!! feels improbably expansive, even universal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Million Dollar Arm doesn’t break the familiar mold of come-from-behind sports movies — indeed, it obeys every convention of the genre. But it does so with understatement, style and an exceptional group of actors who bring just the right balance of humor and restraint to their roles.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Suffused with a sophomoric sensibility that belies its more serious underpinnings.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    You may not have agreed with Ebert’s reviews — you may not have thought he was such a nice guy. But if you aren’t moved by Life Itself, you ought to have your heart examined.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Moonrise Kingdom is already shaping up to be this summer's art house sleeper hit, and no wonder: It traffics in the very kind of escapist spectacle -- in this case of a thoughtfully composed world brimming with whimsy, enchantment and visual brio -- that the season was made for.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Eddie the Eagle leaves viewers buoyed by satisfactions unique to classic come-from-behind stories. Even when it’s as ungainly and cravenly audience-pleasing as its protagonist, it soars.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Kick-Ass should delight fans of the original comics and garden-variety action junkies as well. Suggested subtitle: "Iron Man, You Just Got Served."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Lynne Ramsay's thoughtful, unnerving film works its strange power over viewers who are likely to find themselves as compelled as repelled by its fatally flawed key players.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The documentary I Am Jane Doe is the kind of film that lifts up a rock that’s been sitting in plain sight year after year, with only a heroic few bothering to see the slithering reality underneath.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    VanDyke might have set out to give himself a crash course in manhood, but Point and Shoot gives us a crash course in the myriad and contradictory things the word has come to mean.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A funny, affecting movie about growing up in the shadow of a formidable mom.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A bawdy, brainy sex comedy geared toward smart people with a sophomoric streak.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Like the warm summer day it chronicles, Southside With You possesses a mellow, languorous vibe, an infectious easygoing charm that insinuates itself gently, then seductively, as the couple at its center experiences the stirrings of what might be true love.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Possesses moments of fleeting grace, pathos and beauty, even if it ultimately doesn't amount to much.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Nichols establishes such a grounded sense of atmosphere and such superb control of mood and pacing, that the odd hiccup barely matters.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    That rare kids' movie that may be even more entertaining for its intended audience's adult companions.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Warm, ingratiating, with a beat you can dance to, Sing Street is a feel-good movie that never demands to be liked. Instead it asks, politely and irresistibly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The inherent superiority of the written word notwithstanding, Batra has done a credible and even commendable job of translating Barnes’s intricate prose to the screen, opening up some of its corners, burrowing into its time shifts and, most gratifyingly, elaborating on a few otherwise marginal characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Stone has a knack for pacing, detail and atmosphere that manages to feel authentic and fancifully allegorical at the same time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Like the man himself, Albert Nobbs is a sweet, sad, sensitive little film, a haunting reminder that each of us, on some level, is impersonating someone.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Even in an increasingly virtual world, the filmmakers suggest, keeping it real still matters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Joins such wonderful recent films as "The Lives of Others" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex" as a clear-eyed portrait of a highly charged chapter in Germany's history, a history that once again proves rewarding fodder for an alert artistic imagination.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Genius may be a bit stodgy and safe, but it tells a story of beauty — as it plays out in an improbably fruitful friendship, and as it’s discovered within vast expanses of raw language by a craftsman who was arguably an artist in his own right.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Amy Schumer proves her cinematic bona fides in Trainwreck, a strikingly assured feature film debut in which she proves herself as authentic an actress as she is deft as a writer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Possesses memorable portrayals of thoroughly original characters and draws a beguilingly bleak portrait of its Rhode Island settings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's a smart, bold genre exercise that's enormous fun to watch, harking back to gritty urban thrillers of the 1970s with an assured sense of tone and style.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A mesmerizing and weirdly manipulative experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    As one character observes in Tangerine, Los Angeles is “a beautifully wrapped lie.” Baker has created a fitting homage to artifice and the often tawdry, tender realities that lie beneath.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    This Beauty and the Beast isn’t predicated on starry-eyed romance or animal attraction, but the solace of mutual loss and understanding, which makes it all the sweeter.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    At one point, Frank contemplates a wheeled suitcase and infuses in that one moment the sweetness and vulnerability of E.T. See Everybody's Fine, but one piece of advice: Phone home first.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's a nicely balanced blend of comedy, drama and athletic dancing that plies its trade with winking, unforced self-assurance.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's just another modest, unsurprising little heist flick. So why is it so much fun? Newman.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A taut, mostly well-crafted race against the clock that combines the time-loop conceit of "Groundhog Day" and the postwar paranoia of "The Manchurian Candidate."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Blue Jasmine may not be a comeback in any aesthetic or professional sense, but it nevertheless feels like Allen has come back: to the psychic space and collective anxieties of the country of his birth and a real world that, for a while there, he seemed to have left behind.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The Force Awakens strikes all the right chords, emotional and narrative, to feel both familiar and exhilaratingly new. Filled with incident, movement and speed, dusted with light layers of tarnished “used future” grime, it captures the kinetic energy that made the first film, from 1977, such a revelation to filmgoers who marveled at Lucas’s mashup of B movies, Saturday-morning serials, Japanese historical epics and mythic heft.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    In the vein of such recent classics as "The Lives of Others" and "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," Christian Petzold's Barbara re-visits the quiet, everyday tragedies of the Iron Curtain era, when paranoia ran deep and for very good reasons.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Primarily, What Maisie Knew is a showcase for consistently superb performances that, while utterly grounded in their characters, succeed in keeping viewers off-balance as to who will do what, and when.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    The great strength of McQuarrie is that, even when he’s leaning into the laughs, he plays it straight — he doesn’t sacrifice inviolable core values in the name of escapism, whether in the form of smart writing or superb production aesthetics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    As the quiet, compact vessel for roiling fears and ambivalence, Al-Hwietat’s Theeb winds up being a strikingly memorable character, whose deceptively simple tale possesses both haunting power and a whiff of prescient pessimism.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Client 9 doesn't make any excuses for Spitzer, who is interviewed extensively in the film and who wisely insists that he alone is responsible for his fate.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Hateship Loveship sneaks up on the viewer, not only in the way the story takes its unlikely turns, but in Wiig’s own portrayal of a woman discovering desire and, in the most subtle way possible, acting on it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Hope Springs is a minor miracle of a movie. Within a Hollywood tradition accustomed to treating sex as something titillating, taboo, gauzily idealized or downright pornographic, finally someone has made a movie that treats it in the riskiest way possible: as the physical expression of intimacy between two flawed but recognizable adults.
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    At its heart, it's about the communities we forge - real and imagined - to save our own lives.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A sumptuous period drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Very little is simple in Your Sister's Sister -- not the emotions, the naturalistic tone or the unstudied, easygoing performances. But the film's pleasures are.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    After all, Like Crazy seems to say, haven't we all been there? Didn't it hurt? And wasn't it grand?
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    With its heartening final note of hope and renewal, Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 provides an altogether fitting finale to a series that has prized the fans above all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Alternately edifying and alarming film about nuclear proliferation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Agora, Alejandro Amenábar's absorbing historical drama, proves that, in an era of movies made for iPhones with artistic ambitions to match, there are still filmmakers willing to swing for the fences.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A film that manages to avoid the dreary, Wikipediaesque literalism that plagues so many biopics while obliquely evoking the man and his era with textures, atmosphere, mood and tone.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Crammed, cheek to jowl, with bleak moments, high hopes, sweetness and naked emotion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    From the story itself to the way it's told, Unstoppable is a hymn to stylish, unpretentious competence.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Fantastic Mr. Fox imparts lessons as profound as "The Road's" about love and gratitude and awareness of others. It just has more fun doing it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    It's the talk...and the extraordinarily expressive faces of those who do the talking, that accounts for its engrossing, enchanting powers.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Like "After Tiller" a few years ago, Trapped is lucid and illuminating about the issue of abortion as a constitutional right. But in addition to being instructive, it brims with compassion, leaving viewers with haunting images of women we never even got to see in the first place.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    There’s no denying the humor and pathos of The Lady in the Van, just as there’s no use fending off the force of nature that is Smith.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Clever, amiable and eager to please, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is the comedy equivalent of the pop-rap star it satirizes, a bit of stupid-smart silliness that offers plenty of pleasure in the moment, even if its amusements last about as long as a snow cone in the sun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    A lively, compulsively watchable but ultimately sobering film about the men who make their living off prostitution.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    Arrives as the perfect midsummer movie, a comedy about a flawed-but-functional family that, like "Toy Story 3," captures the drama of growth and separation in all its exhilaration and heartache.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hornaday
    No
    No isn’t nearly as definitive or declarative as its title: It leaves viewers wondering whether they should cheer, shrug or shake their heads.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It should be required viewing before going into a supermarket, McDonald's or your very own refrigerator.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Brokeback Mountain possesses handsome and sympathetic lead players, magnificent scenery, heartbreaking melodrama, righteousness and cultural import. But as a testament to the importance of following one's passion, it's devoid of one crucial thing: passion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Hot Fuzz deploys the same mix of genre conventions, slapstick and old-school British humor that made "Shaun of the Dead" such a dumb-but-good romp.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A taut, meticulously crafted police procedural.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Just when you begin to think you know who the cat and mouse really are, in steps Viola Davis to steal not just her scene but the entire movie from Streep.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's at once too restrained and too perversely funny to have emanated from the play-it-big-but-play-it-safe sensibilities of Hollywood, U.S.A.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Exudes genuine appeal, thanks to director Kenny Ortega's brilliant choreography and a gifted cast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Bekmambetov handles these narrative bumps with ease, infusing even the hoariest -- and goriest -- of horror movie cliches with equal parts macabre fascination and jaunty humor. The film lives up to its hype with a style, swagger and substance that will appeal not just to the fanboys (and girls) but to their uninitiated friends as well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Features a handsome production and terrific performances.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    If not always coherent, at least compelling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Packing a dizzying array of motives and tensions into his careful, densely layered round robin, LaBute orchestrates The Shape of Things like a suspense thriller, full of hidden agendas and emotional switchbacks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Viewers are urged to grab an aisle seat, the better to dance when the music moves them -- as it surely will.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Most important, the film has a terrific supporting character in St. Marie herself, portrayed by the real Canadian island of Harrington Harbour (pop. 300).
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It has its own subversive power, as it elevates one family's struggle for working-class survival and valorizes a woman of simple faith and inner strength.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Must-see viewing for anyone who thinks of Christmas as just a mall and its night visitors.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Schorr's endearing little movie gets under your skin much like the music it celebrates.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A lively, engrossing documentary
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Humor and warmth abound in Mrs. Henderson Presents.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The result is a vivid portrait, not just of one unforgettable young man but also of a country in transition.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The film's flaws are nothing compared with the pleasures it offers, chiefly in its unapologetic pursuit of old-fashioned sweetness and romance.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    This is a movie that starts silly and just gets sillier -- at one point Candice Bergen shows up with a Buddhist monk -- but its laughs are sweet-natured, and Heaven knows the lead players earn every one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    White delivers another weirdly dark-but-funny story.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Binder has set a difficult bar -- to make a funny, sad, original movie about the healing power of not necessarily healing -- and he just manages to clear it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The Life of Reilly pays fitting homage to a man who deserves to be remembered for much more than just trading double-entendres with Brett Somers on "The Match Game."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Even as the derivative roots of Nim's Island are clearly visible, kids will no doubt vicariously enjoy Nim's adventures and Edenic existence. And how refreshing, for once, to see a girl embark on derring-do that, in Nim's own words, makes her the hero of her own story.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Quietly, with pathos and tinges of melancholy humor, Valentin pays homage to the heroism of creating your own world when the one that's on offer breaks your heart.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Everyone is given their due and dignity in this funny, sexy, humanist film that, if it is a chick flick, gives the genre a good name.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The Australian director John Hillcoat makes an audacious, unsettling American feature debut with The Proposition, a revisionist western that brings its own brand of sanguinary honesty to the genre.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    With its pounding, bloody violence, foul-mouthed language and putrid worldview, Wanted isn't comic book-y on a par with "Iron Man" or "The Incredible Hulk." Rather it's an example of revenge of the nerds at its nastiest and most vulgar.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A amusing trifle that might fit somewhere between "The Big Lebowski" and "Intolerable Cruelty"; for those expecting "Fargo," it's no "Fargo."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, absorbing movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Phoenix is an arresting presence on screen, but don't expect any "Departed"-esque fast talk from Wahlberg, who is oddly inert in a role that should crackle with brotherly ambivalence.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    If "13 Going on 30" isn't exactly original, it's still reasonably cool.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A movie that longs for a return to a cinema that, rather than marketing, merchandise and corporate synergy, is about the mysteries that flicker to life after the lights go down.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Okay, the concept for the movie is admittedly lame, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with watching a passel of adorable pooches wrinkle their brows and bark while human voices come out of their mouths.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    May not be great cinema, but it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A perfect example of a really good not-great movie, the kind that would be classified as a guilty pleasure were it not executed with guilt-free honesty and good nature.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    If Tucker's road map often feels a little too confining and the screwball comedy too contrived, he can take credit for introducing viewers to a character they have almost certainly never met before.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Cage is back in crackling good form in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A tame, fitfully amusing and generally inoffensive romantic comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It Works.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Surprisingly nimble and fun to watch, mostly thanks to the magnificent dogs Hoffman has found to portray his lead characters, and thanks to the actors he cast as the animals' voices.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The films of Michel Gondry aren't for everyone, but viewers who vibe to his playful, cerebral, wildly imaginative sensibility might get a kick out of Be Kind Rewind.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Purists will howl at the liberties Shainberg has taken with the facts, but there's a bravery to Fur, an uncompromising commitment to its narrow focus -- of one woman's creative birth -- that rhymes with Arbus's own artistic courage.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Like "Winter Soldier," Sir! No Sir! will surely reopen old wounds, as the Vietnam War -- like the Civil War 100 years before -- refuses to die. But hawks and doves alike should be grateful to Zeiger for preserving a fascinating piece of American cultural history.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Even with its flaws should be cheered for preserving the later years of these towering musical talents.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    An animated feature (showing in 3-D in select theaters), has a couple of clever tricks that make it worth wearing those dumb, uncomfortable glasses. But this would be as delightful and attractive a production without the gimcrackery.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    One of the great strengths of CSNY is how skillfully it deflects criticism of "four balding hippie millionaires" taking to the stage to criticize American politics; the film is peppered with excerpts from some of the tour's earliest and nastiest critics.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The Express finesses a cinematic hat trick: It's entertaining, deeply moving and genuinely important.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Combines the derring-do of classic adventure tales with far more serious issues of moral agency. And it serves as a haunting reminder to seek joy and beauty, even in the depths of despair.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Fun With Dick and Jane has lived up to its title: It's fun, and that's fine.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The movie can't help but resonate with a ripped-from-the-headlines topicality.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Will prove infectious to those audiences who find themselves sharing the director's frivolous frame of mind.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Save Me is a particularly flattering showcase for Gant, best known for his work on the TV show "Queer as Folk" and ready for a big-screen breakout.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The film ultimately becomes too contrived to be anything but a fleeting diversion, but kudos to these emerging filmmakers for daring to make something a little bit different and, for the most part, intriguing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It succeeds, with a big, false-eyelashed wink.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's cool but not too cool, and cute but not too cute. A neat trick considering its overexposed avian cast.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The result is a classic comic-book hero quest that, while not entirely novel, hews to its own rules and conventions with dignity and artfulness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Audiences craving big, gooey over-the-top romance have their must-see summer movie in The Notebook.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Whether they're navigating a recently flooded Prague or the pristine waters of a Tuscan swimming pool, the fiends and angels who populate Beauty in Trouble are like so many scorpions explaining why they sting the fabled frog trying to help them: "It's my nature."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Artfully structured, combining old-school MGM-type musical numbers with occasional postmodern flourishes to keep the narrative moving.
    • 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."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Dollenmayer has managed to transform a sad sack into an indie screen goddess.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A briskly moving, deeply engaging 40-minute documentary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A lucid, emotionally affecting portrait not just of one man but of his times.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The appeal of The Skeleton Key lies not in its plot but in its attention to detail, and the way director Iain Softley (still on probation for "K-PAX," but nevertheless the guy who did "Backbeat") luxuriates in the deeply textured sights and sounds of Louisiana.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Like the mix tapes that obsess its main characters, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist builds into something of infectious joy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Family Law never really gets to the nitty-gritty of the Perelmans' fraught relationship, instead maintaining a gently ironic distance that, while admirable in its restraint, ultimately lacks emotional fire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Slow going, but it provides an absorbing glimpse of a rarely seen side of Chinese life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    By turns funny, affecting tale.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    There's nothing wrong with the moral of The Ultimate Gift's story; in fact there's everything right about it. But director Michael O. Sajbel too often succumbs to movie-of-the-week sentimentality and starchy pacing. Still, Breslin's captivating performance reminds you why she was recently nominated for an Oscar.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    There's no doubt that Eminem has the talent and presence of a star. It's just a shame that the filmmakers didn't capture his power with mad skillz of their own.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Like Gervais, the audience wants to see a struggle, which here comes down to whether unvarnished honesty or random acts of compassionate deceit will win the day. That alone makes for entertainingly high stakes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Hollywood loves the heroics of good intentions, but this movie is just as interested in the road to hell.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Often possesses the gimlet-eyed wit of "The Player" or the mock docs of Christopher Guest.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    In Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore largely stays out of the picture, and the film is the better for it. But otherwise his style hasn't changed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Bobby, even if it suffers from a few silly scenes, gets more right than it does wrong.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The compulsively watchable Owen makes for an ideal leading man of both action and angst. The film's eye-popping set piece, a shootout at the Guggenheim Museum, is an extravagantly choreographed valentine to philistines everywhere.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Becker handles the film's comedy with fluency.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Until those final moments, Flightplan succeeds admirably, both as a sophisticated psychological thriller and as an example of, if not great art, then superb craftsmanship.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A gorgeous, if disjointed, spectacle, made endurable – if not entirely comprehensible – by its eye-popping cast.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A wartime epic in the most flamboyant, operatic tradition of the genre.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Paris, je t'aime builds into something quite wonderful.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The main reason to see Criminal isn't for the mental workout it might offer but simply to watch these two appealing performers act and act and act.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Smarter and more poignant than the average chick flick.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    These two generate real, slow-burning rapport, so that you're still pulling for them even during a gratingly preposterous climax.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Bernhard Schlink's highly regarded novel "The Reader" receives a graceful, absorbing screen adaptation by director Stephen Daldry.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The movie's sweet, gentle nature may lack the subtle irony of the "Toy Storys" and "Shreks" of the world, but parents won't be bored.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    But by far the most powerful element is N'Dour's lone voice, a thing of high, pure beauty that feels at once ancient and new. When he sings, an otherwise earnestly conventional film becomes a vehicle of incantatory power.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Music video director Simon Brand makes an impressively taut debut with Unknown, a nifty little psychological crime thriller that suggests a "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" for the postindustrial age.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    By turns fascinating, puzzling and troubling -- a deeply felt account of the varieties of religious experience but also a thoroughly uncritical apologia for fanaticism.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    If Casa de los Babys isn't necessarily a fully realized film, it's still a deeply felt glimpse into dizzyingly complex political and psychological forces that shape the most crucial decisions of a woman's life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    At a time when the action genre has come to be dominated by sleek, matte surfaces and set-'em-and-forget-'em computerized effects, Live Free or Die Hard seeks to remind viewers of the simple, nostalgic pleasures of watching stuff get blown up and bad guys get smoked.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Creadon and his editor, Douglas Blush, add verve to an otherwise talky exercise by cutting Wordplay as if it were a puzzle itself, with Across and Down camera moves and blocks of black space. A visual pun altogether worthy of those being filled in on screen.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Manages to navigate the era of cellphones and Mean Girls with retro nostalgia and wholesomeness, making it a rare girl-powered outing for tweens in an otherwise guy-centric summer.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Argento and Aattou deliver appropriately outsize performances to fit the movie's sense of extravagant escapism, and Claude Sarraute delivers a slyly witty performance as the elderly lady carried away by Ryno's Scheherazade-like tale.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's a fun ride, and the big payoff -- that history turns out to be way cooler than its reputation suggests -- is even more gratifying. Bully!
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    See Darfur Now, and you won't read the daily news the same way again.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A shorter version of which was shown last year in a series of house parties sponsored by the anti-Bush organizations MoveOn.org and the Center for American Progress -- Greenwald marshals dozens of impeccably credentialed witnesses to debunk the case made for going to war.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A poignant portrait of one woman who has loved and lost, and another who never had a love to lose.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's as predictable and comforting as a Happy Meal, but it must be said that The Proposal manages to elicit some genuinely amusing moments.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Uma Thurman delivers a mesmerizing performance in The Life Before Her Eyes, a film that, once seen and fully digested, exerts the same haunting pull as the shattering events it chronicles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Clara Khoury delivers a performance that is luminous, fierce and intensely focused as the title character of Rana's Wedding.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    May not be for everyone, but filmgoers tuned in to its particular, perverse frequency will find much to value in its bent sense of humor and compassion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Arriving on the nastier heels of the horror comedy "Jennifer's Body," Whip It plays like that movie's more wholesome twin, delivering the same jolt of anarchic guerrilla-girl empowerment, only with a far less threatening disposition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A sweet, even delectable diversion from the more explosive cinematic fare of the season.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Winds up being a touching portrait of that rarity in the movies: a recognizably human couple with recognizably human problems and quirks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Always predictable in its outcome, but it still retains a certain charm, mostly because of Meadows's cheerful sympathy and affection for his motley crew of characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Watching Spacek dance around the bedroom, slowly loosening up while Laura Nyro plays, is one of the joys of this cinematic season.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The Darjeeling Limited"has its charms, chief of which is watching three terrific actors evince with unforced ease the rewards and resentments of brotherhood.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    With its urgent post-9/11 context and often brutal violence, it seems off-key to describe Body of Lies as a nifty political thriller, but that's what it is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    With surprisingly good production values and sly, underhanded wit, Willmott never tips his hand, steadily guiding the satire to a genuinely stunning, back-to-reality conclusion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's less a movie than a delivery system for sensory pleasures, sunny romance and designer-label stuff that in real life would result in diabetic shock (or at least a ruined credit rating).
    • 55 Metascore
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    Spiked with some genuine show-stopping musical numbers, and the sheer pluck of its young cast is nothing if not admirable.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A star isn't born in El Cantante as much as it's reconfirmed. She's still here, and she's still got it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Follows the youngsters over the course of a tumultuous year, during which time Cuesta and screenwriter Anthony Cipriano succeed in making the audience care desperately whether they're okay and whether the adults in their lives do the right thing. The lingering question is why that should be so improbable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    You won't be disappointed, and you will be deeply, quietly moved.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to an accomplished cast, anchored by Elsner and Wepper, and observant filmmakers, very little in Cherry Blossoms is lost in translation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    A joy to watch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    At a time when the country is engaged in fresh debates about the fragile relationship between privacy and national security, this particular chapter seems worth revisiting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    The movie's chief value is to preserve Phoenix at the height of his wary physical grace, which recalls a young Marlon Brando.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    An interlocking ensemble piece in the tradition of "Crash" and "Babel," but with welcome dashes of whimsy and magical realism.
    • 66 Metascore
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    Abrams keeps the action clicking along in 5/8 time, and Cruise is at his scowling/smiling best as he jumps, shoots and leaves. (See Tom run! Run, Tom, run!) Best is Philip Seymour Hoffman as the baddie; the film's best sequence features him playing Cruise playing him at a swank party in Vatican City.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    No one can deny the powerful reality that weaves its way through Bamako.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    May not be the most nutritious movie on the table, but it lives up to its sweet promise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It's impossible to watch Defiance without experiencing a vicarious thrill of resistance and revenge.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Offers audiences a real rarity in theaters these days: a good, honest cry.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    An often lively investigation of the social forces that produced the original movie and made it an unlikely political shibboleth in the ongoing culture wars.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Stardust has it all: sweetness, magic, lusty wenches, evil witches, tankards of mead, a gay pirate.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    It will all look pretty ridiculous to grown-ups, but to 13-year-old boys (and adults with well-tended inner versions thereof), Biker Boyz will be the perfect testosterone-fueled, flash-edited, music-driven joy ride.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Harrowing, controlled and diabolically self-assured, Joshua leaves filmgoers teetering on their own emotional precipice, wondering just where pathos ends and pathology begins.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Clocking in at two hours-plus, Glastonbury at times gives viewers the impression that they're slogging through the three-day plunge into mud, music and madness themselves. But for all the posers with light sticks and piercings, there are moments of Dada-esque beauty, not to mention some great music.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ann Hornaday
    Garden State features some wonderful performances, chief among them an engaging, even courageous turn from Natalie Portman.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Savages is a B-movie striving for an A-plus, a decadently energetic summer escape with bloody action, bold visuals and bodacious attitude to burn.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The Salt of the Earth remains worshipful when it should be more probing, especially around questions of ethics, privacy and consent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Like its protagonist, The Idol finds a sense of identity, hope and pride within a landscape of grim dispossession and fatalism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The wispy premise of Newlyweeds, written and directed by Shaka King, is kept afloat by its attractive, youthfully vital cast (along with some well-timed comic relief by way of some familiar faces).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Nominally, The Light Between Oceans refers to the beacon’s location at the geographic point where the Indian and Pacific meet, but it could just as easily be a hint at the salty tears it’s been so carefully manufactured to induce. Ladies and gentlemen, let your hankies unfurl.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The jittery, scattershot camerawork of Greengrass's longtime cinematographer, Barry Ackroyd, was used far more coherently in Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," and the constant blurry close-ups of computer screens and street-level scrums lose their power with each successive cut.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Due Date isn't pretty; in fact, it gets kind of ugly. But, at least in the eyes of certain beholders, therein lies its peculiar, bent beauty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The story is so nasty, so depraved and troubling, that viewers may well wonder at its value beyond prurient interest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    At its best, The Tree of Life makes the viewer lean forward, eager to enter Malick's own dreamy, poetic consciousness. At worst, it leads to the vague feeling that we're listening to the meanderings of someone who's not sure we're smart enough to keep up.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    What makes The Rover more watchable than the average self-conscious genre exercise is Pearce, who exudes such weary authority and palpable vulnerability that he’s sympathetic even in the film’s most brutalizing moments.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A tough movie to love.
    • 50 Metascore
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    A carefully conceived and earnest movie that announces its many points just a bit too carefully and earnestly.
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    One Day often seems too tame for its own good, as if its spirited protagonists were censoring themselves in deference to a PG-13 rating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Nuts!”is an intriguing, if patronizing, curio from the cabinet of American arcana, a geegaw from the collective attic that, when dusted off, looks grotesquely funny in the light of today. We wonder how anyone could buy it. Just imagine what, one day, they’ll say about us.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    It’s impossible to dismiss von Trier as merely a hype-monger. He’s too damnably good a filmmaker for that. Watching Nymphomaniac is to be reminded of his superb skills in creating vivid worlds and characters on screen.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Eat Pray Love finally settles into its own cinematic destiny as an attractive escapist love story, in which the romance is more with the I than with the guy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The problem with Hyde Park on Hudson isn't its suggestion of FDR's dark side. That complexity, and Murray's spot-on portrayal of a man juggling myriad pressures and demands, from petty to momentous, marks one of the film's greatest strengths. It's that Daisy rarely comes into her own as more than the pliant emotional helpmeet to the Great Man.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A super-stoked action thriller
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    There's a place in the movies for wish fulfillment, no doubt, including the wish for it all to be over.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Epitomizes the kind of somber, aesthetically refined and morally engaged film that commands deep respect without inspiring much affection.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The result is a movie that, while no classic, can be credited with giving the audience something a bit more substantive than the usual disposable summer fare.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    An uneven, if lively, diversion.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Resourceful, if occasionally forced, teen melodrama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Omar feels as trapped and enmeshed in hopelessness as the vicious political cycle it depicts.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    While Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski haven't necessarily expanded on Mitchell's book, they've done a superlative job making it legible onscreen. Cloud Atlas deserves praise if only for not being the baggy, pretentious disaster it could have been in other hands.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The story's more sober elements are regularly leavened by hip visual flourishes and even some quiet comedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    It's not meant to be scary. It's meant to be Disney -- a fun and warm children's fantasy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A loving throwback to the classic westerns and sci-fi adventures of yore, this celebration of two of cinema's most revered genres doesn't stint in lavishing their most cherished conventions with even-handed affection and respect.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Burlesque delivers eyeful after eyeful of rapid-fire opulence and spectacle. But its most memorable sight is the indelible image of one star taking flight, and another triumphantly staying put.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Begin Again may not always swing, but it makes up for that in sincerity and a welcome willingness to ambush expectations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The Road possesses undeniable sweep and a grim kind of grandeur, but it ultimately plays like a zombie movie with literary pretensions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Subtlety may not be the film’s strong suit, but it creates a richly imagined world, as glitteringly arresting as it is savagely merciless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    This intimate, straightforward, often wrenching portrait of five families dealing with bullying and its aftermath doesn't hold many surprises at a time when such campaigns as "It Gets Better" and special programming on kids' cable networks are bringing the issue to the fore.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Footloose never needed to be dragged into the 21st century, but Brewer has made it look and sound a little bit more like the real world.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Even at its most wrenchingly painful, the film readily delivers generous dollops of pleasure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    While qualifying as the most gorgeously appointed and finely detailed version of the novel so far, still lacks the element of essential fire to make it come fully, even subversively, to life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Buried inside this grab bag of hits and misses is a pretty good point about the descent of television news into a miasma of 24/7 speculation, fluff and, most of all, hype.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    In a way, The Overnight ends just as it’s beginning. But for a brief time, even in the midst of preposterous digressions and full (and not so full) Montys, it offers a compassionate glimpse of people at their most naked, honest and undefended.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The wine Coogan and Brydon are opening this time may lack some of the novel fizz of the first one, but The Trip to Italy is like most vacations: a few bumps here and there, but over all too quickly.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Sensory pleasures abound in Black Nativity, which is grounded by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett’s performances as Langston’s strict, God-fearing grandparents.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Depends on breezy attitude and effortless delivery for its success.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    It’s a joyless, surpassingly dour enterprise, but one that fulfills its mission with Katniss’s own eagle-eyed efficiency and unsentimental somberness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Will Smith and Margot Robbie bring low-key erotic chemistry to an easy simmer in Focus, a smooth, sophisticated, often amusing little caper flick.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A film of modest ambition and workmanlike pacing, it breaks little new ground, either in form or content. Then again, that may be the point.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Nivola and Breslin make a terrific mismatched pair in a film that often resembles a mash-up of "Crazy Heart" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," which may account for why it too often feels derivative and contrived.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Human Capital is a well made but ultimately rather facile tragedy for the globalized age of vertiginous wealth disparities. It’s suffused with beauty, guilt, regret and impunity that only the most obscenely overprivileged and dimly self-aware can hope to attain.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Almereyda has done a splendid job of rendering Hamlet as expressive visually as it is verbally.
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The characters in The Nice Guys often ask each other if they’re good or bad, a choice the movie doesn’t want to force the audience to make. Instead it settles for making good on the title, occupying the nice, mushy middle — perhaps unfocused and off-balance at times, but conveying a sense of buoyancy that’s as cheerfully contagious as it is freewheeling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    With its awkward reenactments and other stylistic clunkers, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry doesn’t break much formal ground. But it serves as a moving reminder of how crucial citizen action is in fomenting social change.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    An all-star revue of some of the most physically stunning actors working in Hollywood, Think Like a Man is a pleasure if only on a purely sensory level.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    RED
    Unlike "Wild Hogs" or last summer's "The Expendables," this adaptation of the "Red" graphic novel series gets into a cool, sophisticated swing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Laggies possesses irrepressible cheer, optimism and an innate sense of ease that often go missing in angstier productions loosely organized under “Aging, fear of.” Unlike its sometimes annoyingly wishy-washy heroine, this is a movie that knows just where it’s going, and finds joy in the journey.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    I liked The Five-Year Engagement, and then I didn't, and then I did.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The story of the triumphant underdog is irresistible, even when every single plot point comes marching down Main Street.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl succumbs to the same cloying too-cuteness and solipsism that often plague its glib and sentimental genre. But those limitations are leavened by the film’s lively, ultimately affecting flourishes and sprightly voice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    What makes The Tribe unforgettable is the filmmaker’s attention to composition and staging, with camera work by cinematographer Valentyn Vasyanovych that goes from implacable stasis to poetic fluidity with seamless, expressive ease.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    If this strikes you as vaguely familiar, you’re right: Disconnect is a computer “Crash.”
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Digging for Fire is a pleasant escape — an attractively shot, gracefully edited and, finally, emotionally satisfying mystery about the nature of marriage itself.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Even those who don’t buy in completely to Mundruczo’s parable will be impressed by his canine crowd scenes, staged with ambition, skill and genuinely original vision.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The Birth of a Nation is a flawed but fairly compelling chapter of the American story that powerfully resonates with how that story is playing out today.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    The Monuments Men often lets the schematic gears show, succumbing to threadbare formula and sentimental cliches rather than taut, sophisticated drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A bittersweet, elegiac tone can’t help but suffuse a film animated by so many anarchic spirits who have since left the planet, but it leaves viewers with the exhilarating, inspiring reassurance that we still have Iggy. To adopt his own highest praise: That’s cool.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    As a meticulously composed piece of contemporary gothic, The Duke of Burgundy is exquisite to look at, but it succeeds best as a human drama, and a searching investigation of how to ask for what you want — and maybe even getting it in the end.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Content to be sparkly when it should be sharp-edged and shrewd; it has the potential to roar like a lion, but instead it lays lambs at our feet.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    For a movie so bent on skewering illusions, Ruby Sparks ultimately can't entirely let go of its own.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    It's the kind of movie that succeeds as a culmination of moments that ring true and sweet.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    While Sparkle doesn't give the audience a lasting memory of Houston's voice at its most soaring, it does manage to provide a lingering sense of loss, mixed with celebration and grim irony.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Spy
    As cinema, Spy is content to cater to its own conventions, hit the required marks and earn a few laughs along the way. As a cultural bellwether, it does something bigger and more important, without ever italicizing that fact.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    An improbably satisfying action comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Even with the odd misgiving or two, The Grand Seduction will effortlessly charm anyone susceptible to an endearing story told with modesty, wit and unprepossessing sweetness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    As a showcase for Murray’s proven rapport with his audience, St. Vincent occasionally threatens to become a self-congratulatory victory lap. But as a celebration, it’s a chance to revel in the Murray personae — wiseacre, hipster, humble man of the street and hell of a nice guy — that has allowed him somehow to reach mass-media stardom while retaining his own idiosyncratic niche.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    In The Conspirator, Wright announces in no uncertain terms that she is back and more than ready for her close-up.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A well-made, excruciating exercise in containment and sustained suspense. It's a breakout moment for Reynolds. Is it a fun hour and a half? No. But it succeeds within its own straitened contours. It's an intriguing squirm. Now, please get me outta here.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A surprisingly lush, endearing little film, in which a swelling sense of romanticism thoroughly banishes even the most far-fetched improbabilities.
    • 49 Metascore
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    A bland also-ran in a post-"Sopranos" universe.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    As he did in the first “Avengers,” writer-director Joss Whedon avoids the fatal trap of comic-book ­self-seriousness, leavening a baggy, busy, overpopulated story with zippy one-liners, quippy asides and an overarching tone of jaunty good fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    I’ll Be Me is an elevating experience, inviting the audience to bear witness to Campbell’s courage, humor and spiritual strength. His story may make for a tough movie, but it’s an important and triumphant one, as well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Computer Chess makes an affecting preservationist plea, in this case for a visual and material culture that, while not objectively beautiful, possessed its own form of buttoned-down passion — before it became obsolete by taking over the world.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Elle would be too clever by half — not to mention fatally offensive — were it not for Huppert, who in her portrayal of Michèle owns the movie from its opening moments to its bizarre, but not entirely surprising, denouement.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    Money Monster, which is at its best when it’s at its most crisply realistic and timely, suffers from the kind of only-in-Hollywood plot twists and eye-rolling exaggeration that results in smarter than average pulp, but pulp nonetheless.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    A high-low tension runs through Elysium, not only in the narrative itself, but in Blomkamp’s own cinematic language, which can be lofty one moment and gleefully pulpy the next.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
    About Last Night may be about Daniel and Debbie, but it’s Hart and Hall who make it worth watching. They take palatable but not exceptional cinematic hay and turn it into comic gold.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hornaday
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