For 1,574 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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Departure
Lowest review score: 0 Orphan
Score distribution:
1574 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    What becomes clear in the course of the movie is that Jarmusch has constructed his own version of a poem, with recurring images and themes that allow him to delve into the nature of commitment, artistic ambition and how inner life is shaped by the tidal pull of place and history.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Whether by dint of his source material or his own maturity, the filmmaker has invested the surface sheen with tenderness and emotional depth. It’s no surprise that Julieta is marvelous to look at, but it possesses just as much substance as style.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    As a celebration of personal and social history, 20th Century Women takes the audience back. But it also lifts us up on a wave of openhearted emotion and keen intelligence. It bursts with the sad, messy, ungovernable beauty of life.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A brilliant piece of filmic writing, one that bursts with fierce urgency, not just for the long-unresolved history it seeks to confront, but also in its attempt to understand what is happening here, right now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Both grimly naturalistic and infused with classical values at their most thoughtfully composed, Land of Mine is epic but deeply intimate; elegant but tough.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    The power of the film is cumulative, as the filmmaker spins a mesmerizing morality tale from the dross of daily life. In his skillful hands, the ordinary turns out to be anything but.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    It’s a movie that not only puts human imperfections and incongruities on display, but also revels in them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A shattering vérité portrait of the disintegration of Iraqi society in the period immediately following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country, this urgent, of-the-moment film doesn’t explain the ensuing chaos as much as plunge viewers into it firsthand, offering a terrifying, ultimately moving portrait of the effects of war, both physical and psychic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    City of Ghosts provides a grim reminder of what journalism should look like, and why its stakes are literally life and death.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Detroit is an audacious, nervy work of art, but it also commemorates history, memorializes the dead and invites reflection on the part of the living. In scale, scope and the space it offers for a long-awaited moral reckoning, it’s nothing less than monumental.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A soaring, heart-bursting portrait of a group of intrepid Baltimore high school students guaranteed to bring audiences to their feet — whether out of vicarious triumph, overpowering pure emotion, or simply to pay tribute to the superheroines at the core of its infectiously inspiring story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Although news reports presented police use of rubber bullets and tear gas as justifiable responses to increasingly volatile crowds, Whose Streets? offers a useful alternative view, with citizen journalists capturing what look like unprovoked attacks on demonstrators by law enforcement officers woefully unprepared or unwilling to de-escalate sensitive situations and engage.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Faces Places is a film of sheer joy, its exuberance surpassed only by its tenderness and purity of purpose.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Lady Bird is a triumph of style, sensibility and spirit. The girl at its center may not be a heavyweight, but her movie is epic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    It’s not often one can have a genuinely spiritual experience watching a movie. But that’s precisely what’s on offer with The Departure, Lana Wilson’s quietly galvanizing portrait of life, death and the thin places in between in modern-day Japan.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    This is a big movie, about big emotions and ideas, which Rees evokes and explores through an extraordinarily rich tapestry of atmosphere, physical setting, visual detail and sensitive, subtle performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Compulsion, self-deception and the slippery nature of evil are explored with fidelity and supreme control .
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Affliction turns the sound on with sudden, crystalline clarity, and echoes with the haunting power of a suppressed truth that has finally been released.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A thoroughly absorbing, even transfixing, journey to a future that may already be upon us.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Actually moves, whisking the audience on a funny, sad and extraordinary journey through a singularly compelling moment in American pop culture.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, funny and often viciously cruel, this is a romantic comedy for people who are too old to believe in fairyales but wise enough to accept a happy ending when that's what life gives them.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    Prove(s) once again how ingenious, artful and flat-out entertaining animation can be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A revealing, intimate, quirky and generous portrait of nothing less than the American Dream.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    This audacious hybrid of cinematic styles is pure entertainment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    The title represents size and power, speed and hubris -- the very things the ship has come to stand for and the things that Cameron has restored to the cinema with grand, generous style.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A big, fat old-fashioned gush of passion as drawn through a post-modernist prism that makes it less easily comprehensible but more beguiling.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    A movie that will endure.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hornaday
    This smart, fanciful and brilliantly staged comedy takes a truly one-of-a-kind premise and makes it, of all things, a weirdly profound meditation on consciousness, identity, fame, gender and reality.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hornaday
    A wonderful thing to snuggle into, as full of heart and pep and innocence as the title character himself.

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