For 1,562 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 Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Lowest review score: 0 End of Days
Score distribution:
1562 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Citizenfour isn’t just a useful primer in the civil liberties and consent issues his disclosures raised. It humanizes a man who almost immediately became controversialized as a naive, self-important desk jockey or, worse, a handmaiden to terrorists everywhere.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Well worth the wait.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The conventional and the cliche are slam-dunked in favor of a fresh, authentic take on passion, ambition and coming of age.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Have you ever been trapped in the back seat of a car while the old married couple up front bickers and banters for hours? It's either sheer torture or, if the couple happens to be Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, wildly entertaining.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    As a sly chamber piece, it re­assures and unsettles in equal, exquisitely calibrated measure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to Lewin's light but assured touch, The Sessions never wears its theological preoccupations heavily, instead allowing transcendence to creep up on the audience quietly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    At its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty. Evil may be good, story-wise. But virtue, at its most tested and tempered, is even better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    A must-see for any student of history, political rhetoric and film poetics at their most vagrant and revelatory.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Most important, does The Dark Knight Rises achieve the impossible, which is to bring a cherished cinematic chapter to a close, yet manage to leave fans feeling not desolate but cheered? To that all-important question, the answer is an unequivocal yes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    He (Herzog) emerged with a breathtaking tour of art that, in its formal sophistication, dynamism and rhythmic lines, looks as bold and new as Cezanne's work must have looked in the 1860s.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    (Penn)'s is a lovely, soulful performance in a movie that manages to imbue tragedy with just the right grace note of insouciance -- a movie worthy of Woody Allen himself.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Toni Erdmann, it turns out, is Hüller’s movie all the way, with her character not just matching wits with the bumptious, often irritating father, but ultimately coming into her own with the genuine feeling he seems determined to deflect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thankfully, this fractured fairy tale of mental illness, family drama, ragged romance and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fandom has landed in the superbly capable hands of David O. Russell.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Love & Friendship is such a thoroughgoing delight that it’s tempting to riffle through Austen’s other works to find something else for Stillman to make into a film. As adaptations go, this is a match made in heaven.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    This captivating, expertly machined political thriller jumps through every hoop the naysayer can set up: It's serious and substantive, an ingeniously written and executed drama fashioned from a fascinating, little-known chapter of recent history.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    McTeer delivers a messily cheerful performance as a woman who thinks nothing of brushing her teeth with beer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to the assured hold Johnson exerts over this ingeniously structured game of cat-and-cat, we'll go anyplace he has in mind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Slick, silly and often extravagantly pretty, it’s a pastiche that threads a tricky needle, conveying the dual nature of cinema as an enchanting art form and a ruthless, rationalized industrial practice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Filmed with dynamism and propulsive, energetic flair, The Jungle Book allows viewers the vicarious pleasure of sidling up to magnificent (sometimes mangy) beasts as if they were household pets.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    If you think you've absorbed all you could about subprime mortgages, credit default swaps and the arcana of elaborate derivatives, think again. Inside Job traces the history of the crisis and its implications with exceptional lucidity, rigor and righteous indignation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    In the capable hands of these fine filmmakers and actors, even its most bitter observations about life and aging are nearly always reliably balanced by moments of warmth, understanding and out-and-out screwball humor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Hard to take in its particulars.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    With Ex Machina, Garland makes an impressive debut as a director, spinning an unsettling futuristic thriller with the expertise and exquisite taste of a seasoned veteran.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Considering that any one of those elements could have scuttled its fragile mix of drama, comedy and life-and-death stakes, 50/50 beats the odds with modest, utterly winning ease.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    There are as many awkward, discomfiting sequences in Obvious Child as there are interludes of genuine fun and romance. The result is a movie that feels risky and forgiving and, despite its traditional rom-com contours, refreshingly new.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    In this swift, smart, often very funny film, Polsky takes an unprecedented look at the legendary Soviet-era hockey program and its life after glasnost, exposing an athletic system that became a crucial symbol of Communist history and politics, but also discipline, grace and brooding, melancholy soul.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Although Ralston's act of desperation is admittedly difficult to watch, viewers who might avoid the film out of squeamishness would be depriving themselves of one of the year's most exhilarating cinematic experiences.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    In a word, Hell or High Water is terrific.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Taymor conjures images that are as indelible as they are wordlessly articulate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Holofcener has accrued a rabid, loyal following for her singular brand of observant wit and aching tenderness. Both pour forth in abundance in Please Give, a wry, wistful portrait of contemporary urban manners.

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