For 1,565 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 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 Act of Killing
Lowest review score: 0 Whatever Works
Score distribution:
1565 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    In many ways Fish Tank joins "An Education" and "Precious" as an acute, empathic portrait of a girl growing up, but more than those films Arnold leaves viewers with a feeling of unsettled ambiguity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Baumbach judiciously calibrates fantasy and realism throughout While We’re Young and winds up sharing impressions about parenthood, friendship, ambition and aging that viewers themselves most likely have harbored, whether they admit it or not. Even at its most confected, this is a film that tells the truth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    It gets under your skin and into your head, and you don't want it to leave.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    The mystical and the mundane come together with captivating force in Last Days in the Desert, Rodrigo Garcia’s thoughtful, intriguingly layered interpretation of the Gospel stories of Jesus’s confrontation with the devil while fasting and praying in the Judean desert.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ann Hornaday
    Hubris, narcissism, tabloid spectacle and massive self-deception collide with the mesmerizing inevitability of a slow-motion train wreck in Weiner, an engrossing, almost shamefully entertaining documentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Has its share of surprises, especially in the performances of its two main players.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Late Marriage is a closely observed, somewhat funny, ultimately very sad movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    If Fighting for Life is propaganda, it's the best kind, largely avoiding editorialization and instead focusing on simple human drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Riveting, gracefully constructed film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Even the most forced, artificial episodes in Funny People ring oddly true, because George's life -- the obscene wealth, the loneliness, the fame -- is odd. Perhaps not since "Sunset Boulevard" have the wages and eccentricities of celebrity been depicted with such tough, almost perverse honesty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    May be most valuable for its depiction of the strength of democratic ideals, even in the most precarious and contradictory of circumstances.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    From its sepia-toned palette to the Motown hits that drive its terrific soundtrack, Glory Road is utterly authentic. But most astonishing is an unrecognizable Jon Voight as Adolph Rupp.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Visually dazzling, epic in its sweep and deeply romantic in its sensibility, The House of Sand is one of those films whose images and ideas linger long after the lights come on, having been burned into the viewer's consciousness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    That rare movie that manages to be not only an adroit, carefully observed study in character and suspense, but important.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The three leads deliver funny, convincing performances in a film that wears both youthful callowness and intellectual sophistication lightly. Mutual Appreciation is the kind of movie whose dialogue mostly hews to the rhythms of "like, you know, whatever" but then occasionally throws in a word such as "puissance." And, like, it totally works.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    May not be "Fargo," but it nestles comfortably somewhere beneath that masterpiece and "Miller's Crossing," yet far above such forgettables as "The Ladykillers" and "Intolerable Cruelty."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Dworkin, having led viewers so deeply into her subjects' lives, resists coercing them into any pat conclusions. We're left to wonder about Love and Diane -– and root for them -– on our own.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Bale and Jackman inject their reliable charisma into two otherwise very cold fish. Okay, I'll say it: If you see only one magic-at-the-turn-of-the-century movie this year, make it this one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Has important things to tell viewers about global politics, and in an eerily resonant way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A movie that, in the story of one man dying, shows us all how to live.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Does a terrific job of capturing the outlaw energy of the original production.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A smart, absorbing, often exhilarating documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A true original, thanks to some memorable characters, an engaging story and a thrilling classical soundtrack.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Like its predecessor, the movie is a joyous celebration of extravagant pulp and post-Soviet kitsch, joyously trafficking in gore, loud cars, ladies' stilettos and excess for its own sake.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The result is a film exponentially more vivid and absorbing than the garden-variety rock-doc or biopic. "About a Son" is a must for anyone who still loves Cobain, or still has hope for cinematic portraiture.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Reproducing every bruise, blowup and body-check and getting right up on the ice and into the fray, the movie brings the audience back to 1980 with bone-crunching verisimilitude.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Absorbing, funny, exhilaratingly entertaining ride through two years in the life of the most successful heavy metal band in history.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Rarely have the dangers of drifting apart been given such a visceral and genuinely upsetting emotional wallop.

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