For 1,338 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hornaday's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Zero Dark Thirty
Lowest review score: 0 The Babysitters
Score distribution:
1,338 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The cast is superb, especially the young actors who portray Vitus; Gheorghiu is a real-life piano prodigy, lending an extra frisson to the intoxicating music that plays throughout the film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A vivid portrait of a society in the midst of wrenching change, but it transcends its immediate context to become a thoughtful, even unforgettable, chamber piece, performed with exquisite subtlety by two fine actresses.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    For a gripping, thoroughly involving account of a flawed but inspiring real-life hero, audiences need look no further.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    What gradually comes into focus is a terrifying, appalling, infuriating cycle of exploitation and corruption.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A smart, marvelously drawn account of the bravery of homing pigeons during World War II.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Van Sant is such an assured filmmaker that Paranoid Park is almost inescapably absorbing; he has found a particularly engaging leading man in Miller, whose expressive, even painterly face goes from blank to angelic in the blink of a long-lashed eye.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Even if its most ironic humor will sail over the heads of very little ones, Enchanted is that rare comedy that will appeal to the whole family.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The film leaves viewers with the sad, even tragic sense that his legacy would have been more profound had he gotten out of his own way.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Pirates of the Caribbean moves easily from sunny 18th-century seafaring adventure to creepy zombie flick and back again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Seems propelled by a doomed sense of inevitability and is all the more gripping for it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    An exhilarating ride.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    See Food, Inc. after dinner, but see it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The ending is enormously satisfying and moving.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to the uncommonly shrewd judgment of screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos and director Patricia Riggen, both newcomers, the film never feels like rank exploitation, even as it steadily aims for the emotional jugular.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A wildly ambitious, luridly indulgent spectacle of romance, action, melodrama and historic revisionism, Australia is windy, overblown, utterly preposterous and insanely entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A riveting, amusing, enlightening and emotionally affecting movie by a guy you've never heard of, about -- wait for it -- the consumer debt crisis.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Bears the unmistakable stamp of authenticity, even at its most outrageous.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A gorgeous and surprisingly profound meditation on a place and its people.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The film looks great on the screen, and Hamer has commissioned a terrific musical score from Kristin Asbjornsen, who has set a few of Bukowski's poems to haunting, jazzy music.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, funny, well-acted and visually lively.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    A startling portrayal of how the cycle of abuse plays itself out in the lives of its victims.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Designed to educate, outrage and finally spur viewers to action. That it does so with vibrant visual style and an engaging narrative makes it that rare consciousness-raising film that's not only good for you, but a joy to watch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Smart, silly, splenetic and a bit smug, it's a movie that might put a viewer's teeth on edge were it not for its winning lead performances.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Spielberg's dark side may not be where everyone wants to live, but it's somehow encouraging to know that he has one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Writ small, Golden Door is an absorbing and moving love story; writ large, it's the story we've never stopped telling ourselves.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Kwietniowski has managed to create a surprisingly engrossing and suspenseful narrative without resorting to cosmetics, melodrama or hype.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    The beauty of Nine Lives is that its occasionally overlapping stories feel entirely unforced; Garcia's is a filmmaking style of rare lyricism, compassion and discretion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    Still, it's difficult to hold his whoppers against him. In creating characters of such spirit and life, and in imagining such a vibrant, imaginative homage to the transformative powers of love, Kramer, more than most, has earned the right to push his luck.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    After delivering scene-stealing turns in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" Rudd claims the much-deserved spotlight in I Love You, Man, which in its own endearing way tweaks the very same male-bonding pieties that those movies made a fortune celebrating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hornaday
    That rare, genuinely transporting movie that creates an alternate universe, invites the audience in and lets them sink ever deeper into its particular, sublime reverie.

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