For 647 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 When We Were Kings
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 647
647 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Full of invention, but under the colorful icing is a slightly stale cake.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    It’s sad to see such stunning work self-destruct. You walk out haunted by the movie that might have been.
    • Newsweek
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Scott's finesse can't entirely disguise the mechanical nature of Nicholas and Ted Griffin's script, which has one too many twists for its own good. Fun while it lasts, but it's a bit of a con job itself.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    "The Final Frontier" is not as witty as the last installment, nor as well made as "The Search for Spock." But it has the Trek essence in spades. [19 June 1989, p.63]
    • Newsweek
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Ray
    It's hobbled by the too-familiar conventions of the musical biopic: with so many chapters of Charles's life to cover, Hackford's movie never finds a rhythm, a groove, to settle into. It wins its battles without winning the war.
    • Newsweek
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    But if the endpoint is a homiletic given, the journey itself is more charming, and less sentimental, than you might suspect.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    There are just enough fresh, funny gags and witty throwaways to keep the 88-minute MIB2 percolating -- it fulfills its end of the bargain: a good time will be had by almost all.
    • Newsweek
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    For those who believe that movies are a proper place to explore the riddle of sex, no holds barred, this movie is de rigueur.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Relieved of his courting duties, Allen gives his funniest performance in ages.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    In the antic, melancholy comedy The Royal Tenenbaums, the singular Wes Anderson (“Rushmore”) abandons his native Texas for a storybook vision of New York.
    • Newsweek
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Films about great theatrical divas (so temperamental! So divine!) all strike familiar notes. This Somerset Maugham adaptation is no exception. But Annette Bening, playing the queen of the '30s London stage, makes it worth another go-round.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Has a quiet sense of community, a wry, unsentimental sweetness, that grows on you. It's a patient movie for impatient times.
    • Newsweek
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Zoo
    Zoo avoids any taint of exploitation, but it errs on the opposite extreme. I came away from it wanting a little less Art and a lot more simple reportage.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    For all its shortcomings, The Human Stain is an honorable, sometimes moving attempt, better at evoking the poignancy of Silk's autumnal affair than exploring the moral ambiguities of his deception.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    The demands of the historical epic form seem to hobble Jordan's imagination. He's a director who's at his best when he can follow the dark logic of his own subconscious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Alternately beguiling and bloated, witty and warmed over, smart and pandering. The majority is likely to swoon; the minority will squirm their way through it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Robert Zemeckis's movie is frustratingly uneven. When it's good, it's very good. And when it's not, it can be as silly and self-important as bad '50s sci-fi.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    As anthropology, it's fascinating, and everything about the production is first class. But the human drama at the heart of this movie is stillborn.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    A schizoid action flick bogs down in lofty intentions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Fails to rouse any passion. A potentially great subject is frittered away, though this being a Scott movie, there's style to spare.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Barring one dreadfully trumped-up climactic scene, they've managed to avoid the usual asylum-movie cliches.
    • Newsweek
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    What makes you giggle your way through much of the movie isn't the jokes--Jonathan Gems's script is surprisingly feeble, and Burton's comic timing is often flat-- but the sheer, oddball chutzpah of it all. [23 Dec 1996]
    • Newsweek
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    This sweet, sometimes clunky chick flick is a likable teen romance, but not likely to arouse the giddy swoons Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey generated back in ’87.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    This scary, eye-opening documentary looks back from a post-9/11 vantage point to see how Ike’s prophecy has come horribly true.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    A romantic comedy for an era of diminished expectations.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    What keeps this movie honest is the characters, each of them a mass of conflicting instincts, virtues and vices. You know Gonzalez Inarritu comes from outside Hollywood because he doesn't divide the world into heroes and villains.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Stone creates such a sizzling, raunchy, vital world that the cliches almost seem new.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    There is one reason, and only one, for anyone to check out Vertical Limit. The hanging-by-a-fingernail mountain-climbing sequences are spectacular.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    As the proud, independent young author, Hathaway is both subdued and alluring--it's her most mature performance. The movie goes down easy, but there's a thin line here: is this an homage or a parasite?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Ridiculous, and oddly unforgettable.

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