For 635 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 11.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Manchurian Candidate
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 635
635 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    Howl's Moving Castle has the logic of a dream: behind every door lie multiple realities, one more astonishing than the next.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    It's a passionate, serious, impeccably crafted movie tackling a subject Clooney cares about deeply: the duty of journalism to speak truth to power. It also happens to be the most compelling American movie of the year so far.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    There's neither coyness nor self-importance in Brokeback Mountain--just close, compassionate observation, deeply committed performances, a bone-deep feeling for hardscrabble Western lives. Few films have captured so acutely the desolation of frustrated, repressed passion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    A superbly taut and well-made thriller that jumps from Geneva to Rome, from Paris to Beirut, from Athens to Brooklyn, each lethal assignment staged with a mastery Hitchcock might envy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    This brilliantly disturbing movie is constructed with surgical precision. Haneke lets no one off the hook least of all the viewer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    Harrowingly intense odyssey.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    Infused with the bleak romanticism of Melville's gangster movies ("Le Samouraï," "Bob le Flambeur"), and deepened by his own experiences in the Resistance, this hard-bitten tribute to freedom fighters makes most current movies look flabby and undisciplined. Don't miss it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    The Departed is Scorsese's most purely enjoyable movie in years. But it's not for the faint of heart. It's rude, bleak, violent and defiantly un-PC. But if you doubt that it's also OK to laugh throughout this rat's nest of paranoia, deceit and bloodshed, keep your eyes on the final frames. Scorsese's parting shot is an uncharacteristic, but well-earned, wink.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    This is comedy from the danger zone, and it will genuinely offend some folks who feel certain subjects are not to be laughed at. They'd best stay at home. Fans should be warned as well: Borat can make you laugh so hard it hurts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    The great Spanish director's fourth triumph in a row--following "All About My Mother," "Talk to Her" and "Bad Education"--Volver (which means "coming back") flows effortlessly between peril and poignancy, the real and the surreal, even life and death.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    The movie belongs to Hudson as the proud, self-destructive Effie. When she's center stage, Dreamgirls transports you to movie musical heaven.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    It's unprecedented, a sorrowful and savagely beautiful elegy that can stand in the company of the greatest antiwar movies.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    Judd Apatow is making the freshest, most honest mainstream comedies in Hollywood.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    A film as rich as a sauce béarnaise, as refreshing as a raspberry sorbet.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    Schnabel, screenwriter Ronald Harwood and Spielberg's great cinematographer Janusz Kaminski have found a way to take us inside Bauby's mind--his memories, his fantasies, his loves and lusts--transforming a story of physical entrapment and spiritual renewal into exhilarating images.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    No two-hour film could ever capture all the riches of McEwan's masterly novel. But Wright and Hampton's Atonement comes tantalizingly close, while adding sensual delights all its own.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    It's not to be missed in any language. In a year that has given us such marvelous animated movies as "Ratatouille" and "Paprika," this vibrant, sly and moving personal odyssey takes pride of place.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    There Will Be Blood is ferocious, and it will be championed and attacked with an equal ferocity. When the dust settles, we may look back on it as some kind of obsessed classic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    Depp is such a soulful presence he gives you a glimpse of this maniac's pain and pathos. Bonham Carter is extraordinary. She reinvents Mrs. Lovett from the inside out.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    Once again, the Pixar wizards have pushed the animation envelope in unexpected directions and come up with a winner. Wondrously inventive, funny and poignant, WALL*E is part sci-fi adventure, part cautionary fable, part satire and part love story, which may be the best and most improbable part of all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    Urgently, without sentimentality, "La Promesse" shows us the birth of a conscience, and its cost. This fleet, powerful movie may prove to be a classic. [30 June 1997, p.79]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    Mike Leigh's stunning, corrosive Naked is one of the best movies of the year, and one of the toughest... Its manic mix of tenderness and degradation, hilarity and scariness, keeps you dangerously off balance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Ansen
    JFK
    If history is a battlefield, JFK has to be seen as a bold attempt to seize the turf for future debate. It is also "just" a movie, and one that for three hours and eight minutes of dense, almost dizzying detail, is capable of holding the audience rapt in its grip. [23 Dec 1991, p.50]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Barry Sonnenfeld's bouncy, immensely likable adaptation.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Filled with delicious backstage drama, and superb actors reveling in the opportunity to play their 19th-century counterparts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Rozema's handling of the entangled amours and social gamesmanship at Mansfield Park is delightful and the open-minded moviegoer will have a hard time resisting this stylish and stirring movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are both in peak form.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This delightful film, with its surprising depth charges of emotion, has the feel of a movie that's going to lodge itself in the public's affections for a long time to come.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Zaillian's meaty movie, at once bleak and hopeful, speaks volumes about the maddening distance between justice and the justice system.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    One of the year's best: a rich, funny, enormously humane portrait of a middle-class Taipei family in the throes of romantic, economic and spiritual upheaval.