For 649 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 9.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Atonement
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 649
649 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    The good news about the amiable but only partly satisfying Tin Cup is that it frees Kevin Costner from playing a monument and restores to us the loose, sparkling comic actor he used to be. [19 August 1996, p.66]
    • Newsweek
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    As a moral fable Click holds no surprises; as a Sandler comedy, it's unusually dark, occasionally touching and pretty funny.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Poised halfway between the action conventions of "New Jack City" and the personal grit of "Straight Out of Brooklyn," Juice doesn't have the pizzaz or the insight, to satisfy as either exploitation or art. Dickerson and his fresh young cast make it move; it just doesn't move very far.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    The film seems to want us to pin a medal to its own chest.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Busier, messier and thinner than its predecessor...the studied hipness can get so pleased with itself it borders on the smug.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    As long as it stays focused on showbiz, Bewitched is light, frothy fun. But Ephron insists on turning Bewitched into a love story, and that's when the fun starts to seep out of the movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    As Good as It Gets works: by the end you'll no doubt be won over by its cranky hero. But for those of us who cherish the quirkily unformulaic Brooks of old, it's a tainted victory.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    This may be a less than ideal “Earnest,” but it still has delights, not least of all Anna Massey’s Miss Prism, Cecily’s dotty tutor, and Tom Wilkinson’s Dr. Chasuble, her clergyman admirer.
    • Newsweek
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    A topical thriller that manages to be watchable despite director Alan J. Pakula's best efforts to take all the fun out of it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    Slightly soggy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    Doubt stirs up a lot of stormy theatrical weather, but the stolid transfer from stage to screen does Shanley's play no favors.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    When George’s fortunes start to go from bad to worse, so does the movie.
    • Newsweek
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    Self-conscious to the point of suffocation.
    • Newsweek
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    The storytelling is cheesy, but action fans won't want to miss the debut of the Next Big Thing in martial arts.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    Inside this numbingly formulaic action comedy there's a small, quirky movie not screaming hard enough to get out--the kind of movie that director and co-writer Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup”) could have had some real fun with.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    There are pleasures to be had in the handsome, heroic The Last Samurai. But they' all on the surface.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    But the tale has been squeezed to fit the mold of director John Hughes, which for long stretches makes it feel as much like the third "Home Alone" as the second "Dalmations."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    Resoundingly so-so.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    In the end, artifice overwhelms art. Apt Pupil is too serious to work as a genre movie, and too contrived to be taken seriously. [12 October 1998]
    • Newsweek
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    It's sometimes hard to tell the characters from the candelabra. This lavish screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical is so chockablock with decorative detail the human figures are often competing with the decor for attention.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    Harron sets the stage expertly, but her lack of a point of view ultimately enervates the movie. [6 May 1996, p. 78]
    • Newsweek
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    The storytelling seems occasionally disjointed, but more important, for all the special-effects wizardry, that touch of film magic never surfaces.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    The great '30s comedies had edge, bite and relentless forward momentum. Leatherheads is laid-back, amiable and terminally tepid.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    I don't want to sound like a party pooper (or deny that there is something wickedly funny about seeing these middle-age adolescents beating the crap out of a playground full of little bullying kids) but there's something depressing about the never-ending celebration of eternal adolescence in recent American comedies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    Slick and violent and reasonably tense, Ransom holds your attention without being the least bit interesting. [11Nov1996 Pg. 74]
    • Newsweek
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    Ultimately, Huckabees doesn't work. But it sure does stimulate. This is just the kind of "failure" we could use plenty more of.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    Why does this chronicle of a passionate life refuse to catch fire? For all of Taymor’s flashy embellishments -- surreal dream sequences, constructivist collages come to life -- it trudges through the Kahlo chronology with the dutiful step of a conventional Hollywood biopic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    The saving grace of Con Air is its sense of its own absurdity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    Go
    John August's trickily structured script owes an all too obvious debt to "Pulp Fiction," but Liman's film is more like kiddie Tarantino.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    If only the laughs were bigger, smarter and more frequent than they are.

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