For 638 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 11.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Sideways
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 638
638 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    What Mad Hot Ballroom lacks in depth, it more than makesup for in charm and vibrancy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Imagine "The War of the Roses" remade as a James Bond fantasy, with appropriately high-tech weaponry, and you have some idea of what Doug Liman's heavily armed comedy has in store.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    A mostly successful attempt to resuscitate a series soiled by silliness, sloppiness and Joel Schumacher.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Builds dread masterfully, but don't expect solace or "fun." This is not for those who like mysteries neatly resolved.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Frances McDormand, as the lone female union rep, and Richard Jenkins, as Josie’s angry miner dad, cut through the predictability.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Mandoki's gripping film may pull on the heartstrings too knowingly, but it's hard to forget the sight of the village’s children lying silent and still on every rooftop, praying the recruiting soldiers below will pass them by.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    It's a minimalist almost-love story told with epic flourishes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Jumpy and ironic, Downey is a quicksilver delight and Kilmer is funny as the gay Perry. But Black’s inventive, self-conscious script--heavy on voice-over narration--can be too clever for its own good. The movie is baroque fun, but exhausting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Though the tale is told with crisp sangfroid and a wonderful twist, there's hardly a scene I haven't seen somewhere else.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    There's almost nothing you haven't seen before in this slick, preposterous, but occasionally exciting thriller. An angry Ford absorbs, and dishes out, massive punishment for a fellow his age, while Virginia Madsen is sadly wasted as his wife.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Holofcener gets the milieu beguilingly right, but the abrupt ending leaves you wanting more.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Ratner's version is friskier, shallower-and more fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Bizarre, edgy and haunting tale.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    The Madame Bovary-in-suburbia motif may sound familiar, yet the unusual mix of satire and melodrama feels fresh. Not everything works (beware the football scenes), but this adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel is hard to shake off.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    It's preposterous, but never dull: Scott whips the action into a taut, tasty lather.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Still, even if the movie's vast reach exceeds its grasp, it's a spellbinding history lesson. The Good Shepherd demands you watch it like a spy: alert, paranoid, never knowing whom you can trust, or who will stab you in the back.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    There are times when you wish the movie was a mini-series. This is meant both as a tribute, for the Ganguli family is so engaging you'd be happy spending much more time with them, and an acknowledgment that a tale this expansive doesn't always fit comfortably within the constraints of a feature-length frame.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Kasdan has made a winning if overly pat first feature notable for its keen ear, its preference for character over plot and its refreshing modesty.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    This one is all about the boys. But as glad as we are to see them, watching the third installment is like attending a college reunion too soon after the last one: after the initial welcome, there's not all that much to say.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Like many of Winterbottom's movies, it falls a step short of its full potential. Its tact is both its strength and its weakness. The climax feels rushed: it's the rare movie these days that feels too short.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    The simplicity of Sicko's argument is also its power.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    What this version offers is the chance to watch Russell Crowe and Christian Bale—two of the more charismatic, macho leading men around--duke it out psychologically, while another fine but less well-known intensity artist, Ben Foster, steals
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    It's the casting of Iraq vet and non-professional Jake McLaughlin as Specialist Bonner, who fought alongside Deerfield's son in Iraq, that strikes a deeper emotional chord. His scenes with Jones, fraught with a complicated mix of bitterness, concern and guilt, are the best things in the movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    As a genre movie, The Kingdom delivers atmosphere, heroic American derring-do and some decent thrills, though director Peter Berg's approximation of a jerky documentary style suffers from its proximity to the more textured "Bourne Ultimatum."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    A return to form after the flat "Life Aquatic," Darjeeling has a lightweight, coloring-book charm that deepens and darkens after these odd, privileged ducks are thrown off the train.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Gillespie’s movie walks a delicate line through a minefield of potential bad taste. Directed with patient, low-key sensitivity, it never goes for a cheap laugh at its protagonist’s expense.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    There's a great story here, but it feels like American Gangster hasn't been mined for all its riches.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    I'm not sure what kids are going to make of Bee Movie. The shiny, vivid computer-animated images pop off the screen with the vibrancy of the Pixar movies, but the understated, throwaway humor is pure Seinfeld: adult, observational, feasting on the small ironies of human (make that "beeish") behavior.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Intelligent, deadly serious, made in a spirit of patriotism and protest, Redford's movie is more civics lesson than drama and doesn't pretend otherwise. It is what it is: a call to action.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Forster's solid, unpretentious movie hits its marks squarely, and isn't afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve. Only a mighty tough viewer could fail to be moved.