For 639 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 11.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Dreamgirls
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 639
639 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    You have to pay close attention to follow the double-crossing intricacies of the plot, but the reward for your work is dark and dirty fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A languorous, funny and lovingly detailed memory film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    There’s not a whisper of melodrama or sentimentality in the way Moretti tells his tale, guiding us through the stages of grief with calm, devastating lucidity.
    • Newsweek
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Deep Blue Sea gives good rush -- earning its stripes as one terrific junk movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    I expected to laugh; I didn't expect to be moved.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Full of bravura moments and high-wire performances.
    • Newsweek
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    What sets Jerry Maguire above any other romantic comedy this year is Crowe's writing. He captures the venal, high-stakes world of pro sports with deadly wit and an ex-journalist's sense of detail.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    There are few movies around that take such huge risks: this is high-wire filmmaking, without a net of irony.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Lehmann isn't in perfect control - the movie gets off to a flat-footed start, and the conclusion is chaotic - but when Heathers hits its stride, it reaches wild and original comic heights. [2 April 1989]
    • Newsweek
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    It's a swirling, fluid retelling of the tale that packs an impressive cargo of laughs, thrills and wonders into a watertight 88 minutes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    It has the stately, well-crafted anxiety of a Hitchcock movie, except that the protagonist and antagonist are one and the same.
    • Newsweek
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A painfully funny movie. There’s nothing in the history of movie courtship quite like the first meeting between Pekar and his future wife and fellow depressive, Joyce Brabner.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The best movie of the last 20 years about young people in love is 1989’s.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A terrific piece of work: smart, inventive and executed with state-of-the-art finesse.
    • Newsweek
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Vertical Ray slows our rhythms and heightens our senses: it's a shimmering, tactile experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Exuberantly theatrical yet every inch a movie, and some numbers ("The Cell Block Tango") are so entertaining you might want to applaud.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The movie is, from start to finish, a hoot... Both a savvy satire of smalltown boosterism and an affectionate salute to the performing spirit. [10 Feb 1987, p.66]
    • Newsweek
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The results are wondrous, wrenching and crazily funny to behold.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This powerful, precision-made movie offers hope as well -- an act of kindness from a German officer that saves the pianist’s life, the music that sustains his soul.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Peirce's taut, sure-footed first film sidesteps sensationalism without sacrificing any of the story's wonder and horror
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Has an almost perfect-pitch grasp of those messy, idealistic, vibrant times, when everyone was trying to reinvent himself from the ground up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    It's as smart, quiveringly alert and fleet of foot as a purebred pointer on the scent of fresh game.
    • Newsweek
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Reveals a chilling reality: how hard it is to tell a simple truth when big business doesn't want it told.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    It starts quietly, introducing its splendid gallery of fowl, rats and humans, then builds and builds until it achieves full comic liftoff.
    • Newsweek
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Scherfig and her wonderful cast slyly transmute the quotidian into the magical. It’s like watching flowers bloom in a concrete garden.
    • Newsweek
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Blackly funny, unafraid to shift emotional gears from farce to horror, peppered with spectacular action.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The beauty of this extremely clever movie, directed with fleet, robust theatricality by John Madden, is how deftly it manages to work on multiple levels.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The eroticism in Cuaron’s road movie (which broke all box-office records in Mexico) is the real deal: tactile, sexy, psychologically charged.
    • Newsweek
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This is humanism in drag: Almodovar's passionate redefinition of family values.
    • Newsweek

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