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 11.4 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The mordant, deadpan humor that streaks through Dead Man is echt Jarmusch, but it's in the service of his most mysterious and deeply felt movie, a meditation on death and transfiguration that, by the end, has thrown off the protective veil of irony. [03 Jun 1996, Pg.75]
    • Newsweek
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This Superman, which infuses its action with poetry, soars as a love story filled with epic yearnings, thwarted desires and breathtaking imagery.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Comedy and suspense, satire and shame are all mashed together--with breezy confidence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Barry Sonnenfeld's bouncy, immensely likable adaptation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Face/Off is a summer movie extraordinaire: violent, imaginative, crazily funny and, oddly moving. Hollywood has finally wised up and let Hong Kong auteur John Woo strut his stuff in all its undiluted, over-the-top glory.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This is the most personal, deeply felt film from the gifted director of "Under the Sand" and "Swimming Pool." Ozon leaches his melodrama of all sentimentality, and moves us all the more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    There hasn't been a studio movie as unapologetically adult, sophisticated, and nuanced as Up in the Air in some time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The true allure of Titanic is its invitation to swoon at a scale of epic moviemaking that is all but obsolete.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Noyce uses his Hollywood craft to unfold this primal, powerful story, he has an epic feel for the harshly beautiful Australian landscape and he gets wonderfully natural performances from the three girls. His bold, lyrical images stay in your head, like an unaccountably beautiful nightmare.
    • Newsweek
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Blackly funny, unafraid to shift emotional gears from farce to horror, peppered with spectacular action.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A tad dark for little kids, this one-of-a-kind movie delivers 80 minutes of idiosyncratic inspiration.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Deep Blue Sea gives good rush -- earning its stripes as one terrific junk movie.
    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Ferociously intense, furiously kinetic, it’s expressionist film noir science fiction that, like all good sci-fi, peers into the future to shed light on the present.
    • Newsweek
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This is humanism in drag: Almodovar's passionate redefinition of family values.
    • Newsweek
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A delightful surprise... Jewison does his best work in decades. [21 Dec 1987]
    • Newsweek
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Few films have shown so powerfully the slashing double edge of sports fever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Loach hurls us into the fracas, circa 1920, and creates such a vivid sense of the nuts and bolts of guerilla war you almost forget you are watching a period piece. Unlike the epic sweep of Neil Jordan's "Billy Collins," which spoke in a syntax closer to Hollywood's, "The Wind" doesn't paint over its political arguments with a patina of nostalgia.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A demonstration of bravura acting.
    • Newsweek
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Succeeds stunningly on its own terms.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Eastwood tells his haunting, sorrowful saga with such a sure, steady hand, only a very hardened cynic could fail to be moved.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Never less than engaging; all that’s missing is a proper crescendo. The picture moves along briskly, even at two and a half hours, but it seems to be running on cruise control.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    What keeps you in your seat is the acting. Keener, crisply and coolly playing against type, commands the screen. [24 August 1998, p. 58]
    • Newsweek
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Luhrmann has raised the level of his game, deconstructing the Hollywood musical -- a genre all but left for dead -- and reassembling it with a potency that hasn’t been seen since “Cabaret.”
    • Newsweek

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