For 647 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 10.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Downfall
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 647
647 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The payoff comes at the end, when the myriad threads pull together with a shock like a noose tightening around your neck. Built with old-fashioned craftsmanship, Lone Star is not a movie you'll quickly forget. [8 July 1996, p.64]
    • Newsweek
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The movie puts us in Maria's shoes, taking us step by suspenseful step through her physical and spiritual ordeal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Few films have shown so powerfully the slashing double edge of sports fever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    It's a deliciously outrageous premise, and director Barry Levinson and writers David Mamet and Hilary Henkin know just how to spin it, savaging Washington and Hollywood with merciless wit. It's a hoot.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Marvin's taciturn performance--a moving demonstration of masculine grace under pressure--may be his finest.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    DiCaprio is astonishing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Think of it as an epic poem, in which Scorsese's swirling, headlong baroque camera searches paradoxically for the stillness at the meditative heart of Buddhism. [22 December 1997, p. 86]
    • Newsweek
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This wonderful, one-of-a-kind movie hops from Taiwan to France, from tragedy to deadpan comedy and, in its mysterious conclusion, from the worldly to the otherworldly.
    • Newsweek
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A pretty damn good summer movie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A smart and wicked delight.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Akin's raw, powerful, multileveled movie takes us places we never expected to go.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Gripping from start to finish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Press and Blunt are major discoveries: in this sly and wonderfully atmospheric gem, they conjure up the role-playing raptures of youth with perfect poetic pitch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Jacquet's movie is as visually ravishing as "Winged Migration," and more gripping.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A hauntingly beautiful tone poem.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Funny, bittersweet, its understatement yielding surprising depth charges, Broken Flowers is a triumph of close observation and telling details.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The beauty of Welcome to the Dollhouse is its pokerfaced objectivity, which neither condescends to its pubescent victim nor romantically inflates her plight.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A witty movie -- with a fine ear for the undertone of aimless chatter -- that never raises its voice to make hollow Gen-X proclamations.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Indoors, it's Jane Austen. Outdoors, this red-blooded, exuberantly romantic version of Pride and Prejudice plays more like Emily Brontë. Purists may object, but most will find this love story irresistible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This is a one-of-a-kind action flick: a tale of triumph tinged at every moment with tragedy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Puiu's is the art of the seemingly artless: he takes a story that's utterly unglamorous and mundane, and transforms it into something mythic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This indie, a sweet, tart and smart satire about a family of losers in a world obsessed with winning, is an authentic crowd pleaser. There's been no more satisfying American comedy this year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    World Trade Center celebrates the ties that bind us, the bonds that keep us going, the goodness that stands as a rebuke to the horror of that day. Perhaps, in the future, the times will call for more challenging, or polemical, or subversive visions. Right now, it feels like the 9/11 movie we need.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Forest Whitaker, uncorking the power that he usually holds in check, gives a chilling, bravura performance as Ugandan tyrant Idi Amin, whose bloody regime slaughtered more than 300,000 people. This intelligent, sometimes gruesome thriller is based on a novel by Giles Foden.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    An epic both raw and contemplative, is neither a flag-waving war movie nor a debunking.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    It's hard to believe this is von Donnersmarck's first feature. His storytelling gifts have the novelistic richness of a seasoned master. The accelerating plot twists are more than just clever surprises; they reverberate with deep and painful ironies, creating both suspense and an emotional impact all the more powerful because it creeps up so quietly.

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