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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Crazy Heart gets to you like a good country song--not because it tells you something new, but because it tells it well. It's the singer, not the song.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Their (Murray/Johansson) brief, wondrous encounter is the soul of this subtle, funny, melancholy film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    In every detail - the superb soundtrack, the rich cinematography, the dinstinctively edgy editing - Rain Man reveals itself as a movie made with care, smarts, and a refreshing refusal to settle for the unexpected. [19 Dec 1988]
    • Newsweek
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Marvin's taciturn performance--a moving demonstration of masculine grace under pressure--may be his finest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    As a "Revenge of the Nerds" redux, Superbad isn't perfect. But it's super close.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The superbly acted Spider is muted in comparison: it’s a quiet nightmare, painted in hospital greens and rust browns.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Brutal and precision-made, Thief is a high-tech crime movie that closes in on its subject with such relentless purpose that it approaches abstraction. Nothing enters Mann's frame that is not designed to be there: the expertise he honors in his criminal hero is mirrored by his own meticulous craftsmanship. He gets the job done--and blows you away while doing it. [30 Mar 1981, p.82]
    • Newsweek
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    It happens to be one of the most wildly (and disturbingly) inventive animated films I've seen.
    • 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
    Scherfig and her wonderful cast slyly transmute the quotidian into the magical. It’s like watching flowers bloom in a concrete garden.
    • Newsweek
    • 42 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This shamefully underpromoted, gloriously silly romp made me laugh harder than any other movie this summer. Make that this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This is a one-of-a-kind action flick: a tale of triumph tinged at every moment with tragedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A wicked delight. Adapted by playwright Patrick Marber from Zoe Heller's acclaimed novel, it's at once a comedy of cluelessness and class, a melodrama of two women in the grips of wildly inappropriate obsessions, and a "Fatal Attraction"-style thriller.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Filled with delicious backstage drama, and superb actors reveling in the opportunity to play their 19th-century counterparts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A heartbreaking comedy that is simultaneously funny and sad, raunchy and sweet, funky and elegiac. These fresh, unexpected juxtapositions are a specialty of the writer Hanif Kureishi ("My Beautiful Laundrette"), a sworn enemy of cliché.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    I expected to laugh; I didn't expect to be moved.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Writer-director Ray has a no-fuss style that is quietly, thoroughly gripping.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Moore’s stunning, subtle performance as a woman trapped in the conventions of her time encapsulates the film’s brave, double-edged beauty.
    • Newsweek
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Jacquet's movie is as visually ravishing as "Winged Migration," and more gripping.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Most of the time, Demme's deliberately unstable mixture of moods and genres produces electric results. Rachel Getting Married takes a familiar subject--the raw nerves of American family life with--and draws fresh blood.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A pretty damn good summer movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Gripping from start to finish.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Peirce's taut, sure-footed first film sidesteps sensationalism without sacrificing any of the story's wonder and horror

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