For 635 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 11.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 635
635 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Flirts throughout with cliches, and some of the more melodramatic plot devices creak at the joints. Still, the potency of this pop romantic can't be denied. [24 Aug 1987]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Woody Allen is back in sharp comic form, though it's likely that his abrasive black comedy Deconstructing Harry will alienate as many people as it tickles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Novelist Andre Dubus's plotting may be too much for a two-hour movie. But the story's details feel fresh. The vivid clarity of the images, the compressed fury of the tale, are impossible to get out of your head.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Smith startles us with raw emotional honesty.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The first-time writer-director, Englishman Richard Kwietniowski, has adapted Gilbert Adair's novel with wit, economy and a delicate understanding that the funniest comedies are played with dead seriousness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Smart, informative and lively polemic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    It’s as formulaic as "The Sum of All Fears," but it feels fresher, hipper, less inflated.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Bjork gives what may be the most wrenching performance ever given by someone who has no interest in being an actor.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Once again Disney has come up with a winning animated feature that has something for everyone on the age spectrum.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Cusack is a master at playing smart, frazzled, self-flagellating hipsters, and the movie, propelled by his arias of angst, lets him strut his best stuff.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Juxtaposes beauty and horror to fashion a savage and lyrical cinematic poem.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Gus Van Sant, working from the tangy, well-written script, gets so much humor, grit and emotional truth out of this tale that the familiar formulas behind it simply fall away.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    It's like a spectacular roadside accident: you can't turn away.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    A one-of- a-kind horror movie: hilarious, a little scary and strangely poignant. Campbell’s cranky, valiant, sad-sack King is a soulfully funny creation.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Red Dragon is certainly an improvement on “Hannibal.” It has something the Ridley Scott movie didn’t -- a good story -- and it will no doubt keep the franchise rolling in dough.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    A cliffhanger with no real ending. When the lights come up, think of it as the start of a six-month intermission. For better and worse, Reloaded leaves you hungry for more.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The beauty and scale of Miyazaki's vision shines through.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    A meditation on love, faith and science in the guise of a thriller, the movie's a tad schematic, but thoroughly gripping.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    With honesty, charm and an uncanny sympathy for all its characters, the film takes us deep inside the awkward and exhilarating experience of first love.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    It’s like a nightmare that follows you around in daylight: you can’t quite decode it, you can’t shake it, you can’t stop turning it over and over in your mind. This is one queasily powerful movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Unfaithful shows what a powerful, sexy, smart filmmaker Lyne can be. It’s a shame he substitutes the mechanics of suspense for the real suspense of what goes on between a man and a woman, a husband and a wife.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Screenwriters Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon have devised some lovely and hilarious variations on Rodgers’s irresistible premise.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Though acid is dropped, groupies are bartered like poker chips and rock-star egos flare like fireworks, what comes through is the relative innocence of that era.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    One of the things that makes Signs such a refreshing summer movie is that it goes against almost all the grains of contemporary Hollywood razzle-dazzle filmmaking -- as did “The Sixth Sense.”
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    This time out the versatile Soderbergh has cast himself as a sleight-of-hand artist. He's made deeper films, but this carefree caper movie is nothing to sneeze at.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The movie itself, like these guys, is defiantly old school -- confident, relaxed, professional.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    While Whale Rider is a doozy of a female-empowerment fantasy, it’s mercifully free of any feminist smugness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Hamer, a meticulous observer himself, is a minimalist with heart.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    When it catches fire, this great-looking movie offers hilarious diversions.