For 698 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Departed
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 698
698 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The secret of their endurance is not just in the grossness of their humor -- though their new film is even funkier and funnier than "Up in Smoke." As flipped out as their patchwork story gets, it always stays in touch with a very specific urban reality, a world where you make jokes out of taking a urine sample to your parole officer and find hilarity in Cheech's pathetic attempt to sing his naive Mexican-American protest song. [11 Aug 1980, p.69]
    • Newsweek
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    It’s too early to place Eminem alongside those Hollywood giants (Jimmy Cagney/John Garfield), but the promise is there. He understands the power of being still in front of a camera. Compact, volatile and burningly intense, he’s got charisma to spare.
    • Newsweek
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Zwigoff doesn't hype up the gags, and his deliberately deadpan style gives even farfetched jokes an edge of reality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    This hothouse tale of grief, sex and betrayal is told with a cool detachment that renders it commendably unsentimental--and slightly remote.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    A dizzying mixture of the sophisticated and the naive, the deft and the clumsy, Bulworth is overstuffed, excessive, erratic -- and essential.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Comic electricity.
    • Newsweek
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    As brilliantly shot as it is brutally single-minded, this is a war movie shorn of all its usual accouterments: the battle is the plot.
    • Newsweek
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Lively, likable and refreshingly unsensationalistic about the drugs and sex that come with the territory, this techno-propelled mash note to the rave spirit sticks to the surface.
    • Newsweek
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Lurid, illogical and utterly off-the-wall, this funny-scary exercise in low-budget schlock is a marvelous orgy of cheap thrills, including a supernaturally sinister mortuary, a hideously wriggling severed finger, one furry flying creature, dwarfs from the Undead, and the goriest - indeed the only - blood-sucking flying steel ball in movie history. [16 April 1979, p.86]
    • Newsweek
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    A vital entertainment that struts confidently between comedy and drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Schrader has never been one to coddle an audience, and this is as uncompromising a vision as he has given us.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    He’s (González Iñárritu) conjured up a dark, brutal vision of urban life that sticks to your skin like soot.
    • Newsweek
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Intimate, moving and playful.
    • 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.
    • 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.”
    • Newsweek
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    She's Gotta Have It, a black-and-white movie made on a shoestring by the 29-year-old black filmmaker Spike Lee, is fresh in both senses of the word -- sassy and original. [08 Sept 1986, p.65]
    • Newsweek
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Manages to be simultaneously subversive and sweet.
    • Newsweek
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Has a flavor all its own-sweet, whimsical, homegrown. A quirky romantic for the 21st century, July finds humor and magic in places where no one has looked before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The filmmakers are clearly in awe of the Chicks' fighting spirit. If you think Maines's original Bush remark was disrespectful, wait till you hear what she calls him here. Maines is not ready to make nice, and neither is this riveting documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    This true story, deftly embellished by writer Jeremy Brock and directed at a bracing English trot by John Madden, is a splendid showcase for its three superb leads. [28 July, 1997, p. 69]
    • Newsweek
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The film is mostly successful in transporting the viewer to another age: the costumes, the body markings, the fierce Mayan masks, all feel right. And keeping the dialogue in subtitles was a smart move. Even better are the faces, which never fail to fascinate. But for all the anthropological research that went into the movie, what is Apocalypto trying to say?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    It’s as formulaic as "The Sum of All Fears," but it feels fresher, hipper, less inflated.
    • Newsweek
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    A clever, pleasingly sentimental tale of prehistoric times.
    • Newsweek

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