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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This is Depp's coming-of-age role, and he's terrific. Pacino, who's shown more flash than substance recently, reminds us how great he can be when he loses himself inside a character. The bond between these two makes the film sing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A demonstration of bravura acting.
    • Newsweek
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Movie purists will tell you that a heavy reliance on voice-over is a sin (“show, don’t tell”), but when the words are this funny, to hell with purity.
    • Newsweek
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Succeeds stunningly on its own terms.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A stunning crime drama that shares its protagonists' rabid attention to detail—and love of adrenalin.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Anyone who cares about ravishing filmmaking, superb acting and movies willing to dive into the mystery of unconditional love will leave this dark romance both shaken and invigorated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The result is fascinating -- a rich, strange, problematical movie full of wild tonal shifts and bravura moviemaking.
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Traffic doesn’t quite come to a full emotional boil at the end. Soderbergh is too knowing to offer easy solutions. But what a journey it takes us on: disturbing, exciting, completely absorbing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    At its best, Magnolia towers over most Hollywood films this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A delightful surprise... Jewison does his best work in decades. [21 Dec 1987]
    • Newsweek
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    I don't know how a movie this original got made today, but thank God for wonderful aberrations.
    • Newsweek
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    What blasts off the screen like a heat wave, burning in the heart, is the sheer toe-tapping, booty-shaking joy of making music.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Their (Murray/Johansson) brief, wondrous encounter is the soul of this subtle, funny, melancholy film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A haunted thriller of disturbing power.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Filled with funny, gritty Tarantino lowlife gab and a respectable body count, but what is most striking is the film's gallantry and sweetness. Tarantino hits some new and touching notes with Grier and Forster.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Writer-director Ray has a no-fuss style that is quietly, thoroughly gripping.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The movie's slight, anecdotal structure is deceptive; you wouldn't guess how big an emotional wallop it packs.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A tad dark for little kids, this one-of-a-kind movie delivers 80 minutes of idiosyncratic inspiration.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Eastwood is at his effortless, slyboots best and the film is as preposterous as it is delightful.
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Hilariously odd and prodigiously inventive.

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