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 11.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 635
635 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The results are wondrous, wrenching and crazily funny to behold.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Filled with delicious backstage drama, and superb actors reveling in the opportunity to play their 19th-century counterparts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Peirce's taut, sure-footed first film sidesteps sensationalism without sacrificing any of the story's wonder and horror
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The best movie of the last 20 years about young people in love is 1989’s.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    It's as smart, quiveringly alert and fleet of foot as a purebred pointer on the scent of fresh game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The movie is, from start to finish, a hoot... Both a savvy satire of smalltown boosterism and an affectionate salute to the performing spirit. [10 Feb 1987, p.66]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A pretty damn good summer movie.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A demonstration of bravura acting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    At its best, Magnolia towers over most Hollywood films this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A terrific piece of work: smart, inventive and executed with state-of-the-art finesse.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Blackly funny, unafraid to shift emotional gears from farce to horror, peppered with spectacular action.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A languorous, funny and lovingly detailed memory 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]
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    This is humanism in drag: Almodovar's passionate redefinition of family values.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    A tad dark for little kids, this one-of-a-kind movie delivers 80 minutes of idiosyncratic inspiration.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    I expected to laugh; I didn't expect to be moved.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    The movie's slight, anecdotal structure is deceptive; you wouldn't guess how big an emotional wallop it packs.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Hilariously odd and prodigiously inventive.
    • 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.
    • 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
    There are few movies around that take such huge risks: this is high-wire filmmaking, without a net of irony.