For 639 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 11.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Before Night Falls
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 639
639 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Ferocious and sometimes creepily funny, Bully is a raunchy suburban "Crime and Punishment."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    A fine, well-groomed entertainment, but the road it takes has already been well paved.
    • 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.
    • Newsweek
    • 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.
    • Newsweek
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    This is a fleet, funny family entertainment that should tickle parents as well as tykes.
    • Newsweek
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Thanks to fine acting and its vividly unconventional protagonist, it pumps fresh blood into a conventional formula.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    It’s as formulaic as "The Sum of All Fears," but it feels fresher, hipper, less inflated.
    • Newsweek
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Chocolat is a seriocomic plea for tolerance, gift-wrapped in the baby blue colors of a fairy tale and served up with a sybaritic smile.
    • Newsweek
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    It might, however, have been a greater film if its villain were as compelling as its flawed hero. Williams is effectively creepy, but next to Pacino’s rich, multileveled portrait he seems one-note, and one we’ve seen before.
    • Newsweek
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    This German movie, with its lush cinematography and lovely score, has the sturdiness of an old-fashioned Hollywood epic. What isn’t Hollywood is Link’s refusal to tell the audience how to feel at every moment.
    • 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]
    • Newsweek
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The beauty and scale of Miyazaki's vision shines through.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Despite an overwrought finale, this stylish horror film is genuinely creepy. See it before the inevitable Hollywood remake.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    It’s too bad that at the very end L.I.E. settles for an easy, melodramatic resolution; it flies in the face of everything that makes this perceptive, original movie so special.
    • Newsweek
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Nair’s stereotype-shattering movie -- like the polymorphous culture it illuminates -- borrows from Bollywood, Hollywood and cinema verite, and comes up with something exuberantly its own.
    • Newsweek
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Raises Hollywood's depiction of war to a new level.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Every bit as tasteless, irreverent, silly and smart as the Comedy Central cartoon that catapulted creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone into the Hollywood catbird seat.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Punch-Drunk Love is one dark, strange-tasting sorbet, its sweetness shot through with startling, unexpected flavors. It’s a romantic comedy on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Where so many comic-book movies feel as disposable as Kleenex, the passionate, uncynical Hulk stamps itself into your memory. Lee’s movies are built to last.
    • 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.
    • Newsweek
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Screenwriters Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon have devised some lovely and hilarious variations on Rodgers’s irresistible premise.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    A clever, pleasingly sentimental tale of prehistoric times.
    • Newsweek
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Seabiscuit may be too airbrushed for its own good, but in the end nothing can stop this story from putting a lump in your throat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    While Whale Rider is a doozy of a female-empowerment fantasy, it’s mercifully free of any feminist smugness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    A hilarious, rousing musical comedy set at a summer camp where NOBODY plays sports and EVERYBODY worships Stephen Sondheim.

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