For 697 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 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 697
697 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Raises Hollywood's depiction of war to a new level.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Mann vividly captures the nocturnal pulse of East L.A. in this taut, confined game of cat and mouse. In the homestretch the thrills get too generic and farfetched for their own good. But the first two thirds are a knockout.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Frost/Nixon works even better on screen. Director Ron Howard and Morgan, adapting his own play, have both opened up the tale and, with the power of close-ups, made this duel of wits even more intimate and suspenseful.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The comedy gets better, and more unpredictable, as it goes, and so do the performances.
    • Newsweek
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    This movie is about giving us a privileged glimpse of the Stones in action. It's a record of an astonishing musical chemistry that has been evolving, with no signs of calcification, for nearly five decades. As a bonus, there are delicious guest appearances by Buddy Guy and Jack White.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    [Stillman] has a keen sense of group dynamics and a fine comic ear.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    In Lee's understandable eagerness to let a few rays of hope shine, the polemicist trips up the dramatist--movie conventions replace honest observation. But the passion of this raw, mournful urban epic remains, in spite of the false moves. [25 Sep 1995, p.92]
    • Newsweek
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    (Douglas) is a superb (and underused) comic actor, one who knows that the secret of being funny is never begging for a laugh.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Explores both prepubescent and teen sexuality with an honesty that may make some people uncomfortable, which is a sign of its potency, and a badge of honor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Juxtaposes beauty and horror to fashion a savage and lyrical cinematic poem.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The nutty thing is, by the end of this jolly, oddly compelling and genuinely suspenseful documentary, the ridiculousness of such notions seems open to genuine debate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    It's like a spectacular roadside accident: you can't turn away.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The movie holds you in its grip from start to finish.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    A streak of pitch-black humor, some bawdy detours and a touch of sanguine, sun-baked poetry Sam Peckinpah would have liked.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Australia is a shameless—and shamelessly entertaining--pastiche. It works because Luhrmann, a true believer in movie-movie magic, stamps it all with the force of his own extravagant, generous personality.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Perfectly reflects the range of this funny, disturbing and complex tale.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Smith startles us with raw emotional honesty.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Jordan is always best on his native Irish turf, and he's in grand mischievous form in this picaresque fable.
    • 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.
    • Newsweek
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Once again Disney has come up with a winning animated feature that has something for everyone on the age spectrum.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    For action junkies, The Bourne Ultimatum will be like a hit of pure meth. It's bravura filmmaking in the jittery, handheld, frenetically edited Paul Greengrass style.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Instead of losing myself in the story, I often felt on the outside looking in, appreciating the craftsmanship, but one step removed from the agony on display. Revolutionary Road is impressive, but it feels like a classic encased in amber.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Steven Knight’s smart, if overly plotted, script delivers social insights tautly wrapped in genre thrills.
    • 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.
    • 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

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