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 Touching the Void
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 638
638 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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

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