Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Ann Hornaday's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Baltimore Sun, Washington Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 58% Southpaw (2015) ""Southpaw" may be rote, predictable and mawkish, but none of those faults lie in its star. Even when he looks like an unholy mess, he transcends the movie he's in. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 70% Unexpected (2015) ""Unexpected" would have been enriched by a more generous balance between the two characters' worlds. But Swanberg shows a sure, sensitive hand in limning the upshots and downsides of life's most blessed events. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 40% Irrational Man (2015) "That "Irrational Man" is a sophomoric simulacrum of intellectual discourse reflects the self-deception at the movie's core. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "What makes "Trainwreck" work is that [Schumer] approaches every beat - funny, serious and in-between - in an open, undefended state. And she's blessed with the perfect opposite number in Hader ... " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 94% Tangerine (2015) "As one character observes in "Tangerine," Los Angeles is "a beautifully wrapped lie." Baker has created a fitting homage to artifice and the often tawdry, tender realities that lie beneath. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 81% X-Men (2000) "The movie is respectful of its source material without being the least bit self-important. X-Men may have hit the Platonic ideal of comic-book movies, coming across as lightweight, sophisticated, wacky and straightforward all at the same time. " ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 15, 2015
0/4 21% Self/less (2015) ""Self/less" ultimately earns its title, but it could just as easily have been called "Brain/less," "Pulse/less" and "Point/less." " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
4/4 97% Amy (2015) "In Kapadia's assured and careful hands, the film becomes less a portrait of a tragic artist, whose downward spiral was exacerbated by opportunistic family members and colleagues, than a discomfiting mirror held up to her audience. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
85% The Tribe (2015) "Slaboshpitsky frames his problematic protagonists with painterly meticulousness, their feral posturing and nakedness conveyed with improbable beauty. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 75% Jimmy's Hall (2015) "In many ways, "Jimmy's Hall" shows what the pursuit of happiness can look like, and why it's worth a revolution to protect it. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) "A deep core of emotion gives "3  1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets" its ballast, but Silver, who also serves as cinematographer, infuses the production with simple, elegant sophistication. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/4 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) ""What do women want?" was a question that even confounded Freud. Despite its admirable intentions, "Magic Mike XXL" hasn't got a clue, either. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2015
90% Crime After Crime (2011) "Harrowing, moving and inspiring. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2.5/4 81% The Overnight (2015) "This often ribald, ultimately thoughtful comedy of social and sexual manners may not aim particularly high, but it hits a singular mark nonetheless. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
1/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) "Less a spirited defense of tolerance and equality than a facile, only fitfully funny burlesque. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 89% Dope (2015) ""Dope" is the bomb. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "Uncle Walt knew what he was talking about with "For every smile, a tear." With "Inside Out," the brilliant keepers of his legacy prove that it's not only good for business but also essential for the soul. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2.5/4 80% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) ""Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" succumbs to the same cloying too-cuteness and solipsism that often plague its glib and sentimental genre. But those limitations are leavened by the film's lively, ultimately affecting flourishes and sprightly voice. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2/4 86% Heaven Knows What (2015) "Obeys many conventions of the genre, trying its best to plunge viewers into a world that, while seemingly liberated of bourgeois proprieties, is actually a narrowly constricted prison of desperation and need. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "As has been previously observed, every action movie today ends up as "Transformers" and, even when it's cloned creatures fighting, the same is true here (with an antic dash of "Sharknado" tossed in for good measure). " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "By deciding not to make "Love & Mercy" a musical biopic, the filmmakers have turned Wilson's story into what it seems to have been all along: the adventure of one man's arduous, terrifying, ultimately triumphant search for God. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/4 95% Spy (2015) "Feig's movies aren't particularly stylish - the visuals in "Spy" are serviceable at best, and the makeup is particularly un-subtle - but they possess a silly, sweet streak that makes them irresistibly infectious. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2015
0.5/4 32% Entourage (2015) "As he did in the show, Ari single-handedly saves the movie version of Entourage from "Medellin"-scale disaster. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 2, 2015
1/4 19% Aloha (2015) "Aloha is such an inchoate mess, such a forced, insular, self-pleasing misfire, that plotting it out can be a challenge. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/4 76% Good Kill (2015) "For the most part, "Good Kill" asks pertinent, enduring questions, not by way of polemic, but through the study of a character whose professionalism and competence are given full respect, even when they're challenged by the mission at hand. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 21, 2015
2/4 67% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) "Herngren's hyper-plotty story goes from testing credulity to utterly insulting it, as incident piles on to incident in an ever-escalating cascade of you-won't-believe-what-happens-nexts. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 52% Saint Laurent (2015) "Clinical, exacting, superbly intuitive, Saint Laurent and his associates put painstaking effort into everything from the tension of a seam to the width of a lapel. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 14, 2015
3.5/4 96% Iris (2015) ""Iris" serves as a spirited, often dazzling primer in how to fight the dying of the light and feel fabulous while doing it. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 14, 2015
0.5/4 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "There isn't one joke, sight gag or piece of slapstick tomfoolery that lands with any success or originality ... " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2015
2/4 43% The D Train (2015) ""The D Train" is far from perfect - up to and including the waste of Kathryn Hahn in a lifeless, stereotypical role as Dan's wife - but it has its moments. And most of them belong to Marsden. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 97% About Elly (2015) "A fascinating discovery from a filmmaker whose sensitivity to the most confounding motivations is equalled only by his compassion for those who succumb to them. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "Lambert and Stamp played a crucial, heretofore largely hidden, role in shaping pop-culture history - not to mention the noisy, visceral, rebellious zeitgeist of th-th-th-their generation. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "As he did in the first "Avengers," writer-director Joss Whedon avoids the fatal trap of comic-book self-seriousness, leavening a baggy, busy, overpopulated story with zippy one-liners, quippy asides and an overarching tone of jaunty good fun. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/4 63% The Water Diviner (2015) ""The Water Diviner" begins to feel less organic than catered from an ordering menu of movie cliches. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1.5/4 67% 5 to 7 (2015) "There aren't many surprises in "5 to 7," unless you count such startlingly cliched bits of dialogue as "Life is a collection of moments" and "There's no free lunch." " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1.5/4 61% Unfriended (2015) "At times, "Unfriended" really clicks - but ultimately, it's a drag. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2015
1.5/4 44% True Story (2015) "Viewers aren't left with queasy questions about truth, credulousness and culpability as much as with a downcast shrug. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) ""Ex Machina" is a smart, exceptionally stylish head trip. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 91% White God (2015) "Even those who don't buy in completely to Mundruczo's parable will be impressed by his canine crowd scenes, staged with ambition, skill and genuinely original vision. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 73% 3 Hearts (2015) "A tasteful, mildly intriguing romantic drama from writer-director BenoĆ®t Jacquot. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/4 83% While We're Young (2015) "Even at its most confected, this is a film that tells the truth. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2.5/4 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "There are just as many breathtaking moments to be found in the film as there are in the work it's about. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/4 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) ""Seymour: An Introduction" gives viewers a soaring, sublime and enduringly meaningful glimpse of a man who is undoubtedly the real thing. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 29% Get Hard (2015) "The dubious merit of tiresome "don't drop the soap" jokes aside, "Get Hard" sometimes veers perilously close to committing the very sins it aspires to criticize. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/4 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) ""The Wrecking Crew" succeeds as important cultural history. But it's also deeply personal for Tedesco ... " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "Throughout this enigmatic film's short running time, I couldn't for the life of me make out what Godard was trying to say. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 19, 2015
1/4 17% The Gunman (2015) ""The Gunman" may start as a genre exercise of promising purpose, but it winds up being just a lot of bull. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/4 85% Cinderella (2015) "For all its gossamer, gauze, filigree and refinement, "Cinderella" drags when it should skip as lightly as its title character when she's late getting home from the ball. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "When "Merchants of Doubt" isn't making you mad, it makes you very simply, and overwhelmingly, sad. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/4 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Sure, it's pat and occasionally patronizing and too adorable by half, but it's also a rare, optimistic portrait of aging that suggests it can be a productive, erotically charged time of life. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 5, 2015
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