Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Baltimore Sun , Journal News (Westchester, NY) , Washington Post
Total Reviews:
1245

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 86% Alan Partridge (2014) " A larky if sketchily schematic attempt to see if the self-adoring DJ has the chops to carry his own feature film." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 50% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " What could have been merely a feel-good exercise in Eschatology Lite instead becomes a wholesome but also surprisingly tough-minded portrait of a man wrestling with his faith." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2014
0/4 63% Kurt & Courtney (1998) " This is a dirty piece of work, and everyone it touches -- especially audiences -- deserved better." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Once "Under the Skin" reaches its surprisingly affecting conclusion, it feels less like a cinematic novel than a well-executed short story." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2014
93% The History Of Future Folk (2013) " A delightful sci-fi adventure that simultaneously strips the genre down to its low-tech basics and infuses it with audacious new verve." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2014
93% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " The best thing about Mistaken for Strangers, a new documentary about the band the National, is that you don't have to be a fan to enjoy it." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/4 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " There's no doubt that von Trier knows how to deploy cinematic language for maximum effect - he is, quite simply, a superb filmmaker. But in this case, he confuses challenging audiences with simply leaving them in the dark." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " We might have journeyed inside Rumsfeld's mindset for a while, but are we richer for the excursion?" — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " "The Winter Soldier" is superbly made and well-acted, neatly setting up the next few installments with just the right enticing sense of ongoing mystery." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/4 90% Le Week-End (2014) " An alternately prickly and knowing tone poem to desire and disappointment whose light touch belies far deeper, darker human understandings." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " Old Testament fury has rarely come to such spectacularly fearsome life than in Noah, Darren Aronofsky's audacious adaptation of one of the Bible's best-known but still enigmatic chapters." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 58% Blast from the Past (1999) " Blast From the Past is no message movie, but it has a few good points to make, and does so with a gentle, observant wit." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Well played, Muppets 2.0. Well played." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 74% Enemy (2014) " The wan, lifeless palette matches the film's overarching tone of drained, depressive enervation." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 20, 2014
1.5/4 40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) " Youth may be wasted on the young, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the time wasted pandering to them." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 19, 2014
4/4 89% Rushmore (1998) " Despite cute moments, nothing about Rushmore begs to be liked, which makes this modest comedy all the more satisfying." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3.5/4 95% Child's Pose (2014) " A fascinating, troubling and finally controversial portrait of maternal anxiety at its most smotheringly neurotic." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " If Anderson buries relatively little moral substance under lavish dollops of rich cream, at least he, like his fascinating protagonist, sustains the illusion with a marvelous grace." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " "Rise of an Empire" is no fun at all - even those famous six-pack abs from "300" seem to be missing a can or two in this desperate attempt to up an already dubious ante." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/4 68% Visitors (2014) " "Visitors" restores a sense of monumentality to a medium that has seemed so diminished by recent technological and commercial imperatives ..." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1.5/4 22% Son Of God (2014) " Don't expect to see a great film, or even a very good one." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " Visually, "The Wind Rises" is a thing of sensual, contemplative poetry, from the pearlescent cloudscapes and verdant countryside of Horikoshi's youth to the hulking gray factories he visits in prewar Germany as a young man." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/4 89% Omar (2014) " Bakri, a relative newcomer to the big screen, does a superb job of carrying a film in which he appears in nearly every scene." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 80% If You Build It (2014) " A bracing, quietly exhilarating documentary about a group of high school students who discover their inner architects over the course of an academic year." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1/4 49% RoboCop (2014) " For all its playfulness, the new "RoboCop" can't help but lack the novelty of the original's jolting mixture of dumb-smart irony and visceral pulp." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 12, 2014
4/4 92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) " Shakespeare in Love crackles with the in-jokey brilliance that we associate with the playwright Tom Stoppard.... And you don't have to be a Shakespeare scholar to appreciate this movie's wit and easygoing references to the entertainment world today." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3.5/4 91% High Fidelity (2000) " The result is a romantic comedy that transcends its genre to become the giddy cinematic anthem of an era." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2.5/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " If The Monuments Men never overcomes its unwieldy structure and unevenness of tone, the film still manages to make a profound, even subtle point: that Hitler's darkest impulses and annihilating reach extended from human beings to history itself. " — Washington Post
Posted Feb 7, 2014
91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " It could have romanticized its subjects, portraying them as outlaws and folk heroes. Or it could have gone the way of moral panic. To its credit, [it] does neither of these things - or, rather, it does both, in the most subtle and insightful way possible." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 31, 2014
1.5/4 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " The chief frustration of "That Awkward Moment" is that everyone in it is so much better than the material ..." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " It's difficult to believe a word of "Labor Day," but then again you don't have to in order to luxuriate in Winslet and Brolin's bubbling, steaming chemistry." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4/4 100% The Square (2013) " Epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Branagh, who proved his action bona fides with "Thor," does an inarguably competent job of choreographing a modestly intelligent espionage thriller, even if it's impossible to identify anything new he's bringing to an already groaning table." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " [A] compassionate, clear-eyed, beautifully conceived portrait ..." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 76% Gladiator (2000) " Rather than getting lost in the world Scott has created on screen, Scott asks filmgoers to marvel at how he created that world, and how smoothly he succeeds in manipulating us." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jan 8, 2014
3/4 98% 56 Up (2013) " The original documentary was intended to illustrate how the country's deeply ingrained class system inscribed itself on the aspirations and inner lives of its young people. But the successive movies have been far less polemical." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/4 89% Rush (2013) " Considering the subject matter, Rush delivers the expected visceral jolts; what's surprising is how endearing it is, even when its two protagonists are behaving like little more than boys with very fast toys." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 31, 2013
4/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " [Payne has] made an "American Gothic" for 21st-century, post-recession America. Who needs a pitchfork anyway, when you can have an ice cold bottle of Bud?" — Washington Post
Posted Dec 30, 2013
2.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " "The Wolf of Wall Street" remains one-note even at is most outrĂ©, an episodic portrait of rapaciousness in which decadence escalates into debauchery escalates into depravity - but, miraculously, not death." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/4 94% Her (2014) " Jonze teases out what's genuine emotion and what's just programming. Her occurs in what Jonze calls the "slight future," but that's clearly a question for the ages." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2/4 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The unevenness of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Stiller's recessive characterization of the title character, keep it from being an all-out crowd-pleaser." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " "American Hustle" may have taken its inspiration from the art of the steal, but it has a heart of pure, if slightly tarnished, gold." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/4 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " This soulful, unabashedly lyrical film is best enjoyed by sinking into it like a sweet, sad dream. When you wake up, a mythical place and time will have disappeared forever. But you'll know that attention - briefly, beautifully - has been paid." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Considering the improvisatory talents - even genius - of Ferrell and his co-stars, it's no surprise that laughs abound in "Anchorman 2" ..." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Even with Thompson's delectably dyspeptic portrayal of Travers, she'd be a difficult protagonist to root for, were it not for the back story of "Mary Poppins" that "Saving Mr. Banks" is really about." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2/4 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " Once Olmos joins the proceedings, "Go For Sisters" begins to resemble a banal prime-time cop show." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 12, 2013
4/4 93% Frances Ha (2013) " Writing with Gerwig, Baumbach has created a fey, sneakily charming generational touchstone on a par with Annie Hall and his own Gen Y col-grad comedy Kicking and Screaming." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3.5/4 99% Wadjda (2013) " The most radical and cheering message of Wadjda is that a change isn't just possible, but inevitable." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 10, 2013
4/4 97% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " Osder creates both intensity and intimacy, inviting viewers simply to watch and listen as a tragedy - born of unchecked aggression, incoherent ideology and appallingly faulty logic - unfolds." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/4 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Even when it descends into self-consciousness in a lurid final act, "Out of the Furnace" effectively brings viewers into a space where whatever people had to lose was either squandered or stolen." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 5, 2013
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