David Ansen

David Ansen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
Newsweek
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
456

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
97% The Iron Giant (1999) " This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom." — Newsweek
Posted Aug 12, 2014
11% Batman & Robin (1997) " Noisy, campy, overproduced, it's abdicated all solemnity in pursuit of a boom-kaboom videogame esthetic." — Newsweek
Posted Jun 18, 2014
12% Striptease (1996) " This may sound like a suspense movie, but it's not. There's no mystery (we know who the bad guys are) and the damsel-in-distress angle generates zero tension." — Newsweek
Posted Jun 18, 2014
86% Heat (1995) " Just when it seemed that the only hope for crime movies lay in the postmodernist artifice of films like Pulp Fiction, Mann reinvests the genre with brooding, modernist conviction. This one sticks to your gut." — Newsweek
Posted Apr 29, 2014
68% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) " Wes Anderson transports his arch, pristine, melancholic sensibility to India, where three estranged brothers meet after their father's death and hop a train in a quixotic attempt to heal their spiritual wounds." — Newsweek
Posted Mar 12, 2014
3/4 81% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " Tenenbaums doesn't quite jell, but it's a beautiful near miss." — Newsweek
Posted Mar 4, 2014
76% A Beautiful Mind (2001) " Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's clever solution is to turn the story of a troubled academic into a Hollywood thriller. How? He makes things up." — Newsweek
Posted Feb 4, 2014
75% Ransom (1996) " Slick and violent and reasonably tense, Ransom holds your attention without being the least bit interesting." — Newsweek
Posted Jan 22, 2014
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) " As an actor, Eastwood has rarely taken on a character as complex as Frankie Dunn." — Newsweek
Posted Jan 10, 2014
86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) " Desplechin is an inspired impurist. His Christmas Tale is untidy, overstuffed and delicious: a genuine holiday feast." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 6, 2013
84% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) " Jumpy and ironic, Downey is a quicksilver delight and Kilmer is funny as the gay Perry." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 4, 2013
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " You'll see why, in animation circles, Miyazaki himself is considered one of the gods." — Newsweek
Posted Nov 27, 2013
92% Insomnia (2002) " Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart." — Newsweek
Posted Aug 5, 2013
68% The Crucible (1996) " I recommend Hytner's movie highly, but a part of me resists a work that makes the audience feel as noble in our moral certainty as the characters it invites us to deplore. Some part of its power seems borrowed from the thing it hates." — Newsweek
Posted May 17, 2013
91% Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004) Newsweek
Posted Jan 22, 2013
67% Night and the City (1992) " Relish the movie's snappy, low-life high spirits." — Newsweek
Posted Jan 18, 2013
64% The Public Eye (1992) " In its moody, daffy way, The Public Eye gives off an authentic reek of artistic compulsion." — Newsweek
Posted Jan 18, 2013
94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " This cautionary fable (Be True to Your Ghoulish Self) may be a little too twisted for little kids but anyone 8 or older will spot the friendly glint behind jack's empty eye sockets." — Newsweek
Posted Nov 2, 2011
24% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Newsweek
Posted Apr 4, 2011
67% The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) " The Long Kiss Goodnight is the fall's best summer movie." — Newsweek
Posted Feb 16, 2011
72% Somewhere (2010) " Casting the less-than-charismatic Dorff may bolster Coppola's thesis, but it's dramatically self-defeating. How can we feel for Johnny, when there's no there there?" — Newsweek
Posted Jan 5, 2011
18% Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) Newsweek
Posted Jan 5, 2011
86% Rabbit Hole (2010) " How do you patch together a relationship that has been sundered by grief? The answers it gives, tentative and hard-won, may not be surprising, but they feel right." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 13, 2010
91% The Fighter (2010) " The suspense isn't just about who's going to win the big fight, but who's going to emerge from Ward's big, fierce jungle of a family with their lives intact." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 9, 2010
58% X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) " Sillier than the Singer versions, Ratner's movie is also -- for this less-than-reverent X-Men fan -- more satisfying." — Newsweek
Posted Jul 7, 2010
45% Daredevil (2003) " Torn between moody grandiosity and cartoonish mayhem, Daredevil tries to have it both ways, and succeeds at neither." — Newsweek
Posted Jul 7, 2010
81% Batman Returns (1992) " Something about the filmmaker's eccentric, surreal, childlike images seems to strike a deep chord in the mass psyche: he makes nightmares that taste like candy." — Newsweek
Posted Jul 7, 2010
90% Minority Report (2002) " Ferociously intense, furiously kinetic, it's expressionist film noir science fiction that, like all good sci-fi, peers into the future to shed light on the present." — Newsweek
Posted Jul 6, 2010
96% Waltz with Bashir (2008) " These depictions of the dementia of war have a hallucinatory power that can stand alongside those of Apocalypse Now." — Newsweek
Posted Jul 6, 2010
94% Pulp Fiction (1994) " Just when you thought the last thing the world needed was another violent, self-conscious, hipster homage to film noir, along comes Tarantino to blow away your deja vu." — Newsweek
Posted Jul 6, 2010
76% Invictus (2009) " The lapses fade in the face of such a soul-stirring story -- one that would be hard to believe if it were fiction." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 7, 2009
85% A Single Man (2009) " The movie has a hushed, sensual intensity and formal elegance that leaves no doubt Ford knows what he's doing behind the camera." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 4, 2009
91% Crazy Heart (2009) " Crazy Heart gets to you like a good country song -- not because it tells you something new, but because it tells it well. It's the singer, not the song." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 4, 2009
91% Up in the Air (2009) " In its funny, rueful way, Up in the Air touches contemporary American notes few Hollywood movies acknowledge." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 4, 2009
71% The Last Station (2010) " The Last Station slides gracefully between comedy and pathos (it aims for tragedy, but doesn't quite get there)." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 4, 2009
32% The Lovely Bones (2009) " How do you literalize heaven? It's a problem moviemakers have struggled with forever, and Jackson hasn't solved it." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 4, 2009
49% Antichrist (2009) " Though it's hard to deny the fierce purity of Gainsbourg's performance, Antichrist plays like an incoherent mix of Gothic horror claptrap and Bergmanesque power struggle. I was more bored and puzzled than shattered and provoked." — Newsweek
Posted Oct 23, 2009
92% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) " For all its state-of-the-art pyrotechnics and breathtaking thrills, this bruisingly exciting movie never loses sight of its humanity. That's its point, and its pride." — Newsweek
Posted May 18, 2009
68% Revolutionary Road (2008) " Revolutionary Road is impressive, but it feels like a classic encased in amber." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 22, 2008
92% Frost/Nixon (2008) " On Broadway, Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon made for a deliciously smart and dramatic mano a mano. The surprising news is that Frost/Nixon works even better on screen." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) " Lyrical, original, misshapen and deeply felt, this is one flawed beauty of a movie." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008
78% Doubt (2008) " Doubt stirs up a lot of stormy theatrical weather, but the stolid transfer from stage to screen does Shanley's play no favors." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008
61% The Reader (2008) " The Reader asks tough questions, and, to its credit, provides no easy answers." — Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008
100% Fanny & Alexander (1982) Newsweek
Posted Nov 24, 2008
74% The Daytrippers (1997) Newsweek
Posted Nov 20, 2008
64% Quantum of Solace (2008) " Quantum of Solace isn't frivolous or cheesy, but it isn't all that much fun either. Craig is still the right guy for the job, but for his boiling-on-the-inside performance to work, he needs more to play with." — Newsweek
Posted Nov 13, 2008
88% The Castle (1999) Newsweek
Posted Nov 10, 2008
87% Fearless (1993) Newsweek
Posted Nov 4, 2008
70% The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) Newsweek
Posted Nov 4, 2008
82% Pink Flamingos (1972) Newsweek
Posted Nov 3, 2008
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