Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% 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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 92%

Certain Women (2016)

"Reichardt lets her flawed, enigmatic heroines be, allowing them to keep struggling, persevering and relishing what can sometimes pass for tiny victories." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 97%

Aquarius (2016)

""Aquarius" makes a compelling case for looking up from our ubiquitous distractions to take in the world around us - the one that we live in and, whether we're aware of it or not, lives in us." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 17%

American Pastoral (2016)

""American Pastoral" may tell the heartbreaking story of Swede Levov, but a firm grasp of who he is and what he means remains maddeningly elusive." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/4 100%

Cameraperson (2016)

""Cameraperson" testifies to a world in which it would be clear to see that we're all connected, if only we took the time to look at one another with reverence and simply listen." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/4 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"True to the profession it sets out to glamorize, "The Accountant" takes advantage of its share of creative loopholes - and manages to break even in the process." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/4 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"The Birth of a Nation is a flawed but fairly compelling chapter of the American story that powerfully resonates with how that story is playing out today." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 7, 2016
1.5/4 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"It's a movie that chugs along, smoothly and uneventfully, until it pulls into a station that could have been seen from a mile away, had you not already been lulled just to the edge of sleep." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

""Deepwater Horizon" is an homage to strength and get-on-with-it competence, a stirring portrait of brawn and know-how that are continually undermined by the preening ambitions of clueless elites." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 29, 2016
1.5/4 54%

The Dressmaker (2016)

"Overplotted, undercooked and extremely well-dressed, "The Dressmaker" has style to burn, but it has a mean streak as wide as the Outback." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

""The Magnificent Seven" is fine as far as it goes, but - especially when the familiar strains of the 1960 theme song begin wafting over the final scenes - one can't help feeling that it should have gone much further." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 63%

Snowden (2016)

""Snowden" is worth watching for the ideas and arguments it inspires, and for the layers of a still-mysterious character it reveals." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/4 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"For every observantly funny line, there's a tired joke about long East Indian names; for every forward-looking musical cue, there's a strenuously unhip flashback ..." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/4 82%

Sully (2016)

""Sully" is a classy, enormously satisfying ode to simple competence. To paraphrase the title character, it's just a movie doing its job. And amen to that." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/4 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"Ladies and gentlemen, let your hankies unfurl." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/4 43%

The Hollars (2016)

""The Hollars" drives inexorably to a conclusion that feels as manipulatively mawkish as it is impossibly tidy, typical of a genre that too often tries to have it both ways." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 89%

Morris from America (2016)

"If the film's pace is sometimes as awkward as its hero, and the story a little thin, it still brims with authentic life and affection for the characters." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"A delightfully low-key portrait that is as universal as it is grounded in a well-chronicled public-private life." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 93%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

""Lo and Behold" may not be Herzog's most artistically ambitious film, but it's an intriguing, even important one nonetheless." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 18, 2016
1.5/4 60%

War Dogs (2016)

""War Dogs" is "Goodfellas," but with none of that film's pulse, anthropological detail or seductive immediacy: It's "Whoa, dude-fellas."" ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"In a word, "Hell or High Water" is terrific." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Even when her notes are intolerably sour, Jenkins's story is never less than touchingly bittersweet." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/4 81%

Equity (2016)

""Equity" feels ham-handed and obvious, like a contrived attempt to make polemical points by couching them within schematic characters and plot points." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 81%

Indignation (2016)

"Thoughtful and reserved, perhaps even to a fault, "Indignation" winds up packing a wallop far greater than its modest parts might suggest." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/4 69%

Café Society (2016)

"With each succeeding year, Allen's insular version of the past feels more eccentric. Depending on the viewer, it's either happily reassuring or strangely out of touch." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 21, 2016
4/4 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

""Captain Fantastic" leaves viewers with the cheering, deeply affecting image of a dad whose superpowers lie in simply doing the best that he can." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"For all the high dudgeon with which the movie has been anticipated, it turns out that Ghostbusters -- like the girls who cheerfully dominate it this time around -- just wants to have fun. And it does." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/4 88%

Zero Days (2016)

"The Stuxnet story finally plays out like a twisty summer espionage thriller, with Gibney amping up that drama with sleek digital imagery and a foreboding musical score." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 94%

Life, Animated (2016)

""Life, Animated" makes fascinating points, about the power of cinema, about meeting our loved ones where they are and, as Ron says, about who gets to decide what constitutes a meaningful life." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 95%

Tickled (2016)

"Like the activity of its title, "Tickled" is funny until it most decidedly isn't." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 95%

Nuts! (2016)

""Nuts!" is an intriguing, if patronizing, curio from the cabinet of American arcana, a geegaw from the collective attic that, when dusted off, looks grotesquely funny in the light of today." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 98%

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

"Waititi is an expansive, warm-hearted humanist. The fun he pokes is strictly superficial, never grazing his characters' vital organs or essential dignity." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 75%

The BFG (2016)

"Anchored by two winning lead performances, "The BFG" ultimately overcomes its longueur, if only by a hair of the title character's chinny-chin-chin." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 47%

Free State of Jones (2016)

"An earnest but inert and unwieldy historical drama that, in its commendable attempt to rescue a forgotten figure from obscurity, too often looks and feels like "12 Years a Woke Dude."" ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 23, 2016
4/4 97%

The Fits (2016)

""The Fits" and its electrifying young star give getting in formation renewed meaning, with inspiring, self-assured verve." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/4 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"In deciding not to stray far from the first film in plot or tone, it makes for a pleasant, familiar, cheerfully unassuming fish-in-her-water tale." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/4 96%

De Palma (2016)

"An engaging if superficial sit, not just for his fans but also for anyone who seeks to understand cinematic grammar and the often un-pretty process of how movies get made." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 89%

Dheepan (2016)

"Like the best fiction, it takes the most incomprehensible stories of our time and makes them hauntingly, inescapably clear." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 49%

Genius (2016)

""Genius" may be a bit stodgy and safe, but it tells a story of beauty - as it plays out in an improbably fruitful friendship, and as it's discovered within vast expanses of raw language by a craftsman who was arguably an artist in his own right." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2.5/4 85%

The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016)

"Like its protagonist, "The Idol" finds a sense of identity, hope and pride within a landscape of grim dispossession and fatalism." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/4 77%

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"Samberg and his collaborators choose to embrace even their crassest targets in what amounts to a teasing but forgiving hug." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/4 86%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"True to its title, "Maggie's Plan" is so crazy that it just might work - and it does." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 26, 2016
3.5/4 96%

Weiner (2016)

"On a thin, slightly soiled dime, "Weiner" pivots from the mother of all comeback stories to an alternately fascinating, mystifying and appalling portrait of the quest for power at its most obsessive and self-destructive." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 26, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"As adaptations go, this is a match made in heaven." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/4 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"Perhaps unfocused and off-balance at times, but conveying a sense of buoyancy that's as cheerfully contagious as it is freewheeling." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/4 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"Not quite the sophisticated drama the era deserves, but not the usual adrenaline-addled genre exercise, either." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/4 75%

Last Days In The Desert (2016)

"Garcia has managed the extraordinary with "Last Days in the Desert," infusing one of the world's most familiar stories with the genuine shock of the new." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/4 90%

A Bigger Splash (2016)

"To speak or stay silent? Excess or restraint? Honesty or discretion? It's clear which is right and which is wrong, but "A Bigger Splash" manages to infuse even the most straightforward questions with vicariously alluring ambiguity." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 12, 2016
2/4 81%

Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016)

"Jensen positions "Men & Chicken" as a fablelike ode to humanism and tolerance, but his obsession with brutish sexuality and mean, slapstick humor makes that claim feel unearned and glib." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Suffice it to say that, rather than psychic powers or super-strength, casting has always been the Marvel movies' secret weapon. That holds true here, up to and including charismatic newcomers Chadwick Boseman [and] Tom Holland." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 4, 2016
2.5/4 84%

The Meddler (2016)

"What seems cringe-worthy at first in The Meddler winds up as a warm, forgiving embrace -- of the movie's characters and audience, as well." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 29, 2016
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