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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100%

Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016)

"Mournful, enigmatic and compulsively engrossing, "Fireworks Wednesday" gives viewers a chance to watch a master at work - before he was acknowledged as a master." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 97%

Sing Street (2016)

"Warm, ingratiating, with a beat you can dance to, "Sing Street" is a feel-good movie that never demands to be liked. Instead it asks, politely and irresistibly." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/4 71%

A Hologram for the King (2016)

"It's that rare fish-out-of-water story in which the fish miraculously manages to stop needing water, and learns to crave air instead." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/4 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"Other than the sheer peculiarity of the incident - and the obvious fun Spacey and Shannon are having as alpha males parrying and thrusting over Dr Pepper and M&M's - it's difficult to discern the point of "Elvis & Nixon."" ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/4 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"Like all classic Disney productions, "The Jungle Book" possesses its share of fear, suffering and loss. But somehow the audience comes out whistling - in this case, with joy and quite a bit of awe." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 97%

The Dark Horse (2016)

""The Dark Horse" isn't always easy to watch, but Curtis's quietly powerful presence makes it worthwhile." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/4 53%

Demolition (2016)

"Gyllenhaal may be convincing, even sympathetic, as a man in the manic throes of guilt, regret and emotional isolation he can barely register, let alone articulate. But the story ultimately strands his character in another limbo state." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/4 22%

The Boss (2016)

"Although her charisma is still undeniable, there's also no denying that McCarthy is capable of much more than she's allowing herself to do here. There comes a point when every force of nature starts to look just plain forced." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"Nichols establishes such a grounded sense of atmosphere and such superb control of mood and pacing, that the odd hiccup barely matters." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/4 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"As small and specific as it is, "Everybody Wants Some!!" feels improbably expansive, even universal." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/4 90%

The Clan (El Clan) (2016)

"Stylish, atmospheric and dispiriting, "The Clan" gives cynical new twist to an old saw: The family that preys together stays together - but usually, not for long." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 24, 2016
1.5/4 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Rather than escapism and sensory exhilaration, viewers get down in the mire with protagonists who grimace, scowl and wince their way through heroics with the joyless determination of shift workers making the doughnuts." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 23, 2016
2/4 83%

Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

"A weirdly off-plumb little movie, one that manages to be condescending and compassionate, knowing and blinkered, reassuring and unsettling all at the same time." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"This is the rare military drama that conveys both the graphic physical effects of war and its lingering psychic cost." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 17, 2016
1.5/4 46%

Knight of Cups (2016)

""Knight of Cups" may want to be understood as the portrait of a man plunging beneath the veneer of modern life, but it can just as easily be perceived as the self-portrait of a filmmaker in his own Versailles, letting himself eat cake and having it, too." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2.5/4 68%

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"True to its title, as well as its flawed but sympathetic protagonist, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is more confused than cynical or opportunistic. Its bewilderment is contagious, and ultimately endearing." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/4 100%

Trapped (2016)

"In addition to being instructive, it brims with compassion, leaving viewers with haunting images of women we never even got to see in the first place." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/4 54%

Triple 9 (2016)

""Triple 9" feels more like a collection of good scenes than a novel, propulsive whole. Viewers are apt to be entertained by the film's visceral pulp pleasures, but left apathetic when it comes to its instantly forgettable genre cliches." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

""Eddie the Eagle" leaves viewers buoyed by satisfactions unique to classic come-from-behind stories. Even when it's as ungainly and cravenly audience-pleasing as its protagonist, it soars." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 91%

The Witch (2016)

"For fans of horror at its most sinister, "The Witch" is not to be missed. It casts a spell that lingers long after its most disquieting mists have cleared." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/4 52%

Risen (2016)

"Viewers already well-versed in the greatest story ever told might find their interest piqued by the filmmakers' unconventional take. It's unlikely, however, that "Risen" will preach to anyone outside the choir." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 18, 2016
0/4 23%

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"Sadly, the promised zings and arrows never fly in "Zoolander 2," which with the exception of a mildly clever opening sequence, steadfastly avoids pointed satire in an attempt simply to cash in, tread water and peace out." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 11, 2016
1/4 49%

How To Be Single (2016)

""How to Be Single" claims the mantle of feminism - at least in its hastily cobbled-together final act - but it's a burlesque on female selfhood and solidarity." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3.5/4 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"It's difficult to remember a recent movie so tartly on-point in skewering a power-driven industry obsessed with such seemingly meaningless ephemera as screen-credit and commissary pecking orders." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/4 97%

45 Years (2015)

"Haigh knows how to thread a story in a way that makes it feel deliberate and spontaneous, so that when it reaches its climax, viewers feel that it's both inevitable and utterly devastating." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 21, 2016
3/4 91%

The Lady In The Van (2015)

"There's no use fending off the force of nature that is Smith. Sensitive and formidable, self-deprecating and brave, she elevates every role she's in, as we know by now." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 21, 2016
4/4 98%

Mustang (2015)

"Among Erguven's finest achievements with "Mustang" is casting such mesmerizing actresses to play characters who would be just as at home in a Chekhov production or an Instagram-worthy fashion shoot." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/4 96%

Son of Saul (2015)

"Finally, a cinematic genre heretofore mired in pietistic melodrama and safe aesthetic distance has been blown open and virtually reinvented, even the well-known contours of its subject matter reinvested with urgency, meaning and mournful honesty." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 82%

The Revenant (2015)

"Despite the literal and figurative pains it takes to persuade viewers of its own importance, "The Revenant" can't escape the clutches of crippling self-regard." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/4 92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"There's a special place in movie heaven for Charlie Kaufman." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/4 94%

Carol (2015)

""Carol" possesses the same quiet, catlike powers of its magnetic title character: It swirls around to ambush you ... and make you swoon." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 24, 2015
2/4 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"A film that winds up collapsing Marx's dictum to repeat recent history as tragedy and farce in one busy, bouncy ball. The effect is distracting, aggressive and, finally, psychically numbing." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 23, 2015
1.5/4 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"The climactic bloodletting may make for merry times for fanboys and fetishists, but it's difficult to reconcile Tarantino's infectious joie de vivre with the scorched-earth nihilism he uses it to celebrate." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 23, 2015
4/4 60%

Sisters (2015)

"Whatever characters they're playing, Fey and Poehler can be counted on to infuse even their crassest moments with disarming likability. "Sisters" goes for broke in both directions, with winning, helplessly entertaining results." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/4 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"The Force Awakens has succeeded where it counts most, in creating a cast of characters that viewers can spend the next several years rooting for, especially the spirited, resourceful heroine at its center." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 15, 2015
2/4 69%

The Danish Girl (2015)

""The Danish Girl" is a very pretty picture that could have used a more probing, maybe even more painful, palette knife." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/4 91%

James White (2015)

""James White" gets up close and personal in often discomfiting ways, but it's never exploitative or glib. It hits the highs, and the rock bottoms, and all the damnable stuff in between." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3.5/4 81%

Chi-Raq (2015)

"Lee is propelled by righteous anger that can't help but be infectious. Even at his most reckless, even outlandish, he's on the side of the angels." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2.5/4 95%

The Wonders (2015)

"Structurally, "The Wonders" suffers from awkward bulges and sags, especially toward the end. Still, it's a beautiful, richly imagined ride that doesn't end as much as evaporate into a dreamlike puff of smoke." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 25, 2015
3/4 97%

Theeb (2015)

"As the quiet, compact vessel for roiling fears and ambivalence, Al-Hwietat's Theeb winds up being a strikingly memorable character, whose deceptively simple tale possesses both haunting power and a whiff of prescient pessimism." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 25, 2015
2.5/4 100%

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015)

"A rich, generous-spirited portrait of a woman who, in her unapologetic pursuit of art, fame and personal growth, was far ahead of her time." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 55%

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

"Neeson and McGregor seem so focused on hitting their marks for the blue screen, that they barely make eye contact, let alone generate any genuine emotion." ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 16, 2015
4/4 96%

Spotlight (2015)

"It's not a stretch to suggest that "Spotlight" is the finest newspaper movie of its era, joining "Citizen Kane" and "All the President's Men" in the pantheon of classics of the genre." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/4 97%

Brooklyn (2015)

""Brooklyn" may be unapologetically old-fashioned, but it's also utterly of its time." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
0/4 65%

Spectre (2015)

"We don't expect a James Bond film to be deep, but at least we should be dazzled by the seductive gloss of its surfaces. Aside from that stunning opening sequence, this installment feels overcompensating and dutiful." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 52%

I Smile Back (2015)

"If "I Smile Back" accomplishes anything, it proves that Silverman is no joke." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 73%

Suffragette (2015)

""Suffragette" is an absorbing, ultimately moving portrait of thwarted ideals that rings all too true today." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 62%

Truth (2015)

"Vanderbilt does an impressive job of keeping the screws turning, adroitly shifting from the giddy thrill of the chase ... to the thudding sense of doom that sets in when the story begins to unravel." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/4 94%

Room (2015)

"A closely observed testament to what parents and children learn first-hand every day: the pride and pain of separation, and the discovery, empowerment and liberation to be found in simply growing up." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"Spielberg can't help but make the kind of inspiring, classically constructed drama that we keep being told Hollywood doesn't produce anymore. Thank goodness he still does." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 15, 2015