Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 100% The Farewell (2019) When each of us contains multitudes, "The Farewell" suggests, home is everywhere, or anywhere we happen to be. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 91% Sword of Trust (2019) "Sword of Trust" is a perfect comedy of manners for our post-truth age, when historical consensus has become subject to the same kind of interpretive haggling as the price of a kitschy cream pitcher. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1/4 43% Stuber (2019) But even Nanjiani's endearingly funny turn isn't enough to elevate "Stuber" above its own trite, lazy aspirations. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/4 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Achieving the kind of balance to which Cohen always aspired, "Marianne & Leonard" is heartbreaking and heartening in Zen-like equal measure. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
1.5/4 82% Midsommar (2019) There's no doubt that Aster is an artist of considerable gifts; the question is whether he's an artist of ideas deeper than turning the smiles of a summer night into sinister rictus grins. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/4 99% Maiden (2019) But even at its most visceral and exciting, it's the emotion at the story's core, and the higher principles at work, that make it transcendent. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Both plotlines - Peter accepting the adult responsibilities that Tony prepared him for and finally getting on MJ's vibe - unfold and intersect with chipper efficiency in "Far From Home." - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
2.5/4 63% Yesterday (2019) at its best [Yesterday] invites the audience, along with the characters on screen, to hear some of the finest songs ever written for the very first time. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/4 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) As an ode to spunk, ingenuity, teamwork, storytelling and animation artistry, "Toy Story 4" fires on every spirited cylinder. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
1/4 45% The Way of the Gun (2000) Far more troubling than technical deficiencies is the cynicism of The Way of the Gun, which trots out the cliches of gratuitous violence and nihilism without considering them in a fresh or critical way. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Even when Talbot and Fails risk unraveling the film's most cherished verities, they do so with the mesmerizing grace of a skateboard gliding down Lombard Street. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The absurdism wears gratingly thin in "The Dead Don't Die," whose deadpan tone gives way to tiresome, grindingly repetitive inertia. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) Like all comedians worth their salt, Kaling sets out to kill - but with kindness. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
2/4 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) When Pierre-Paul enjoys a gentle S&M scenario with Camille, while also quoting Plato's dialogues, "The Fall of the American Empire" reaches peak eyeroll-inducing wish fulfillment. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
89% Non-Fiction (2019) For audiences who love nothing better than to immerse themselves in an idealized version of high-minded bohemia at its most tastefully nonchalant, "Non-Fiction" is pure bliss. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/4 89% Non-Fiction (2019) "Is it good?" is a question repeatedly asked throughout "Non-Fiction." When it comes to the myriad subjects at hand, the debate rages on. As for the movie itself, the answer is a resounding yes. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) As "Booksmart" takes its shape, albeit haphazardly, Wilde's filmmaking skills become more and more evident, bursting forth in a third act that builds into something beautiful and even transcendent. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 71% All Is True (2019) [A]n intriguing speculative drama about the playwright's final years. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/4 93% Rafiki (2019) For its formal simplicity and directness, "Rafiki" is a small revelation, not least because it marks the breakthrough of a filmmaker of such exhilarating, cheerfully courageous vision. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/4 82% Dogman (2019) "Dogman" begins as a compelling morality tale about the price of loyalty and personal compromise, but turns out to be a strangely indeterminate - and numbingly familiar - portrait of human nature at its most bestial and self-defeating. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3/4 81% Hesburgh (2019) This moving, illuminating slice of American life and social history serves as a stirring example that we should all do much better. And we can start right now. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
2/4 81% Long Shot (2019) "Long Shot" ultimately can't escape its male wish-fulfillment roots. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Thank goodness "Be Natural" is here to set a brilliant, distinguished, invaluable record straight. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 97% Hail Satan? (2019) Consistent with her oeuvre, what she finds is surprising and much deeper and more important than the surface of goth makeup, unsettling rituals and weird symbolism initially suggests. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
1.5/4 44% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) "Girls of the Sun" is a film of admirable ambition but vexingly uneven execution. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) It's an act of cinematic resurrection if ever there was one. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
1.5/4 65% Peterloo (2019) [R]ather than a fine-tuned excavation, "Peterloo" unfurls like a grandiose pageant, in which Leigh's usual gifts for illuminating human behavior at its most intimate and universal are sacrificed to expository set pieces and long, windy speeches. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Burial of Kojo (2019) [A] visionary fable drenched with vibrancy and lyricism. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 93% Diane (2019) [A] naturalistic portrait of service and self-sacrifice by way of a quietly astonishing title performance by Mary Kay Place. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/4 85% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) For all of its foodie appeal, however, "Ramen Shop" is a wispily sentimental enterprise, full of perfunctory transitions, maudlin plot twists and awkward time shifts between past and present. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/4 45% Stepmom (1998) Much of Stepmom's success is due to its three appealing lead players, all of whom lend class and intelligence to the enterprise. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 84% The Brink (2019) It's up to the rest of us either to ignore [Bannon], out-argue him or, as "The Brink" does so entertainingly, demystify him for good. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2.5/4 94% Us (2019) Full disclosure: "Us" gave me real-life nightmares, a testament to Peele's ability to illuminate the deepest and most dangerous shadow material of the American Dream. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
1.5/4 27% The Aftermath (2019) There's a ripping good story buried somewhere in "The Aftermath," an intriguing but ultimately disappointing story set in the rubble of post-World War II Germany. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Not much happens in "Gloria Bell" other than someone staking her claim to joy. It's a quiet little movie that speaks the truth like a clarion call. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) It's a reflection of Erlingsson's confidence, both in his audience and his own filmmaking skills, that he leaves the final interpretation up to us. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) As shaky and unfocused as Captain Marvel often seems, it manages to reach its destination with confidence. In the end, Larson sticks the landing, albeit with something more muted than absolute triumph. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/4 81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Something this larky should be swifter and more compact; instead, "Ruben Brandt, Collector" feels like a sneakily pretentious pastiche, and not much else. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
1/4 60% Greta (2019) Disturbance eventually gives way to derangement in a story that grows exponentially more irritating the more preposterous it gets. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/4 78% Never Look Away (2019) The title of "Never Look Away" is deliciously ironic: This is one of the most mesmerizing, compulsively watchable films in theaters right now. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) "Cold War" is a near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented history that's both deeply personal and politically attuned. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3.5/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) "Stan & Ollie..." has allowed viewers to understand what made their characters so great, and so beloved, in a film that magnanimously invites us into a world no less recognizable for being almost entirely erased. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2.5/4 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki chose the title "Capernaum" because the word was often used to mean "chaos" in French literature. That's precisely what she presents to us, with precious little relief in sight. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
2/4 74% Destroyer (2018) But as vigorous and go-for-broke as Kusama is, and as exhilarating as it can be to watch Kidman collaborate so fearlessly with a filmmaker of such pitiless vision, "Destroyer" finally collapses under its own lugubrious weight. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Even at its most grim and precarious, an indestructible core anchors "If Beale Street Could Talk," lending it gravitas and hard-won hope. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
1.5/4 66% Vice (2018) Structurally, "Vice" is a mess, zigging here and zagging there, never knowing quite when to end, and when it finally does, leaving few penetrating or genuinely illuminating ideas to ponder. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) A story whose ethical quandaries are presented with equal parts compassion and toughness. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The most spirited heart and poignant soul of "Mary Queen of Scots" are Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie as Mary and Elizabeth, whose contradictory relationship accommodates hostility, jealousy, admiration and sisterly love with affecting seamlessness. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) "Roma" achieves the rare feat of making the personal authentically political, not through explicit polemic or tortured metaphors, but simply by observing life with enough perspective to reflect it in all its contradictions. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Favourite (2018) Period authenticity clashes happily with occasional creative anachronisms to present audiences with a portrait of power as sobering as it is scabrously conniving. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018