Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 52% Coming 2 America (2021) Chock full of callbacks, in-jokes, knowing references and replays, "Coming 2 America" is adamantly, unabashedly one for the fans. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
1.5/4 14% The Affair (2021) Full of incident, heartbreak, secrets and betrayal, "The Affair" and its choppy formal structure don't do justice to an enormously appealing cast. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
2/4 53% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) A movie that often feels like it's unworthy of both the actress and the persona she adopts so seamlessly. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
4/4 94% Nomadland (2021) "Nomadland" is the kind of big and big-hearted movie - featuring a central performance at once epic and fine-tuned - that reminds you of how much life one film can hold, when circumstances allow. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Stanfield and Kaluuya are outstanding in their respective roles, with Kaluuya doing an especially adroit job of capturing Hampton's innate charisma and soaring speeches. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 98% Minari (2020) The funny, sad, inspiring and ultimately universal story of how one family experiences displacement and belonging, in ways that never quite line up with conventional expectations. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/4 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) The power and the glory of "Corpus Christi" reside in the film's leading man, whose ineffable combination of wildness and purity makes for an absolutely electrifying central performance. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
3/4 66% Falling (2020) Viggo Mortensen makes a sensitive and assured directing debut with "Falling," a meditation on aging, mortality and slow-drip loss that will resonate deeply with anyone going through the agonies it depicts. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
4/4 96% Dear Comrades! (2021) "Dear Comrades!" may not make perfect sense of the past, but it goes a long way in allowing people to look at it with a clarity that manages to be exacting and compassionate at the same time. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
2/4 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) What starts out looking like a commercial for a luxury brand aimed at prosperous millennials ends up more akin to "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," albeit with prettier people. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
4/4 99% MLK/FBI (2021) The result is a film that does more than impart facts, or even tell a story: It builds a world, and once we're in it, takes us on a potent and unforgettable emotional journey. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/4 92% My Little Sister (Schwesterlein) (2020) Written and directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond with superb control and insight, "My Little Sister" never goes precisely where the audience expects... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
2.5/4 93% Herself (2021) As trite as "Herself" is in plot and emotional beats, what makes it worthwhile are the performances, which are all stellar - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
1.5/4 76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) What we're left with is a showcase for Acting-with-a-capital-A, and little else. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
3/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Regina King makes an assured feature directing debut with "One Night in Miami," an engrossing adaptation of Kemp Powers's 2013 stage play. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3.5/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Say this much for Fennell: She is incapable of pulling punches. Even when they're swaddled in the puffiest, fuzziest of gloves, her blows land with gut-wrenching force. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
2.5/4 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The same elements that made "Wonder Woman" such a pleasure to watch are present in "WW84," including the supremely self-possessed Gadot, who plays the title character with the same grace and understatement she brought to the initial installment. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
2.5/4 95% Soul (2020) Arrives at some numbingly complex - and maybe not entirely consistent - answers, but generates some fun, and genuine beauty, along the way. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
3/4 93% 40 Years a Prisoner (2020) So many of our problems remain, but "40 Years a Prisoner" presents a valuable primer on what mistakes not to repeat. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/4 100% Mayor (2020) Luckily, Osit knew precisely what to do with the extraordinary material he captured. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/4 100% 76 Days (2020) This is a film about courage, as well as empathy, professionalism and resilience - and it's a film that embodies those values itself. With luck, viewers will take its cautionary pleas to heart. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) There aren't enough words to describe just how breathtaking Davis's performance is as Ma Rainey. When it comes to Boseman's, on the other hand, only one seems to suffice: Damn, damn, damn. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/4 95% Zappa (2020) Winter gives Zappa pride of place among the most important composers of the 20th century, sharing some extraordinary performances of his little-known classical work. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
3/4 89% My Psychedelic Love Story (2020) The result is an absorbing yarn and yet another lens on that era's social history that baby boomers are now excavating with frantic enthusiasm before their sources transition to another astral plane. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
3.5/4 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Nanau has made an informative documentary about a story that most Americans never heard of, and pulls the lens back just enough to encapsulate the low and dishonest age of global populism. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
2.5/4 83% Mank (2020) Seyfried's the beating heart of a movie that is constantly teetering on the edge of pastiche, feeling more play-acted than fully inhabited. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
2/4 68% Ammonite (2020) Rather than a movie that breaks the mold, it looks like Anning has inspired one we've seen before. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/4 29% Come Away (2020) "Come Away" may not hold a candle to the stories it references, but it shines with an illuminating and aspirational light all its own. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/4 92% The Life Ahead (2020) "The Life Ahead" might be a familiar story, but as a showcase for Loren's sensuality, star power and unfailing instincts, it feels both classic and exhilaratingly new. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3.5/4 100% City Hall (2020) At 4 1/2 hours, "City Hall" is a demanding film. But it rewards that commitment with an experience that is both hypnotically beautiful and subtly encouraging. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
1/4 45% Meet Joe Black (1998) To call the three-hour-long "Meet Joe Black" leaden would do an injustice to lead. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/4 70% American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself (2020) With "American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself," documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi holds a mirror up to her country, and the reflection is a sobering one. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
1.5/4 62% Bad Hair (2020) "Bad Hair" is a good idea buried within a scattershot, ultimately mediocre movie. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
1.5/4 39% Rebecca (2020) Simply a plotty, garden-variety melodrama. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/4 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) "American Utopia" is just the kind of healing, inspiring balm that the audience needs right now. It arrives like an unexpected answer to an unspoken prayer. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/4 99% Totally Under Control (2020) Incisive, lucid and infuriating... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/4 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Peppered with amusing person-on-the-street commentary, set off in their own smaller frames, this is a woman's interior monologue brought to life as both candid semi-autobiographical memoir and cinematic fantasia. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
1.5/4 87% On The Rocks (2020) In this case, the kind of discursive mood piece that Coppola has perfected over her 21-year directing career turns into something surprisingly inert and uninvolved. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/4 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Plenty of movies are wish-fulfillment fantasies, but Kirsten Johnson has created a first: a dread-fulfillment fantasy that brims with love, humor and, of all things, life. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
3.5/4 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) "The Trial of the Chicago 7" offers an absorbing primer in a chapter of American history that was both bizarre and ruefully meaningful. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020
4/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) Funny, poignant and ultimately triumphant, "Kajillionaire" is a precarious balancing act, one that July pulls off with astute writing, careful staging and trust in her actors... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/4 91% Enola Holmes (2020) "Enola Holmes" offers brisk and exuberant escape from the heaviness of modern times, with its leading actress lending her own appealing touches to the journey. When the game is afoot, she's more than capable, not just of keeping up, but winning the day. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
1.5/4 28% Antebellum (2020) "Antebellum" looks like it might deliver a timely reckoning with the most pernicious undersides of the American myth. Instead, it offers viewers an intriguing idea that's simultaneously undercooked and awkwardly overstated. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/4 93% Residue (2020) Merawi Gerima makes a stunning feature debut with "Residue," a moving homage to the Northeast Washington neighborhood where he grew up. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/4 73% Mulan (2020) Little girls might be better off sticking with the cartoon for now; but this opulent, ambitious production and Liu's focused, intrepid performance at its center, gives them something to grow into. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) If ever a match were made in cine-literary heaven it would be Charles Dickens and Armando Iannucci, each a master of probing social criticism, slashing wit and floridly besotted love of language. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
4/4 100% Coup 53 (2020) As enlightening as "Coup 53" is as a secret history, it's even more satisfying as an aesthetic exercise, treating viewers to one of cleverest workarounds in cinematic problem-solving in recent memory. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
1.5/4 63% The Devil's Advocate (1997) Pacino's gleeful performance notwithstanding, "The Devil's Advocate" descends into silly self-indulgence when it should have gone straight to hell. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
2.5/4 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) A vivid but vaporous portrait of collective unease that feels uncannily of this moment. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/4 86% I Used to Go Here (2020) With modesty, precision and wry compassion, "I Used to Go Here" limns human nature at its most contradictory and indefinable, offering a textbook example - at least until the right German word comes along. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020