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Ann Hornaday's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Baltimore Sun, Washington Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Scott is giving the audience what it wants, but purists may wonder whether simply re-watching "Alien" would have provided scarier, more genuine jolts.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/4 64% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) "Paris Can Wait" is a modest, genteel piece of cinematic escapism, a silky testament to sensuality as impeccably tasteful as it is utterly undemanding.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2.5/4 36% Snatched (2017) No one will ever credit "Snatched" with discovering new comic territory. But it earns its share of laughs by covering some well-trod ground.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/4 87% The Lovers (2017) Flustered, flirty and filled to the brim with compassion, "The Lovers" is charming, even when it's proving how hollow charm can be.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 86% Risk (2017) "Risk" raises deep misgivings about its subject and its maker. But it's still queasily, compulsively watchable - and probably necessary, if only as a cautionary example of how ethics, objectivity and agendas come into play in nonfiction filmmaking.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/4 87% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Is Norman a macher, a schnorrer or a mensch? Thanks to the filmmaker's sensitive touch and Gere's sympathetic performance, he gets to be all three. And that calls for mazel tovs all around.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
94% Tramps (2016) Carefully doling out information... Leon maintains a buoyant energy that's given even more bounce by the film's lively score and soundtrack‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
2/4 67% Free Fire (2017) With his cultivated air of nonchalance, the trivialized, consequence-free violence and reverse-engineering of a plot threaded with convenient twists and unexpected arrivals, Wheatley seems intent upon lowering the stakes at every opportunity.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2.5/4 58% Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (2017) It's a touching evocation of friendship, brotherly competition and artistic courage at the cusp of a new century.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 87% Their Finest (2017) A World War II comedy that, despite its light hand, never compromises the grief and loss that lie at its core.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
4/4 97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) The power of the film is cumulative, as the filmmaker spins a mesmerizing morality tale from the dross of daily life. In his skillful hands, the ordinary turns out to be anything but.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 79% Colossal (2017) In this observant, entertaining, wildly imaginative movie, just about everything has more than one meaning.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2.5/4 46% Going in Style (2017) It's the chemistry among these three fine actors that keeps "Going in Style" afloat, lifting it from the formulaic and forgettable - which, essentially, it is - and making it genuinely, if modestly, enjoyable.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) A follow-up that captures the brio and brotherly angst and affection of its predecessor, if not its clarion sense of urgency.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1.5/4 45% Song to Song (2017) If "Song to Song" is a punctuation point in Malick's search for a new visual language, let it be an instructive one.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 72% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) It's a cozy movie with a decidedly un-cozy message - about the perils of resuscitating our pasts, and the even bigger risk of leaving them be.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) This "Beauty and the Beast" isn't predicated on starry-eyed romance or animal attraction, but the solace of mutual loss and understanding, which makes it all the sweeter.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) "Kong: Skull Island" is a big, noisy B-movie infused with moments of wit and sprightly visual sophistication, anchored by what surely must be the most enormous version of King Kong since the giant ape made his screen debut in 1933.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/4 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Both grimly naturalistic and infused with classical values at their most thoughtfully composed, "Land of Mine" is epic but deeply intimate; elegant but tough.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 66% Before I Fall (2017) The filmmakers have crafted a canny delivery system for their life lessons, by way of a movie that balances escapism, candor and ethics with admirable aplomb.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) The shocks and the laughs are thoroughly entertaining, but it's the truth of "Get Out" that's so real.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 89% I Am Jane Doe (2017) [A] sobering, often sickening, bluntly effective piece of advocacy cinema ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/4 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A brilliant piece of filmic writing, one that bursts with fierce urgency, not just for the long-unresolved history it seeks to confront, but also in its attempt to understand what is happening here, right now.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) In the film's stunning third act ... Farhadi's occasionally shaky parallels between art and life are distilled into a brilliantly staged, searingly confrontational chamber piece.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3.5/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) The movie is worth its sloggiest moments - and its frequently off-putting title character - for Hüller's fearless performance, which is a revelation of pathos, humor and keen, sharp-eyed focus.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 95% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) This quiet meditation on humans' relationship with nature hews to Ghibli's core values of exquisitely rendered visual images combined with gently ruminative sensibilities.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) Somber, well-judged and admirably ambitious, "Live by Night" nonetheless falls short of being essential, its familiar moving parts heading predictably toward a conclusion that feels mechanical and preordained.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/4 83% Julieta (2016) It's no surprise that "Julieta" is marvelous to look at, but it possesses just as much substance as style.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/4 88% 20th Century Women (2017) As a celebration of personal and social history, "20th Century Women" takes the audience back. But it also lifts us up on a wave of openhearted emotion and keen intelligence. It bursts with the sad, messy, ungovernable beauty of life.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/4 95% Paterson (2016) Viewers are treated to a portrait of romantic devotion, contentment and vocation all the more affecting for being so utterly, unapologetically heartfelt.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/4 93% Fences (2016) Ringing with both ancient wisdom and searing relevance, "Fences" feels as if it's been crafted for the ages, and for this very minute.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/4 93% Hidden Figures (2017) This movie adroitly portrays the sheer waste and inefficiency of racism and misogyny. Just think how much has been lost, the movie suggests, over centuries of depriving ourselves of the brains, talents and leadership of more than half our population?‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
1.5/4 31% Passengers (2016) "Passengers" hinges on a morally dubious act that the filmmakers gloss over in a series of creepy justifications and a sudden third-act reversal.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) Working together for the third time, Stone and Gosling quickly establish an easy rapport with one another, their surpassingly attractive physical features the perfect foils for Chazelle's aesthetic approach of naturalism and extreme stylization.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) "Rogue One" represents an unobjectionable exercise in franchise extension. It's fine. It'll do. For now.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Suffused with wry humor, vulnerability and radiant warmth, Huppert's performance captures that delicate period in life during which resignation morphs into graceful, even grateful, acceptance.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/4 89% Jackie (2016) "Jackie" would have been an exceptionally smart, intriguing movie as an astutely conceived, well-crafted meditation on political mythmaking. In Larraín and Portman's hands, it becomes something deeper and more emotionally potent.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) "Manchester By the Sea" is a film of surpassing beauty and heart. Even at its most melancholy depths, it brims with candid, earnest, indefatigable life.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 90% Elle (2016) "Elle" would be too clever by half - not to mention fatally offensive - were it not for Huppert, who in her portrayal of Michèle owns the movie from its opening moments to its bizarre, but not entirely surprising, denouement.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Snarky and sensitive in just the right measure, what initially looks like a glib exercise in adolescent mortification has the nerve to dig a little deeper. And it winds up mining a little bit of wisdom and compassion in the process.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 93% Arrival (2016) Muted, measured and meditative, "Arrival" brings taste and restraint to a genre in the midst of a mini golden age: It comes in peace.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3.5/4 92% The Eagle Huntress (2016) For every misgiving "The Eagle Huntress" invites, it offers inspiration in equal measure, taking the audience on a beautiful, thrilling journey to a part of the world that isstill largely inaccessible.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/4 89% Loving (2016) Intimate, moving and superbly underplayed, "Loving" is every bit as soft-spoken and subtly implacable as its protagonists.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) "Hacksaw Ridge" winds up being a rousing piece of entertainment that also happens to be an affecting portrait of spiritual faith and simple human decency.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2.5/4 95% Gimme Danger (2016) A bittersweet, elegiac tone can't help but suffuse a film animated by so many anarchic spirits who have since left the planet, but it leaves viewers with the exhilarating, inspiring reassurance that we still have Iggy.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) A perfect film, one that exemplifies not only the formal and aesthetic capabilities of a medium at its most visually rich, but a capacity for empathy and compassion ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 23% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/4 99% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016