David Ansen

David Ansen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

David Ansen's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Jerry Maguire (1996)

"We've been down this path of self-discovery with Cruise before, but Crowe's movie is a lot less predictable than you'd expect." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Aug 24, 2016

Short Cuts (1993)

"It's a funny/scary vision, with a manic edge -- which is why, when you come down from the high of the filmmaking, you may be left with the taste of ashes in your mouth. Altman's artistry can make you happy even when his art offers cold comfort." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Apr 7, 2016

The Breakfast Club (1985)

"Hughes may deserve more plaudits as a social worker than a filmmaker, but you have to admit his hokey situation plays. The reason is the five terrific young actors, who bring more conviction to these parts than they perhaps deserve." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Nov 9, 2015

GoldenEye (1995)

"Entropy, the inexorable running down of an energy system, may have overtaken the Bond saga." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Oct 28, 2015

Philadelphia (1993)

"Philadelphia may not be the film Demme's fans expect--its emotionalism is unfiltered by cool. But it has the power to open more than a few blinkered hearts." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Mar 13, 2015

Heaven & Earth (1994)

"Some of the parts are undeniably gripping; what gets lost are the characters themselves." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Mar 13, 2015

The Snapper (1993)

"As warm and lived-in as an old pair of boots, The Snapper is an honorable feel-good movie." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Mar 13, 2015

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

"Depp is subtly winning as a man-child oblivious to his own pent-up rage. But the performance that will take your breath away is DiCaprio's." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Mar 13, 2015

Naked (1993)

"Watching this lost soul's flaming descent is a disturbing yet exhilarating experience. Leigh makes art out of his own ambivalence." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Mar 4, 2015

Elf (2003)

"Ferrell is a hoot. So is much of this witty holiday family entertainment, which, up until the end, when the "true spirit of Christmas" must be reaffirmed, happily favors slapstick over treacle." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 14, 2014

Bad Santa (2003)

"An antidote to forced holiday cheer, this scabrously funny misanthropic comedy is not for the whole family." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 14, 2014

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

"Kloves has streamlined J. K. Rowling's 700-plus-page opus into cinematic fighting form. And the special effects, which threatened to overwhelm the first two movies, are seamlessly integrated." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 8, 2014

The Iron Giant (1999)

"This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Aug 12, 2014

Batman & Robin (1997)

"Noisy, campy, overproduced, it's abdicated all solemnity in pursuit of a boom-kaboom videogame esthetic." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jun 18, 2014

Striptease (1996)

"This may sound like a suspense movie, but it's not. There's no mystery (we know who the bad guys are) and the damsel-in-distress angle generates zero tension." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jun 18, 2014

Heat (1995)

"Just when it seemed that the only hope for crime movies lay in the postmodernist artifice of films like Pulp Fiction, Mann reinvests the genre with brooding, modernist conviction. This one sticks to your gut." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Apr 29, 2014

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"Wes Anderson transports his arch, pristine, melancholic sensibility to India, where three estranged brothers meet after their father's death and hop a train in a quixotic attempt to heal their spiritual wounds." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Mar 12, 2014
3/4 80%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"Tenenbaums doesn't quite jell, but it's a beautiful near miss." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Mar 4, 2014

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

"Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's clever solution is to turn the story of a troubled academic into a Hollywood thriller. How? He makes things up." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Feb 4, 2014

Ransom (1996)

"Slick and violent and reasonably tense, Ransom holds your attention without being the least bit interesting." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jan 22, 2014

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"As an actor, Eastwood has rarely taken on a character as complex as Frankie Dunn." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jan 10, 2014

Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

"Desplechin is an inspired impurist. His Christmas Tale is untidy, overstuffed and delicious: a genuine holiday feast." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 6, 2013

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

"Jumpy and ironic, Downey is a quicksilver delight and Kilmer is funny as the gay Perry." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 4, 2013

Princess Mononoke (1999)

"You'll see why, in animation circles, Miyazaki himself is considered one of the gods." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Nov 27, 2013

Insomnia (2002)

"Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Aug 5, 2013

The Crucible (1996)

"I recommend Hytner's movie highly, but a part of me resists a work that makes the audience feel as noble in our moral certainty as the characters it invites us to deplore. Some part of its power seems borrowed from the thing it hates." ‐ Newsweek
Posted May 17, 2013

Night and the City (1992)

"Relish the movie's snappy, low-life high spirits." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jan 18, 2013

The Public Eye (1992)

"In its moody, daffy way, The Public Eye gives off an authentic reek of artistic compulsion." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jan 18, 2013

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

"This cautionary fable (Be True to Your Ghoulish Self) may be a little too twisted for little kids but anyone 8 or older will spot the friendly glint behind jack's empty eye sockets." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Nov 1, 2011

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

"The Long Kiss Goodnight is the fall's best summer movie." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Feb 15, 2011

Somewhere (2010)

"Casting the less-than-charismatic Dorff may bolster Coppola's thesis, but it's dramatically self-defeating. How can we feel for Johnny, when there's no there there?" ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jan 4, 2011

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"How do you patch together a relationship that has been sundered by grief? The answers it gives, tentative and hard-won, may not be surprising, but they feel right." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 13, 2010

The Fighter (2010)

"The suspense isn't just about who's going to win the big fight, but who's going to emerge from Ward's big, fierce jungle of a family with their lives intact." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 9, 2010

Crash (2004)

"Haggis shows a lot of promise as a director: his film is never dull. But he needs to unlearn some of the bad lessons he picked up working in TV, which demands that everything be neat, symmetrical and underlined." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jul 7, 2010

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

"Sillier than the Singer versions, Ratner's movie is also -- for this less-than-reverent X-Men fan -- more satisfying." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Daredevil (2003)

"Torn between moody grandiosity and cartoonish mayhem, Daredevil tries to have it both ways, and succeeds at neither." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Batman Returns (1992)

"Something about the filmmaker's eccentric, surreal, childlike images seems to strike a deep chord in the mass psyche: he makes nightmares that taste like candy." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Minority Report (2002)

"Ferociously intense, furiously kinetic, it's expressionist film noir science fiction that, like all good sci-fi, peers into the future to shed light on the present." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Spider-Man (2002)

"Even at its most generic, Raimi's amiable movie doesn't forget its human scale." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"These depictions of the dementia of war have a hallucinatory power that can stand alongside those of Apocalypse Now." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Pulp Fiction (1994)

"Just when you thought the last thing the world needed was another violent, self-conscious, hipster homage to film noir, along comes Tarantino to blow away your deja vu." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Shrek (2001)

"It doesn't take long to figure out that Shrek is not going to be your ordinary animated fairy tale." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Invictus (2009)

"The lapses fade in the face of such a soul-stirring story -- one that would be hard to believe if it were fiction." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 7, 2009

A Single Man (2009)

"The movie has a hushed, sensual intensity and formal elegance that leaves no doubt Ford knows what he's doing behind the camera." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 3, 2009

Crazy Heart (2009)

"Crazy Heart gets to you like a good country song -- not because it tells you something new, but because it tells it well. It's the singer, not the song." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 3, 2009

Up in the Air (2009)

"In its funny, rueful way, Up in the Air touches contemporary American notes few Hollywood movies acknowledge." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 3, 2009

The Last Station (2010)

"The Last Station slides gracefully between comedy and pathos (it aims for tragedy, but doesn't quite get there)." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 3, 2009

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"How do you literalize heaven? It's a problem moviemakers have struggled with forever, and Jackson hasn't solved it." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Dec 3, 2009

Antichrist (2009)

"Though it's hard to deny the fierce purity of Gainsbourg's performance, Antichrist plays like an incoherent mix of Gothic horror claptrap and Bergmanesque power struggle. I was more bored and puzzled than shattered and provoked." ‐ Newsweek
Posted Oct 22, 2009

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

"For all its state-of-the-art pyrotechnics and breathtaking thrills, this bruisingly exciting movie never loses sight of its humanity. That's its point, and its pride." ‐ Newsweek
Posted May 18, 2009
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