David Ansen Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

David Ansen

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

Movie Reviews Only

|
Showing 51 - 100 of 314
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"Revolutionary Road is impressive, but it feels like a classic encased in amber." ‐Newsweek
Posted Dec 22, 2008
92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"On Broadway, Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon made for a deliciously smart and dramatic mano a mano. The surprising news is that Frost/Nixon works even better on screen." ‐Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008
72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"Lyrical, original, misshapen and deeply felt, this is one flawed beauty of a movie." ‐Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008
78%

Doubt (2008)

"Doubt stirs up a lot of stormy theatrical weather, but the stolid transfer from stage to screen does Shanley's play no favors." ‐Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008
61%

The Reader (2008)

"The Reader asks tough questions, and, to its credit, provides no easy answers." ‐Newsweek
Posted Dec 1, 2008
65%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"Quantum of Solace isn't frivolous or cheesy, but it isn't all that much fun either. Craig is still the right guy for the job, but for his boiling-on-the-inside performance to work, he needs more to play with." ‐Newsweek
Posted Nov 13, 2008
98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

"A vampire movie like no other." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 23, 2008
62%

Changeling (2008)

"Eastwood tells his haunting, sorrowful saga with such a sure, steady hand, only a very hardened cynic could fail to be moved." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 20, 2008
91%

Malcolm X (1992)

"Lee and company have performed a powerful service: they have brought Malcolm X very much to life again, both as man and myth." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008
61%

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

"It's about seduction, and either you succumb to its inky entrapments or you resist. When its mojo was working, I was happy to be had." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008
63%

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)

"Peyton plays upon Claire's deepest anxieties -- her sexual insecurity, her fear of child molesters -- to vicious effect. Hanson and Silver manipulate our anxieties no less adeptly, but a good deal more playfully." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008
97%

Husbands and Wives (1992)

"It doesn't suffer from the compulsive tidiness of some of Allen's later movies -- the juices are flowing, the hysteria is closer to the surface -- and in this looser, more volatile atmosphere his extraordinary cast gets to soar." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008
95%

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

"This is the grandest guignol Hollywood has produced in years." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008
23%

Dying Young (1991)

"A movie like this has only one not-so-noble reason to exist: to make us sob. And it just doesn't deliver the goods." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008
91%

Barton Fink (1991)

"Again the Coens take familiar movie tropes and twist them into something new. This may be their most haunting movie." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008
35%

Rising Sun (1993)

"As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008
82%

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

"My Own Private Idaho is a far cry from seamless, but I would gladly trade a dozen well-made studio movies for one of its vital parts." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 18, 2008
59%

W. (2008)

"W. might have had some impact had it been made four years ago. But it's both too late and too early for a movie about our sitting president." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 16, 2008
84%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"Rachel Getting Married takes a familiar subject -- the raw nerves of American family life with -- and draws fresh blood." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 6, 2008
74%

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

"[Director] Sollett is able to take familiar teen tropes and transform them into low-key magic." ‐Newsweek
Posted Oct 2, 2008
52%

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

"Pellington knows, as did the 1940s master of horror Val Lewton, that what you don't see can raise far more goose bumps than what you do." ‐Newsweek
Posted Sep 29, 2008
61%

The Duchess (2008)

"It's elegantly mounted and never dull -- and always easy on the eyes." ‐Newsweek
Posted Sep 22, 2008
98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"To say this is a great comeback for an actor whose talent was exceeded only by his self-destructiveness is obvious." ‐Newsweek
Posted Sep 17, 2008
78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"Burn After Reading is a blackly comic illustration of Murphy's Law, set in the Washington world of CIA espionage, and populated with a cast of delusional dunces who are a wonder to behold." ‐Newsweek
Posted Sep 8, 2008
84%

Kissing Jessica Stein (2002)

"Director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld's movie knows what it wants, what its limits are, and delivers its delights accordingly." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008
96%

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

"The violence in Boyz N the Hood is neither gratuitous nor melodramatic; its aftermath is shattering. Singleton's powerhouse movie has the impact of a stun gun." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008
94%

American Splendor (2003)

"A glorious rebuke to all this summer's recycled, effects-ridden, laboriously "fun" Hollywood disappointments piled along the wayside like so many crashed cars." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008
100%

Toy Story (1995)

"A winning animated feature that has something for everyone on the age spectrum." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008
97%

Vertigo (1958)

"Why is this movie Hitchcock's masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008
88%

Freaky Friday (2003)

"Maybe it's only adults who'll get teary-eyed -- kids just wanna have fun. And they will." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008
95%

Monsoon Wedding (2002)

"Nair's stereotype-shattering movie -- like the polymorphous culture it illuminates -- borrows from Bollywood, Hollywood and cinema verite, and comes up with something exuberantly its own." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 18, 2008
82%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"Tropic Thunder is the funniest movie of the summer -- so funny, in fact, that you start laughing before the film itself has begun." ‐Newsweek
Posted Aug 11, 2008
55%

Step Brothers (2008)

"Though McKay and his cast make the most of the material, Step Brothers is constrained by its one-joke concept." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jul 24, 2008
63%

Brideshead Revisited (2008)

"There's room for more than one Brideshead in this far less glamorous day and age." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jul 18, 2008
94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Nolan wants to prove that a superhero movie needn't be disposable, effects-ridden junk food, and you have to admire his ambition." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jul 11, 2008
96%

WALL-E (2008)

"You'd have to be a machine for your heart not to melt." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jul 8, 2008
41%

Hancock (2008)

"The superhero genre screams for a makeover, or at least a smart deconstruction, but Hancock isn't that movie. It just ups the foolishness ante." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jul 1, 2008
87%

The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

"A brave, spectacularly entertaining -- and unexpectedly stirring -- account of Flynt's life that asks us to regard the publisher of Hustler magazine as an invaluable champion of our First Amendment freedoms." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jun 30, 2008
72%

Wanted (2008)

"As the body count rises, so does the portentous tone, and the relentlessness of Bekmambetov's overamped style becomes oppressive." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jun 24, 2008
51%

Get Smart (2008)

"In this distressingly generic spy spoof, it's not Maxwell who's clueless, but the filmmakers." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jun 16, 2008
67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"Its familiar genre pleasures are all on the surface." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jun 13, 2008
96%

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)

"It'll shake up your beliefs not just about steroids but about competition, hypocrisy, body obsession and American notions of masculinity." ‐Newsweek
Posted Jun 9, 2008
72%

Forrest Gump (1994)

"For all its ambition, the movie ends up using great historical events in the service of a dubious sentimentality." ‐Newsweek
Posted May 12, 2008
39%

Speed Racer (2008)

"Speed Racer creates a timeless, visually seductive world suspended somewhere between the pop '60s and the sci-fi future. Its biggest disappointment, strangely enough, is its raison d'ĂȘtre -- the races themselves." ‐Newsweek
Posted May 12, 2008
82%

The Crow (1994)

"It succeeds in bringing O'Barr's comic-book vision to life, but there's little else going on behind the graphic razzle-dazzle and the moody, ominous soundtrack." ‐Newsweek
Posted May 12, 2008
86%

Get Shorty (1995)

"Hollywood has been in love with mobsters since the beginning of movies. But the other side of the equation has seldom been considered. That is, until now." ‐Newsweek
Posted May 7, 2008
94%

Iron Man (2008)

"Iron Man may not be distinguished enough to convert you to the cause. But Downey and Favreau give the movie a quirky flavor it can call its own. For that we can be grateful." ‐Newsweek
Posted May 1, 2008
50%

Then She Found Me (2007)

"...Hunt, in her directorial debut, can't seem to decide whether she'd rather make a spicy ethnic dish or bland comfort food." ‐Newsweek
Posted Apr 27, 2008
64%

Baby Mama (2008)

"Baby Mama is formulaic, but this broad odd-couple girl comedy has the advantage of knowing what it is." ‐Newsweek
Posted Apr 25, 2008
85%

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

"It has a generosity toward all its characters that rescues it from predictability." ‐Newsweek
Posted Apr 14, 2008
|
Showing 51 - 100 of 314