Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Every shot in "Mickey and the Bear" is scrupulously judged but never overworked or fussy, resulting in a movie that is as artful as it is unforced. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/4 88% The Two Popes (2019) This lively, intriguing and insistently humanistic flight of fancy... brims with wit, warmth and some tantalizing what-ifs. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
2/4 24% A Thousand Acres (1997) Both beg the question of whether rage or forgiveness is the correct moral response to immoral acts. It's a good question, but one that's probably better contemplated by reading a good book rather than watching a pale imitation. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 97% Knives Out (2019) Once the game is afoot in "Knives Out," its step is never less than light, swift and sure. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) At its best, "Queen & Slim" isn't just a crime drama but a nuanced portrayal of family, legacy and self-preservation - how they're distorted by trauma and history, and how they thrive despite the near-constant threat of annihilation. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) In an era that seems fatally mired in fear, anger and mistrust, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" arrives as something more than a movie. It feels like an answered prayer. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/4 85% Waves (2019) True to its title, "Waves" is frightening and soothing, overwhelming in its elemental force and rarely still. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3.5/4 96% Marriage Story (2019) Maybe there's nothing terribly new in "Marriage Story." But it manages to make you forget that very fact, in surprising, affecting, singular and revelatory ways. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/4 93% Honey Boy (2019) In this intense, unsettling, modestly triumphant portrait of the artist as a young man, LaBeouf shows us not only how he grew up, but what it cost him along the way. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" isn't a soaring achievement: It's a deliberate, thoughtful and somewhat muted one. No matter where that traveling camera goes, it subverts our expectations at every turn. Which can sometimes feel like a drag, but also exactly right. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 99% For Sama (2019) Even when it's drenched in grief, "For Sama" contains the seeds of hope. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) Clear, linear, sometimes bluntly obvious, "Harriet" is a rich, enlightening portrait - as sturdy and straightforward as the title character herself. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/4 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Still, the milieu and message of "Motherless Brooklyn" ring startlingly true, at a time when raw power, rank impunity and ruthless greed are as ascendant as ever. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) "Harriet" is the kind of instructional, no-nonsense biopic that may not take many artistic risks or sophisticated stylistic departures but manages to benefit from that lack of pretension. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/4 70% The King (2019) What should be soaring is instead lugubrious; what should be a ripping good yarn is instead dutiful and a little bit dull. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/4 98% The Cave (2019) This extraordinary film allows viewers to bear witness to courage and dedication in their finest forms - and it offers a grim reminder that justice, mercy and healing have been driven underground for centuries. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/4 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) A sprightly, attractively composed coming-of-age comedy set in World War II Germany, "Jojo Rabbit" is an audacious high-wire act. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/4 41% The Laundromat (2019) An intriguingly interpretive if scattershot and tonally uneven attempt to deconstruct the financial and legal arcana contained in the massive data-dump known as the Panama Papers. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) [Murphy's] back, baby, in a performance so big and so generous that it virtually busts through the screen. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/4 92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) "Jim Allison: Breakthrough" offers an inspiring and heartening retort. Check it out. Take the kids. Go twice. Just see the dang thing. You won't regret it, and you'll never forget it. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/4 69% Joker (2019) Like the anti-hero at its center, it's a movie trying so hard to be capital-b Big that it can't help looking small. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/4 83% Judy (2019) "Judy" is just such a sturdy, dependable vehicle which, in this case, carries the precious cargo of Renée Zellweger in a dazzling portrayal of Judy Garland at the end of her life. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Matt Tyrnauer's absorbing documentary about the notorious New York fixer and mentor to Donald Trump, acts as a kind of cinematic begats... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
1/4 79% Loro (2019) For all of Sorrentino's prodigious gifts as a scenarist, "Loro" is a disturbing movie, for all the wrong reasons and, despite its self-consciously arty pretensions, a breathtakingly callow one. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) In a mesmerizing, minimalist performance, Pitt forms the gravitational center of a film that takes its place in the firmament of science fiction films by fearlessly quoting classics of the genre (as well as those outside it). - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
1/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Overstuffed, overlong and utterly uninvolving, this is a movie that feels as morbidly trapped as the poor little bird of its title. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/4 88% Hustlers (2019) In this raunchy, gloriously liberated revenge fantasy, Lopez rules with seductive, triumphant authority. Not only do we climb into her fur, we'll happily follow her anywhere. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/4 83% Official Secrets (2019) Although Knightley's Gun often seems to be a passive figure, buffeted by the machinations of those around her, the film's honesty about the enormous personal costs of whistleblowing is a welcome relief from more romanticized heroics. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Brittany Runs a Marathon is perfunctory, idealized, sometimes awkwardly composed, almost always predictable. But it stays the course, with admirable grit and more than a few entertaining grins. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/4 97% American Factory (2019) "American Factory," an exquisite documentary set at the contradictory core where those forces converge, tells a macroeconomic story through the micro-level experiences of indelible real-life characters. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/4 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) It's impossible to emerge from this film without being shaken to your core. Mission accomplished: Mind blown. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Blanchett... radiates both otherworldliness and edgy neurosis in Richard Linklater's generously humane film adaptation. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Warm, funny, humane and deeply sincere, this ode to Bruce Springsteen, breaking free and belonging isn't content merely to revel in Springsteen's greatest hits - although it does, with vibrant, vicarious exhilaration. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2.5/4 87% The Nightingale (2019) It's clear that [Kent] seeks to turn her gaze not just on the subjects of the past but the audience of the present, turning our own desires - at their most coarsely visceral and crassly sentimental - back on ourselves. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1.5/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) You might be able to stand "The Kitchen," but it could use a little more heat. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 83% The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) Like their predecessors, [Steve] Harvey, [D.L.] Hughley and Cedric [The Entertainer] transcend their immediate audience and create flashes of recognition that will hit home with nearly anyone. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Crosby presents a reflective, irascible, observant and irresistibly candid figure in a documentary that ostensibly chronicles one of his many comeback tours but becomes something far more introspective. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The film benefits from committed, laser-focused performances from DiCaprio and Pitt, the latter of whom especially brings a sly knowingness to the subtleties of playing second banana. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/4 99% 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 93% 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 42% 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 83% 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 98% 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 97% 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 56% 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