Ann Hornaday

Movie criticWashington, D.C.

The latest from Ann

His comment on satisfaction is about his work; at home, life is tranquil, filled with the comforting sounds of family.

  • Jul 26, 2014

The late-in-life rom-com by Rob Reiner feels patched together from other, better movies.

  • Jul 24, 2014

The film chronicles 12 years in the life of its protagonist over real time, in an audacious, deeply moving portrait.

  • Jul 17, 2014

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK | Like many reboots, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a smart, well-made downer.

  • Jul 14, 2014

ESSAY | The director of “Dazed and Confused” and the new “Boyhood” helped shape my career.

  • Jul 12, 2014

This week, a series of short monologues, a Hollywood-set comedy and a feminine, contemporary take on the Western.

  • Jul 10, 2014

VOD review | Short monologues seek to answer the seemingly simple question: “Who are you, America?”

  • Jul 3, 2014

Steve James’s documentary skillfully chronicles the life and career of the late critic.

  • Jul 3, 2014

McCarthy once again plays a coarse social boor in this unfunny road comedy.

  • Jul 1, 2014

The Irish filmmaker’s musical romance has winsome charm, offset by forgettable tunes.

  • Jul 1, 2014

Part pulp action, part political allegory, Bong Joon-ho’s unsubtle film possesses moments of beauty.

  • Jul 1, 2014

Documentary filmmaker AJ Schnack’s look at the 2012 Republican caucus in Iowa is both reasoned and entertaining.

  • Jun 27, 2014

The interlocking romance is too busy for its own good, but features stand-out performances.

  • Jun 26, 2014

The film deconstructs the Hollywood rom-com to alternately obvious and ingenious effect.

  • Jun 26, 2014

The films addressed systemic abuse of power, especially at the hands of the U.S. government.

  • Jun 23, 2014

This week, a comedy about “the trial of the century,” James Franco’s adaptation of the Faulkner novel and a Cold War thriller.

  • Jun 20, 2014

Guy Pearce stars in the futuristic road thriller set against Australia at its most unforgiving.

  • Jun 19, 2014

The comedy brings sexual sparring to Vegas for some cliched partying and a few genuine laughs.

  • Jun 19, 2014

Some early summer hits bode well for women’s roles — and their male counterparts, too.

  • Jun 14, 2014

Jenny Slate’s disarming performance propels this comedy about an unplanned pregnancy.

  • Jun 12, 2014
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About Ann

Ann Hornaday grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated cum laude with a degree in Government from Smith College. After working at Ms. magazine as a researcher and editorial assistant, she became a freelance writer in New York City, where she eventually began to write about movies for the New York Times Arts & Leisure section and other publications. In 1995 she became the movie critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, where she stayed for two years before moving to Baltimore to be the movie critic at the Baltimore Sun. She left the Sun in 2000 and began working at the Washington Post in 2002. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2008.