Ann Hornaday

Movie criticWashington, D.C.


The small theater was “treading water financially” in the face of increased competition on the art-house circuit.

  • Mar 2, 2015

The Italian drama ‘Human Capital’ is an attractive, ultimately facile morality tale for the post-Madoff age.

  • Feb 26, 2015

‘Girlhood’ packs a powerful punch in its depiction of teenagers living in a working class suburb of Paris.

  • Feb 26, 2015

‘Focus’ pairs Will Smith and Margot Robbie in a stylish, sunny, utterly preposterous caper comedy.

  • Feb 26, 2015

The backstage show business satire captured four awards — including best picture — to emerge as the big winner.

  • Feb 23, 2015

Ann Hornaday, Michael Sullivan and Stephanie Merry vote for their favorites.

  • Feb 19, 2015

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK | As filmgoers become obsessed with truth-squading, the actual art of cinema is getting lost.

  • Feb 19, 2015

“The DUFF” wants to be a female-empowerment high school fable, but it whiffs it.

  • Feb 19, 2015

The case for the Richard Linklater-helmed piece.

  • Feb 18, 2015

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” about Second Wave feminism, reminds us why we need a Third.

  • Feb 12, 2015
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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.
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