Ann Hornaday

Washington, D.C.

Movie critic

Education: Smith College, BA in government

Ann Hornaday grew up in Des Moines 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 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
Latest from Ann Hornaday

This year’s Oscar nominations featured a unicorn: Genuine surprise

Amid the expected lineup of box office hits and art house favorites, some out-of-left-field nominees proved that grass-roots support still matters.

January 24, 2023

‘Turn Every Page’ revels in the joy of working with words

The documentary double portrait of writer Robert Caro and editor Robert Gottlieb bristles with ego and good-humored tension.

January 18, 2023

‘The Son’ will make you squirm, for all the wrong reasons

Florian Zeller’s follow-up to ‘The Father’ has none of that shattering 2020 drama’s subtlety, visual elegance or thematic heft.

January 18, 2023

What Questlove shares with the enslaved Africans of ‘Descendant’

The musician and “Summer of Soul” director has a notably intimate connection with his latest film project.

January 6, 2023

‘Women Talking’: Political debate becomes declaration of independence

Mennonite victims of rape gather in a barn to discuss their future in Sarah Polley’s didactic but stirring drama.

January 4, 2023

‘Corsage’: A self-aware woman, trapped by the confines of a crown

Vicky Krieps plays Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Marie Kreutzer’s intriguing but inert historical drama.

January 3, 2023

Donna Reed’s daughter plays guardian angel for ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Mary Owen has made it her mission to ensure that small-town theaters can play the beloved Christmas classic.

December 24, 2022

‘The Whale’: Brendan Fraser is great, the movie not so much

The actor’s smart, humane and vulnerable central performance is weighed down by Darren Aronofsky’s mawkish adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s play.

December 20, 2022

‘Babylon’ is a lavish yet unfocused valentine to Hollywood’s heyday

Margot Robbie delivers a fearless performance as a cocaine-addled ingenue, but her character is ultimately abandoned by Damien Chazelle’s mash-up of a story.

December 20, 2022

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’: Long, loud, eye-popping and forgettable

The highly anticipated sequel to James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ is a sometimes-beautiful bore.

December 13, 2022