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

Awards season this year is already a nothingburger. And that’s okay.

The Golden Globes non-ceremony might have something to teach the Oscars.

January 15, 2022

Sidney Poitier was an icon of racial reassurance. But his genius lay in his rage.

Long before terms such as microaggression and White fragility, the actor registered them with his tightly controlled physicality.

January 8, 2022

‘Licorice Pizza’ movie review: As aimless as a dream, but with its own offbeat logic

Paul Thomas Anderson’s memories of growing up in the San Fernando Valley fuel this shaggy-dog semi-love story.

December 22, 2021

‘JFK’ at 30: Oliver Stone and the lasting impact of America’s most dangerous movie

Oliver Stone defied Washington, Hollywood and history itself to make ‘”JFK.” Its legacy endures.

December 22, 2021

Joel Coen’s ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ is a minimalist, maximalist masterpiece

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand mesmerize as Shakespeare’s Machiavellian couple.

December 21, 2021

‘The Matrix Resurrections’ is trapped inside its own endless feedback loop

The fourth chapter in the sci-fi franchise recycles the first three films, to ill effect.

December 21, 2021

Maggie Gyllenhaal makes an astonishing directorial debut in ‘The Lost Daughter’

Elena Ferrante’s best-selling novel is the basis for a tense and enigmatic psychological thriller.

December 14, 2021

‘Don’t Look Up’ is a satire in the mold of ‘Dr. Strangelove’ and ‘Idiocracy’

In Adam McKay’s latest film, a planet-killer comet is coming — and nobody cares.

December 8, 2021

Best movies of 2021: Almodóvar just gets better, family films make a comeback

Movies made during the coronavirus pandemic conveyed the reflective, memory-drenched mood of the era.

December 8, 2021

‘West Side Story’ is an urgent, utterly beautiful revival

Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s remake of the 1961 musical reclaims a flawed masterpiece.

December 7, 2021