For 1,040 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ansen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Manchurian Candidate
Lowest review score: 0 The Toy
Score distribution:
1040 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Ansen
    Richard Attenborough's glumly misconceived Chaplin trudges its way through the great comic's long, brilliant, scandal-ridden career without ever catching fire. [28 Dec 1992, p.56]
    • Newsweek
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Much of Patriot Games is routine: good guys and bad guys running around with heavy artillery. But at its best moments, Noyce and Ford snap the genre back to life. [8 June 1992, p.59]
    • Newsweek
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Unlike some other Landis movies, the harmlessly silly Three Amigos never wanders too far afield in pursuit of a laugh. It's a well-wrought giggle machine. [15 Dec 1986, p.83]
    • Newsweek
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 David Ansen
    Attempting a slapstick satire of suburban paranoia and xenophobia, Dante lavishes his considerable skills on a one-note, repetitive Dana Olsen screenplay which, at best, contains enough invention for a 20-minute skit. [06 Mar 1989, p.58]
    • Newsweek
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Clearly nobody will mistake this comedy thriller for a precision-made object -- the scenes seem held together with old shoelaces, and you could land a fleet of 747s through the holes in the plot. But two things are clear: the movie provides a generous helping of laughs, and Whoopi proves herself a screen comedienne with a long and bright future ahead of her. [20 Oct 1986, p.79]
    • Newsweek
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension doesn't play it safe. For that alone you may want to bless its demented little heart. Buckaroo Banzai may not work, but that's the risk of high-wire acts. At least it's up there trying. [20 Aug 1984, p.75]
    • Newsweek
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Urgent, gritty, sometimes weirdly funny, The Fighter might be considered his first feel-good movie. But Russell's too honest and acute an observer to serve up affirmation without leaving a subversive aftertaste of ambivalence and unease.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Rabbit Hole deftly sidesteps sentimentality and still wrenches your heart.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    But if the endpoint is a homiletic given, the journey itself is more charming, and less sentimental, than you might suspect.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 David Ansen
    Everything in Rounders is right there on the surface. Watching it is about as exciting as playing poker with all the cards face up. [14 Sept 1998]
    • Newsweek
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    There is one reason, and only one, for anyone to check out Vertical Limit. The hanging-by-a-fingernail mountain-climbing sequences are spectacular.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Ansen
    It's not just that the movie is formulaic; it's disingenuous. It relies on Roberts's smile to erase all misgivings. But all the stardust in the world can't disguise the fact that this is more package than picture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Barry Sonnenfeld's bouncy, immensely likable adaptation.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    Gets too earnest for its own good. But Billy Ray and Terry George’s screenplay, taken from a John Katzenbach novel, is expertly plotted.
    • Newsweek
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    [Stillman] has a keen sense of group dynamics and a fine comic ear.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Ansen
    A powerful and moving experience -- once it overcomes its clunky, badly written and clichéd first act.
    • Newsweek
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    There are just enough fresh, funny gags and witty throwaways to keep the 88-minute MIB2 percolating -- it fulfills its end of the bargain: a good time will be had by almost all.
    • Newsweek
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Barring one dreadfully trumped-up climactic scene, they've managed to avoid the usual asylum-movie cliches.
    • Newsweek
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Comic electricity.
    • Newsweek
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 David Ansen
    It's a gorgeous bad movie, the folly of a great visual stylist.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    The comedy gets better, and more unpredictable, as it goes, and so do the performances.
    • Newsweek
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Ali
    I respect it enormously, but it feels like an art film in search of a movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Filled with delicious backstage drama, and superb actors reveling in the opportunity to play their 19th-century counterparts.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 David Ansen
    So bland and un-lived in you want to pour Tabasco all over the screen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Ansen
    Lively, likable and refreshingly unsensationalistic about the drugs and sex that come with the territory, this techno-propelled mash note to the rave spirit sticks to the surface.
    • Newsweek
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Ansen
    Like people who compulsively giggle whenever they tell you bad news, the movie runs for cover in lame, comic shtick.
    • Newsweek
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Ansen
    Stone creates such a sizzling, raunchy, vital world that the cliches almost seem new.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Ansen
    When George’s fortunes start to go from bad to worse, so does the movie.
    • Newsweek
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 David Ansen
    What was a ragged but often hilarious charmer has been genetically altered into a deafening and desperate mutant.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Ansen
    Rozema's handling of the entangled amours and social gamesmanship at Mansfield Park is delightful and the open-minded moviegoer will have a hard time resisting this stylish and stirring movie.

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