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

‘Empire of Light’ celebrates the power of film to heal lost souls

Olivia Colman delivers a delicate yet ferocious performance at the heart of Sam Mendes’s tender and tear-soaked valentine to cinema.

December 7, 2022

Fonda retakes the Hill: ‘Cancer is scary, but the climate crisis is scarier’

After years away from Washington, the actress is reviving her Fire Drill Fridays rally — and occasionally still talking movies.

December 3, 2022

Being George Clooney is tougher than it looks

“Making peace with failure was always hard,” says George Clooney. “Nothing rolls off my back.”

December 2, 2022

‘Emancipation’: A spectacle of suffering or sanctimonious self-regard?

Will Smith plays a man feeing the horrors of slavery in Antoine Fuqua’s Civil War chase film.

December 1, 2022

‘Bones and All’: All shock and no value

Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of a young-adult novel about teen cannibals in love is a B-picture with art house pretensions.

November 22, 2022

‘Glass Onion’: Another fun, and scathing, Knives Out mystery

Writer-director Rian Johnson and detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig, return in the follow-up to 2019′s “Knives Out.”

November 22, 2022

‘The Fabelmans’: Spielberg peels back the curtain on his youth

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age-tale is both quintessentially honest and sentimental.

November 21, 2022

‘You Resemble Me’: An extraordinary directorial debut from Dina Amer

The film, based on actual events, is a deeply meaningful meditation on narrative itself.

November 16, 2022

‘The Menu’: A stylish takedown of elitism and fetishized food culture

Ralph Fiennes delivers a fiendish turn as an egotistical chef out for blood in Mark Mylod’s satirical horror film.

November 16, 2022

‘She Said’: A new entry in the pantheon of great newspaper movies

Maria Schrader's "She Said" is an engrossing depiction of the reporting that brought down Harvey Weinstein and ignited the #MeToo movement.

November 16, 2022