Amy Biancolli

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For 214 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Biancolli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Lowest review score: 0 The Sitter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 214
  2. Negative: 39 out of 214
214 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Doesn't require anyone to love metal, or even like it. It only requires us to laugh at it - and other exemplars of bloated '80s pop, from Starship to Journey - and it does so with a campy and attitudinous spirit that's hard to resist.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Gluck also directed "Fired Up!," another teen charade with lots of quick-witted verbal raunch. Easy A does a few things better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The film is sweet. Its observations of life in the aftermath of death ring true, especially for anyone who's traveled the contours of mourning. And although it doesn't rank among Crowe's greatest films, it's a better, tighter, more disarming piece of grief work than his baggy and zigzaggy "Elizabethtown."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    This is better than any of the "Twilights." It features a functioning creative imagination and lots of honest-to-goodness acting by its star, Jennifer Lawrence.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The cutest darn thing in Hotel Transylvania is the way Count Dracula spazzes into a brilliant red devil-face when provoked. The second-cutest thing is his annoyed response to being misquoted by idiot humans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The effect is an endearing and plainspoken clarity that stops just short of naturalism; the people in his movies don't seem real, exactly, but we end up caring about them as though they were.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Crisp, acid-tongued and sharply acted, it's the sort of exercise in tangy Celtic cynicism that's become one of the Emerald Isle's most reliable exports.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Any movie that features a character calling herself Fat Amy has a pretty firm grip on irony. It helps that Fat Amy is played by Rebel Wilson ("Bachelorette," "Bridesmaids"), my favorite eccentric Aussie practitioner of lip-curled comic timing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A fine, fun remake of a movie that updates, transplants and reimagines the original without sacrificing its heart or goofy charm.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    At its simplest, "Fire" tells of Mikael's efforts to exonerate Lisbeth. At its most baroque, it explores a vast web of sex trafficking and deep-rooted conspiracy that goes back decades and touches on Lisbeth's inflammatory background.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The kid is a charmer, the message is heartfelt - love your kids while you can - and, OK, the ending might jerk a few tears, even from a crank like me. OK, it did.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    What makes this whole thing work is, first of all, Wilee's ride, an elegant machine that lacks any gears or brakes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    If the movie ends too abruptly, it still gives plenty of screen time to its nicely screwed-up central character. And it's still a solid, assured feature debut from the latest brothers to watch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Ayoade is well known to British viewers for his role as a coddled nerd in the sitcom "The IT Crowd," so it's fair to expect laughs from his directorial debut feature. But much depends on your mind-set; U.S. audiences could have trouble with the movie's less-than-sunny worldview.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The film about violence and retribution is a tough piece of work, subtle in some ways, obvious in others, viscerally affecting throughout.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Some films are harder to watch than others - not because they're bad, which makes for a different sort of painful viewing, but because they touch on areas of such profound moral discomfort that the mere act of watching makes us feel complicit. We feel like gutless witnesses to a crime. And that's what makes Compliance such a hard thing to stomach.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    If you widen your eyes and turn off your brain, it all adds up to cracking good fun.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The movie turns lighter and less morose as it rolls along, which is good for viewers who prefer a bit of honey to offset the bitter taste of hormones.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A triumph of simplicity, innocence and goofy jokes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    In style and structure, it mimics an old-style studio effort, a culture-clashing comedy of manners that's tinged with melodrama and filmed in a smart progression of medium shots.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    There's nothing dark about Arthur: It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    As for Butler's screenplay, it's less beguiling than preachy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    For all the hellfire histrionics and well-timed jump scares, there is actual, admirable intellect behind The Rite.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    It all adds up to a fine, funny exercise in disheveled self-deprecation: a self-portrait of a guy who can't control a major portion of his life. Which, when you get right down to it, could describe almost any of us.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    "Hornet's Nest" isn't the best of the three (that would be the first film, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"), but it's the most challenging.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    It's still a spirited look - well written, beautifully acted, full of uplift - at lovably cheeky heroines on the march for a little respect.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The resultant spoofery is nonpartisan, or at least vague - we never learn which of these flesh-pressing idiots is the Republican and which is the Democrat - and raucous in its send-ups of the moral, financial and sexual peccadilloes of the common political animal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    For Kline's performance alone, The Extra Man is well worth seeing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The Dictator's over-the-top rant against the rank lunacy of authoritarianism deploys comedy like an act of violence; it's outrageous, quick and leaves us breathless, whether from laughter or shock.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Baughman and O'Hara's documentary spews out so much information in just 111 minutes that the movie would have benefited from a longer run time and tighter focus.

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