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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Biancolli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Lowest review score: 0 Vanishing on 7th Street
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 214
  2. Negative: 39 out of 214
214 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A Better Life isn't an instant classic, but it tells its story with a simplicity and compassion that other urban dramas would be wise to emulate.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The acting is immaculate; the editing is seamless; the imagery is blunt.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    This is a handsome, conventional biopic, as fluent and polished as its subject matter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    What joy it is to watch the man (Douglas) slime himself on camera.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    What a treat to find a movie so bright-eyed and true - without a trace of bathos - in its depiction of such a harrowing subject.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    This is brutish, visceral stuff - a type of raw-meat violence that's undeniably cinematic but seems, to this worried parent, ill-fitted for PG-13.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    It does for hit men what "Up in the Air" did for frequent-flying corporate terminators, minus the comic tang.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A smart, juicy entertainment, but it's the kind of straight-up legal drama that hinges entirely on crafty storytelling and across-the-board solid performances.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    When the screenplay sticks to the tricky business of living - trying, then screwing up, then stumbling forward anyway - it hits its mark with confidence, and the big ensemble cast responds with tight little performances of affecting vulnerability.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    If you're looking for cinema verite, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a fun, fizzy sequel in a franchise left for dead 10 years ago, have at it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    For all of its brutal flashbacks and heavy-handed devices, The First Grader works best when it works quietly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    That the film happens to be in 3-D, with digitized settings and backgrounds, doesn't detract from the timeworn charm of watching blob-like characters lurch erratically through harebrained comic pratfalls.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The results are often comical, but Pickering who made the film in tribute to his mother, the real Linda White - imbues them with faith in something, maybe dignity, maybe love, maybe just the simple human urge to keep on moving.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Because Benavides is a south Texas town, the screenplay touches inevitably on the flow of immigrants at the border - and resentment at their presence. But All She Can puts a new face on this resentment, highlighting the frustration of legal Mexican Americans.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    RED
    This breezy action comedy is a noisy affirmation that life goes on after 50, that retirement doesn't mean redundancy, and that nobody - young or old - can wear a long cream evening gown like Mirren.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    As a runner, the robber is dogged; as a robber, the runner is efficient, explosive and fast.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    In this case, it's considerably better, adapting the 007 template in a story of a crazed bald cat named Kitty Galore (voiced by a hissing, chichi Bette Midler) and her malevolent plot to conquer the world. It's brilliant in its simplicity
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Good story, great characters, a setting plucked from history - and a multiracial, multigenerational ensemble cast stacked with fabulous actresses. But the thing that makes The Help such a rousing crowd-pleaser is its generous helping of baked goods.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    This is a sobering piece of advocacy cinema.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    It isn't a long journey. Kisses clocks at 72 minutes, which feels something less than feature length. It's long enough to include a few cliches and nagging questions, yet it's short enough to leave you wanting more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Although this one indulges in unnecessary CGI enhancements, it's still a striking piece of character-driven horror, and it ranks among the more understated fright fests to hit the mainstream in recent memory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The film's emotional complexities don't allow for much of the canned sentiment that normally gets dished out in romantic dramas; what emerges instead, over several reels, is endearingly tender and complicated.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    What's missing is any real menace - the signature Miyazaki freak factor that turns spirits into monsters and parents into pigs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    What distinguishes Cap is his humble backstory, which involves neither hairy gods nor hot-dogging test pilots but a kid from Brooklyn who just wants to fight for freedom.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    After watching Project Nim, a distressing portrait of a misguided 1970s language experiment, you'll be glad you're not a chimp in a cage. But you might want to revoke your membership in the human race, which comes across as a narcissistic, hedonistic, self-absorbed, neglectful, anthropomorphizing and arrogant bunch of hippie-dippy know-it-alls.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Megamind, it turns out, is a villain to root for.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    What matters most in this sad, sobering movie is not what anyone says; it's what goes unsaid for most of the running time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Spitzer was undone by his zipper, but as Client 9 makes clear, he was also undone by his refusal - or inability - to make nice with some of the state's most powerful characters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Lindberg, who wrote a book on the subject called "Punk Rock Dad," is at the center of this sweet, revealing and proudly foulmouthed ethnography on rock and the modern dad.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Solid performances, and a sincere faith in the dignity of the average working stiff, save it from getting too preachy.

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