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

Amy Biancolli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Lowest review score: 0 The Sitter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 214
  2. Negative: 39 out of 214
214 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Sweet and serious as it is, the second chunk of Seeking a Friend is the lesser of the two - and hard to reconcile with the more acidic comic outlook in the film's first half. The obvious movie referent is Lars von Trier's "Melancholia," a much nastier film in a much lovelier wrapping: This one lacks an eight-minute Wagner montage.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Make no mistake, this is advocacy cinema; interviews with Defense Department and military officials notwithstanding, there's not much effort, on Dick's part or anyone else's, to consider any point of view besides the victims' and those who love or speak for them. That's what makes it difficult to watch. And that's what makes it necessary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The protagonists and their idle dreams of a fiery wasteland may well be nihilistic. But the movie - with its stunning cinematography and lingering aftertaste of old-school heartbreak - most assuredly is not.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Once it gets rolling, Unstoppable doesn't pause for breath.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Never Let Me Go is gorgeous. And depressing. It's exquisitely acted. And depressing. It's romantic, profound and superbly crafted, shot with the self-contained radiance of a snow globe. And it's depressing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Inky-black humor does strike on occasion, and when it does, it's surprising. So is the movie's star, who sweats and shrieks with game intensity and a capacity for discomfort that would impress a Byzantine saint.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Chandor's writing goes to some darkly interesting places, and there's fun to be found in individual performances.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    At no point during the movie does it strike him that mass extermination might be classified as "rude." No, Frank has the courage of his convictions, which include the belief that most of America has already flushed itself down the toilet.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Even within the rules of its own peculiar world - a world well stocked with talking savanna denizens and monkey-powered superplanes - the film is completely irrational.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A road trip into the heart of that bumpiest of territories, the adolescent id.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Every last joke in the movie - verbal gags, visual gags, musical cues, camera moves - is crushingly literal.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The third and most uneven film adaptation in the series.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A tonally confused, fitfully entertaining film about a pathologically two-faced man.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Despite bursts of hilarity and an A-list cast, this is a dark, difficult, weirdly existential film - like some seriocomic spin on "I and Thou."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The film's editing and pacing are appealingly straightforward, not to say blunt, and the humor runs from dry to bone-dry to parched.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The film is often funny and even more frequently vulgar, exploiting every last chance for raunch in the full-chassis exchange of two grown men. The only thing missing: male nudity.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Rodrick Rules has a brighter comic edge than its predecessor - and a bit more spunk.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Ted
    For all of its transgressive plush-toy sex and screw-'em humor, the plot is pretty standard stuff.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Catherine Hardwicke's prettified movie is a strange adaptation because it supplants the woodsy horror of the original fairy tale with two new elements: a romantic triangle and a witch hunt.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The less-good stuff: the pirates, who are so blandly and predictably drawn that they sap all the personality out of Peter Dinklage (as an ugly ape skipper), which isn't easy. And the plot, which just barrels forward with very few surprises.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    An artfully depraved piece of South Korean torture porn directed by Kim Ji-woon, is a skillful serial-killer thriller in keeping with the likes of "Saw."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Another innocuous film about another unusual girl.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    If, in the end, the movie fails to generate much beyond several crackling jump scares and a nicely gothic mise-en-scene, it has enough mood, and enough Radcliffe, to carry us through the mist.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Melissa Rosenberg's screenplay is faithful enough to Meyer's soap-operatic inclinations, but I kind of wish it weren't.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    All in all, the 3-D animations wow without gimmickry, Banderas purrs without peer - and it's a cheerful movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    So if you don't mind, I'll just go back to believing that someone named Shakespeare (whoever he was) wrote Shakespeare's works. And I'll just go back to regarding them with awe.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    For what it is, it's well done, well filmed, well outfitted with ordnance and, well, exciting. However, in script, characters and plot, Act of Valor offers only the barest minimum.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    It's really strange, and it's really subtitled.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Apart is an attractive-looking piece of work, and I'll always admire any genre film that errs on the side of understatement.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The combative, off-putting Dark Horse features many of writer-director Todd Solondz's usual preoccupations: misery, complexity, stunted emotions, misplaced dreams.

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