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 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lowest review score: 0 Hobo with a Shotgun
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 214
  2. Negative: 39 out of 214
214 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    For all of its dazzlingly rendered cityscapes and nonstop action, this revamped Total Recall is a bland thing - bloodless, airless, humorless, featureless. With or without the triple-bosomed prostitute.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A minor but sometimes touching documentary.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Some of the film is imaginatively put together. But the melodrama feels forced - manipulated by filmmakers hell-bent on teaching its main character a lesson or two about life and the need to seize it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    In its most touching moments, the film achieves a kind of sad and waltzing rhythm all its own. In its least, it's precious and plodding; the metaphoric link between grief and housework drags like a mop on a bathroom floor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    None of this bears much or any resemblance to the real world, but the violence crunches, the editing snaps and the humorous one-liners pop at well-timed junctures.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    It's a celebration of nerd pride in all its many-feathered glory.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The film isn't half as deep as intended, but parts of it are very funny - someone actually barfs onto a stack of art books - and the parts that aren't may as well be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Many scenes in Outrage are crisply filmed and stylish enough, as serial assassinations go. But the film doesn't add up to much.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Even his wife barely knew him, recalling for her son the peculiarities of raising a family amid Daddy's cloak and dagger - and if she's baffled by his behavior, what hope is there for anyone else?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The film is a vehement drama and a fitfully amusing snark fest set to Nicola Piovani's jaunty circus music. It winds up only half-succeeding at both.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Given the number of real-world cults that have ended in major bloodshed, there's some irony - and no small narrative coquetry - in any drama on the subject that ducks out so pointedly at the finish.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    It's really strange, and it's really subtitled.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Coiro, who directed and co-wrote the film with Ritter, has a firm hold on snappish humor and bookish references, but the whole thing sags under a creaky narrative structure.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    In its way, the film is more concerned with the love between friends than the sex between strangers.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    360
    Much like its own characters, it dithers too much - and it dares too little.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    In the end - and every story needs one - The Words is a decent, ambitious, unoriginal film about a decent, ambitious, unoriginal writer. Both aim for greatness. Both fall short.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    When its biggest trick is finally revealed, it is not entirely satisfying.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    To be fair, War of the Buttons is a film with a modest agenda. It does not attempt to provide a complete or even vaguely realistic depiction of the rural French resistance in the endgame to World War II. Instead, it provides a fable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Headland works hard to reconcile the wild and the tame; if she never quite gets the balance right, ya gotta admire her bold juxtaposition of overdose-resuscitation gags with lessons on self-loathing and bulimia.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    Visually, Jonah Hex is an orgy of overstatement: rapid edits, garish colors, harsh light.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    In Step Up 3D, what's going on is: nothing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    It looks spiffy. It has an attractive cast. Marcel Zyskind's cinematography seethes and shines. And it's a crock.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    It's harmless.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    You can't fool me. I know it's actually a parlor game.