For 213 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Biancolli's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Footnote
Lowest review score: 0 The Sitter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 213
  2. Negative: 38 out of 213
213 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Moaadi is the standout here, subtly evoking filial worry and fatherly pride in one scene, popping off with rage in another: He's believably decent, believably flawed. A Separation touches on religious strictures and the role of women in Iran, but it does so with a light hand and not a twitch of condemnation.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    This is one helluva drama, with one helluva star turn by Jennifer Lawrence as Ree.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The King's Speech is a warm, wise film - the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The epic and impassioned close that the saga deserves, a sweeping Wagnerian finish that's taut with suspense and wet with emotion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    When it's over, this documentary lingers as a testament to extraordinary human bravery. It stands as one of the most heartbreaking and suspenseful sagas of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The main source of astonishment is the precision exhibited everywhere, from the slyly vintage look of Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography to the gradual, cinching tension in Chris Terrio's careful screenplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The film is its own beast, and it's a rare one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Nostalgia for the Light is a strange and stunning work of art: a poem disguised as a movie about astronomers in the Atacama desert of Chile.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Screenwriters Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan have clarified a few things that needed clarifying, camouflaged a few things that needed camouflaging - and gently tugged some passive flashbacks into the active present. It's a cagey adaptation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The formality of Moonrise Kingdom - the orderly structure and dreamlike perfection of it all - is as poetic as any film I've seen this year.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    It's a remarkable film: A gritty, gut-churning, crime thriller based on a true story. Its greatness lies in its unwavering fidelity to human nature and the unstoppable laws of the wild.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    This is a remarkable movie: lovely, slow-paced and almost silent, rich with pathos and deft comic gestures.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar imbues his tale of academic maneuvering, misunderstanding and mystery with the zest of passion and the zing of intrigue, It's a vivacious film, having its little fun with suspense-flick conventions (including Amit Poznansky's bouncing score) that build to a climactic finish.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The film benefits most of all from Rees' careful screenplay, which dances that shifting line between fear and emergent hope. One of Alike's poems says it best: "Even breaking is opening. And I am broken. I am open."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Chandor's writing goes to some darkly interesting places, and there's fun to be found in individual performances.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    It is, all in all, off its rocker. But it's gorgeous.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    A film of great hilarity, humanity, idiosyncrasy and grade-A, eyebrow-singeing raunch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A triumph of simplicity, innocence and goofy jokes.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    It is pure, retro-cinematic joy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    This is spellbinding, transporting, damn near indescribable and the latest indication that Christopher Nolan might be the slyest narrative tactician making movies today.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A first-class genre entry stacked with dandy performances and some crackerjack action to boot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Herzog, as ever, is obsessed most of all with human nature: Into the Abyss explores our deepest urges to love, and live, and kill.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    If you widen your eyes and turn off your brain, it all adds up to cracking good fun.