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

Amy Biancolli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Shame
Lowest review score: 0 The Sitter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 214
  2. Negative: 39 out of 214
214 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    If the movie packs a weaker punch than the original, it has less to do with the action sequences than the script (by Edmond Wong, son of Raymond, who wrote the first), a flimsy affair with subpar villains.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower hurts. It hurts because it depicts the loneliness, anxiety and all-out quivering mess of adolescence in a manner not often seen since John Hughes' heyday.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A tonally confused, fitfully entertaining film about a pathologically two-faced man.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Uneven, occasionally silly, true, but it's also an improvement over 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    A compact British drama that does more with only three people and a few modest settings than most movies do with computerized bloat and a cast of hundreds.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    This one is a long, archetypal journey that screeches to a halt a few stops short of its destination.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    As a runner, the robber is dogged; as a robber, the runner is efficient, explosive and fast.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A typical vehicle for Ferrell's atypical humor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    One can argue the movie's finer points, but in the end, there's no escaping its creeping pile-up of evidence that Mother Earth is critically dehydrated - and we need to do something, fast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    A handsome but gabby take on the standard survivalist thriller that's more concerned with lofty metaphysics than which poor blockhead is about to bite it next.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    An arty, ruminative and slow-paced film that's being marketed as a big ol' alien-invasion flick. Just don't expect an invasion flick.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Rio
    The humor's a little strange, and the action's a little frenetic, but all of it whooshes past in a swirl of tropical color and pseudo-South American bonhomie. Gorgeous scenery meets oddball characters and mild ethnic stereotyping.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Megamind, it turns out, is a villain to root for.