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 Moonrise Kingdom
Lowest review score: 0 Savages
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 213
  2. Negative: 38 out of 213
213 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    This sequel is also goofy, also eye-popping - see it in Imax 3-D if you really want to fry your optic nerve - and also weakly scripted. And yet the sheer size of the thing works against it: The effects are absolutely spectacular, but they blow the goofy-cheesy quotient straight through the roof.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    American Reunion isn't a total wash. Its one saving grace is Eugene Levy as Jim's dad.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    No matter how well made, well acted and well intentioned, Lying Dingbat Procrastinator movies are excruciating to watch. Case in point: People Like Us, a film hell-bent on dragging its protagonist (and, sadly, us) through the LDP narrative playbook.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    It's a celebration of nerd pride in all its many-feathered glory.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    With most movies, the question for viewers is: Who should see it? With Project X, the most pressing issue is: Who shouldn't see it?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The kid is a charmer, the message is heartfelt - love your kids while you can - and, OK, the ending might jerk a few tears, even from a crank like me. OK, it did.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A minor but sometimes touching documentary.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    Most of the cast doesn't know what to do with their shallow characterizations and lackluster dialogue. The best lines were harvested for the trailer - so if you've seen that, you've seen it all.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The cutest darn thing in Hotel Transylvania is the way Count Dracula spazzes into a brilliant red devil-face when provoked. The second-cutest thing is his annoyed response to being misquoted by idiot humans.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Doesn't require anyone to love metal, or even like it. It only requires us to laugh at it - and other exemplars of bloated '80s pop, from Starship to Journey - and it does so with a campy and attitudinous spirit that's hard to resist.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Perrier's Bounty puts on a pretty good show: fast, foul, corny, strange.
    • 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."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    What's missing is any hint of realism. There's no grit to it anywhere.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    You know what? The whole thing is harmless.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    The film is confusing and awkwardly timed, and it drags.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Flipped succeeds when it backs off the gluey nostalgia and focuses instead on the subtler pitfalls of adolescence - the tough stuff, the moral stuff, the constant tacking between fear and courage.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    Rod Lurie's heated but empty-headed remake re-creates the original's trudge toward savagery but can't re-create its social context - and doesn't bring anything new to the table.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    After sitting through Takers with my stomach rearranged by hyperactive camera spazzing, I hereby formally request all directors and cinematographers to just get a grip already and STOP. WIGGLING. THE CAMERA.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    The fact that Grandma is played by Jane Fonda, flouncing around in natural fabrics, should tell you something. It should tell you there is no casting decision or character nuance or plot turn too obvious to indulge.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    About as loony and soapy as a movie can get. In other words, it's about as loony and soapy as the novel, and I say this as one who obsessively consumed all four installments in Stephenie Meyer's mega-selling series.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    Rendered nearly unwatchable by overblown close-ups and an unrelenting shaky-cam.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    If you don't guess the big twist in the first 30 minutes, Intruders is half of a good movie. If you do, it's about a third of a good movie. Either way, there's a whole lot of bad movie to contend with.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    In Step Up 3D, what's going on is: nothing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A tough slog through emotional swamplands. It's murky when it needs to be clear. But Hedlund is the big news here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Like most ruckuses, it is frequently loud and not always intelligible.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    This dark and seedy follow-up to 2009's blockbuster comedy has a quite a retro message - suggesting that civilized men carry inside them a monster, a "demon" within, that requires constant taming.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    Director-co-writer Gary McKendry seems to know a thing or two about hard-fisted fight scenes, but he muddies up the visuals with obligatory spasms of shaky-cam.
    • 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.