Amy Nicholson

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For 329 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Nicholson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Red Army
Lowest review score: 0 3 Geezers!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 329
329 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    With The LEGO Batman Movie, a shiny, irresistible delight, blockbuster flicks have perfected their ideal form.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Cartel Land is interested in how idealism becomes corrupt.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden is a jaw-dropping, pulse-quickening mash-up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    As we switch sympathies from scene to scene, Muylaert forces us to think big about the clash between idealism and acceptance, a philosophical war that spills beyond the walls of this small story into every corner of our own lives.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Most docs are lucky to have one wild character. The phenomenal Finders Keepers has two.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Barry's questions are powerful whether asked by a future president or a future janitor. The script is great no matter who it's about — it's just that fewer curiosity-seekers would give it a watch were it about someone else.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Raw
    Ducournau has made a beautiful film about terrible horrors.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Jesse Moss's documentary The Overnighters is a heart-wrencher about the clash between economics and ethics. Its story sounds like the sort of dry news blurb you'd skim over in the Sunday paper but unfolds into an epic tragedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Spy
    It's a comedy of exasperation where, for once, the joke isn't on McCarthy, but on everyone who can't see her skills.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    A transcendent comic chiller, when The Guest's characters are in peril we actually care, and Wingard respectfully makes the kills clean and quick.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Red Army is a riveting look behind the Iron Curtain.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Jenkins has made something astonishing: a film with immaculate craft that, at the same time, feels spontaneous, even tentative, as if it could panic that it’s revealed too much and close the curtains.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Casting JonBenét, my favorite film at this year's Sundance, shows a director in full control.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Most astonishingly, with the franchise's powerful climax, Lawrence has managed to align her parallel Hollywood lives and reinvent the prestigious popcorn flick, a crowd-pleaser with intelligent class.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra is a bloody valentine attached to a bomb. It’s violent, brash, inventive and horrific, and perhaps the most romantic film of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Kaufman builds an emotional world we're nervous to enter, one we're already living in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    As an action film — which in small bursts it is — Blue Ruin is disquieting and raw, like Commando turned inside out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Director Rian Johnson's resulting film, a cornfield neo-noir, is the coolest, most-confident sci-fi flick since 2006's "Children of Men."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    In the first film, his rhythmic overkills felt brutal. Here, they're more like a dance, and the best bits of the movie have a lightness that made me giggle with delight.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    This sparse marvel leaves the audience rattled by how small decisions lead to big consequences. Still, you're most likely to leave the theater gushing about the cast's bravura unbroken performances.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Sausage Party is ballsy and dumb and brilliant all in one bite.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Chi-Raq is a marvel. It's Lee resurrecting his voice — angry, impassioned, and funny as hell — right when we need to hear it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Amy Nicholson
    Logan is the rare action flick in which the quiet moments are as compelling as any of the fights.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Amy Nicholson
    It's thrillingly, fiercely female. It takes the same neighborhood-boy-turns-hoodlum story we've seen for a century and simply flips the script.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Amy Nicholson
    Peele is so attuned to the tiny ways race sneaks into conversations that we hear it in every line. Our suspicions are so heightened, we start to second-guess our own senses.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Amy Nicholson
    The Love Witch, by writer/director Anna Biller, is a feminist film about a character who thinks feminism is bad news. It's delightful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Nicholson
    Lord and Miller do great work within constraints, taking pre-made pieces and fashioning them into feats worthy of applause. It's no wonder they made a Lego movie — and it's no wonder it's so good.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Nicholson
    Gleeson is one of the finest actors we have, and in casting him as the lead, McDonagh stacks the deck so that regardless of our own religious reservations, we're forced to care about Father James as a man.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Nicholson
    Nicholas Stoller's hilarious Neighbors splashes into summer with the satisfying swish-plop-hooray of a winning beer pong serve.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Nicholson
    Lenny Abrahamson's shattering drama Room borrows its fictional plot from the tabloids and strips it of sensationalism.

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