Amy Nicholson

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For 268 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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Nicholson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Second Mother
Lowest review score: 0 3 Geezers!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 268
268 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    Director Douglas McGrath's empathy rescues it from the brink of disaster porn - it's so good-hearted and optimistic that a swath of stressed out moms will feel the flick speaks directly to them, which it does.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    The bad news is that if you haven't seen "Thor," "Captain America" and "Iron Man 2" - that's six hours and three minutes of homework - The Avengers won't make sense. The good news is if you're a human under the age of 45, you probably already have.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    Won't Back Down makes grand drama of bureaucracy, positioning Gyllenhaal as the knight slaying 400 pages of government paperwork in order to wrest control of her daughter's elementary school. It's rousing - if not thrilling - stuff.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    Like James in the ring, it doesn't pack a lot of power, but it comes out swinging and sweats for applause.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Amy Nicholson
    It’s all a little slow and stoic and familiar.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    By Jackass standards, Bad Grandpa is benign—it’s neither as fun nor as thrilling as watching Knoxville play tetherball with a beehive.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Diana is a Lifetime movie in sensible pumps, at once too silly to be taken seriously, yet so self-serious it rarely allows us to giggle.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    The funniest Madea film in a fair stretch... It's also, of course, not good by any definition.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Of course, the movie doesn't work. But Costner does. No matter now nonsensical and uneven 3 Days to Kill gets, he's miraculously consistent.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    As ever, he has the last laugh. This is How Stella Got Her Groove Back, for the Pop-Tart crowd, a wish-fulfillment weepie that not only narrowly clears Perry's low bar, thanks mostly to McLendon-Covey and Brown, but has already sold the TV sitcom rights to Oprah.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    The raw ingredients of Raid 2 are superb. But the overall effect is gluttonous and queasy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Johnson doesn't seem to trust her star to unclench and act... In contrast, the rest of the cast, down to the gossipy local bank teller (Christine Lahti), feels electrically human.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Chef is so charmingly middlebrow that it's exactly the cinematic comfort food it mocks: Favreau has made not a game-changing meal to remember, but a perfect chocolate lava cake.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Future Past starts fast and never slows down. There's not a line of dialogue that isn't exposition... What fun there is slips in through director Bryan Singer's visuals.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Hector is trying to say something true about a generation of quietly dissatisfied demi-adults who are terrified to take emotional risks. At least it left its comfort zone and tried.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    This is an ugly part of an ugly war, and Ayer wallows in it. Instead of flags and patriotism, Fury is about filth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Tyldum has robbed his own film of emotional depth — this Turing is as simple as Morse code. Rather than a complex human portrait, this is an assemblage of triumphs, tragedies and tics.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    For a story that's pro-poor and anti-wealth, every frame of it looks like it cost as much as human life itself — and that, more than any bludgeoned battle cries for freedom, is the pleasure of the film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Unbroken wants it all: the big cinematography, the close-up grit, the postcard flashbacks, and the grisly Götterdämmerung that earns directors awards. But it aches for a lighter touch -- the facts of Zamperini's life more than stand on their own.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Oddly, that extra star power makes Black November look cheap. It's threadbare for an action flick... The story Amata wants to tell is much simpler, and he might have been more successful sticking to his own guns and staying with his sturdy, empathetic heroine.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Taken 3 isn't brilliant, but it's a hell of a lot of dumb, head-smacking fun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Aniston gives the character personality and heft, but the script gives the character nothing to do.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    You'd expect more yucks from the country that bequeathed tentacle porn unto the world.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Like so many meathead action thrillers, it's too busy fogging the windows with hot air to see the big picture.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    There's freedom in facing the truth. There would be even more freedom in a heroine finishing the film in her favorite ugly overalls, but we haven't gotten there yet.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Get Hard is most comfortable — and funny — when Cohen gets back to skewering class warfare.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    [Singh's] film is good with physics and lousy at philosophy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    It's clear that Straight Outta Compton is at once too padded and too thin. It's as if the story of these real-life legends was so unruly and dangerous that the filmmakers became the cops, forcing it into submission.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Karas showcases the actors' surprisingly good tennis skills, like the continuous volley they do while reciting the lyrics to "Bust a Move" and the deft way Sisto spins his racquet. But rather than develop these two as characters, Break Point tries to score too many points.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    To Rad, Dangerous Men was a life's work, and to sit through it feels like honoring the dreamers of the world who at least get shit done. Is it terrible? Of course. Is there belly-dancing? Duh.

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