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 American Ultra
Lowest review score: 0 3 Geezers!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 268
268 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    You'd expect more yucks from the country that bequeathed tentacle porn unto the world.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Taken 3 isn't brilliant, but it's a hell of a lot of dumb, head-smacking fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Spielberg can’t fix The BFG’s strange second act.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Parents with restless, animal-loving children may as well throw it a bone.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Taken 2 is 91 minutes of "See Neeson kill-kill, Neeson kill!"
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    The raw ingredients of Raid 2 are superb. But the overall effect is gluttonous and queasy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    [Aselton's] disregard for her male characters causes Black Rock to spiral into dudette "Deliverance."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    The film's anthropological interest in Indonesia is the smartest thing in an otherwise familiar scramble of kidnapped babes, expensive jewelry and millions of bullets.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Lovelace, ahem, blows it. The narrative rewind gives us new facts and a whole heap of crying scenes, but no added insight into Linda's mind—she's still as empty as an inflatable toy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Earth to Echo is a slender kiddie flick about a quartet of preteens and their palm-sized alien pal that's at once bland, well-intentioned, and utterly terrifying about the mental development of modern children.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    If The Danish Girl dared to critique its main characters, it'd be brave. If it had celebrated a modern marriage that worked for 26 years — much longer and stranger than the film lets on — it'd be truly pioneering. Real life is full of kinks, mistakes, and selfish behavior. Biopics, however, are made of formulaic virtue.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    While the plot is a non-starter, the margins of Gold and co-director Tammy Caplan's debut feature are scattered with other real-life magicians who make quarters vanish every time our attention does the same.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Step Up All In cuts too fast, the way an MTV hack does when forced to disguise that a starlet can't move.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Frost can play lovable losers in his sleep, but to succeed, Cuban Fury has to make him dance. A fat man falling down gets a cheap laugh; a fat man with magic feet makes us cheer. Director James Griffiths splits the difference between ridicule and respect, and the resulting comedy is as trite and cloying as a rum and coke.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    The Maze Runner is so bleak that it almost convinces us to take it seriously.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Green is sexy, funny, dangerous, and wild -- everything the film needed to be -- and whenever she's not on-screen, we feel her absence as though the sun has blinked off.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    [Paquet-Brenner] squanders Dark Places' icky setup for a rote investigation to find the real killer, a revelation greeted not with a "What?!" but with a "Whatever."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    There's no credibility to Arielle and Brian's romance. We get why he likes her — who wouldn't? But what does she see in this nine-years-younger naif she treats like a slow child?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Torn between making sense and arguing that the world itself makes no sense, Prisoners is a captive of its own ambitions.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Madec and Ben's showdown becomes a battle to see which type of man is best equipped for survival: the well-funded scoundrel or the honest grunt. The film is too honest itself to always give us the answer we want. It's also too dully on-the-nose to entertain.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Fun Size isn't good enough to ascend to those John Hughesian ranks, and its small holiday window means it won't scarf much box office. But at least first time feature director Josh Schwartz can expect a minor slumber party hit on DVD.

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