Amy Nicholson
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For 222 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Nicholson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Cartel Land
Lowest review score: 0 3 Geezers!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 222
  2. Negative: 38 out of 222
222 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    It's a staggering film, but not a brilliant one — a superior version would have played more with the gulf between our senses and theirs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    The humble Kyle onscreen is Kyle with his flaws written out. We're not watching a biopic. We're watching a drama about an idealized soldier, a patriot beyond reproach, which bolsters Kyle's legend while gutting the man.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Director Steven Spielberg doesn't have a steady grip on War Horse's careening tone, but he'll be damned if there's not 15 minutes in there for everyone.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    The raw ingredients of Raid 2 are superb. But the overall effect is gluttonous and queasy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Laguionie's animation is a lovely jumble of thick lines and saturated pastels...But while the artist-as-deity concept was flattering enough to get The Painting nominated for a 2012 Cesar Award, its big ideas about equality and friendship are flatly 2-D.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    For all its empathy and equilibrium, The East has nowhere to go after the script backs itself into a corner.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    Land Ho! feints toward pathos and perversity, only to decide that it's better off giving us abridged, postcard emotions.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    [Whedon] wants to give us everything, and that he fits it all in is its own kind of feat. Age of Ultron is a middling film, yet it's so heavy with his sweat that it never feels like a lazy cash-in — which for a preordained summer megahit is an accomplishment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Despite Brody and Polley's reasonable efforts, they can't compensate for a script that undermines its curiosity about humanity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Saving Mr. Banks, a fictionalized account of two weeks Travers spent on the lot in Burbank, is proof that Walt has thawed and secretly reclaimed Disney's reins.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Alas, the flick can't resist overheating. Paradoxically, when people finally do jump in their cars, curl their fists and grab their guns, we wish they'd retreat to the safety of their monitors.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    It's dumb and consistently funny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    By poking fun at the cliches, director Gluck thinks he can turn an inevitability into an in-joke. Eh, it'll do.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    Batkid Begins wants audiences to celebrate the everyday heroes who donated their time and energy to Miles's dream. Absolutely, we should. Still, take a minute to ask what the disproportionate investment and interest in Batkid's adventure says about our own maturity — and how the internet allows us to feel like champions for rallying for one afternoon, while overlooking the years of unglamorous doctor appointments before it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    Payne's book is more epic and shameless than Gustin Nash's tidy adaptation.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    There's enough mumbo jumbo about space and time and cellular division to allow Lucy to feign depth, but what lingers is Besson's regressive belief that even the most intelligent woman on earth can't figure out how to get her way without a miniskirt and a gun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    It doesn't entirely engage, in part because it's so determined to correct the story that it can't let us explore it ourselves.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    The result is as sugary as a fatal toothache, though it's hard to hate a film that merely wants to give the world a hug.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    This is a soap opera that stands at a distance from its characters (that distance being the length of a lawyer's briefcase) and, though handsome and capable, feels as inert as mannequins in a shop window.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    You'd expect more yucks from the country that bequeathed tentacle porn unto the world.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    The Maze Runner is so bleak that it almost convinces us to take it seriously.
    • 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.

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