Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  1. There's so much pluck and gumption on the screen you can smell it. Flesh and blood? Not so much.
  2. It’s all so glancing and superficial that the movie doesn’t seem to have a present tense. It goes by like coming attractions. It is, however, a treasury of bad biopic dialogue.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Drawn from two Earhart bios, Mira Nair’s dull hagiography comes in about 111 minutes too long.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    What rankles most about Amelia is the timidity and lack of imagination with which Nair approaches one of America's most exceptional and intriguing celebrity life stories.
  5. 30
    With any luck this biopic of Amelia Earhart will also vanish without a trace. Hilary Swank is sorely miscast as the legendary aviator.
  6. 25
    There’s not a real or spontaneous minute in it.
  7. 25
    Better luck trying to find out what truly happened to the real Earhart than trying to diagnose all that's wrong with this hapless film.
  8. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Considering its focus on a pioneering, rule-breaking icon, the film’s utter lack of personality isn’t just a failure. It’s close to an insult.
  9. Tis embalmed drama is a ghost from the '80s, a decade that regularly produced surprise-free, caramelized biopics. The airless Amelia is missing practically everything.
  10. Alas, excesses of any pleasurable kind are absent from this exasperatingly dull production.
  11. Amelia Earhart is still missing.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jan 10, 2011
    This movie was superb. Hillary Swank and Richard Gere are terrific. Don't miss it. You will love it; it's low key film-making at its best. Why it received such low scores is beyond me. It is a 10 in my book. Full Review »