Amy Biancolli

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For 214 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Biancolli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The King's Speech
Lowest review score: 0 Vanishing on 7th Street
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 214
  2. Negative: 39 out of 214
214 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Moaadi is the standout here, subtly evoking filial worry and fatherly pride in one scene, popping off with rage in another: He's believably decent, believably flawed. A Separation touches on religious strictures and the role of women in Iran, but it does so with a light hand and not a twitch of condemnation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Nostalgia for the Light is a strange and stunning work of art: a poem disguised as a movie about astronomers in the Atacama desert of Chile.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    This is one helluva drama, with one helluva star turn by Jennifer Lawrence as Ree.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    At its simplest, "Fire" tells of Mikael's efforts to exonerate Lisbeth. At its most baroque, it explores a vast web of sex trafficking and deep-rooted conspiracy that goes back decades and touches on Lisbeth's inflammatory background.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The King's Speech is a warm, wise film - the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The epic and impassioned close that the saga deserves, a sweeping Wagnerian finish that's taut with suspense and wet with emotion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    When it's over, this documentary lingers as a testament to extraordinary human bravery. It stands as one of the most heartbreaking and suspenseful sagas of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The main source of astonishment is the precision exhibited everywhere, from the slyly vintage look of Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography to the gradual, cinching tension in Chris Terrio's careful screenplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The film is its own beast, and it's a rare one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Screenwriters Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan have clarified a few things that needed clarifying, camouflaged a few things that needed camouflaging - and gently tugged some passive flashbacks into the active present. It's a cagey adaptation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The formality of Moonrise Kingdom - the orderly structure and dreamlike perfection of it all - is as poetic as any film I've seen this year.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    The film is confusing and awkwardly timed, and it drags.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Handily beats back the evils of boredom.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    After watching Project Nim, a distressing portrait of a misguided 1970s language experiment, you'll be glad you're not a chimp in a cage. But you might want to revoke your membership in the human race, which comes across as a narcissistic, hedonistic, self-absorbed, neglectful, anthropomorphizing and arrogant bunch of hippie-dippy know-it-alls.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    It's a remarkable film: A gritty, gut-churning, crime thriller based on a true story. Its greatness lies in its unwavering fidelity to human nature and the unstoppable laws of the wild.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    This is a remarkable movie: lovely, slow-paced and almost silent, rich with pathos and deft comic gestures.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The kid is a charmer, the message is heartfelt - love your kids while you can - and, OK, the ending might jerk a few tears, even from a crank like me. OK, it did.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar imbues his tale of academic maneuvering, misunderstanding and mystery with the zest of passion and the zing of intrigue, It's a vivacious film, having its little fun with suspense-flick conventions (including Amit Poznansky's bouncing score) that build to a climactic finish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    It isn't a long journey. Kisses clocks at 72 minutes, which feels something less than feature length. It's long enough to include a few cliches and nagging questions, yet it's short enough to leave you wanting more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    What's missing is any real menace - the signature Miyazaki freak factor that turns spirits into monsters and parents into pigs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A little movie with a lot of hilarious swearing and an unexpectedly big heart.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The film benefits most of all from Rees' careful screenplay, which dances that shifting line between fear and emergent hope. One of Alike's poems says it best: "Even breaking is opening. And I am broken. I am open."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower hurts. It hurts because it depicts the loneliness, anxiety and all-out quivering mess of adolescence in a manner not often seen since John Hughes' heyday.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Although this one indulges in unnecessary CGI enhancements, it's still a striking piece of character-driven horror, and it ranks among the more understated fright fests to hit the mainstream in recent memory.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Crisp, acid-tongued and sharply acted, it's the sort of exercise in tangy Celtic cynicism that's become one of the Emerald Isle's most reliable exports.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A first-class genre entry stacked with dandy performances and some crackerjack action to boot.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Chandor's writing goes to some darkly interesting places, and there's fun to be found in individual performances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Ayoade is well known to British viewers for his role as a coddled nerd in the sitcom "The IT Crowd," so it's fair to expect laughs from his directorial debut feature. But much depends on your mind-set; U.S. audiences could have trouble with the movie's less-than-sunny worldview.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    It is, all in all, off its rocker. But it's gorgeous.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The effect is an endearing and plainspoken clarity that stops just short of naturalism; the people in his movies don't seem real, exactly, but we end up caring about them as though they were.

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