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 Frankenweenie
Lowest review score: 0 The Sitter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 214
  2. Negative: 39 out of 214
214 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    A film of great hilarity, humanity, idiosyncrasy and grade-A, eyebrow-singeing raunch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A triumph of simplicity, innocence and goofy jokes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Make no mistake, this is advocacy cinema; interviews with Defense Department and military officials notwithstanding, there's not much effort, on Dick's part or anyone else's, to consider any point of view besides the victims' and those who love or speak for them. That's what makes it difficult to watch. And that's what makes it necessary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    It is pure, retro-cinematic joy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    This is spellbinding, transporting, damn near indescribable and the latest indication that Christopher Nolan might be the slyest narrative tactician making movies today.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Herzog, as ever, is obsessed most of all with human nature: Into the Abyss explores our deepest urges to love, and live, and kill.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    Features an exceedingly dapper Richard Gere in a series of nice suits and handsome close-ups that serve no purpose other than to remind us how exceedingly dapper Richard Gere looks in nice suits and handsome close-ups. The rest of the movie registers as a loss of: time, money, talent and logic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    That the film happens to be in 3-D, with digitized settings and backgrounds, doesn't detract from the timeworn charm of watching blob-like characters lurch erratically through harebrained comic pratfalls.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    What a treat to find a movie so bright-eyed and true - without a trace of bathos - in its depiction of such a harrowing subject.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    If you widen your eyes and turn off your brain, it all adds up to cracking good fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    As for Butler's screenplay, it's less beguiling than preachy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The protagonists and their idle dreams of a fiery wasteland may well be nihilistic. But the movie - with its stunning cinematography and lingering aftertaste of old-school heartbreak - most assuredly is not.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Gluck also directed "Fired Up!," another teen charade with lots of quick-witted verbal raunch. Easy A does a few things better.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    Shame has a lolling pace and stunning visual clarity. Structurally, it's close to perfect - its precision echoed in the Glenn Gould piano recordings of Bach keyboard works that Brandon listens to obsessively.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    There aren't that many songs this time - just a handful, reprised ad infinitum. You get to sing most of them, so I'm sure you've noticed how bland they are.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Even his wife barely knew him, recalling for her son the peculiarities of raising a family amid Daddy's cloak and dagger - and if she's baffled by his behavior, what hope is there for anyone else?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    This is brutish, visceral stuff - a type of raw-meat violence that's undeniably cinematic but seems, to this worried parent, ill-fitted for PG-13.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    It all adds up to a fine, funny exercise in disheveled self-deprecation: a self-portrait of a guy who can't control a major portion of his life. Which, when you get right down to it, could describe almost any of us.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    An imperfect, fascinating film about an imperfect, fascinating man.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    This is a sobering piece of advocacy cinema.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The film's editing and pacing are appealingly straightforward, not to say blunt, and the humor runs from dry to bone-dry to parched.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The film isn't half as deep as intended, but parts of it are very funny - someone actually barfs onto a stack of art books - and the parts that aren't may as well be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Never Let Me Go is gorgeous. And depressing. It's exquisitely acted. And depressing. It's romantic, profound and superbly crafted, shot with the self-contained radiance of a snow globe. And it's depressing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Once it gets rolling, Unstoppable doesn't pause for breath.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    There are moments of genuine pathos, genuine humor, genuine surprise. As much as the film adheres to the strictures of the standard comic-book movie, it also pops with a knowing, loving, Whedon-world jokiness that keeps everything barreling along.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Biancolli
    If the characters weren't so well drawn, if the effects weren't so convincing, and if the upshot weren't so ghastly, the moral component wouldn't carry any weight. But Trank tells his tale with an emotional and visual crispness that gives the superhero genre its best crack at naturalism so far.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    There's nothing dark about Arthur: It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    What joy it is to watch the man (Douglas) slime himself on camera.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Solid performances, and a sincere faith in the dignity of the average working stiff, save it from getting too preachy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    This is better than any of the "Twilights." It features a functioning creative imagination and lots of honest-to-goodness acting by its star, Jennifer Lawrence.

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