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 How to Survive a Plague
Lowest review score: 0 The Sitter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 214
  2. Negative: 39 out of 214
214 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A Better Life isn't an instant classic, but it tells its story with a simplicity and compassion that other urban dramas would be wise to emulate.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A typical vehicle for Ferrell's atypical humor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    One can argue the movie's finer points, but in the end, there's no escaping its creeping pile-up of evidence that Mother Earth is critically dehydrated - and we need to do something, fast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    A handsome but gabby take on the standard survivalist thriller that's more concerned with lofty metaphysics than which poor blockhead is about to bite it next.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    An arty, ruminative and slow-paced film that's being marketed as a big ol' alien-invasion flick. Just don't expect an invasion flick.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A smart, juicy entertainment, but it's the kind of straight-up legal drama that hinges entirely on crafty storytelling and across-the-board solid performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Rio
    The humor's a little strange, and the action's a little frenetic, but all of it whooshes past in a swirl of tropical color and pseudo-South American bonhomie. Gorgeous scenery meets oddball characters and mild ethnic stereotyping.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Megamind, it turns out, is a villain to root for.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The film is a vehement drama and a fitfully amusing snark fest set to Nicola Piovani's jaunty circus music. It winds up only half-succeeding at both.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Ted
    For all of its transgressive plush-toy sex and screw-'em humor, the plot is pretty standard stuff.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    If, in the end, the movie fails to generate much beyond several crackling jump scares and a nicely gothic mise-en-scene, it has enough mood, and enough Radcliffe, to carry us through the mist.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    There are six standard types of violence in film these days: Tarantino, comic book, Scorsese, martial arts, horror and stupid. For stupid, look no further than Centurion.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Good story, great characters, a setting plucked from history - and a multiracial, multigenerational ensemble cast stacked with fabulous actresses. But the thing that makes The Help such a rousing crowd-pleaser is its generous helping of baked goods.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    It does for hit men what "Up in the Air" did for frequent-flying corporate terminators, minus the comic tang.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    May be Disney's most pointedly feminist effort since "Mulan."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    When the screenplay sticks to the tricky business of living - trying, then screwing up, then stumbling forward anyway - it hits its mark with confidence, and the big ensemble cast responds with tight little performances of affecting vulnerability.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Narrated by Lomborg, the movie uses lecture excerpts, clips of terrified schoolchildren and interviews with (mostly) like-minded scientists to get his points across.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    Let us recall that the first film was, in its blithely vulgar way, hilarious. And let us demand a moratorium on coked-out-baby jokes, which seriously kill the buzz.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    In Secretariat, the fictionalized bits are simple exaggerations - broad, Disneyish adjustments in races and other realities.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    A fine, fun remake of a movie that updates, transplants and reimagines the original without sacrificing its heart or goofy charm.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    "Hornet's Nest" isn't the best of the three (that would be the first film, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"), but it's the most challenging.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    The whole thing is monumentally gruesome and just as monumentally cynical, a riot of grisly cliches designed to titillate and amuse.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    RED
    This breezy action comedy is a noisy affirmation that life goes on after 50, that retirement doesn't mean redundancy, and that nobody - young or old - can wear a long cream evening gown like Mirren.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Lindberg, who wrote a book on the subject called "Punk Rock Dad," is at the center of this sweet, revealing and proudly foulmouthed ethnography on rock and the modern dad.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Even within the rules of its own peculiar world - a world well stocked with talking savanna denizens and monkey-powered superplanes - the film is completely irrational.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    Sweet and serious as it is, the second chunk of Seeking a Friend is the lesser of the two - and hard to reconcile with the more acidic comic outlook in the film's first half. The obvious movie referent is Lars von Trier's "Melancholia," a much nastier film in a much lovelier wrapping: This one lacks an eight-minute Wagner montage.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 0 Amy Biancolli
    So. What part of this is boring? All of it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The story gets away from itself as it barrels forward. The tiny bit of sense it makes at the beginning is quickly sacrificed in a conclusion so facile, illogical and cheap that it could use a dose of NZT itself.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Rubber has its share of jollies, at least when it isn't boring us to death with the fourth-wall-busting monkey business. Although I appreciate Dupieux's efforts at satire, the audience-interaction subplot goes nowhere fast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The film's emotional complexities don't allow for much of the canned sentiment that normally gets dished out in romantic dramas; what emerges instead, over several reels, is endearingly tender and complicated.

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