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 Animal Kingdom
Lowest review score: 0 Savages
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 214
  2. Negative: 39 out of 214
214 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The film is sweet. Its observations of life in the aftermath of death ring true, especially for anyone who's traveled the contours of mourning. And although it doesn't rank among Crowe's greatest films, it's a better, tighter, more disarming piece of grief work than his baggy and zigzaggy "Elizabethtown."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The Dictator's over-the-top rant against the rank lunacy of authoritarianism deploys comedy like an act of violence; it's outrageous, quick and leaves us breathless, whether from laughter or shock.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Melissa Rosenberg's screenplay is faithful enough to Meyer's soap-operatic inclinations, but I kind of wish it weren't.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    If you're looking for cinema verite, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a fun, fizzy sequel in a franchise left for dead 10 years ago, have at it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The movie as a whole is a mixed bag, offering up stiff shots of skepticism and a few provocative thoughts on correlation and causality.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A crappy 3-D conversion job mars this otherwise competent, energetic and cheerfully hambone Marvel adaptation from director Kenneth Branagh.
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The results are often comical, but Pickering who made the film in tribute to his mother, the real Linda White - imbues them with faith in something, maybe dignity, maybe love, maybe just the simple human urge to keep on moving.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The acting is immaculate; the editing is seamless; the imagery is blunt.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Richard Attenborough nailed that purity 64 years ago, and Sam Riley nails it now. His Pinkie is a slim, mesmerizing package of immaculate and undiluted evil, clear as a stick of Brighton Rock candy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    For all of its brutal flashbacks and heavy-handed devices, The First Grader works best when it works quietly.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    At no point during the movie does it strike him that mass extermination might be classified as "rude." No, Frank has the courage of his convictions, which include the belief that most of America has already flushed itself down the toilet.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    In style and structure, it mimics an old-style studio effort, a culture-clashing comedy of manners that's tinged with melodrama and filmed in a smart progression of medium shots.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The title promises a film that never really materializes: something nastier, smellier, more nihilistic than the skittish morality tale at hand.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    All of this amounts to so much stylish nostalgia - not half as repulsive as the splatterific torture porn currently dominating the horror genre, and not half as cynical, either.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    In its way, the film is more concerned with the love between friends than the sex between strangers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Through it all, Tatum tries like crazy to Act. His eyes pinch. His brow scrunches. Most of all, he clenches his jaw, little creases of muscle flexing below his ears as he labors to emote.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    This is a handsome, conventional biopic, as fluent and polished as its subject matter.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    None of this bears much or any resemblance to the real world, but the violence crunches, the editing snaps and the humorous one-liners pop at well-timed junctures.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 0 Amy Biancolli
    Is it good bad? Nah. It's just bad. It's so bad it makes "Machete," the other movie based on a mock trailer from "Grindhouse," look like high-gloss Kubrickian satire.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    If the movie ends too abruptly, it still gives plenty of screen time to its nicely screwed-up central character. And it's still a solid, assured feature debut from the latest brothers to watch.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Biancolli
    The cutest darn thing in Hotel Transylvania is the way Count Dracula spazzes into a brilliant red devil-face when provoked. The second-cutest thing is his annoyed response to being misquoted by idiot humans.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Some of the film is imaginatively put together. But the melodrama feels forced - manipulated by filmmakers hell-bent on teaching its main character a lesson or two about life and the need to seize it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Those who should go near The Big Year, if not flock to it, are fans of avians, mild PG comedy and gorgeously shot travel footage dotted with humans.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    The third and most uneven film adaptation in the series.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    It looks spiffy. It has an attractive cast. Marcel Zyskind's cinematography seethes and shines. And it's a crock.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    Headland works hard to reconcile the wild and the tame; if she never quite gets the balance right, ya gotta admire her bold juxtaposition of overdose-resuscitation gags with lessons on self-loathing and bulimia.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    As weird as it sounds.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    A passable follow-up - more ludicrous, less taut, still creepy - that picks up exactly where the original left off.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Biancolli
    It's really strange, and it's really subtitled.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Amy Biancolli
    You can't fool me. I know it's actually a parlor game.

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