Amy Nicholson

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For 422 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Nicholson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Handmaiden
Lowest review score: 0 3 Geezers!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 422
422 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    [A] cheery, lightweight documentary.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Though the gags are retrograde groaners, Lapkus embarrasses herself with confidence. Her full-throttle verve transcends the script like a water skier leaping over a Great White.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Nicholson
    Writer-director Tayarisha Poe’s cold and stylish debut, commands attention. More specifically, Simone’s Selah seizes it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    Once the major ideas are on the table, the momentum wobbles and The Platform trades thrills for the empathetic weight of imprisonment. There’s more blood and less hope, though Aranzazu Calleja’s music box-inspired score can lighten the mood to that of a storybook fable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Scare Me would work even better onstage. On screen, it feels like an experiment in minimalism. The film is heavy-handed only in Fred’s fear of emasculation and Fanny’s digs at “desperate white dudes,” troweled on for socially relevant heft.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Almereyda lays tracks to take Tesla in a dozen wild directions. . . . Yet, having ordered the audience onboard, Almereyda doesn’t go anywhere with the gambit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    As a ballad about a rock star’s soul, The Nowhere Inn is a fun riff performed on flimsy strings.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    The film’s truly ridiculous plot choices — the phony twists that make you leave the theater feeling like you’ve inhaled a tank of carbon monoxide — are its own invention, bolted onto a likable, if formulaic, charmer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    Blast Beat cares far more about testing the limits of the family’s togetherness, and while the resolution doesn’t have the sweetness of a pop song, Arango is happy to settle for heavy metal discordance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    Beast Beast’s plot twist is a swing at gravitas that disrupts the balance of Madden’s naturalistic character study. This is the way teen life is, Madden says, until suddenly the film accelerates from reality to sensationalism, and trades humanity for pulp.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Though Feinberg is a singular figure in modern American history (few else could, or would, do his job), Worth hammers his story into a standard biopic template — Grinch Finds Heart — as though one man discovering empathy is truly priceless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    The doc gives Mercado’s story back to Mercado. Better, it shows that Mercado is still the same spiritualistic, highfalutin’ fashion-plate as a retiree eating breakfast at home as he was on TV. The film’s biggest revelation is that Mercado’s mystical, magnificent, big-hearted shtick was no fraud — he was always the real deal.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Eventually, Jumbo clatters to a stop with a tinny cheer for acceptance, a sugar rush of Belgian new wave music, and the sense that the audience has been taken for a bit of a ride.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    America is so punch-drunk that The Fight often feels like it’s whacking old bruises. But that is the national psyche’s problem more than the filmmakers’. For their part, they have made a worthwhile record of the civil rights advocates combating the country’s backslide into stripping away rights for voters, immigrants, pregnant women and the LGBTQ community.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Cuties' job is to coil the contrasting messages and spin them until her lead falls down dizzy, which can make the film feel as subtle as a headache.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Nicholson
    It’s “The Bachelorette” wed to “The Iceman Cometh”: the setup is staged, but the tears are real.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Nicholson
    Costume designer Ceci’s ensembles and Scott Kuzio’s production design are spot-on. Just as impressive is Simien’s steady handle on his serio-comic tone, at once sly, resonant, and horrific.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Nicholson
    Patterson trusts that chemistry will compensate for a gentle thriller that chooses to impress with ingenuity and charm instead of special effects.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator is more than an indictment of a man. Orner cross-examines the community that protected a bully for four decades, ever since Bikram pranced before TV cameras flexing his pecs for a cheering audience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Despite its climactic eye-rolls, Friday’s Child is a great showcase for Sheridan
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    If you’ve seen even one based-on-a-true-story British misfit hobbyists movie, you already know the tune.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    David Holmes and Brian Irvine’s score is melodic and insistent, and it knows when to fall away into silence to let the audience appreciate Neeson and Manville’s superb chemistry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    The final product feels like if the greatest musician in the world tried to write a classic in 15 minutes. Yet, “How to a Build a Girl” dares to argue that reinventing yourself doesn’t make you a poseur ... It’s a young person’s jam that will hit the right teen like a thunderbolt.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    As startling as it is to see the beloved scientist hated in her time, that we’re able to see this headstrong legend as a sexual being at all is a credit to how much Pike gradually humanizes her as a woman, while never pleading for our pity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    The journey is wondrous for the characters, less compelling for the audience.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Oddly, after leaving us aching for the film to go off the rails, when “Angel of Mine” finally does in the final scene, its message is so screwy that the audience might feel as loopy as poor Lizzie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    “I’m going to fake it till I make it!” vows Austyn. At first, “Jawline” also feels committed to his rise. Mandelup changes her intention so gradually that the third act of the film feels a little aimless. Still, she’s smart to momentarily give the mic to the female fans to explain their devotion, though the uniformity of their answers is depressing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Murder Mystery feels as shamelessly gaudy as paste jewelry — a trinket for nights that aspire to nothing more exotic than a pizza — but Aniston sparkles like the real deal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    He left behind enough tape from both ends of the microphone that Belkin is able to create his entire documentary with old footage, juiced by retro imagery of broadcast air waves and vintage dials and knobs.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Every line of dialogue in Trial by Fire is wrapped with so much exposition that the film feels tied to the train-tracks of good taste. Characters don’t converse, they simply say all their thoughts aloud.

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