Amy Nicholson

Amy Nicholson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Amy Nicholson's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 42% We Are Your Friends (2015) "It's fun and raw and dumb - perfect late-summer cinema. Yet Efron, one of our best young actors, gives the movie more than it needs: if not quite gravitas, an emotional tempo. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 26, 2015
A 96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) "Muylaert forces us to think big about the clash between idealism and acceptance, a philosophical war that spills beyond the walls of this small story into every corner of our own lives " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 26, 2015
73% Captivated "Zagar stops just short of arguing for Smart's innocence, but he pokes enough holes in our perception of the facts. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2015
A 47% American Ultra (2015) "A bloody valentine attached to a bomb. It's violent, brash, inventive and horrific, and perhaps the most romantic film of the year. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 18, 2015
C+ 83% Mistress America (2015) "Like Brooke's dream business, a café/convenience store/hair salon, Mistress America is a mishmash of ideas " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 12, 2015
C 89% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "It's clear what producers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are most interested in: the money. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 12, 2015
C- 26% Dark Places (2015) "Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner marshaled a top-tier cast and commanded them to tromp across Flynn's intelligent bestseller like investigators muddying a crime scene. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2015
A- 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "Any woman who survived puberty knows that girlhood is all about obsession -- just ask Justin Bieber, One Direction, New Kids on the Block, or the Beatles. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 5, 2015
C 61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "If only Demme had shot a scene of Ricki stubbing out a joint on a "Cathy" comic strip. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 5, 2015
B- 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "You'll never see Cruise playing an effortless comic book immortal - his characters are at their best when their backs are to the wall. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2015
C- 17% Pixels (2015) "Here's a shocker: In Pixels, his latest, Adam Sandler plays a stunted man-child who turns out to be very, very special. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 23, 2015
B- 40% Irrational Man (2015) "Finally, Allen is aware that his May-December romances are preposterous and naive. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 15, 2015
B- 84% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "A painful watch, leavened only by its infatuation with Seventies period design and the horrors of Brady Bunch fashion. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 15, 2015
C 20% Self/less (2015) "Self/less is so restrained that I wonder if somebody stole Tarsem Singh's body, too. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 9, 2015
C 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Terminator: Genisys feels like a VHS cassette that's been rewound and recorded over for 21 years. It's haunted by ghosts of old movies, a cyborg whose entire DNA is déjà vu. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 1, 2015
B 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "A topless, sticky-wet movie where almost no one is having sex. The boys aren't even grown up enough to say the word, preferring to ask, "Did you bangy?" " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 1, 2015
A 94% Cartel Land (2015) "Watching grandmothers face down the military trucks, we might be tempted to hail Mireles as a hero. But Cartel Land is interested in how idealism becomes corrupt. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 1, 2015
C+ 80% Batkid Begins (2015) "Expands a two-minute viral video into a feature-length dry procedural of city permits, bitty bat costumes, street closures and savvy social promotion " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 25, 2015
B- 89% Fresh Dressed (2015) "Fashion is about that clash between commercialism and individuality -- how can I stand out while fitting in? -- and Sacha Jenkins's streetwear doc nods its Kangol hat to that irony " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 24, 2015
C+ 86% The Tribe (2015) "It's a staggering film, but not a brilliant one - a superior version would have played more with the gulf between our senses and theirs. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 17, 2015
B 98% Inside Out (2015) "This is heady stuff - a more natural fit for a black-and-white Bergman than a kiddie caper. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 17, 2015
A- 86% The Wolfpack (2015) "A Manhattan fable about fear " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 9, 2015
A 94% Spy (2015) "Spy is a call to arms for the cowed, and a riotous skewering of the workplace kings " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 3, 2015
C- 50% San Andreas (2015) "It's all big, distant, unfathomable wreckage - shattering skyscrapers and rippling cityscapes - with no sense of the human cost " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 28, 2015
B+ 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Bird has made a film that every child should see. And if his $190 million dream flops, he'll be asking the same question as his movie: When did it become uncool to care? " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 20, 2015
C+ 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "A middling film, yet it's so heavy with Joss Whedon's sweat that it never feels like a lazy cash-in --- which for a preordained summer megahit is an accomplishment. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 29, 2015
C 44% Adult Beginners (2015) "If men-children like Jake don't outgrow telling their stories, their crib will feel like an artistic prison. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 22, 2015
C 34% Beyond The Reach (2015) "Michael Douglas seems to have been slithering toward this part for 40 years " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B 73% Roar (1981) "ROAR is a thrilling bore, an inanity with actual peril in every scene. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 16, 2015
C+ 31% The Longest Ride (2015) "It's easy to tease a Nicholas Sparks movie. It's harder to admit that he's good at his niche - and has a string of 10 films, nearly all profitable, to prove it " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 8, 2015
B+ 92% Ex Machina (2015) "It's the film version of an iPhone: small, expensive-looking and a touch overhyped - plus an addictive sales pitch for whatever Garland makes next. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 8, 2015
C 9% Kill Me Three Times (2015) "Taped onto VHS, Kill Me Three Times could pass for a forgotten Pulp Fiction knockoff " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 8, 2015
C 16% Last Knights (2015) "As predictable as the wrap-up of one of D.W. Griffith's moralistic epics. What's surprising is how much Last Knights feels as if Griffith's ghost could have directed it. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 2, 2015
C- 67% 5 to 7 (2015) " It's as much a triumph of boyish wish fulfillment as Peter Parker swinging on skyscrapers. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 2, 2015
B 94% Man from Reno (2015) "The droll joke is that Asian double-crossers have it even easier than Vertigo's Kim Novak -- Westerners don't even try to tell them apart. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 26, 2015
B- 91% White God (2015) "When the violence gets unbearable, take comfort in the troop of trainers on the sidelines who prove that, for now, man and beast still make a good team. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 26, 2015
B- 29% Get Hard (2015) "Ideally, this would be Blazing Saddles for folks who chug kombucha. Yet it's harder to satirize race today than it was 40 years ago - more sensitive times impose gentler jokes. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 26, 2015
D 30% Insurgent (2015) "No one involved in the making of Insurgent would test positive for the intelligent Erudites " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2015
B+ 77% Danny Collins (2015) "A redemption movie in the skeptical key of Jerry Maguire with dozens of small, perfect moments " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2015
C 60% Run All Night (2015) "There are more phones than female characters, who spend the movie comatose in hospital beds, fretting silently in the background or being hugged through a doorway " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2015
D 9% The Cobbler (2015) "The Cobbler has invented a new category of terrible: cruel schmaltz " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 12, 2015
C+ 96% It Follows (2015) "The most fun will be in dissecting it afterwards. Film school professors, look forward to a decade of term papers. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 11, 2015
B- 30% Chappie (2015) "There's something fearlessly uncool about the film, which suffers mostly from being made 30 years too late. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 6, 2015
B- 57% Focus (2015) "If Grace Kelly had been raised by coyotes, she might have stalked the screen like Focus' Margot Robbie, a va-va-voom blonde with bite " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 25, 2015
B 29% Everly (2015) "Everly has the heaving, bloody bosoms of an exploitation flick, yet Hayek gives the character powerful dignity. She's no victim, nor an off-the-shelf "strong woman." " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 25, 2015
B+ 97% '71 (2015) "Yann Demange tints the midnight alleys of Belfast like an Irish flag dragged through the mud: black skies, sickly green lamps, and the orange flames of torched cars. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 25, 2015
C 71% The DUFF (2015) "The DUFF doesn't seem to know what its point actually is. It's pro-self-acceptance and also pro-makeover. It's about liking yourself, and how you'd like yourself better with a boyfriend. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 19, 2015
D 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "If I could bubble a time machine to 2010, I'd advise Pink, "Quit while you're ahead." " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 19, 2015
C+ 36% Hits (2015) "David Cross, who also wrote the script, is content to come across like a grumpy old man. His comedy is one-note, furious, and fun-enough " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 12, 2015
B 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "The only thing Dakota Johnson can't pull off is her character's over-dramatic name - she introduces herself as Anastasia Steele like an apology. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 11, 2015
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