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Amelia (2009)



Critic Consensus: Amelia takes the compelling raw materials of its subject's life and does little with them, conventionally ticking off Earhart's accomplishments without exploring the soul of the woman.

Movie Info

An extraordinary life of adventure, celebrity and continuing mystery comes to light in "Amelia," a vast, thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was thrust into a new role as America's sweetheart -- the legendary "goddess of light," known for her bold, larger-than-life charisma. Yet, even with her global fame solidified, her belief in flirting with danger and standing up as her own, outspoken woman never changed. She was an inspiration to people everywhere, from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the men closest to her heart: her husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam, and her long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal. In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world that she and George both anxiously foresaw as destined, whatever the outcome, to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history.more
Rating: PG (for some sensuality, language, thematic elements and smoking)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ron Bass, Ronald Bass, Anna Hamilton Phelan, Anna Hamilton Phelan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 2, 2010
Box Office: $14.2M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


Hilary Swank
as Amelia Earhart
Richard Gere
as George Putnam
Ewan McGregor
as Gene Vidal
Cherry Jones
as Eleanor Roosevelt
Mia Wasikowska
as Elinor Smith
Aaron Abrams
as Slim Gordon
Scott Yaphe
as William Dalten
Tom Fairfoot
as Balfour
Ryann Shane
as Young Amelia
William Cuddy
as Gore Vidal
Elizabeth Shepherd
as Frances Putnam
Richard Donat
as Gallagher
Scott G. Anderson
as Parade Reporter
Sarah Kitz
as George's Secretary
Keelin Jack
as Student
Thomas Hauff
as Man at Opera House
Sarah Dood
as 1st Woman at Opera
Danielle Bourgon
as 2nd Woman at Opera
Michael Daly
as Frank Cipriani
Jeffrey Knight
as Commander
Paul Johnston
as Thomas O'Hare
Michael Richard
as Reporter #1
Daniel Janks
as Reporter #2
Ron Smerczac
as Reporter #3
Ron Smerczak
as Reporter #3
Kerin McCue
as Movie Tone Announcer
Richard Lothian
as Coastguard Man
Divine Brown
as Torch Singer
Elizabeth Saunders
as Louise Thaden
Precious Chong
as Gladys O'Donnell
Kathryn Haggis
as Powder Puff Aviator
Duane Murray
as Cleveland Reporter
Joe Renzi
as Welsh Singer
Geoff Gillespie
as Welsh Singer
Scott Anderson
as Parade Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Amelia

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (41)

It has beautiful cinematography, a star performance that is shocking in its authenticity, a careful eye for nuance and detail and an irresistible blend of action and romance that should spell automatic success.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
New York Observer
Top Critic

Inoffensive, arcane and ultimately rather sweet, 'Amelia' is one to take your grandmother to.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Unfortunately, the drama is nil, and the laughs come thick and fast.

Full Review… | January 13, 2014

As a rule, biopics are really hard to do, and that's because it's almost impossible to strike the perfect balance between truth and drama.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
7M Pictures

What on the surface looks like a plush period piece with best picture aspirations, is actually a bland biopic of an otherwise interesting figure in Amelia.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Stuart Dryburgh's sweeping panoramas of Canada and Cape Town %u2013 standing in for Nairobi, Papua New Guinea and Hawaii %u2013 deserve to be enjoyed on the big screen.

Full Review… | July 4, 2010

Audience Reviews for Amelia

Amelia is a flawed, but nonetheless entertaining biopic on the adventures of Amelia Earhart. Although the film flawed, the movie does have a strong lead performance by Hilary Swank in the title role, and she is wonderful in the part. The film's limitations are overcome with Swank's engaging performance. The film tends to be a little light in content, considering that Earhart is such an iconic historical character. But there are enough elements here to make it an interesting viewing. Overall this is a good film, but there could have been a bit more material added to the script to really make this one stand out. Amelia is a good film, but will certainly disappoint viewers looking for a great biopic to watch. The film should have focused lot more on the achievements of Earhart and made it a slightly longer picture. Enjoyable drama for what it is, Amelia is a well acted picture with a good story that had the potential of being so much better. Like I said, Hilary Swank's acting holds this film together and manages to make the film worth seeing. Amelia Earhart's story is truly compelling and exciting, but ultimately sad due to the fact that her final adventure ended with her disappearance and death. This film can introduce you to her wonderful and exciting life, but if you want the in depth facts of Amelia Earhart's life, this film will leave you wanting more in that area. Worth seeing, and despite its flaws, it's underrated and it deserves to be seen, as it has the knack of making the viewing wanting to know more about this incredible icon.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A boring and utterly pedestrian chunk of Oscar bait, "Amelia" is the film equivalent of reading a wikipedia page; you get the gist of the story but it's not particularly memorable and just doesn't do it's subject justice. Lazy writing and generic direction (Mira Nair - "Monsoon Wedding") plague the film, as does the shockingly poor lead performance from the incredibly inconsistent Swank. At two hours, the film started to drag and take it's toll on me, adding to an already unpleasant home video experience. Skip this film and just turn to Scorsese's 2004 near masterpiece to get your aviation fix and to see just what a Biopic can be!

Michael S

Super Reviewer

Hilary Swank delivers a good performance as the legendary American aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, who boldly flew into the annals of history.
The film is not just about one person, but about a person's dreams, desires and ambition. Ameila lectured and spoke out for women's rights, advocated for them to follow their dreams of either became a pilot like her, or just living their life the way they wanted to.
The airplanes and the overall look of the 1930s are wonderful in here, often capturing my attention more than the dialog.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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