• PG, 1 hr. 51 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Mira Nair
    In Theaters:
    Oct 23, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 2, 2010
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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Amelia Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

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

Full Review Source: Junkee | Original Score: D

January 13, 2014
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

The key to selling a story is making people believe it's real. That's the trouble with Amelia -- I didn't buy a minute of it.

Full Review Source: Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine) | Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2009
Sam Adams
AV Club

[Swank is] so constrained by mannerisms that she never gets beyond the character's surface -- although to be fair, trying to import feeling into the movie's stilted dialogue is like trying to fly a plane blindfolded.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D

October 22, 2009
James Berardinelli
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A by-the-book bio-pic.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 22, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The movie is as conventional a biopic as Earhart was an unconventional woman.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2009

Gere and McGregor are fine actors, but Nair uses them like the expendable males (Zachary Scott, Franchot Tone, et al) who stood back and let Bette Davis and Joan Crawford do all the heavy lifting back in the day.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

October 22, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A director can do only so much with a script...that feels like it's on the runway, waiting, even when it's up in the air.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 22, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Amelia leaves you wondering how its abundantly gifted director, Mira Nair, and its Oscar-winning star, Hilary Swank, could have been complicit in such clumsiness.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 22, 2009
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Those expecting a stirring portrait of a feminist pioneer will be disappointed by the ethereal ambiguity of 'Amelia.'

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 26, 2009
Julian Roman

Apart from the costume design, Amelia does not deserve any award buzz at all.

Full Review Source: MovieWeb | Original Score: 3/5

October 22, 2009
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

Earhart must have been more interesting than the film makes her out to be, and more magnetic than the airhead as Swank interprets her.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2009
Giles Hardie

Much like one of Earhart's trans-Atlantic flights Amelia just goes on and on without deviation.

Full Review Source: Unknown2 | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 15, 2009
Toby Young
Times [UK]

Hilary Swank is forced to deliver dialogue that sounds as if it was written in Chinese and then translated into English by a computer.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

November 13, 2009
Fernando F. Croce

Smotheringly conventional

October 26, 2009
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

We are continuously at the mercy of the reverential, underscored by ever-billowing crescendos of voluminous orchestrations. Someone want to turn the treacle down?

Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 3/10

October 23, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

The movie is weighted down by a weak and bland script, wooden acting and a sluggish pace. Boredom sets in at the 90-minute mark as a superficial approach makes all the characters seem one-dimensional.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2009
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

The film comes across as both hopelessly dated and as a shortchanging of the true tale of one of the 20th century's pioneers.

Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Dear Hilary Swank: We've seen your spunky act. Do you have anything else? Signed, Everyone.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

October 23, 2009
Robbie Collin
News of the World

Last time Swankatron went a-courting awards, she did so with the amazing Million Dollar Baby. But this biopic of legendary pilot Amelia Earhart is a hundred times blander.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

November 13, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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History can weigh heavily on a filmmaker, and that is what happens with Amelia, a disappointing rendering of the remarkable life of Amelia Earhart.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 22, 2009
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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