Amelia

Amelia

20%
  • 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

Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer

December 10, 2009
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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Inoffensive, arcane and ultimately rather sweet, 'Amelia' is one to take your grandmother to.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2009
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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Wwhy does such an exciting life make such a dull movie?

Full Review Source: At the Movies

October 26, 2009
David Denby
New Yorker
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Amelia is handsome yet predictable and high-minded -- not a dud, exactly, but too proper, too reserved for its swaggering subject.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 26, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's all so glancing and superficial that the movie doesn't seem to have a present tense. It goes by like coming attractions. It is, however, a treasury of bad biopic dialogue.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 26, 2009
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Directed by Mira Nair and executive-produced by its star Hilary Swank, the movie seems oddly preoccupied with the audience's approval for its subject.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 23, 2009
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Seldom has a bio's style clashed so deafeningly with its content.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 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
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Amelia is not very good, and not very good in ways that collect and showcase all the familiar failings of the classic biopic.

| Original Score: 2/5

October 23, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Alas, excesses of any pleasurable kind are absent from this exasperatingly dull production.

| Original Score: 2/5

October 23, 2009
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Look, nobody's asking for a miniseries here, but at times the movie feels more like a History Channel documentary -- respectful to the point of reverential -- than a rip-snorting yarn.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 23, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The film discreetly tiptoes around rumors of Earhart's reputed bisexuality ("Maybe at one time," she says) and her relationship with aviation pioneer Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor impersonating a department-store dummy).

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2009
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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"Who wants a life imprisoned in safety?" Amelia asks in a voice-over. And you want to shout, "This movie does, honey." There's not a real or spontaneous minute in it.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

October 23, 2009
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Director Mira Nair dresses that up with visual grace, with shots of clouds and sky that are beautiful and elusive enough to escape the tinge of cliche. But the basic bones of the story are the problem here.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2009
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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It leaves the odd impression of being merely a very long trailer for a film you'd actually love to see.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 23, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Courting Oscar with unseemly lust, while also promoting Earhart as an early feminist, the film strives too hard to be profound and not enough to be merely human.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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his embalmed drama is a ghost from the '80s, a decade that regularly produced surprise-free, caramelized biopics. The airless Amelia is missing practically everything.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

October 23, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Amelia is a conventional, competent and often very pretty film; it's just never as interesting as the woman at its center.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Amelia goes airborne but never fully soars. It's hampered by a too-reverential portrait of the record-breaking aviator.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

October 23, 2009
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C-

October 23, 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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A by-the-book bio-pic.

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

October 22, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Amelia is a perfectly sound biopic, well directed and acted, about an admirable woman.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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With any luck this biopic of Amelia Earhart will also vanish without a trace.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 22, 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
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
Bob Mondello
NPR
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Swank's resemblance to Earhart is uncanny, but the result is verisimilitude without engagement %u2014 a risk-taker's story told entirely without narrative risk, and a movie that consequently never takes flight.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 4/10

October 22, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Who was Amelia Earhart, really? It's a good question. Unfortunately, it's one beyond Amelia.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

October 22, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Though this traditional story about a defiantly nontraditional woman doesn't always soar, it fits Hilary Swank, its producer/star, like a jumpsuit. She and Nair thrill to the life of this American who broke records, hearts, and boundaries.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2009
Sam Adams
AV Club
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[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
Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
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Period details, from 1928 to 1937, are so clichéd that someone might as well announce onscreen, "Gosh, these '20s certainly are Roaring!"

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 22, 2009
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Its portrayal of Earhart's drive and fearlessness never really gets to the heart of this bold, driven individual or explains why she needed so badly to break beyond Earth's boundaries.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 22, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Although Amelia is too conventionally constructed to attain the heights of Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," the cinematography and Depression-era props are splendid. Swank, of course, is too.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Amelia is a frustratingly old-school, Hollywood-style, inspirational biopic about Amelia Earhart that doesn't trust a viewer's independent assessment of the famous woman pictured on the screen.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

October 21, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Amelia earns a pass, corny as it sometimes is. The lady earned her wings, and Swank, especially, more than does right by both the woman and the legend.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Told in final-flight flashback (naturally) with cumulus cloud scene wipes (of course!), Earhart's life is reduced to a series of solemnized wide-screen tableaux populated by locale-specific extras acting as starstruck filler.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2009
David Germain
Associated Press
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Swank and Nair play it safe to the point of benumbing this woman's life, leaving Earhart as remote and muted as she is in the black-and-white photos and news footage of the aviator included at the film's end.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

October 20, 2009
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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Top-flight portrayal of the aviator by Hilary Swank is an instant bio classic.

October 18, 2009
Justin Chang
Variety
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To say that Amelia never gets off the ground would be an understatement; it barely makes it out of the hangar.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2009
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