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Amy Biancolli

Amy Biancolli
Amy Biancolli's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Hearst Newspapers

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Whedon, a pop-genre magician best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a master of viewer manipulation - because he never gives up his own seat in the crowd." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 3, 2012
3/4 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"That the film happens to be in 3-D, with digitized settings and backgrounds, doesn't detract from the timeworn charm of watching blob-like characters lurch erratically through harebrained comic pratfalls." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 26, 2012
2/4 57%

Safe (2012)

"None of this bears much or any resemblance to the real world, but the violence crunches, the editing snaps and the humorous one-liners pop at well-timed junctures." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 26, 2012
3/4 71%

Natural Selection (2012)

"A coming-of-age portrait of a sweet, innocent, middle-aged Christian woman who bursts through the confines of a sexless marriage." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 26, 2012
1/4 20%

The Lucky One (2012)

"A lazy (in all ways) Nicholas Sparks romance that's as pretty and vacant as its hero." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 20, 2012
2/4 26%

L!fe Happens (2012)

"Coiro ... mixes an off-beat premise and smart, spiky dialogue with the tired old rhythms of a standard romantic comedy." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 13, 2012
1/4 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"The entire film is a mistake." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 5, 2012
4/5 71%

Natural Selection (2012)

"The loser junkie and the chaste Christian lady make an odd couple, in an odd film, but the oddity gives way to an effortless, persuasive charm. They give us something to believe in." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 30, 2012
1/4 31%

Intruders (2012)

"If you don't guess the big twist in the first 30 minutes, "Intruders" is half of a good movie. If you do, it's about a third of a good movie." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 29, 2012
4/4 90%

Footnote (2012)

"Its energy and eccentricity assert themselves in funky graphics, imaginative camerawork and everyday moments of awkwardness and absurdity." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 22, 2012
3/4 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"It features a functioning creative imagination and lots of honest-to-goodness acting by its star, Jennifer Lawrence, who brings her usual toughness and emotional transparency to the archer-heroine Katniss." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 22, 2012
2/4 11%

Apart (2012)

"Even when the movie exploits cliches - cue washed-out colors and eerie scraping noises - it exploits them in limited quantities, portioning out only what's required by mood and plot." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 15, 2012
2/4 41%

Casa de mi padre (2012)

"It's really strange, and it's really subtitled." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3/4 67%

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

"Makes use of pink-fleshed vertebrates as the inspiration for sweet romantic musings on love and life, faith and patience - and the courage to go against the flow." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 8, 2012
2/4 53%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"The whole thing is harmless." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 1, 2012
2/4 28%

Project X (2012)

"An unapologetic and breathlessly amoral cinematic debauch about a California high school kid whose parents leave town and who throws an out-of-control, alcohol-soaked, drug-fueled, sex-crazed, jiggling-naked-breast-filled suburban bacchanal." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 1, 2012
2/4 25%

Act of Valor (2012)

"The filmmakers are so intent on shooting the real SEAL deal that they forget this is supposed to be a movie: We need a story." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 23, 2012
3/4 95%

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

"What unfolds is part adventure, part fairy tale, part star-crossed romance (she fits in his palm; can it get more doomed?). And the overall sum is enchantment." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 16, 2012
1/4 43%

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

"A brainless 3-D sequel to 2008's brainless 3-D "Journey to the Center of the Earth."" ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 9, 2012
4/4 85%

Chronicle (2012)

"[It] deconstructs the conventional superhero narrative and reassembles it as a canny discourse on impulse control and the troubled teen psyche." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 2, 2012
2/4 66%

The Woman in Black (2012)

"The frights don't exceed PG-13, and the color never brightens much past gray." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 2, 2012
1/4 78%

The Grey (2012)

"A handsome but gabby take on the standard survivalist thriller that's more concerned with lofty metaphysics than which poor blockhead is about to bite it next." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 26, 2012
3/4 86%

Declaration of War (2012)

"Sick children and their struggling parents rarely make for a lively film. But "Declaration of War" does just that in an unusual French mashup of stylized techniques and stinging blows of emotion." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 26, 2012
4/4 99%

A Separation (2011)

"Farhadi is less concerned with the bugs and variations in human perception than cracks in the average moral compass, little fault lines that prompt good people to make bad decisions." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 20, 2012
1/4 41%

Red Tails (2012)

"The Tuskegee Airmen, the trailblazing African American pilots who fought off segregation and Nazis during World War II, merit a great film. "Red Tails" isn't it." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 19, 2012
2/4 71%

Carnage (2011)

"In real life, hyper-controlling metropolitan parents would not waste this much time on people they loathe." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 12, 2012
2/4 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

""Joyful Noise" follows the book for sprightly musicals and small-town quirk." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 12, 2012
2/4 74%

The Conquest (2011)

"The film is a vehement drama and a fitfully amusing snark fest set to Nicola Piovani's jaunty circus music. It winds up only half-succeeding at both." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 5, 2012
4/4 93%

Pariah (2011)

"The film benefits most of all from Rees' careful screenplay, which dances that shifting line between fear and emergent hope. One of Alike's poems says it best: "Even breaking is opening. And I am broken. I am open."" ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 28, 2011
3/4 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"The film is sweet. Its observations of life in the aftermath of death ring true, especially for anyone who's traveled the contours of mourning." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 22, 2011
4/4 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"Such are the timeless joys of the books (and now the movie), this sparkling absurdity and knack for buckling swash under the worst of circumstances." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 20, 2011
3/4 94%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), whose first stab at a live-action feature preserves the buzzy exhilaration and carefree absurdity of a cartoon." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 16, 2011
3/4 78%

Outrage (2009)

Quote not available. ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 9, 2011
3/4 92%

Arthur Christmas (2011)

"It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 5, 2011
1/4 9%

Answers to Nothing (2011)

"Any movie that calls itself Answers to Nothing ought to be 100 percent sure it's about something." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 2, 2011
4/4 79%

Shame (2011)

"Shame has a lolling pace and stunning visual clarity. Structurally, it's close to perfect." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 2, 2011
3/4 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"The Muppets is a triumph of simplicity, innocence and goofy jokes. It's a triumph of felt." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 23, 2011
4/5 76%

The Other F Word (2011)

"These cute little domestic interludes give The Other F Word a light humor and large awwwww factor that's unavoidable, understandable and entirely un-punk." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Nov 23, 2011
3/5 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and the upcoming Part 2 were both directed by Dreamgirls' Bill Condon, who keeps the lunacy moving apace." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"The digitally wrought period settings are simply gorgeous." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 28, 2011
3/5 84%

Puss in Boots (2011)

"Puss in Boots prances along on three basic truths. One, cats are funny. Two, vain Spanish cats in high-heeled musketeer boots are even funnier. Lastly, booted, vain Spanish cats voiced by a breathy Antonio Banderas are flat-out hilarious." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 28, 2011
3/5 40%

The Big Year (2011)

"Its charms are as small as its singing feathered friends, but they're real enough, and gentle enough, to lift it and give it flight." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 14, 2011
3/4 No Score Yet

All She Can (2011)

Quote not available. ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 20, 2011
1.5/5 40%

Straw Dogs (2011)

"[It] doesn't bring anything new to the table." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2/5 17%

I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

"Spiffy-looking, well-intentioned but ultimately witless." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2/5 14%

Seven Days In Utopia (2011)

"Supporting bits, like the saintly love interest played by Deborah Ann Woll, function more as archetypes than flesh-and-blood characters in a lively story." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 8, 2011
3/5 58%

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)

"The film looks good, it sounds great (Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders' score is full of darkly murmuring woodwinds), and Madison is a pip of a lead." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 1, 2011
4/5 94%

The Guard (2011)

"Crisp, acid-tongued and sharply acted, it's the sort of exercise in tangy Celtic cynicism that's become one of the Emerald Isle's most reliable imports." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 19, 2011
2.5/5 64%

Another Earth (2011)

"In emphasizing poetry over plot, mood over mechanics, Another Earth fails to answer the most pressing question of all: Umm, why haven't the tides been affected?" ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 12, 2011
2.5/5 60%

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011)

"The layers of artifice are many, but they always are; the original show has never aspired to be anything but a cheeky, tuneful and multicultural spin on hoary high school stereotypes." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 12, 2011
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