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
A- 99%

Moonlight (2016)

" It's a coming-of-age story that admits no one ever truly comes of age. We make choices and change shapes." ‐ MTV
Posted Oct 21, 2016
C- 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"What if the way to honor Nat Turner is to pay attention to artists who aren't shackled by the Academy's limited definition of what a black Best Picture winner is allowed to discuss?" ‐ MTV
Posted Oct 7, 2016
C 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"The film is polite when it should be wicked -- it's melodrama that thinks it's saving lives, like it drank too much chardonnay" ‐ MTV
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B+ 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Berg and Wahlberg were among the first to realize you can make big money in Hollywood's fastest-growing niche: the docbuster, which spins a recent disaster into a bombastic action flick" ‐ MTV
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C- 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Fuqua's made two clean piles separating good and evil, and in doing so, he's thrown away the film's point. " ‐ MTV
Posted Sep 23, 2016
B- 54%

The Dressmaker (2016)

" The second Winslet sets her sewing machine on the ground and snarls, "I'm back, you bastards," we're delighted to hear we're in for something fun. " ‐ MTV
Posted Sep 23, 2016
C 83%

Sully (2016)

"Sully is fascinating as a study of Eastwood's persecution complex, his fear that not everyone in the world adequately worships an accomplished white man. " ‐ MTV
Posted Sep 9, 2016
C- 39%

Morgan (2016)

"Thanks to Morgan, we know what bedtime stories Ridley Scott told his kids." ‐ MTV
Posted Sep 4, 2016

Don't Breathe (2016)

"Alvarez knows the size of his ambitions. He's written one great ghoul, surrounded him with targets, and simply let him let rip." ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 25, 2016

War Dogs (2016)

"Since wrapping The Hangover trilogy, Phillips's creativity hasn't developed - it's devolved." ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 20, 2016
B+ 89%

Morris from America (2016)

"Robinson wears his character like a second skin, filling this widowed soccer coach with life experiences the script doesn't have to explain." ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 17, 2016
C 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Picture the exec who said that scales might be too strange, as though asking kids to dream wasn't the point" ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 12, 2016
B 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"We don't live in an era of white hats and black hats. Maybe we never did. Today, everyone is gray - or, in Mackenzie's color scheme, faded blue and sad beige" ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 11, 2016
A 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"Ballsy and dumb and brilliant all in one bite. You can gobble it up like empty calories, or over-chew each joke." ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 10, 2016
C 11%

Nine Lives (2016)

"Yes, Nine Lives is dumb. Yes, it's for very young kids. Yes, Lil Bub has a cameo. And yes, I giggled anyway, as did the strange man next to me who'd smuggled in his own fish-scented snack" ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 5, 2016
C- 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"The closest Suicide Squad comes to the masterworks of Christopher Nolan is that, like Memento, it suffers from instant amnesia. " ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 4, 2016
B 75%

Lace Crater (2016)

"Lace Crater elbows us to think about how quickly we dismiss "crazy ladies" - women who need things we can't give, who cry and mutter and glare and ruin parties" ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 3, 2016
D 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Director Paul Greengrass refuses to tangle with any of the true-life topics he's borrowing for gravitas" ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 29, 2016
C+ 60%

Bad Moms (2016)

"Bright and fast and absurd and sloppy, a flick that lives - or dies - by how much you dig watching Bell wear a pink hoodie and pretend to be an uncircumcised penis. (Answer: a lot.)" ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 29, 2016
B- 64%

Nerve (2016)

"Nerve knows we're all playing the game. " ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 27, 2016
C 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"Beyond doesn't have the tactile crash-smash thrill of Vin Diesel gunning a Charger. It's more like that dumb gag in Furious 7 when cars skydive from a plane. " ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 21, 2016
C+ 31%

Equals (2016)

"It's all a little slow and stoic and familiar, but we thaw whenever Hoult scoops Stewart into his arms for a puppyish hug." ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 14, 2016
B- 69%

Café Society (2016)

"The film is so retro golden that old-timey miners would run the reels through a sieve." ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 14, 2016
B 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"A middle finger to the screaming brobabiez. If girls can't be Ghostbusters, then here, guys can't do anything." ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 13, 2016
B 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"As the owner of a Maine Coon I've weed-whacked into a goofy lion cut, I gulped when Snowball the bunny, a former magician's assistant, bellows, "All of us have suffered at the hands of man!"" ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 8, 2016
B- 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Once we're cruising past Taco Bells, Ben seems less like a noble pioneer from an ancient time than who he really is: an anti-establishment know-it-all flipping the bird to normos" ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 8, 2016
B- 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"This Tarzan is a corrective, a vengeful Congo Unchained that reteams Jackson and Waltz. Yates mines Zirconium Tarantino, even letting Jackson cackle while blasting a machine gun" ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 1, 2016
B- 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"Since the first Purge was a hit, we've been forced to admit there's more anger in the world than we realized. At Trump rallies, people readily rip off that mask of civilization" ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 30, 2016
C 75%

The BFG (2016)

"The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, but writer Roald Dahl probably hoped your mind would think of something worse. His usually did." ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 29, 2016
B 67%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"When I first saw it at its Sundance premiere, I wrote it off as sublimely stupid. The second time, I realized it was stupidly sublime." ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 24, 2016
D+ 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"An all-female cast just gives Refn more ways to get women wrong. " ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 23, 2016
A- 95%

Tickled (2016)

"When I saw Tickled at Sundance this January, I thought it was a fun trifle. In the months since, it's felt like a warning sign of the mediapocalypse." ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 17, 2016
C 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"Morbidity covers every scale of Finding Dory like fin rot." ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 15, 2016
C 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"Wan can't resist throwing in everything from a demonic nun to an evil kinetoscope to a shape-shifting dog. But when building suspense, more means less. " ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 9, 2016
C+ 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"Duncan Jones puts in strange, fresh beats that, combined, do the impossible. They make this standard, shopworn, CG-plated epic feel like its own monster." ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 8, 2016
C 17%

It's So Easy and Other Lies (2016)

"It's So Easy plays like a public Alcoholics Anonymous meeting with McKagan at the mic apologizing for his misdeeds." ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 6, 2016
B 83%

Chevalier (2016)

"Consider it the Decathlon of Dude Bros" ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 3, 2016
A- 77%

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"The snort-laughs are as regular as a metronome, and a third of them are jabs at Justin Bieber" ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"I found myself loving this strange, straight-faced operetta that embraces everything from Gregorian chanting to East German punk to Flock of Seagulls" ‐ MTV
Posted May 26, 2016
B- 62%

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"Neighbors 2's Social Justice Warrior critique would feel less sour if it weren't written by five white guys. I guess this is still their party after all." ‐ MTV
Posted May 19, 2016
A 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"Crowe and Gosling are a perfect mismatch. They skulk around Los Angeles like a bear and a weasel who just escaped from the circus. " ‐ MTV
Posted May 18, 2016
C+ 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"If Bernie Sanders is elected president, Money Monster will be the only movie allowed on Air Force One." ‐ MTV
Posted May 12, 2016
A 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"A cynical sci-fi comedy about life's most clichéd script: pair off or perish. That's been the formula since the first primeval fish, and every living thing since has been a sequel." ‐ MTV
Posted May 11, 2016
A- 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Captain America: Civil War is a comic book pulped into today's newspaper. " ‐ MTV
Posted May 5, 2016
C 49%

Hardcore Henry (2016)

"Hardcore Henry is nauseating, twice over." ‐ MTV
Posted Apr 10, 2016
B 53%

Demolition (2016)

"The metaphor is heavy-handed. Still, Demolition has a light touch. Vallée is a good soul who traffics in greeting-card ideas that he offsets with interesting crinkles." ‐ MTV
Posted Apr 7, 2016
A 88%

The Invitation (2016)

"With the wickedly sharp The Invitation, Kusama has demanded that Hollywood give her a seat at the table. I'd give her one - or else." ‐ MTV
Posted Apr 6, 2016
C 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"Before Midnight convinced us that Linklater had become one of the most emotionally mature filmmakers of his generation. With Everybody Wants Some!!, he has a lame midlife crisis." ‐ MTV
Posted Apr 1, 2016
B 73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

"Miles Ahead matches music and mood to memory. It feels almost improvised, a creation at once shaggy and fresh." ‐ MTV
Posted Mar 30, 2016
C 5%

Get a Job (2016)

"Clearly, the economy has given Get a Job a reason to be sour. But there's no excuse for being so sexist. " ‐ MTV
Posted Mar 24, 2016
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