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Amelia Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 10, 2009
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.
November 13, 2009
Inoffensive, arcane and ultimately rather sweet, 'Amelia' is one to take your grandmother to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 26, 2009
Wwhy does such an exciting life make such a dull movie?
October 26, 2009
Amelia is handsome yet predictable and high-minded -- not a dud, exactly, but too proper, too reserved for its swaggering subject.
October 26, 2009
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.
October 23, 2009
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.
October 23, 2009
Seldom has a bio's style clashed so deafeningly with its content.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2009
The movie is as conventional a biopic as Earhart was an unconventional woman.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2009
Amelia is not very good, and not very good in ways that collect and showcase all the familiar failings of the classic biopic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 23, 2009
Alas, excesses of any pleasurable kind are absent from this exasperatingly dull production.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 23, 2009
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.
October 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2009
"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 | Original Score: 1/4
October 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2009
It leaves the odd impression of being merely a very long trailer for a film you'd actually love to see.
October 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/5
October 23, 2009
Amelia is a conventional, competent and often very pretty film; it's just never as interesting as the woman at its center.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 23, 2009
Amelia goes airborne but never fully soars. It's hampered by a too-reverential portrait of the record-breaking aviator.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 23, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 23, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 22, 2009
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.
October 22, 2009
A by-the-book bio-pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2009
Amelia is a perfectly sound biopic, well directed and acted, about an admirable woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2009
With any luck this biopic of Amelia Earhart will also vanish without a trace.
October 22, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
October 22, 2009
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
October 22, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/10
October 22, 2009
Who was Amelia Earhart, really? It's a good question. Unfortunately, it's one beyond Amelia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
October 22, 2009
[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 | Original Score: D
October 22, 2009
Period details, from 1928 to 1937, are so clichéd that someone might as well announce onscreen, "Gosh, these '20s certainly are Roaring!"
October 22, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2009
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2009
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 | Original Score: C+
October 21, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
October 21, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
October 20, 2009
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.
October 19, 2009
Swank has fun in the role - I haven't seen her smile this much in years - but she isn't given much complicated to do besides frustrate her friends when she digs in her heels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2009
Top-flight portrayal of the aviator by Hilary Swank is an instant bio classic.
October 18, 2009
To say that Amelia never gets off the ground would be an understatement; it barely makes it out of the hangar.