Amelia Reviews

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November 24, 2011
Top Critic
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.
November 13, 2009
Hilary Swank is forced to deliver dialogue that sounds as if it was written in Chinese and then translated into English by a computer.
November 13, 2009
A tinny and barnacled affair, showcasing a peculiarly awful performance from Hilary Swank.
November 13, 2009
Nowhere is there any sign of the passion that Amelia must have had.
November 12, 2009
Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank gives Earhart a convincing Kansas twang but little else in a performance that is unaccountably stiff.
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.
October 23, 2009
The movie is as conventional a biopic as Earhart was an unconventional woman.
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.
October 23, 2009
Alas, excesses of any pleasurable kind are absent from this exasperatingly dull production.
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).
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.
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.
October 23, 2009
It leaves the odd impression of being merely a very long trailer for a film you'd actually love to see.
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