Amy Nicholson

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For 367 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Nicholson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Sausage Party
Lowest review score: 0 3 Geezers!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 367
367 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    With the right script, this trio could make a fantastic flick. Forget these “spectacular” men. These flawed women are plenty.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Nicholson
    Tag
    Surprisingly, there’s emotional resonance in this slapstick flick about friends who are terrified to hug. Add that to the solid chemistry between the leads, and Tag is a fine callback to the sprawling ensemble comedies of the 1980s, back when the real-life tag team graduated high school. It’s a solid summer film that will melt away from memory by fall.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    The movie doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere until it explodes, and the dazzling fireworks don’t quite offset its long, seemingly aimless fuse.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    Loose-kneed, sloppy, and powered by charisma, this hangout flick doesn’t just embrace gross-out girl comedy cliches, it sticks Jacobs in the air roof of a limousine screaming, “Whooo! I am a total cliché right now and I don’t f–king care!”
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    This is a heartier celebration of McCarthy’s talents, a mash note to a comic who can also play flirtatious, empathetic, and human. She’s believable, even if the scenes setting-off her performance aren’t.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    Compared to Rampage, King Kong and Godzilla have James Brown levels of soul. Peyton has just made another movie about the Rock running through rubble.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Nicholson
    The film adores Cena’s sentimental brute who has hams for calves and kitten GIFs for brains.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    Emanuelle manages to make us care about this bullying girl without pleading for sympathy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    Neville’s fantastic archival footage reveals the man through his work — or at least, it reveals his philosophies, if not the childhood memories that gave Rogers the ability to understand a four-year-old’s brain, almost as if he still carried his in his cardigan pocket.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Nicholson
    Hall’s performance — tender, tough, empathetic, controlled — crumples from tears to laughter in a blink. It’s phenomenal.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Amy Nicholson
    If the film has a flaw, its that it’s so preoccupied with balancing its furious feminism with gags about Victorian life that there’s little running time to lavish on Dickinson’s actual poetry.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    The film only feigns at analysis. It’s as naïve about love as Blake herself, who skips through the world like a temperamental child.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Amy Nicholson
    Jinn is the rare coming-of-age story that doesn’t simply pat kids on the head and tell them they just need to love themselves. Instead, Mu’min holds her characters accountable for the way they discombobulate each other’s lives, while giving them the space to do better, if they can figure out what better is.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Ultimately, Fast Color’s thesis is more inspirational than the film, which often seems like it, too, is struggling to swirl itself into something more solid. Instead, its magical sparks don’t quite congeal as the audience can’t help hoping a movie this empathetic and unusual reaches transcendence
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Nicholson
    "Dark Web” skates by on saturated nastiness, one terrific kill, and the audience’s engagement in seeing if the filmmakers can pull off the stunt. Barely, but it’s fun to watch them try.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Nicholson
    RBG
    This spry celebration reveals that the real Ginsburg is neither beast nor badass, but an even-tempered, soft-spoken mediator—not typically the traits that inspire rousing high-fives, but qualities that honor the slow, uphill slog of positive change.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    Director Francis Lawrence drains the pleasure out of seeing a pretty girl in her panties. He refuses to let us leer at Jennifer Lawrence’s long legs without a jab of shame. What’s left is cold and perverse, heat provided only by the satisfying ways Dominika out-thinks the creeps while pretending to be their “magic pussy.”
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    It manages to be both bizarre and boring. While I admire Jones’ inventive details...the film simply looks cheap.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Nicholson
    Half Magic is hobbled by a debut director’s desire to be liked. But Graham’s passion is sincere, even if her tone and rushed pace — the byproduct of cramming in every idea in case she doesn’t get a second chance — teeters on sitcom.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Nicholson
    Permission is a small story made with big performances from leads Stevens and Hall, and while it hasn’t gotten the promotional push for audiences to pay attention, people lucky enough to stumble across it will fall for everyone involved, and commit to keeping tabs on Crano’s career.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 42 Amy Nicholson
    Bright has brief jolts of life.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Amy Nicholson
    Give Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle credit for not wholly insulting the audience’s intelligence. The entire script is centered on these cliches embracing their cliché new bodies, cocooning stereotypes inside stereotypes like nesting dolls.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Amy Nicholson
    There’s a frozen loogie at the heart of The Snowman.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Nicholson
    Morgen’s structural inspiration is to organize Jane not around the facts Goodall found about chimps, but the emotions the chimps help this strong, independent woman find in herself.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Amy Nicholson
    Bad Moms is a retro throwback that proves girl comedies can rage as hard — and as mindlessly — as any dumb all-dude giggler.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Amy Nicholson
    Most of all, Coco hums with the idea that we’re kept alive by the stories people tell about us when we’re gone. Whether Coco itself will be an eternal story is iffy. But I’m glad it’s with us today.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Nicholson
    Beat by beat, My Little Pony: The Movie is at once clichéd and exceptional.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Nicholson
    O’Brien could grow into the role. He has an earnest, high voice — perhaps the reason he’s barely allowed to speak — and shines in the rare scenes where he gets to show personality, as do Keaton and Kitsch when they put down their guns.... It’d be more fun to watch the three actors swap war stories over beers than batter each other — especially when their worst enemy is the script’s coma-inducing machismo.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Amy Nicholson
    This is the type of fantasy that admits its characters get sunburned and dirty and need to, er, use the bathroom. It takes a female director to allow her female star to be this un-vain. Amirpour would rather be bold than beautiful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Amy Nicholson
    At times, Wonder Woman feels like watching Splash with a shield — another babelicious naïf breaking all the rules. Yet the joke isn't on her. It's on all the men mistaking unsophistication for weakness. To be uncultured is to be mentally free; no one's put on a yoke. That's what makes Wonder Woman a knockout.

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