Amelia (2009)

An extraordinary life of adventure, celebrity and continuing mystery comes to light in "Amelia," a vast, thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic,… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
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Critic Score: 20% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Amelia takes the compelling raw materials of its subject's life and does little with them, conventionally ticking off Earhart's accomplishments without exploring the soul of the woman.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

David Denby
New Yorker

Amelia is handsome yet predictable and high-minded -- not a dud, exactly, but too proper, too reserved for its swaggering subject.

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Glenn Dunks

Unfortunately, the drama is nil, and the laughs come thick and fast.

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

Inoffensive, arcane and ultimately rather sweet, 'Amelia' is one to take your grandmother to.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

As a rule, biopics are really hard to do, and that's because it's almost impossible to strike the perfect balance between truth and drama.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

Wwhy does such an exciting life make such a dull movie?

Dana Stevens

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.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

What on the surface looks like a plush period piece with best picture aspirations, is actually a bland biopic of an otherwise interesting figure in Amelia.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Amelia is a flawed, but nonetheless entertaining biopic on the adventures of Amelia Earhart. Although the film flawed, the movie does have a strong lead… More
Chris Weber
This is a prestige picture that is really aiming for Oscars and all kinds of critical acclaim, but sadly, it falls way short of the mark. The subject is… More
Michael S
A boring and utterly pedestrian chunk of Oscar bait, "Amelia" is the film equivalent of reading a wikipedia page; you get the gist of the story but… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Who wants a life imprisoned in safety?"</i> A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while… More
Dean McKenna
Hilary Swank delivers a good performance as the legendary American aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, who boldly flew into the annals of history. The film is not just… More
danny d
entertaining and full of great landscapes, the the film fails almost everywhere else. the telling of amelia's life was stale and formulaic, handing us the… More