Amelia

Amelia

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Amelia

A look at the life of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank).

After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was thrust into a new role as America's sweetheart - the legendary "goddess of light," known for her larger-than-life charisma. Yet, even with her global fame solidified, she never gave up filrting with danger. In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world.

Amelia chronicles these events, as well as the other loves of her life: husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam (Richard Gere) and long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor).

2009Rating: PG, contains low level offensive language111 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Mira Nair ('Monsoon Wedding', 'Vantity Fair', 'The Namesake')
Writer:
Ronald Bass
Cast:
Hilary SwankRichard GereEwan McGregorMia WasikowskaChristopher Eccleston
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Variety

Variety

press

What rankles most about Amelia is the timidity and lack of imagination with which Nair approaches one of America's most exceptional and intriguing celebrity life stories.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

A solid and respectable but reticent biopic that always holds its subject at a distance. Swank is spot-on casting and the period detail’s impeccable but, unlike our heroine, the film never quite gets off the ground.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Alas, excesses of any pleasurable kind are absent from this exasperatingly dull production.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A perfectly sound biopic, well directed and acted, about an admirable woman. It confirmed for me Earhart's courage -- not only in flying, but in insisting on living her life outside the conventions of her time for well-behaved females. The next generation of American women grew up in her slipstream.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Pioneering aviatrix's life was apparently quite dull

2.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

So a pioneering feminist in the hands of a feminist filmmaker should have been a perfect match. But like her subject, the filmmaker gets lost in the clouds.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Most of all, Earhart wanted to be able to fly free as a bird above the clouds, and director Nair and star Swank make her quest not only understandable but truly impressive.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Swank’s moving performance, the period dressing and beautiful planes all appeal, but dramatically it doesn’t really soar.

3.0
0

Hilary Swank is very true to her character but like most bioflicks when the film starts drag you get uncomfortable in your seat an it's hard to pay attention.

3.0
0

Slight disagreement with the "Flicks" review. I thought this was a good movie, showing how some with the drive to achieve or win, usually have other frailties, but their sense of drive over-rides all. In Amelia's case, a balance in her personal life arrived too late. Some history, some personality and some ambition.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

What rankles most about Amelia is the timidity and lack of imagination with which Nair approaches one of America's most exceptional and intriguing celebrity life stories.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A solid and respectable but reticent biopic that always holds its subject at a distance. Swank is spot-on casting and the period detail’s impeccable but, unlike our heroine, the film never quite gets off the ground.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Alas, excesses of any pleasurable kind are absent from this exasperatingly dull production.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A perfectly sound biopic, well directed and acted, about an admirable woman. It confirmed for me Earhart's courage -- not only in flying, but in insisting on living her life outside the conventions of her time for well-behaved females. The next generation of American women grew up in her slipstream.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Pioneering aviatrix's life was apparently quite dull

2.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

So a pioneering feminist in the hands of a feminist filmmaker should have been a perfect match. But like her subject, the filmmaker gets lost in the clouds.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Most of all, Earhart wanted to be able to fly free as a bird above the clouds, and director Nair and star Swank make her quest not only understandable but truly impressive.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Swank’s moving performance, the period dressing and beautiful planes all appeal, but dramatically it doesn’t really soar.

3.0
0

Hilary Swank is very true to her character but like most bioflicks when the film starts drag you get uncomfortable in your seat an it's hard to pay attention.

3.0
0

Slight disagreement with the "Flicks" review. I thought this was a good movie, showing how some with the drive to achieve or win, usually have other frailties, but their sense of drive over-rides all. In Amelia's case, a balance in her personal life arrived too late. Some history, some personality and some ambition.

3.0
0