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Amelia Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Not enough snakes on this plane. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

Hyperbolic heroine worship. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Amelia Earhart is still missing.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Amelia goes airborne but never fully soars.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Period biopic is uplifting but doesn't truly soar.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this biopic about iconic female pilot Amelia Earhart (played by Oscar winner Hilary Swank) has a strong female role model for preteen girls and older. Although the film addresses Earhart's tumultuous personal life (including issues related to fidelity and fame), it also offers empowering messages -- throughout the film, Earhart is portrayed as a true champion of a woman's right to take flight and "be free." Expect some kissing and underwear-clad cuddling, an affair, a fair bit of smoking (accurate to the era), some social drinking, and a little salty language ("ass," "hell," and the like).

  • Families can talk about what drives Earhart to set records. Does she have anything to prove, or is she simply a true aviator? Was she, as critics said, reckless?

  • What impact did Earhart have the women's movement? Did she detract from that with all her endorsements, especially of products she didn't actually like, such as cigarettes?

  • What is the movie saying about "celebrity culture"? How have things changed (or haven't they?) since Earhart's day?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The movie has positive take-aways about being brave and following your dreams; as Earhart says to a child, "Look your fear right in the face." It's a character-building exhortation that still resonates today. The film also raises issues related to "celebrity culture," as Earhart's iconic status is engineered by her marketing genius of a husband.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: She's flawed, of course, like most heroines, but Amelia Earhart was still revolutionary. She advanced women's causes and fought to stay true to herself even as she was being molded by celebrity culture and financial considerations.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some turbulence in the air. Black-and-white footage of a plane crash (not serious).

  • sex false2

    Sex: Passionate kissing; a married woman has an affair; some discussions about having a marriage in which fidelity may not be a necessity. A man propositions a woman, hinting that she's the kind who doesn't respect her marriage. A man and a woman cuddle; they lounge in their underwear and lingerie.

  • language false2

    Language: A few uses of words like "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and "a--hole."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking in restaurants and bars. One man is described as having a drinking problem. A good bit of smoking (accurate for the era); Earhart somewhat reluctantly agrees to an endorsement deal with Lucky Strike brand cigarettes (though she herself isn't a smoker).