Skip to main content


Based on 34 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 26 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    There’s not a real or spontaneous minute in it. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film's basic material, that is the history, is not without interest. And it must be admitted that every so often - for about 10 seconds every 10 minutes - we get a hint of the movie they wanted to make and hoped they were making: One about the thrill of early aviation and the promise of a young century. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Amelia goes airborne but never fully soars. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Amelia Earhart is still missing. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Swank is no mere impersonator. Her Amelia, like Maggie in "Million Dollar Baby," is unwavering in her gaze, ambition, and drive... In Nair's evocatively art-directed (and sensationally costumed) film, Earhart comes alive. show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Tis embalmed drama is a ghost from the '80s, a decade that regularly produced surprise-free, caramelized biopics. The airless Amelia is missing practically everything. show more

  • 90
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 40
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The result is verisimilitude without engagement -- a risk-taker's story told entirely without narrative risk -- and a movie that consequently never takes flight. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    In an ironic twist, Mira Nair's big-hearted yet by-the-numbers biopic of Amelia Earhart never -- unlike the famous aviatrix -- takes chances. show more

  • April 10, 2011 Dr. Cal Harris
    Report This User

    I think the critics did too much contract and comparison and missed the point on this powerful movie. My opinion is that Hillary did a magnificient job on this flick. The story line could have been a bit more creative with the ending. Those of us that were born during the 2nd WW recall lots of theories. Lindberg and Erhart were household names (eventhough she was missing and presumed dead).

  • January 16, 2011 tapstermindsprng
    Report This User

    Write your review here.By far the best film I've ever seen. True to form, and the film left us all wondering where Amelia really ended up... A question that has echoed through the ages. Hilary Swank I believe was fantastic in this film.. I couldn't get enough of her and the way she carried herself, made me believe she was Amelia Earhart. I hope to see more of Hilary Swank, fantastic!!!..

  • November 27, 2009 CHFNY
    Report This User

    Very boring movie - one note. Too many shots of HIlary Swank - not interesting enough to carry the movie. Slow ... boring... a disappointment. Tivo it instead.

  • November 26, 2009 MaryJane
    Report This User

    Okay for someone who isn't interested in a story based on facts. Great photography and interesting costumes from that period. Too bad this piece of fluff didn't try to portray a more accurate story of a truly great woman flyer.

  • November 22, 2009 diannebrost
    Report This User

    A disappointing film, too many unanswered question, too slow, and did not beleive the realionship with Earhart (Swank) and Thurman (Gere)

  • November 20, 2009 Swarm Snice
    Report This User

    I thought this was a good movie. It seemed realistic and true to history. The script was a little akward at times. It also starts at the end of the story and has many flashbacks to explain the history. Worth the money and the time.

  • November 19, 2009 jbdlawyer
    Report This User

    Some ok moments, but overall, disappointing. Swank appears to be overacting,stiff, uncomfortable-- maybe that's what she was aiming for but it just didin't work. Plot presentation kind of "choppy" ... Richard Gere is not good either.

  • November 11, 2009 beachgirl19989
    Report This User

    cant wait to see this film!

  • November 10, 2009 Yesimrubenesq
    Report This User

    I absolutly loved this film, I had to sit at the end of the movie and compose myself because I was so involved and moved by this beautiful story. Although a tragic story Hilary swank brought this woman to life and made you feel as if you were rooting for her this very day and her beauty glowed more then the sun..... Im buying this film to watch over and over.

  • November 07, 2009 dan
    Report This User

    C ouldn't get revved up. R atlike. gere is looking more ratlike these days... toothy grin and all A ll i can say is, at least there was no FX and needless noise P erpaps next time, i'll stay in and eat my kettlekorn at home

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings