The reviews for Amelia have been kind of dismal, including my own, quieting the Oscar buzz that had surrounded it before it was released. It's not a strange situation for a biopic to be in — many movies about people's lives are so ambitious that sometimes they end up boring and overlong.
The award-baiting flicks can also be very entertaining — Walk the Line and Amadeus number among my favorites because they're enjoyable and compelling. I also love those about powerful icons (Malcolm X), and sometimes, the more obscure the cultural icon, the better (Man on the Moon, Searching for Bobby Fischer).
And of course, there are ones I've sat through that have been a bit boring, despite their accolades (cough, Ray, cough) — or missed the mark, like the Bob Dylan-based disappointment I'm Not There.
But there are still plenty of great biopics that have come out of Hollywood — which ones have you liked?