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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Busy but interesting period dramedy has gore, swearing.

Movie R 2022 134 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 17+

Very Good Movie........go see it.

I just saw this movie at the Show.......Good acting, lots of stars, keeps you wondering who done it. This is a true events movie & takes place in 1933. A real good movie.

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Educational value
Great messages
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age 15+
It was I great movie but very bloody me personally though it was great but my friends on the other hand thought it was way over the top.

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Wildly ambitious and thoroughly complex, this sprawling David O. Russell period piece has a thick, gummy quality as if it were made in a vacuum, yet it's too relevant to entirely dismiss. The airless quality of Amsterdam -- perhaps a result of the combination of the great Emmanuel Lubezki's lush, glossy cinematography and Russell's weird sense of humor -- gives it an odd dreamy effect. It's sometimes a little too easy for your brain to wander away. Describing the plot is a challenge: Even after going on at some length, you might somehow skip over characters played by such heavyweights as Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rami Malek, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Shannon, Mike Myers, and more.

Bale's outsized performance, frequently recalling Al Pacino's scenery-chewing "Big Boy Caprice" in Dick Tracy, is another factor that keeps the movie from feeling grounded; it's like a crazy cartoon in which earthly logic does not apply. (Robbie joins him in that category during the movie's second half, when her character stumbles and wobbles about thanks to a case of vertigo.) Yet while Amsterdam is exceedingly busy, it's not necessarily messy; Russell attacks it with an admirable confidence. And since its 1930s-era political themes appear to still have modern relevance, perhaps it's a movie that will live on through multiple viewings and further context.

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