...ranks with recent real-life portrayals of Ray Charles by Jamie Foxx and Truman Capote by Philip Seymour Hoffman and could be similarly awards-bound.
—Ray Bennett Hollywood Reporter
...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.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
...goes airborne but never fully soars.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
...so pure in heart that it slides right off the screen.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
...Amelia doesn't seem to have a clue about who Earhart really was.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
The fact that Amelia's plane and body were never found remains a lasting mystery. The only mystery about this waxwork of a movie is why it was ever made.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
If Amelia has any value (which is a dubious proposition), it's as an object lesson in the follies of the conventional biopic, which puts mindless recapitulation of historical data above analysis or insight.
—Sam Adams Onion AV Club
To say that Amelia never gets off the ground would be an understatement; it barely makes it out of the hangar.
—Justin Chang Variety