Despite the participation of some very talented actors, every performance comes across as a stilted and failed attempt at melodrama (Hilary Swank was extra obnoxious due to her sickeningly sappy voiceovers). Speaking of melodrama, someone should have told composer Gabriel Yared to tone it down. His score is overzealous and way too ubiquitous.
If this gets a single Oscar nomination I'll blow a gasket, but never put it past the Academy to make a disgusting decision. I'm taking Amelia off the sidebar, but I still feel nervous about it sneaking in somewhere it doesn't belong.
* out of ****