Carrie Rickey

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For 1,229 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Carrie Rickey's Scores

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Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Queen
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
1229 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Cinderella Man is not a movie about boxing, but about this boxer who personified the heart and hope of 1935.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    If we approach the unfamiliar with fear and apprehension, we will be met with fear and apprehension. But if we approach with sympathy and curiosity, we will be rewarded with same. And our souls, not to mention our bicycles, will soar to the heavens. [2002 re-release]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Not only is it the best documentary in a vintage season for nonfiction films (see "American Splendor," "Capturing the Friedmans," and "Spellbound"), it's also one of the best films of the year. It's as lyrical about the particulars of Kahn as it is about the universals of fathers and sons.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    It is with gravity and levity and incomparable grace that Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- by light years the best movie of 2000.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Spoofy and sweet... endearingly old-fashioned.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Exhilarating, edgy and wryly comic.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    The most moving aspect of this indelible documentary is that it chronicles its subjects' growth from instinctively going for the goal to deciding which goals are worth shooting for.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Lives is a best-foreign-film nominee competing in a year that at least three movies in this category are stronger than Oscar's best-picture contenders.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Up
    The exhilarating film pays tribute to Buster Keaton's "The Balloonatic" by way of its slapstick, and to Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" by way of its watercolor palette and traveling domicile.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Most of all, it is the improbably entertaining story of how new media are altering the very nature of courtship and friendship.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Werner Herzog's magnificent tragedy, Grizzly Man, a Shakespearean character study that packs the sheer terror of "The Blair Witch Project."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Ryan may not be admirable, but Clooney makes him relatable. It's his deepest and nakedest performance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Brilliant, blistering account of the many ways fame deforms a star, his family and his fans.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    This psycho-thriller, a Golden Globe winner and presumptive favorite for the foreign-film Oscar, itself is revelatory.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    A movie with the sweet soul of "Toy Story" and the boisterous spirit of "Spy Kids."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    At the film's intimate best, it gives a guitar's perspective of the troubadour. He plucks his instrument as he plays our heartstrings. It's movie and music bliss.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Profound, passionate and overflowing with incomparable beauty, Water, like the prior two films in director Deepa Mehta's "Elements" trilogy, celebrates the lives of women who resist marginalization by Indian society.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    As lovingly written as it is beautifully rendered.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Washington blows you away. To say he gives the performance of his career is an understatement.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    One of the rare rock films that produces the effect of a live concert: After each number, the audience erupts into applause.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    As irresistible as Chan is irrepressible. In a movie season in which, it seems, all the blockbusters boast wheels, it's a treat to see a movie that has legs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Throughout the film its makers pose the question of whether saving a work of art is as important as saving a human life. The question is not answered, and perhaps ultimately unanswerable. Yet Europa movingly shows how for many, art and artifacts are living things.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Intimate as a whisper, immediate as a blush, and universal as first love, the PG-rated film positively palpitates with the sensual and spiritual.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Courageous, shattering and exceptional documentary.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    That rare thing, a Hollywood teen flick transfigured into something like pubescent scripture: In the beginning, there was lust; in the end, there is knowledge.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    A captivating cine-memoir, impressionistic and surrealistic, surveying Varda's formidable career as a still photographer, filmmaker, documentarian, and life force.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Under Hooper's deft direction, it packs the suspense of a thriller.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Persepolis, the superb film based on Satrapi's graphic memoirs of the same name, is a riveting odyssey in pictures and words. It's unlike any journal you've read or any animated movie you've seen.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    This year's must-see film.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    It is the most influential movie you've never seen, deeply affecting many artists and experimental directors who saw it on the museum circuit in 1977 and 1978.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Piercingly funny and unexpectedly moving account of that odd couple, Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) and HRH Elizabeth II (majestic Helen Mirren) and their back-channels affair.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    The film's climax involves a father and son reunion that is tense, tragic and, finally, as transcendent as Mohammad himself.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    For two hours I felt like a kitten chasing an elusive ball of catnip that remained just beyond my paw.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    A movie like Everlasting Moments comes along maybe once in a decade.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Sunnier and sillier than most of Allen's recent work, makes its belly laughs heartwarming. It's a most winning movie about losers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    A knockout...So feverish is Fight Club...that thermometer contact might make mercury shatter.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    An elusive and profoundly moving essay about the stages of amour and of age. Like the best of Godard's movies -- and I haven't been sucked into one since "Passion" (1982) -- it is visually ravishing, penetrating, impenetrable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    There is nothing sentimental or picturesque about the performances or imagery. The word that best describes both is elemental.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    This is the breakthrough work of one of world cinema's most visionary artists.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Isn't like the classic Japanese drama "Rashomon," which suggested that one person's perspective of an event gave him a different truth from the person standing elsewhere.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    While its careful pace and seemingly opaque story may not satisfy every moviegoer's appetite, the film's final scene is soaringly, transparently moving.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Apart from its intriguing religious implications, the film is also a compelling look at the family, community and congregational pillars that support Lior.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A rocking, rollicking crowd-pleaser.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A human-scale comedy that reaches across generations to tickle, connect and embrace.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    While Gyllenhaal has playful puppy eyes and energy, his performance as Jack is a blur of mustaches, sideburns and spurs that never achieves the weight of Ledger's.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    You watch a Miyazaki film with the pie-eyed, gape-mouthed awe of a child being read the most fantastic story and suddenly transported to places previously beyond the limits of imagination. It's quite a trip.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Shrek 2 is a dream, a sequel as exhilarating and riotously funny as 2001's top-grossing original.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    So incrementally does Eastwood's film build toward what seems like an inevitable resolution that when it concludes, you're sucker-punched. You haven't been watching a police procedural, but a Greek tragedy. You haven't been watching a drama about the catharsis of vigilantism, but sitting vigil for a community diminished, and permanently damaged, by violence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A boisterous and improbably entertaining action comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A heartbreaking elegy to mature love that honors the lovers and the long, neurodegenerative tango that is their last.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Acting-wise, the showstopper is Jason Bateman, with a diabolically entertaining turn as a smarmy PR man remarkably free with confidential information.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    To the extent that movies bear the residue of their filmmakers' autobiographies, I found The Pianist particularly compelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    An unnerving and astonishing thriller.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Like this diabolically designed weapon of war, Tanovic's film is coil-sprung to explode on the unsuspecting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Heartbreaking? Sometimes. Involving? You bet.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Boasts rich texture, sly vision and rueful humor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The imagery is uniquely that of Oshii, who deserves a place in the pantheon of visual artists.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Where Denys Arcand's delightful 1986 comedy "The Decline of the American Empire" celebrated the good life, his profoundly funny sequel The Barbarian Invasions heartily toasts the good death.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The result is a film that deeply engages us on multiple levels. Not only do we wonder what Maisie knows and how she knows it, we want to get this seedling to a place where she won't have to be transplanted every day.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Featuring seasoned warriors reflecting on whether we can best fight violence with violence is enormously compelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Not only is Bossa Nova a lovely romance, but one can say, as one can about few films, that it is restorative as a vacation.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It's hard to know whether this is a function of the sympathetic screenplay or of Krieger's sympathetic direction - or both - but Celeste and Jesse are endearing even when they do unsympathetic things.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Rees tells Alike's story in vignettes that are sometimes slapstick, sometimes heartbreaking, always tender.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    DuVernay, a low-key director sparing in her use of emotion and music, has made an existential drama that is European in its feel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It's a testament to Cage's canny performance and Jonze's seamless use of special effects that you believe Charlie and Donald are two entirely different people.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Collins and Pacino plumb the depths of acting, of Shakespeare, of the difference between law and justice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Proves that the most local story is sometimes the most universal, the simplest tale sometimes the most complex.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A far more trenchant - and funnier - satire of the fame-afflicted than Woody Allen's "Celebrity."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    First-time filmmaker Kolirin paces his can-we-all-just-get-along? parable as if it were a silent comedy, which for long stretches it is. This movie about musicians has no soundtrack. Its musical moments are few, but potent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A superb film that begins with death, ends in renewal, and finds almost as much to laugh about as to cry for.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    What gives North Country urgency is that it's about how a man comes to understand that it's bad for him and for his community to deny his daughter privileges and prerogatives he'd grant his son.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Macdonald's film brilliantly telescopes the '70s, an era when every physical action had its equal and opposite political reaction.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Corinne's journey begins with an act of blind faith. The movie ends, but you have a palpable sense that the journey does not.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A dynamic portrait of an artist by an artist, one as wry, audacious and erotically charged as its flamboyant subject.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    For those dazed and dazzled by surf anarchists Noll and Clark, Hamilton comes off as the sport's technocrat, but he boldly goes where no surfer has gone before.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    What begins as Lafcadia's journey into the heart of darkness ends as his pilgrimage into the light. Stunning.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    French movies are not so neatly resolved. In fact, the point of many French movies, such as this provocative one from director Laurent Cantet, is that some problems don't have satisfying solutions - or resolutions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Until a final conflict that more resembles a monster-truck jam than a superhero showdown, Iron Man is solid gold.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Wondrously emotional film, one that sneakily dismantles your defenses and purges grief you didn't realize you had.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It is not to everyone's taste. But if you like the lush film operas of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk, or Luchino Visconti, this one's for you.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The script by Andrea Berloff is stunning in its simplicity and aching details.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Cholodenko takes us inside a bohemian hive where everyone buzzes around the Queen Bee. McDormand is superb. Likewise Bale and Nivola.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A movie of absurdist humor, brutal realism and dementia.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    This is more than a movie: It's Almodovar's design for living.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A gut-punch of a drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Pure, undiluted joy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Urgent and stunning movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Almereyda's smart, streamlined adaptation is full of such neat little ironies.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Not since Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Malick's own "Days of Heaven" has a movie been both so breathtakingly beautiful and so narratively abstract.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    An epic docudrama - electric and raw.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    An eco-mentary that's as passionate and persuasive an argument for change as "An Inconvenient Truth."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Throw bouquets at Marshall, who instead of dissecting it to death, neatly resurrects the Hollywood musical.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A masterful epic charting love's labyrinths.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Its deceptive simplicity makes A Better Life so emotionally profound.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Funny as it is fierce, breathtaking as it is life-affirming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It's a coming-of-age story - blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A postfeminist valentine to the Paleolithic days of Woman Power when dinosaurs walked Manhattan in heels with matching handbags.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    There's a word for women like Giselle: Supercalifragilistic. Ditto her film, Enchanted.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The film billed as the first Disney animation to boast an African American "princess" is really about a resourceful bootstrapper in New Orleans, a young woman allergic to the fairy-tale pap spoon-fed to young girls.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The $200 million result is an irresistibly entertaining, if grandiose, saga of doomed love and directorial hubris.

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