Carrie Rickey
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For 1,227 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 7.3 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 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
1,227 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    This is the breakthrough work of one of world cinema's most visionary artists.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Exhilarating, edgy and wryly comic.
    • 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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It may be the first meditative action movie.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The film is more than laborious eye-blinking - it's also dazzling visually, its potent imagery conjured by cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. But finally, Diving Bell is about something imperceptible: consciousness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Though not as great as "Toy Story 2" and "Monsters, Inc.," Pixar movies that are the gold standard for family movies, Finding Nemo is visually entrancing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    A movie with the sweet soul of "Toy Story" and the boisterous spirit of "Spy Kids."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Crowe is so good on mood and milieu that when Elton John's bubblegum ballad "Tiny Dancer" swells on the soundtrack, in this context it sounds like a hymn.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The film has the dog-eared look of a homemade valentine and the improvised sound of '60s jazz, courtesy of a score by Mark Suozzo and a spirited soundtrack including Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar," which might be the film's anthem.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    At its best it is one of the most dynamic movies from a most dynamic filmmaker, now 76.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    He had the fearlessness of a 104-story man and something more than a daredevil's brass.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Lucid, concise and devastating account of what went wrong in Iraq, patiently counts those 500 ways.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    This simple story of a Guy and a Girl and their music is very appealing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Miller and Futterman tell their story with plain, uninflected film language, permitting the ambiguities to surface. Theirs is not the anti-capital-punishment tract of Richard Brooks' excellent 1967 film "In Cold Blood." It is a story about an accomplice to crime who lived to tell the story.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    This is a documentarylike film about a man who creates a castle in the air and then moves right in, the "Harold and the Purple Crayon" of the workplace.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A heartbreaking elegy to mature love that honors the lovers and the long, neurodegenerative tango that is their last.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    The matchless Alberto Sordi - a contemporary of Peters Sellers and a progenitor of Steve Martin - stars as the buffoon Everyman, Antonio Badalamenti, a perfectly poised figure destined for the pratfall.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It is a damning indictment of the individuals and institutions who made money while customers lost their shirts.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Jackson's superior sequel to last year's first installment in his Rings cycle - resurrects the beloved Gandalf (majestic Ian McKellen) and rejuvenates the audience, too.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Under Hooper's deft direction, it packs the suspense of a thriller.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
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    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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    L'Enfant begins with the birth of a child, but its real concern is the moral rebirth of a man.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    The delightful G-rated film has a story line simple enough for pre-schoolers to follow and comic sensibility complex enough for adults to savor, with an emphasis on howlingly bad (by which I mean good) puns.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    McNamara, a robust conversationalist, is so lively that he bursts out of what is essentially a talking-head documentary.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Although not blessed with a cinematic eye, Yates, a sensitive director of actors, structures his movie like the final movement of a symphony. He reprises themes and characters from the previous films that swell in the epochal siege of Hogwarts and ends his films with an almost wordless coda that will wring tears even from Harry haters.
    • 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."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    This is more than a movie: It's Almodovar's design for living.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Bar-Lev tells Tillman's story "Rashomon"-style, incorporating multiple perspectives on Tillman's politics (left-liberal), religion (atheist), and personal relations (he married Marie, his first and only girlfriend). Still, it is a documentary with more details of how he died than how he lived.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Here are five gifted actors at the top of their games as five characters in search of what makes a family.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Director Manoel de Oliveira's minimalist, incomparably moving I'm Going Home ranks with John Huston's "The Dead" as one of the great works by a director at his twilight.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Courageous, shattering and exceptional documentary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Almodóvar has made a powerfully moving film about men who think they want to lose themselves in their women, then are startled to realize that they're the ones who have been comatose.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Mendes nonetheless works this screenplay like a jazz virtuoso plays with a familiar theme such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Fan's fly-on-the-wall perspective enables the viewer to empathize with all the players in the family drama, unlikely to have a happy ending.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    To the extent that movies bear the residue of their filmmakers' autobiographies, I found The Pianist particularly compelling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A movie of absurdist humor, brutal realism and dementia.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Makes for the most thrilling action movie of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A beguiling and subversively funny entertainment that considers art's worth from many angles, including that of guerrilla painters, gallerists, and seasoned collectors.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Heigl, a double-dip of praline with caramel, is so beautiful that initially you don't notice her comic chops.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Proves that the most local story is sometimes the most universal, the simplest tale sometimes the most complex.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Disarming and unexpectedly poignant, An Education contrasts the knowledge learned in school with that learned from life.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    In the end, Atonement sorts truth from fiction as it delivers a shattering kick to the solar plexus.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    According to this courageous, you-are-there documentary, the platoon took enemy fire almost every day, perhaps the longest exposure to combat the U.S. has engaged in since World War II.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    It's never entirely clear whether Borchardt is also an object of ridicule for documentarian Chris Smith.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Trueba's movie is nearly undone by its shapelessness. Because the filmmaker imposes little in the way of form (or drama) on his subject, his film is a good listen without being a particularly good watch.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Like Johnny's rants, Naked is a revelation, a parable of spiritual homelessness and the terror it engenders.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    For its mesmerizing first two-thirds, Van Sant keeps the film tightly focused on his subject, superbly played by Penn and intimately shot, home-movie style, by Harris Savides. But when the director pulls back to detail Harvey Milk's fight against gay backlash, Milk gets derailed. And - dare I say it? - didactic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Like this diabolically designed weapon of war, Tanovic's film is coil-sprung to explode on the unsuspecting.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Insightful and involving.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    What this unclassifiable story may lack in decibels, it has in emotional depth. At once a mystery, a family drama, a snapshot of children at risk, Ballast is an unusually perceptive character study more eloquent in action than in dialogue.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Funny as it is fierce, breathtaking as it is life-affirming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Few American directors drive this wedge between mind and gut as masterfully as Michael Mann.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    An eco-mentary that's as passionate and persuasive an argument for change as "An Inconvenient Truth."
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A scabrously funny look at the cutthroat game of statecraft.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The result is more exciting than the last four ST pictures put together, more fun than a barrel of Tribbles, and the most satisfying action-adventure since last year's "Iron Man."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    I also like that when Our Hero starts swinging from skyscrapers, he's not just emulating Tarzan, but is working out the Newtonian physics of action and reaction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The fluid film cinematography of Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li, intercut with grainy Super-8 shots of park regulars, tracks the skaters in their free-flying, free-styling and free-falling grace. In these privileged moments, the film is close to transcendence, defying time, space and gravity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Spider is a difficult film, but an inspired one, the movie equivalent of eating a meal of artfully prepared eel or sea urchin. It's for those with adventurous tastes and no fear of squishy textures.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    Ryan may not be admirable, but Clooney makes him relatable. It's his deepest and nakedest performance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It does a masterful job of capturing a specific time and place while reminding us how timeless the abortion dialogue is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A film of haunting eloquence and justifiable fury.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    With Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Tim Burton gives new meaning to the term "director's cut."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It's a coming-of-age story - blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Whatever number it is chronologically on the P&P parade, Wright's film ranks first in verve. Quite simply, it is the essential P&P.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    The results are exhilarating, thrilling, and extend the wingspan.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Insightful, funny-sad memoir of divorce, intellectual style and emotional rebirth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    After Clooney, who gives a sterling performance as a tarnished figure, the standout performance belongs to Wilkinson, a geyser of manic eloquence. Also quite fine are Swinton and Sydney Pollack.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Jonathan Demme's superb rule-bending, heartrending and family-mending drama - ends with a wedding, it resists conventions as brazenly as does the bride's sister.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Shakespearean but overlong, The Dark Knight is two hours of heady, involving action that devolves into a mind-numbing 32-minute epilogue.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Carrie Rickey
    There is nothing sentimental or picturesque about the performances or imagery. The word that best describes both is elemental.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Throw bouquets at Marshall, who instead of dissecting it to death, neatly resurrects the Hollywood musical.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Silva expertly maintains the tension, asking the audience to interpret Raquel's bizarro behavior. His diagnosis is a pleasant surprise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    The violence here is never in the service of spectacle, always of the story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Although rough, it's a gem.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Funnier than his criticism of egos on the rampage is Guest's rare talent for double-edged satire that tweaks one convention by means of another.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Like its heroine, the film's glib - and sometimes sidesplittingly funny - patter at first diverts viewers from its poignant insights. Happily, as Juno grows in experience and maturity, so does the film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    An intimate epic of infinite grace.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    What's refreshing about Beginners is its sympathy for all of its characters, which translates into the characters' sympathy for each other.

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