For 1,222 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 7.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Carrie Rickey's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
1,222 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Best of all is the ride through the architect's own domestic space in Santa Monica, dubbed by locals "the house that built Gehry."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Yelchin and Jones are up to the challenge of suggesting much by doing little.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    In its juxtaposition of voluptuous nudity with the horrors of war, in its evocation of idealized beauty draped like gods and goddesses of Grecian art, the film invokes classical ideas about how the life force asserts itself most aggressively in the face of death.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Shannon is flawless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Almereyda's smart, streamlined adaptation is full of such neat little ironies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Burton gives us SuperDude; Nolan gives us Sir Subdued.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    In presenting their testimony to the jury of public opinion, Morris would seem to be building a case for absolving some of them of mistreatment charges and implicitly asking for an investigation of those who were not charged.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    ILYM is the comedy that Rudd lovers have been waiting for since he first charmed us silly in "Clueless." It explores both the dweeby and heartthrobby sides of this guy whose crooked smile fails to mask his social anxiety.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    An improbably funny and transcendent account of soccer-mad Tibetan monks in exile at a Bhutan monastery.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Develops microclimates of mood without fully developing the same shadings of character.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Evocatively shot by cinematographer Lance Gewer in warm browns and reds that make Tsotsi seem all the more chilling, the film records his gradual metamorphosis from id-driven brute into empathic, if crude, care-giver.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Although the movie intends to incite viewers to social action, it is just as likely to paralyze them with fear.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Throughout, Bergsholm's poker-faced performance creates the effect that we are watching the misadventures of an actual teenager. It may be a slight comedy but Turn Me On, Dammit! is enormously entertaining.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Unlike most other teen cautionary tales, Thirteen does not accuse merely one villain for the corruption of a minor.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Has the confessional intimacy of a video diary and performances to match, particularly those of Kyra Sedgwick and Parker Posey.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The performances, of a higher order than the film's cheesy script and double-cheese direction, are the reasons to see the picture. A reason not to: the means by which parent and child trade bodies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Carion's cri de coeur is at once a historical chronicle, an ode to the European Community, and a not-so-veiled critique of a 21st-century war.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    The film equivalent of Maya Lin's Vietnam monument, that collective gravestone to the fallen, in the way it employs abstract means to quantify the loss of life and elicit a profound sense of grief.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Unlike Gondry's previous features, Human Nature and Eternal Sunshine, Science lacks the sturdy armature of a Charlie Kaufman screenplay to support its eccentricities. The flood of delight in the film's first 90 minutes slowed to a trickle and, finally, a drip.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A keen observational seriocomedy, The Syrian Bride, like "Paradise Now," suggests that all residents of the Middle East, no matter their faith or their nationality, are more alike than not.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    As efficient and zippy as its subject.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Amalric's performance is comically moving in the manner of silent actors, and the film is beautifully wrought with moments of enchantment. Alas, Chicken is a movie that begins with a crescendo and doesn't sustain its lyricism.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Training Day has the best performances and worst third act of any movie you're likely to see this year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    With varying degrees of success, the filmmaker gets each musician to talk about the personal and musical roots that blossomed into his technique.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    With the exception of one sequence, this PG-13 movie is so youth-friendly that I thought I might take my 10-year-old. But that sequence, upsetting for those of any age, makes the movie better suited for mature 12-year-olds and older.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    For a movie loaded with ear-scorching profanity, oceans of booze, and illegal drugs enough to keep all of Cedar Rapids in high spirits for a month, there is something fundamentally decent about the film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    I was shaken, but not stirred, by Babel, a globalist melodrama that careens from Morocco to Mexico like a revved-up "Crash."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A one-of-a-kind experience that boasts a twice-in-a-lifetime performance from Nicolas Cage. The actor has not gone this deep into the abyss since "Vampire's Kiss" (1989).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    When the tobacco is extinguished what comes between April and Frank Wheeler is bigger, colder and more formidable than the iceberg that sundered Kate and Leo in "Titanic": shattered hope.