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 7.4 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 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
1,227 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The overall effect is one of a sumptuously laid table where the main course is overcooked.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Too much Good Friday and not enough Easter Sunday. Emphasizing Jesus' agony over His ecstasy, Gibson has delivered a blood-drenched epic more stunning for its brutal violence than for its depiction of the calvary.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The result is Woody Allen lite, with some deft observations about how the social media designed to bring singles together are actually coming between them.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Fresh, funny and perceptive.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    As a horror movie, Jennifer's Body doesn't fully deliver. But as a comic allegory of what it's like to be an adolescent girl who comes into sexual and social power that she doesn't know what the heck to do with, it is a minor classic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    All in all, a resonant theme, poorly played.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Crudely entertaining comedy.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Just as a fistful of drooping stalks does not a bouquet make, director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld's random collection of think-pink gags, canine couture and smart/dumb blonde jokes does not a comedy make.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Fails as drama but succeeds as a "When bad things happen to good firemen" procedural. It's sensitivity training for civilians.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Burlesque is a preposterous and intermittently entertaining lesson in how to make a movie musical with a little brains and a lot of talent.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Swing Vote is messy and its targets are relatively safe. But its aim is true. And Costner's performance hits the bull's-eye.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    The new film compensates with Gere's wry performance as a man who lacks for nothing material but hungers for something spiritual. Even better is Stanley Tucci's delirious turn as Gere's balding, button-down colleague.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Kids under 6 will dig it - though the alligators and wildebeests might scare them. Certainly they scared this groan-up.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Riddled with romantic and political cliches but is often redeemed by the charismatic performances of Braun and Sullivan.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    A movie-movie - big, lush and sexy. And formulaic, saddled with more plot than it needs and more "Spy Kids" references than it should have, but still . . .
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Much as I gnashed my teeth during 27 Dresses, I genuinely enjoyed the warmth of Heigl's and Marsden's confident ease. While both might be a few minutes past their star-is-born moment, these troupers with more than 30 years of professional work between them have never shone so brightly. It may sound contradictory, but loved them, hated IT.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Stiles is lovely, forthright and believable, so much so that when the scene shifts back to storybook Denmark (actually shot in Prague), she grounds this fluff in recognizable reality.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    It's basketball Fantasy Camp for the cost of a movie ticket.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Ultimately, this movie cowritten by Shelton and former L.A. police detective Robert Souza has more laughs than suspense, but not enough of either.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    For its first hour, it's a delightful cloak-and-dagger comedy starring a brave Beagle James Bond and a depraved Persian Dr. Evil.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Except for a handful of scenes, Hancock's film isn't good enough to be memorable. Neither is it bad enough to be entirely forgettable. It's just one of those compromised movies that makes one look forward to the director's cut.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Mildly diverting and utterly dispensable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    De Niro's minimalist performance has maximum emotional impact and succeeds in unifying the episodic film.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    A groaningly awful romantic comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    If your kids are old enough to safely see the movie by themselves, drop 'em off and pick 'em up after. You don't need to see this one.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    An appealing, low-budget musical.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    George, director of "Hotel Rwanda," is better at directing actors than visual storytelling. Every time the camera tilted to suggest a character's shaken world or distorted worldview I didn't feel heartache, I felt headache.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    In supporting roles, Bullock and Hanks deliver performances that are low-key and perfectly scaled. Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright are, likewise, excellent as a couple Oskar meets on his reconnaissance expedition.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    It isn't a good movie, but it is diverting, a showcase for Anouk Aimee, Greta Scacchi and Ron Silver, and a peephole on behind-the-scenes moves.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    On the whole, the movie is more Cheez Whiz than wizardly.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Fortunately, the actors are so likable that these wincingly unfunny moments don't spoil the party.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    It is a keenly observed movie about loss of identity and finding love, in which Brooks serves up funny-ouch humor with slapstick heartbreak.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A curious screwball "noir," doesn't so much bend established genres as blend them into an unappetizing cocktail, where they curdle before pouring.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Based on the charming young-adult novel by Florida bard Carl Hiaasen, Hoot is a pleasant diversion on the order of a gloriously photographed after-school special.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    As Roscoe's parents, Margaret Avery and James Earl Jones emerge with drawers undropped and dignity intact.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A diverting comedy that in its last act becomes unusually sober. While the film both explicitly and implicitly pays tribute to Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," the upshift from irreverent slapstick to reverent sermonette is extremely abrupt.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    It might not be good enough to make you laugh consistently, but Hollywood Ending looks good enough to eat.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 Carrie Rickey
    With its first-person-shooter perspective and gun-andrun narrative, this one’s for the PlayStation crowd. It’s not a movie. It’s an adrenaline pump and purveyor of raw carnage.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Individually, the actors are endearing. But together in this charmless Gary David Goldberg sitcomedy, inspired by the Claire Cook novel, they are as oddly paired as chalk and cheese.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Serves up a dramatic comedy piquant as its title.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    It's a soaring, crashing, blazing affair with pyrotechnic performances by real-life spouses Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez as Lavoe and his wife, Puchi. Like a plane disaster, it holds you in thrall of ¡ay, Dios mio! drama.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Like many previous Carrey vehicles, the point of this one directed by Peyton Reed is that one should not live at the extremes, but should achieve a balance between low and high, no and yes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Much as I adore Martin and Hunt, whose matching tongue-in-cheek delivery and finite patience make them seem more like siblings than spouses, their movie is indistinguishable from an Afterschool Special.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Between Owen's quiet intensity and Mirren's showy color, they make a complementary pair for screen or garden.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    In this it succeeds. Like the Bard said, better witty foolishness than foolish wit.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Callan McAuliffe, a handsome Australian youth, looks right as the perma-press Bryce.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    It fails as a gripping home-invasion thriller.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    I had the sense that Gordon's ambitious, if awkwardly assembled, film had so many terrific ingredients that he felt compelled to use them all. In this case, alas, more is less.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Clark denies his audience the catharsis, resolution and renewal of classical tragedy. The film reduces its viewers to helplessness, and I'm not sure that's its intent.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    As artistic achievements go, Mona Lisa Smile is strictly a paint-by-numbers affair. No shading. Little in the way of perspective. To call it one-dimensional would be an act of charity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Evening might be the most shocking waste of natural resources since the despoiling of the Amazon rain forest.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    For Hickenlooper and Mauzner, Sedgwick is more interesting for whom she slept with than who she was. Their movie may indict Warhol for exploiting Sedgwick, but they're just as guilty.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    A case of when bad scripts happen to good actors. Given its similarities to a bygone sitcom, one might call it "Friends" without benefits.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    For this dynamic to work, the actors need to be of complementary temperament and equal power. This is not the case.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Whatever romantic tension the film has is communicated in the coiled-spring performance by Crowe, one of the most remarkable actors working.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Fortunately, even when star and story are ineffectual, Fears' supporting players are all thrilling, especially Morgan Freeman.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Isn't that good. But Moore is.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Spurlock's intermittently entertaining travelogue ultimately reveals that people in disparate countries of different religions and wildly divergent ideologies are more alike than not.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    A touchy daughter and her feely mom form the emotional axis of Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, a touching, feeling, touchy-feely series of emotional encounters that generate much warmth in Bruce Beresford's balloon-light family comedy. If it were any lighter, it would float away.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Brosnan, who finds the truth in his character, is quite affecting. And Mulligan, gamely defining a surprisingly undefined young woman, is like a sunbeam piercing the gloom.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Worthy of mention is Carolina Herrera's design for Bella's wedding dress, sophisticated and demure in the front and Pippa Middleton sexy, and proper, in the back.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    If, like me, you were hoping for "Scarface" as a hip-hopera, I am sad to report that Get Rich or Die Tryin' has heat, but not sweep.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Not only is there no magnetism between Fiennes and Lopez, he's a lead balloon and she's helium-filled. Happily, their odd chemistry doesn't sink this fairy tale.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The only likable characters are ebullient Omer (Sam Golzari), a show-tune-loving reluctant Iraqi suicide bomber who comes to the O.C., and earnest William (Chris Klein), an American GI wounded in Iraq, who are mirror images.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Blanchett commands the screen as she commands the royal navy. Her unforced majesty makes a so-so film worth watching.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    If you can tolerate the redneck-versus-blueblood cliches that the film trades in, Sweet Home Alabama is diverting in the manner of Jeff Foxworthy's stand-up act.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Most gaspworthy is that this raunchy, transgressive comedy about would-be adulterers turns out to be a hot, wet reaffirmation of marriage.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    An unmitigated, inexplicable, unforgivable flop.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Keener makes this sometimes inert but always intimate tale of love and ambition burst with dynamic energy. Keener doesn't just have attitude, she has maditude.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A coming-of-age film that has the jaunty mood and egg-cream flavor of a Philip Roth memoir.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The glaring weakness of Country Strong is James, underwritten and ambiguous, more like Kelly's pimp than her manager.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    There is no shape or pacing to Daniel Petrie's movie. It's like a bottle of soda left uncapped. So thus a story that promised effervescence ends up being flat.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The 3D effects are of a gimmicky 1956 vintage, with hands thrusting from the screen to give the illusion of reaching out and touching the audience.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    This one has some originality, even though it unfolds like Ingmar Bergman's divorce melodrama "Scenes From a Marriage" - without the marriage.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    A casualty of its own clumsy storytelling.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Despite the appeal of cobra-eyed Thornton and bunny-nosed Heder, Scoundrels trips early, and often.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    For the first half-hour I, too, demurred. And then the irresistible force that is Hugh Jackman -- or was it his swoony Leopold? -- swept me off my seat and into the movie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    While the movie is content to be merely atmospheric, the performances convince you that here are two misfits who might be a perfect fit.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Though one wishes Graff's eye were as developed as his keen ear, he elicits rafter-raising musical performances from Latifah, Palmer, and Jordan that are irresistible fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    By no means is it a great movie, but it is great slapstick fun, one of summer's guilty pleasures.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A script with the most underdeveloped characters and spectacularly realized visuals since "Titanic."
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The Jacket is both a genre movie and a symptom, a gothic treatment of Gulf War syndrome.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Given this swoon-inducer, Summit Entertainment would be well-advised to set up fainting couches in the multiplex lobby and provide smelling salts to those who need them.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Handsomely photographed by Eric Schmidt and nicely underplayed by the actors, the film relies too much on its jukebox soundtrack to convey mood.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    Hostage may well be the first action flick cited both for child abuse and audience abuse. In a singularly sadistic and degrading way it has something to offend everyone.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Did I laugh? A handful of times. Did I cringe? For 101 minutes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    So suggestively atmospheric is Amelia Vincent's cinematography and Robin Standefer's art direction that mood -- and of course Jackson's performance -- sustains the movie.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The chief appeal of this affectionate story is its embrace of those who are not thinner, richer and more glamorous than the moviegoers.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A third-generation performer, this daughter of actor-director Ron Howard makes a stunning feature debut.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Though his film is a tad choppy and a lot chatty, Hindman elicits sympathetic performances from leads who demonstrate a deep understanding of movie physics.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    Rarely has sex on screen been so aggressively anti-erotic.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A touching, family-friendly entertainment
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Backwards - its title referring to the wisdom that life is lived forward but understood backward - has no forward propulsion.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Grant's film plays like a two-hour episode of "Friends" intercut with "Seventh Heaven." Those sounds you hear are wisecrack, heartbreak, heartbreak, wisecrack, wisecrack.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The Omen remake is creepily efficient. Unlike one of the newfangled horrorfests, it doesn't drown you in brackish atmosphere and surround-sound you with techno music.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    Hot Rod never establishes its own personality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    On the plus side are engaging performances by Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci. On the minus side is . . . everything else.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    If this melodrama has that haven't-we-met-before look, it's because it combines elements of "The Caine Mutiny" (Gandolfini's Winter is Queeg-like) with those of "Stalag 17."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    It's the kind of film -- like Diane Keaton's "Hanging Up" -- that even as it dissolves narratively, still makes you dissolve emotionally.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The film has two curious subplots and supporting performances that feel tacked on rather than organically part of it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Meet Dave isn't great, but it's good enough. And it proves once again that Murphy can do anything - even a PG comedy in which he isn't a donkey.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    As one unfamiliar with the novel, I found it hard to tease out its meaning from this handsomely mounted, well-acted, aggressively elliptical adaptation.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A gagfest that makes viewers gag at least twice as often as they giggle, American Wedding -- third in the American Pie trilogy -- whipsaws the audience between gross-out and guffaw.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    While "Boogie Nights" was a dirge for the death of pleasure (which coincided with the death of the porn-film industry), Wonderland is death warmed over. Literally.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    Tedious and incoherent thriller.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The actresses are appealing, the settings photogenic (Budapest doubles for Monte Carlo), and the clothes ideal for a triple-Cinderella fantasy. It's not art, but it is entertaining.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The makeover from ugly duckling to swan essentially replaces narrative catharsis.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Refreshingly subversive.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Whenever Andrews - that incarnation of the sensible and the sensitive - glides on screen, PD2 sparkles.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The connection between the two time frames and stories (the contemporary one with the addition of screenwriters) is flimsy as a frayed rope bridge, forced as the stepsister's foot into Cinderella's glass slipper.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Cage and Leoni make it offbeat.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Buoyed by the appealing Hart and Grenier.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Warrior has the underwritten, overproduced bluster of "Conan the Barbarian."
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Has to be the sorriest excuse for a reprise since "Highlander — The Final Dimension."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The miscast (or misdirected) Hilary Swank's Jeanne takes so little pleasure in coquetry and manipulation.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Only Close, in a majestically, maniacally brittle demonstration of Stepford overdrive, has the courage to show how nutty the pursuit of domestic perfection is. In this mess of a film, she is perfection.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Nothing wrong about a movie that says, Stop and smell the roses. Now, if only director Rob Reiner hadn't rubbed our noses in a bouquet of plastic blooms.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Freely mixing reality therapy, fairy tale and satire, Dobkin's film does not maintain a consistent tone. Is it a seriocomedy about brothers who need to work on unfinished business? Is it a holiday fable about a Scrooge who comes to surf the yuletide? Is it a satire in which an efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) puts pressure on St. Nick to outsource gift allocation and distribution?
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    A very sweet, very slight family movie that scores smiles and tears of joy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Tennessee is drenched in melancholy, a trip through a tunnel of pain illuminated by a lone ray of light at the end.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Claustrophobic and overwrought, Jailbait is an unpleasant excursion into gay panic mitigated somewhat by performances that are hard to shake.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Graced with unusually expressive and seamless voice work by Drew Barrymore and George Lopez, the best of its kind since "Babe."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A likable and completely dispensable heist film starring two of the deftest comedians working (Keaton and Latifah), the film from Callie Khouri is itself an American retread of the British caper telefilm "Hot Money."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A slaphappy, slapdash type of affair familiar to fans of Cheech & Chong and Pauly Shore. It's your basic object lesson in why marijuana is called dope.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    So although this multicharacter stew has a tasty morsel or two, in the aggregate it makes one long for the comparative complexity and subtlety of "Valentine's Day."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Spectacularly silly and perversely entertaining.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Basic Instinct's characters lack psychology and therefore motive. Admittedly they possess pathology, but that's not enough to maintain suspense in a movie with plot holes big enough to drive a tank through.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    A generic oven-stuffer that wants to be a stocking-stuffer, is a turkey, despite the foil wrapping and some artfully deployed tinsel.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    It's a shameless don't-hate-me-because-I'm-beautiful-and-impulsive performance (Diaz), and it throws the entire movie out of balance.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Evolution devolves to the sight of a colossal alien expelling flatus over Arizona. So that's why this movie stinks. Play that flatulent music, white boy.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Because Vantage Point is really a concept movie, the actors are not much more than pawns on the chessboard: They move one square at a time.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The characters are (hand-painted) so flat that the film looks like a paper-doll convention at Epcot.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    While the impulse for his concert may have been confession and atonement, the cumulative effect is one of a guy struggling mightily to reconcile his divided self.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Combines fingernails-on-blackboard audio agony with bamboo-under-fingernails physical torture.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The more pertinent question: Can the audience stick with this flick that showed most of its funny bits in the trailer? For the most part, yeah.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Preposterous, if diverting, revenge fantasy that rivals Rambo in sheer narrative chutzpah and vigilantism.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The nicest that can be said of this unapologetically schmaltzy, and not unenjoyable, affair is that it is the best 1936 musical made in 2009.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Throughout Flatley, now 52, is triumphal and indefatigable. There are two mysteries here: From whence comes Flatley's boundless energy? And why does it make me feel so tapped out?
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    It's a pretty nice movie until, like a Ponzi plan, it collapses.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Melodramatic and strangely moving.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    An entertaining rethink of the 1951 classic.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Duets is to movies what karaoke is to pop: a spirited attempt by non-pros.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    What has Campbell wrought? An intermittently amusing, interminable affair that for sheer ugliness and a scenery-chewing performance by Peter Sarsgaard has a certain Camp appeal.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Lopez is so remarkably unaffected and guileless that she manages to carry the film through its mood swing, if not successfully to its conclusion.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Like the kids in detention, The Change-Up wants to offend your sensibilities. It sets new records for scatological humor and profanity.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    So little time is devoted to developing characters that it's hard to share their hopes and fears.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Hiring this sensitive fantasist (Gondry) to make the superhero saga The Green Hornet is like hiring satirist John Waters to make "Rambo." Hard to think of a more mystifying mismatch of filmmaker and material.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A high-performance low comedy, House succeeds because Martin's Peter Sanderson and Latifah's Charlene Morton each plays Henry Higgins to the other's Eliza Doolittle.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    An undeniable pleasure of National Treasure was watching a movie shot locally that wasn't haunted by a virus or by dead people.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Rodanthe is a reliably steamy stormy sultry story.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    With pratfalls and teardrops, the film swings from sitcom to sit-dram.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Ultimately, the values and the CGI are good, but the acting is broad and the chipmunks aren't really differentiated. What happened to Alvin, the rodent counterpart of Dennis the Menace? Was he declawed in the translation to CGI?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The actors, individually fine although they appear to be in different films, tread warily on each other's turf, like Martian and Venusian making adjustments for an alien gravitational field.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The film is completely forgettable, frequently funny and weirdly satisfying in a Jersey Loser Gets Respect kind of way.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Most parents will find the movie has the familiar feeling of one of those kid birthday parties where the little ones are on chocolate highs and the adults run out of scheduled activities after 20 minutes.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Iridescent as each of the actors is, the result is like a handful of beads without the connecting string.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    Both the sex and the battle sequences here look like football plays drawn by an NFL coach and shot by the wide receiver's mother. Usually, even when I don't like a Stone film I admire its frenzied energy, but the editing here is as lethargic as the compositions are perfunctory.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    I wish Eragon's cinematography were crisper, the music less Wagnerian, and the acting more consistent. But this movie isn't for me. It's for my 10-year-old, for whom the subtleties of narrative, photography and acting mean nothing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The film's recycled nature is most evident in director P.J. Hogan's attempt to marry the farcical hijinks of an "I Love Lucy" episode to an addiction scenario that would not be out of place in "The Lost Weekend."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    It is inspirational in characterizing how people from such diverse cultures share the same human and spiritual needs.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    What Raising Helen doesn't offer is a competent (never mind compelling) performance from Hudson, who is as cute as lace pants and has approximately as much acting skill.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The plot is preposterous. Particularly the part about a kid who has never before played an instrument, but can pick up a guitar and play like Eric Clapton and belly up to a church organ and perform like Mozart.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    In describing the conflict of a woman who has it all without enjoying it all, Pearson's book had teeth. McKenna's screenplay has only a smile. But is it ever good to laugh.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Two of its youthful actors, although adorable, are not skilled enogh to carry their parts.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    I left the film wondering where at the Bellevue-like psychiatric facility that schizophrenic teenager obtained such a becoming brick-red lipstick.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    While Nemo's story line is as clear as its pellucid blues, Wild's narrative is as muddy as its colors.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Not to say that it isn't fun, only to say that it is more about sensation than sense.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    Alas, this joyless affair doesn't have a clou.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Harrison Ford - in his best role in years - and Cliff Curtis are the main reasons to see the film.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    What redeems the film...is that for every nonstop explosion, there's a hilarious burst of Reynolds' nonstop patter.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Did I enjoy Shadyac's film? Very much. Do I think he made many of his points more accessibly and entertainingly in Bruce Almighty? You bet.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    For those who want nothing more than a thorough scare, Gothika is effective. But for those of us who want some psychological insight with our frightfests, the film is sadly lacking.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A case of a yummy yarn spoiled by cheesy visuals.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Swank is no mere impersonator. Her Amelia, like Maggie in "Million Dollar Baby," is unwavering in her gaze, ambition, and drive... In Nair's evocatively art-directed (and sensationally costumed) film, Earhart comes alive.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The result is two competing films, one about a failure's struggle to succeed in the Brigade Championships, the academy's boxing tournament, and the other about a quitter redeemed by military discipline. In the hands of director Justin Lin, the two story lines don't altogether merge.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    I laughed once.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The byplay between Efron and newcomer Tahan as his brother has a warmth and intimacy that establish the film's tone. The performances carry the film.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Man, oh, man, much of the dialogue is so heavy, and heavy-handed, that you can see fine actors such as Derek Luke and Michael Ealy buckle under the weight. Clearly, Lee fell in love with McBride's words and couldn't bear to cut them, even when the visuals made those words redundant.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Bad Company would just be another silly, intermittently funny, buddy comedy (Anthony Hopkins is Rock's training agent) were it not for a plot unlaughably close to current events.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    The "Golden Girls" with gats.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The moral of this crude, intermittently funny Adam Sandler comedy costarring the reliable Kevin James is that: It's OK to be gay, it's not OK to call someone a faggot, and it takes a real man to admit he loves his man pal.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    This is a movie that both parodies "The Sopranos" and aspires to its mordant humor. I don't think anyone -- not Tony Soprano, not Paul Vitti -- can have it both ways.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    By no means is this a good movie, but it's warmed by the solar energy of its star, who surely deserves better than this formula empowerment flick.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    That this is a cautionary tale about any people who would wage war in order to win the spoils of oil and water? Your guess is as good as mine.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Madonna the director deserves a script better than the one Madonna the screenwriter handed off to her. The movie is full of incidents that don't quite cohere into a story - kind of like a Power Point presentation without a throughline.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Seven Pounds is one part jigsaw puzzle, one part "The Giving Tree" and both parts marinated in melancholy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Perry and Campbell are charming despite this straitjacket plot.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Looking for plausibility in a farce is like looking for a million dollars in a box of breakfast cereal, but elements of real life can make a comedy resonate instead of thud. Little Black Book does the latter.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Michael Lembeck directs with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, pounding every joke and cliche until they are flat, flat, flat.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A very curious and very entertaining mix, the Labradoodle of inspirational romantic-comedy-melodramas.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Parental Guidance is an engaging comedy that bridges multiple generation gaps, making it that rare movie that grandparents, their kids, and their kids can enjoy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A twisty, turny and ultimately silly thriller from "Inside Man's" Russell Gewirtz.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The film is intermittently funny and strangely intermittent.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    More strident than funny, the film illustrates that old French proverb, "Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A naughtily funny, skin-deep satire.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Their chemistry goes like this: He cleans up real nice; she dirties down with gusto.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    To paraphrase one of its few laughs, it's a zombie movie directed by Vera Wang.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Even when his technique is amateurish, Jones' belief in the material is refreshing. Pollak's gentle humor is well balanced by the blunt wit of Bonnie Hunt as the O'Malley matriarch.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The best that can be said about the movie is that it's harmless and mostly charmless. The Clone Wars is to Star Wars what karaoke is to pop music.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Fast is a good quality in an action/adventure. But there is lightning-paced and then there is warp speed. Doug Liman's Jumper is the latter, a not-so-good quality in an action/adventure for the simple reason that the audience can't figure out what's going on.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Roughly an hour in, Transformers 2 morphs from teen adventure into lumbering war movie. Bay and his screenwriters squander their human capital in order to show us scenes of 20-ton toys crushing 10-ton toys.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    A snappily fun Mantrap Movie, as films about husband-hunting gals are known, is that rare hybrid of romantic comedy and Super Bowl.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Would I see it again? Not even for a Scooby snack.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    Proves a theory first advanced in the movie "Repo Man": The more you drive, the stupider you get.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    It's wholesome as a glass of milk, and as refreshing.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    Those who want something more substantial from a movie than a vid-game script with centerfold appeal will not find it in this noisy, bone-crushing survivalist flick inspired by the Game Cube diversion.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    In some scenes, Faris' sheer velocity gives the movie liftoff. In others, it doesn't hurt that Evans, who looks like the very young Alec Baldwin, and has the sonorous voice of Mark Feuerstein, is the film's sex object.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Alas, the conceit of a double-dating Grandson and Gramps does not produce a great many laughs in this cringeworthy film.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    She may not be the most cinematic of film artists, but Heckerling will make you smile.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    The execution is so dumbed-down, so dumbfounding, that sophisticated moviegoers might confuse it for outtakes from "Spy Kids 2" and "XXX."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Essentially, the film functions as a holiday catalog, introducing fans to a new Pokemon whose effigy they can collect in trading cards.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    It stars the striking Moss, that fierce beauty from "The Matrix," as the sternest, sexiest babe in space since Sigourney Weaver's Lieutenant Ripley.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    One thing Kidman is not is a clown. She thinks fizzy and dizzy and klutzy are funny. She is mistaken. To be a clown requires a kind of witchcraft.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Cutesy and formulaic and has the approximate depth of a cookie sheet.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    In terms of character, McConaughey is the toxin and Garner the antitoxin. It's not exactly chemistry, but as pharmacology it's effective.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Deliriously funny if instantly forgettable.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Peppy, painless and -- happily -- not altogether brainless.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Summery and scenic, Ruins is this season's "Mamma Mia!," a diversion that dispenses the wisdom: Let go, let live, and let love. Not bad advice, and not a bad movie, exactly.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    As for The Happening, his throwback horror flick that plays like "The Birds" meets "The Blob," it's beyond good and evil. It's dumbfounding.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Less the blistering satire it imagines itself than a blustering, bloody, blundering melodrama about bottom feeders nibbling each other.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Basically, it's a muddle.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Tedious, ludicrous and harmless glimpse of the dawn of civilization.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    It is a pleasant, undemanding movie that takes place over 18 hours on V-Day and considers Very Attractive People whose romantic destinies converge, diverge, and cloverleaf like the interstates threading through California's Southland.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    A light-as-powder family comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Suggests that one way women can fight male violence is by using the weapons of the alpha male: Marking one's territory and firing upon anyone who trespasses.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Ice Cube possesses real screen presence, and it's a shame to see him squander his talents here. He and Epps made me laugh in "Next Friday." They made me squirm here.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The humor here is overcooked to the point of limpness.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The best that can be said about Collateral Damage is that it offers a fleeting fantasy of American invincibility at a time when we desperately crave the reality. It functions as a movie narcotic.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    By turns pleasant and preposterous, The Greening of Whitney Brown is a reverse Cinderella tale for tweens.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    A girls-just-wanna-have-fun farce.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A heartfelt, '70s-era coming-of-age story with a prologue and epilogue set in the present day, marks the filmmaking debut of actor David Duchovny, who also wrote the symbol-studded screenplay.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A toothless political satire set in a Maine coastal village. It plays like six subplots in search of a sitcom.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Love Happens announces itself as a romantic comedy but doesn't speak the language of love. Instead, it trades in the slogans of self-help procedural.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    RV
    I would have told you that its title refers to recreational vehicle. Having seen it, I now know the initials stand for reeking vulgarity.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    The three parallel love stories of daughter and dad, girlfriend and boyfriend, sister and brother, are nicely handled. Robinson is a sympathetic director of actors, allowing almost everyone their dignity. For the most part, she keeps this emotionally charged story in the schmaltz-free zone.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The lead performances are very strong -- few actors possess as much sheer physical presence as this pair -- but their dialogue is stilted, as though lost in transit from a Victorian hothouse.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Imagine "King Lear" art-directed by Martha Stewart and you have Hanging Up.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    At its best when it employs the conventions of romantic comedies to satirize them through the eyes of an anti-romantic wedding planner.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    My guess is that the film will appeal equally to broad-minded 10-year-olds and their grandparents.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Plays like "Sixteen Candles" meets "Beetlejuice." Yet for all the film's frantic pace, this plot plods, even for 'tweens at whom this suburban-girls-take-Manhattan fantasy is obviously targeted.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A raunchy spoof of the disaster-movie lampoon Airplane! - does everything to get the laugh. And in the way that a broken watch is right twice a day, a shotgun comedy like this one occasionally hits its target.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    That a detente between the cliques is unthinkable, that they could never eat at the same table, is one of many assumptions that makes Sleepover such a downer.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Usually Amy Adams can work all kinds of magic with her wide-eyed gaze and wistful smile. But these attributes aren't assets here, they are distancing devices.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A vaguely creepy and mildly diverting rom-com.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    A raunchy romp through the peeping-Tomism, potty humor, raging hormones and social humiliation that are standard issue in the Hollywood high-school sex comedy.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Judah Friedlander and Lindsay Lohan are striking, respectively, as a Lennon paparazzo and a fan creeped out by Chapman.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    My advice: Skip Beyond Borders and write a check to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    It's hard to say with certainty whether it's insufficient plot or insufficient interpretation that's responsible for Travolta's waxwork performance.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    Sappy script. Cheesy supernaturalism. Tired satire.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    An altogether enjoyable ride.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    An abhorrent cyberthriller starring a compelling Diane Lane.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Though the humor of Black Knight never quite achieves the giddiness of a Monty Python comedy, Lawrence creates a character more lovable than either Bill or Ted on either of their excellent adventures.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    As an account of how for-profit big business literally rips a consumer's heart out, Repo Men is too graphic for me.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    This invitation to look down upon the stupidity of numskulls is one that should be declined as swiftly as a call to poke fun at Special Olympians.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Perfect Stranger is the Egg MacGuffin of whodunits, a cheesy affair that casts so many baited lures that they tangle each other and don't hook you.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Half-baked, both in plot and execution, this spoof's for adolescent boys who find Minotaur private parts amusing and Queen Amidala in a chastity belt sexy.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The film's focus on the contest between the two agents does throw the film off-balance.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Mildly diverting but slight, the screwball comedy Gray Matters changes it up, more or less creating its own genre, the curveball farce.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Monster-in-Law, where Bridezilla meets Godzilla, is a comedy so anemic, so toxic, that even Dracula wouldn't bite.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    This film about a career gal's date with fate careers out of control.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Is there a limit to this incessant princessitude?
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    What ensues may be predictable, but the slapstick performances of Rudd and Bell are anything but. They court, they spark, and a few times they catch comic fire.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    It may not be the worst war epic ever made - that probably would be "Battlefield Earth" -- but it's darn close to being an unqualified disaster of that magnitude.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 12 Carrie Rickey
    Six guys and a gal who flatline on arrival. Easily the lamest action-adventure fantasy since “Wild Wild West.”
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    At its best, Queen is campy fun like the Vincent Price horror classics of the '60s. At its worst, it implodes in a series of very bad special effects.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    As doggy movies go, this one gets two paws out of four.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    However insulting the script is to the formidable talents of Clayburgh and Tambor, they turn in Shinola performances.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Harmless, mindless and shameless.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    It's a fun gimmick -- the sartorial equivalent of those red shoes in the fairy tale that made an ordinary girl dance like Terpsichore -- if not an altogether fun movie.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    If Martin Scorsese updated "The Roaring Twenties," the classic Jimmy Cagney movie about World War I vets who come home and find that the only jobs available are with gang lords and bootleggers, it would look a lot like Sean Kirkpatrick's rookie feature, Cost of a Soul.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    This so-called comedy is a frayed string of anxious jokes about whether male bonding is manly or sissy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Apart from Williams' presence, director Christopher Erskin's feature debut isn't worth the price of submission. It's not a road trip; it's a road trap.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The first Hollywood feature from Danish filmmaker Jonas Elmer, New in Town is so choppy that it would seem to have been edited with a pickax.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Driven is in both its script and its execution a paint-by-numbers affair.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    So stupid, so stupefying, so stupendously bad.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    No doubt conceived as an underwater version of "National Treasure," Andy Tennant's film plays like a Three Stooges movie with scuba gear.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Lohan is superfluous to the qualities that elevate the film above other Clearasil comedies.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Snow Dogs? "Snow Job" is more like it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    An unlikable and excruciatingly unfunny comedy.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    The film's one realistic performance is that of Dakota Fanning as Lucy, whose child's shame, fear and resourcefulness ground the movie in recognizable behavior. She breathes air into this suffocating enterprise.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Cheesy and loads of fun.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Like most Lee films, She Hate Me is gasp-worthy, with something to offend everyone. I will not say that I liked it. I will say that like "Bamboozled," it exasperates and resonates.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    This mostly vulgar, but never explicit, comedy resolves itself surprisingly, revealing depth just when you think it's going to continue its skip across the shallows. In other words, Just Married might not be good, but it's just good enough.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Carrie Rickey
    Happily N'Ever After carjacks "Cinderella" and puts her wicked stepmother behind the wheel.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Speechy and preachy and just a teeny-weeny bit naughty.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Screenwriters Nicole Eastman and the "Blonde" team of Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith provide dialogue that has the propriety of the locker room.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    If Sweet November were a puppy, it would have rabies.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    However terrific Murray is, if Antonio Banderas, mellifluous voice of Puss-in-Boots in "Shrek 2," went paw to claw with Garfield, Puss would definitely triumph.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    This is not the plot of your typical Ice Cube movie. It does, however, combine the plots of at least three John Hughes movies.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Sex and the City 2 is a champagne cocktail on a runaway train -- fizzy, sparkly, giddy-making, and splashing all over the place.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    Here is a movie with everything going for it and nothing working.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    This is a star vehicle that stalls.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    If only I liked The Majestic half as much as I liked Carrey in it.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The plot may be forgettable, but the execution is frantic and funny. The Spy Next Door is a movie that will bring smiles to kids - and their grandparents.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    English wrangles her talent like a virtuoso. Best is Murphy Brown herself, Candice Bergen.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Carrie Rickey
    This saga of a former soccer star coaching his son's team in order to worm his way back into the heart of his ex-wife aims to be warm and funny. Alas, it is mechanical and exhausting, like a windup toy of a monkey crashing together cymbals for 106 minutes while incrementally winding down.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Director Tim Story's film has two speeds: pedal-to-metal and screeching halt. The former is guaranteed to make the audience carsick, the latter to give it whiplash.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The question is not whether Murphy can do anything. He can. The question is why he would want to make a movie as squirmingly unfunny as Norbit.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The million-dollar cast doesn't make the vulgar penny-ante jokes any funnier.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Every time Problem Child gets an interesting edge, it loses it.

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