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 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Carrie Rickey's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
1,222 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    A macabre mystery for children and a cautionary tale for their folks, Coraline is a yarn - twisty, knotty, taut - about a perennially bored girl whose parents are too preoccupied with work to pay her much mind.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    An extraordinary work in three movements about the Sasakis, a seemingly ordinary family. In this unpredictable work, the clan implodes, explodes, and glues itself back together.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    All in all, this phenomenal film illustrates Alexis de Tocqueville's observation that "The people get the government they deserve." In both meanings of the word, Il Divo is sensational.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Even if you don't give a shiitake mushroom about food, there's much to savor in this lively comedy with dramatic aftertastes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    An eco-mentary that's as passionate and persuasive an argument for change as "An Inconvenient Truth."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Disarming and unexpectedly poignant, An Education contrasts the knowledge learned in school with that learned from life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Set exactly a century ago, The Last Station is a droll tragicomedy starring those battling Tolstoys, whose family is unhappy in its own way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    This white-knuckle adventure is a literal and metaphoric cliff-hanger that gets a spectacular foothold on an unforgiving mountain.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The film gracefully telescopes a lot of information in its brief running time.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Davis does the most thorough job of capturing Basquiat, man, artist, and life force.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The most challenging obstacle encountered by reformers like Canada and Michelle Rhee, the embattled chancellor of education for Washington, D.C., are the unions extending tenure protection to teachers who underperform.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It's a coming-of-age story - blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It is a damning indictment of the individuals and institutions who made money while customers lost their shirts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It all comes down to affirmation vs. denial. Leigh chooses affirmation. And the result is life-affirming.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Midnight in Paris is not a perfect movie - as in "Julie & Julia" one senses its creator's impatience to leave the bleached-out present for the colorful past. But it is warm and effortless, qualities that make it embraceable.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Its deceptive simplicity makes A Better Life so emotionally profound.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable.
    • 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.