Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 12, 2012
    80
    Jacobs, the great 20th-century philosopher-evangelist of urban life, would surely recognize this retired restaurant cook, a resident of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans and the subject of Jonathan Demme's marvelous new documentary, as an indispensable "public character."
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 11, 2012
    80
    A cut above most nonfiction explorations of Katrina, thanks to the ever-empathetic Demme's talent for showcasing the uniquely human qualities of every person he films.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 20, 2012
    75
    I'm Carolyn Parker isn't so much a movie title, as a "Spartacus"-like shout that, if we all embraced, would make us a better people and country.
  4. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Sep 11, 2012
    75
    What keeps the documentary from lapsing entirely into a generic human-interest story superficially peppered with local color is, oddly enough, the slowness with which Parker's goals are achieved.
  5. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Sep 11, 2012
    60
    In both "The Agronomist" and here, Demme looks at real people defined by their civic-mindedness and explores their politics biographically.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 13, 2012
    25
    There may be a lot left to say about Hurricane Katrina, but if so, I'm Carolyn Parker doesn't say it.

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