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  • Summary: Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood when a mandatory evacuation order was decreed as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the summer of 2005. After the flood waters subsided, Mrs. Parker was the first resident to return to her now flood-devastated community with whatCarolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood when a mandatory evacuation order was decreed as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the summer of 2005. After the flood waters subsided, Mrs. Parker was the first resident to return to her now flood-devastated community with what many thought was the "impossible dream" of bringing her ruined home back to life. I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful is the portrait of an "ordinary family" who banded together under extraordinary circumstances, and reclaimed their home. (Caruso/Mendelsohn Productions)
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  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: 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.
  4. 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.
  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.