Carrie Rickey

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For 1,264 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Carrie Rickey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Grizzly Man
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
1264 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    This profanely hilarious and tonally erratic spoof of buddy movies is funny as it begins in "Miss Congeniality 2" territory, funnier still as it zooms into "Lethal Weapon" climes. But it stops dead, and I mean that literally, when it takes a U-turn into a "Pulp Fiction" sinkhole of slapstick violence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    Burshtein keeps the camera tight on the faces of her actors in a way that succeeds at making visible the invisible heat between the characters. The film's chaste eroticism and the community's deep respect for Shira's emotional and spiritual growth keep the audience in thrall.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The result is a film that deeply engages us on multiple levels. Not only do we wonder what Maisie knows and how she knows it, we want to get this seedling to a place where she won't have to be transplanted every day.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Because Trance is principally about the thrill of the ride rather than the inner lives of the riders, it lacks that outlaw humanism specific to Boyle films such as "Trainspotting," "Slumdog Millionaire," and "Millions." In other words, it's an ingeniously built automaton, sexy as hell, and devoid of a heart.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    At its best, Worlds Away is a parade of mostly attractive acrobats performing physically improbable feats. At its worst, it has the humorlessness of Ridley Scott plumbing the deeper meanings of an Esther Williams water ballet.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    The takeaways of the film are horror and hope: horror that institutionalized homophobia was so pervasive, hope that that intolerance is a thing of the past.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The shaggy, whimsical characters have a primal familiarity, as though they were developed by a tag team of Maurice Sendak and Walt Disney.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Much as I was moved by the film, I have one reservation and one warning. The framing device of the older Pi recounting his story to the author (which worked so well in Martel's novel) is intrusive and significantly detracts from the story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Colorful, noisy, and pixel-deep.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    DuVernay, a low-key director sparing in her use of emotion and music, has made an existential drama that is European in its feel.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    I smiled for the first half of the movie and started laughing hysterically when a supporting character hijacked it from its stars.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Unlike most films about teenagers, the performances are happy-sad-realistic. Lerman, who plays the least expressive of the three principals, does a fine job at suggesting the active inner life of an externally inexpressive youth.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Backwards - its title referring to the wisdom that life is lived forward but understood backward - has no forward propulsion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    The good news is that this daddy/daughter reconciliation story connects with the ball. The not-so-good: It's a blooper.
    • 69 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    The main distinction of this particular raunchfest, about the economic opportunities available to women in the phone-sex industry, is that it does not reconcile its slim narrative conflict with a big, fat wedding.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    It's hard to know whether this is a function of the sympathetic screenplay or of Krieger's sympathetic direction - or both - but Celeste and Jesse are endearing even when they do unsympathetic things.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Sparkle is a solid entertainment with a winning debut by Jordin Sparks in the title role.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    Rather than plunge into the murky marital waters of ambivalence and power struggle, the film bobs on the surface. No one would ever mistake David Frankel's dramedy of sexual healing for Ingmar Bergman's psychologically astute "Scenes From a Marriage."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    For lovers of classical French cinema, and I am one, this earthy throwback is a whiff of lavender borne by the bracing winds of the mistral.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    While most of the talking heads, including the funny and articulate Barbara Ehrenreich (herself a breast cancer survivor), are not likely to join runs and walks for the cure, Pool shows how such events create community and sisterhood.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Carrie Rickey
    Shelton and her cast are so skillful that before long it seems we are not moviegoers watching a screen but flies on a wall witnessing real encounters and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Carrie Rickey
    Scafaria's movie never catches fire. The bad news: The end of the world comes with a whimper. Worse: And two wimps.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Carrie Rickey
    At 24 minutes, Lola Versus might be a middling episode of a sitcom like "New Girl." At 87 minutes, it is a gracefully aimed arrow shot in the air. Where it lands, Wein and Lister Jones know not where.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Carrie Rickey
    The mosaic of cases and caseworkers is like a season of "The Wire" distilled into two hours.
    • 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."
    • 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.

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