Carrie Rickey

Carrie Rickey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Houston Chronicle , Philadelphia Daily News , Philadelphia Inquirer , The Dissolve
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
1234
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) " Despite charismatic performances by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as nothing-but- net shooters who might be called the Schmo and the Bro, White Men Can't Jump throws up mostly bricks." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/4 58% Blast from the Past (1999) " Garish and not funny enough, Wilson's shapeless satire plods on, squandering its nice premise and its appealing actors. Miraculously, Fraser has a force field around him and manages to radiate energy in this comic black hole." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.5/4 40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) " Fortunately, some of the appealing young performers -- who include Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose and, especially, Seth Green -- manage to emerge from the film's generic suburban-teen backdrop." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 19, 2014
91% Kids for Cash (2014) " Adjectives like "Kafkaesque" and "Dickensian" are woefully inadequate to May's novelistic account, the movie equivalent of a page-turner." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Feb 25, 2014
3/4 88% Platoon (1986) " Precisely because Stone forces you to experience a grunt's tunnel vision and rage, Platoon is a film of inspiring empathy and awesome force. Curiously, that same tunnelvision in the end compromises Platoon." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 24, 2014
5/5 97% Jules and Jim (1962) " A case study in romantic triangulation." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2/4 61% About Last Night... (1986) " Homework assignment: Is the decision to change both the title and the thrust of Mamet's play evidence of perversity or of perversion? Due tomorrow. Class dismissed." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 88% RoboCop (1987) " When the law-enforcing RoboCop cleans up corrupt Motown, his victory is satisfying because he's got machinery and morals on his side. RoboCop is where high-tech meets High Noon." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3/4 92% Moonstruck (1987) " Charming if erratic, Moonstruck is the unlikely marriage of undershirt-in- kitchen naturalism and urbane drawing-room farce." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/4 75% The Santa Clause (1994) " Like most modern fantasies, The Santa Clause isn't very clear about the rules governing Scott's new powers." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/4 94% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1998) " One of the most voluptuously beautiful films ever imagined, Munchausen naturally assumes that surrealism is preferable, that through make-believe we find the way to true beliefs." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2.5/4 85% Santa sangre (Holy Blood) (1990) " You can say this: It is never boring." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3.5/4 91% Nobody's Fool (1994) " The principal pleasure of this film directed by Robert Benton is that its characters are carefully drawn and developed rather than applied like so many decals on a two- dimensional wintry landscape." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2.5/4 67% Things Never Said (2013) " The result may not be a big movie, but Things Never Said makes a big emotional impact." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3.5/4 85% The Sixth Sense (1999) " So transparent is Osment as an actor, and so rare, that the pain on his face stabs you in the heart." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 27, 2013
4/4 91% The Fly (1986) " Wildly imaginative, gut-wrenchingly scarifying and profoundly primal (not to mention funny), David Cronenberg's The Fly is a movie that whacks you in the solar plexus and leaves you gasping." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 4, 2013
3.5/4 85% The Secret Garden (1993) " This enchanted tale vividly shows how love heals and nurtures barren souls, makes them flourish like abundant Edens." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 89% The Bridges of Madison County (1995) " Bridges is an admirable achievement, one that probably does more to reposition its maker as someone who can carry a movie without carrying a gun than as the director/star of a Love Story for the Loving Care set." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/4 88% The Big Easy (1987) " The Big Easy is an extremely enjoyable (and well-lubricated) vehicle for two actors who aren't quite yet stars, but should be." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 83% Thelma & Louise (1991) " This unexpected delight, which travels at top speed from the doldrums to the Grand Canyon, is moreover blessed with two high-octane performances." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 95% Midnight Run (1988) " De Niro is nervily hilarious and Grodin nervelessly exceptional in Midnight Run, a formula buddy movie exalted to insta-classic status by their performances." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/4 98% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) " Imagine watching cartoon characters and relating to them as if they were flesh-and-blood instead of paint-and-ink. This is the slap-happy effect of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and - please - a 24-carrot salute to director Robert Zemeckis." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/4 97% Babe (1995) " Babe is not, strictly speaking, a kid's movie. It is a preposterously funny fable that strikes a chord with adults, too." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 88% When Harry Met Sally (1989) " If you love vintage Woody Allen, you'll like the nouveau Rob Reiner." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3.5/4 95% In the Line of Fire (1993) " Between them, director Petersen and screenwriter Jeff Maguire do a memorable job developing their characters in this story of personal and professional redemption." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) " Their nuanced performances give a spectrum of emotional shadings to a black-and-white script that casts Tina as the Beauty to Ike's unreconstructed Beast." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/4 92% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) " Inside Terminator 2 beats a human heart. But its soul is that of a killer machine." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/4 92% No Way Out (1987) " A juicy thriller-romance bursting out of the Pentagon's arid corridors." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 29, 2013
52% The To Do List (2013) " It shows how far the teenage sex comedy has come, and how different it looks when a female writer or director is behind the camera." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2.5/4 60% The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) " The film is unusually gripping." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 10, 2013
3/4 64% A Rage in Harlem (1991) " Jazzy and jauntily funny." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2/4 23% Dying Young (1991) " Will someone please, please, write a part for Julia Roberts and not be happy just to look at her?" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2/4 48% Flatliners (1990) " Except for the performances by Roberts and Bacon, which occasionally redeem it, Flatliners is exasperating, a compelling concept unfulfilled." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/4 97% The Princess Bride (1987) " Patinkin, the most dazzling movie swordsman since Errol Flynn, steals the movie with his athletic grace and delivery of lines like: "My name is Inigo Montoya! Prepare to die!"" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/4 91% Stand by Me (2000) " Stand by Me is a small, quiet film that walks tall and resonates long after." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 26, 2013
3/4 80% The Untouchables (1987) " A deeply satisfying and entertaining Prohibition gang-buster directed with a Tommy gun's rat-tat-tat." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3/4 74% Ghost (1990) " Given its obviously commercial aims, Ghost is remarkably appealing on a purely personal level. It is about how you deal with death." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3.5/4 88% Fill the Void (2013) " [Burshtein's] subject is a woman's right to choose her spouse, and what a weighty, giddy, confusing, clarifying and, ultimately, sacred choice that is." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3.5/4 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " 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." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 3, 2013
1.5/4 16% The Super Mario Bros. (1990) " Scenery rushes by, noise blares, characters pop up wearing new costumes that they couldn't possibly have had time to change into as they eluded their adversaries." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 30, 2013
0.5/4 4% Getting Even With Dad (1994) " This seems to be the work not of screenwriters but of Hollywood marketing executives who believe movies are popular because they tell audiences what they want to hear." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 28, 2013
1/4 11% Calendar Girl (1994) " Can't we just agree to let Marilyn Monroe rest in peace?" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 28, 2013
1.5/4 8% The Next Karate Kid (2001) " While the message that a girl can defend herself against the boys threatening her is a good one, it's lost in a movie where the bullies look like Mussolini's bodyguards and where Julie waits for her boyfriend and Miyagi to come to her defense." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 22, 2013
2/4 6% A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) " It's a missed opportunity for introducing the Mortal Kombat generation to medieval combat that was really mortal." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 22, 2013
7% In the Army Now (1994) " Is In the Army Now funny? Yes, Drill Sergeant, Sir! Is it stupid? Yes, sir! Does it kill brain cells? Yes, sirree!" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 22, 2013
1/4 8% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987) " By all evidence, to make Nerds II, it took over 1,000 people with an aggregate IQ of under 1." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 21, 2013
2/4 5% Cocktail (1988) " It may not be a megaton bomb, but Cocktail is definitely of the Molotov type." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 21, 2013
2/4 4% Problem Child (1990) " Some kids are born bad. Others achieve badness. And some have badness thrust upon them. The same can be said of movies." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 21, 2013
2/4 4% Mobsters (1991) " Slater and Dempsey bring to the film whatever shallow depth Mobsters occasionally exhibits." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 21, 2013
2/4 0% Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) " Return to the Blue Lagoon is neither campy enough to be howlingly funny nor prurient enough to be provocative." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 21, 2013
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