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:
1255
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 94% The Truman Show (1998) " Most movies are lucky to have one idea rattling around inside. The unusually resonant Truman positively vibrates with themes." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 18, 2014
2/4 41% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) " Ninja Turtles is cluttered and flashy. In terms of plot, there's not much flesh on its bones." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3/4 11% Club Paradise (1986) " What's fresh about Ramis and Doyle-Murray's brand of comedy is that they're not one-liner wordsmiths, they're social satirists. They find humor in the subversion of a stable social community." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2/4 26% Gordy (1995) " This little piggy goes whee!-whee!-whee! all the way home. But will parents go for Gordy? Not in a pig's eye!" — Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 23, 2014
1/4 11% Dangerously Close (1986) " The movie revels in the kind of sadism it criticizes." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/4 19% Rude Awakening (1989) " It's hard to be against a movie that's against war. Which is the most enthusiastic thing you can say about Rude Awakening, a witty concept that never quite materializes into a movie." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2/4 14% Howard the Duck (1986) " What can you say about a comedy in which the biggest laugh is in the end credits?" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 9, 2014
3/4 20% I Love Trouble (1994) " Trouble is a sampler of the kind of roles Roberts and Nolte should play more often." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2.5/4 54% The Doors (1991) " While it has its moments, taken by itself, The Doors amounts to little more than an impressionistic look at a boy and his death wish." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/4 34% She's Having a Baby (1988) " [The film] assumes that boys will be boys but that the mystical act of fatherhood will make a man of you. Trouble with She's Having a Baby is, Hughes believes this without feeling obliged to develop it dramatically." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/4 81% My Own Private Idaho (1991) " Although River Phoenix has distinguished himself as an actor ever since his second film, Stand By Me, nothing he has ever done before prepares you for his performance in Private Idaho as the motherless, homeless, loveless piece of human driftwood." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/4 78% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) " Sadly, most of the time Distant Voices is a hit parade of Father's swiftest punches played to the hit parade that he might have been listening to on the radio." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/4 90% Chungking Express (1996) " A lyrical and delightfully goofy study in romantic longing." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 28, 2014
2/4 39% Days of Thunder (1990) " Not only does Days of Thunder disappoint on the basic narrative level, it is also a peculiarly thrill-less action movie. Shot from the driver's point of view, the race sequences lose their novelty as swiftly as a video game." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 20, 2014
2/4 46% The Babe (1992) " Like Goodman's attempts to connect with the ball, The Babe lacks follow-through." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 0% American Anthem (1986) " Unfortunately, as far as acting exercises go, Gaylord couldn't score a 5." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 5, 2014
1.5/4 4% Wired (1989) " What you're left with is a vague portrait of the artist as the victim of too much, too soon." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 4, 2014
3/4 59% Disclosure (1994) " This witty, wily battle between genders is not so much about sexual harassment as it is about power politics in the workplace, where water-cooler gossip is replaced by E-mail, and where memo warfare is waged by combatants in virtual-reality goggles." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/4 44% Three Amigos! (1986) " While it's occasionally funny, Three Amigos! isn't an entirely fun occasion." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/4 80% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) " [While Risky Business] suggested that money isn't everything, Ferris Bueller insists just the opposite." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 23, 2014
2/4 11% She's Out of Control (1989) " Essentially a feature-length sitcom, She's Out of Control specializes not in psychology but in snappy patter." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 23, 2014
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 90% 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
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