For 1,357 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Pulp Fiction
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
1357 movie reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Other than a few gratuitous montage sequences, plus a patently clumsy echo of the shopping scene in "Pretty Woman," Marshall refuses to pull his share of the load, forcing his beleaguered cast to fend for themselves.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    It's not really serious, not especially funny, and not noticeably scary. Strikeout.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    The film doesn't work, it ain't charming.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Now, forcibly deported to Chicago and peopled with American stars, the same story is huffed and puffed and squeezed into an entirely different cultural context. Guess what? Sayonara sushi, hello turkey.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Add them up and the sum has a certain mathematical inevitability: Really annoying characters, really annoying movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Guaranteed neither to offend nor delight.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Alien Nation lives out precisely the fate of the alien nation it depicts - both full of potential, both hoping to please, and both immediately co-opted, enslaved by the same commercial forces that granted their release. [12 Oct 1988]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    In today's cultural climate, any remake of Conan the Barbarian can only be considered (a) redundant or (b) a cruel case of rubbing salt in our cinematic wounds. Either way, it ain't a pretty sight – in fact, it's downright barbaric.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    When a movie ostensibly on a serious subject is so God-awful silly, is it impossible to be offended, or impossible not to be?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    A more inspired director might have salvaged something else, but Dante's point-of-view camera and consciously quirky angles just don't cut it. His horror-genre shots are stylized but not stylish, a by-the-numbers parody without any redeeming individuality. [17 Feb 1989]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    If laughs are the currency of any comedy, then this one pays minimum wage and, worse, makes you work damn hard even for that pittance.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Like a two-bit philosopher working the wrong side of the stone, Howard has managed to turn gold into lead.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Add up these three intentions – the down-and-dirty tone, the tender and uplifting message, the starring vehicle – and the math ain't funny. Bottom line: This movie is a whole lot less than the sum of its parts.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    What's up with director John McTiernan? The man has got to get a career of his own -- sponging off the pale leavings of Norman Jewison just won't do.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Forgettable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Instead, you get a nominal character study that boasts a single mighty performance and one nifty scene; alas, both performance and scene exist in a narrative vacuum - the plot is non-existent and the pace makes the ice age seem hasty.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    This story, like many of Towne's own, does not come with a happy ending. Or beginning, for that matter, because it's almost immediately clear that Ask the Dust bites the dust -- his dream movie is stillborn.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Rambo's return is thick with usual thrills. [26 May 1988, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Filled with visual potential, yet Levinson can't tap it. He's just a whole lot more comfortable trying to tame the human software than the technical hardware.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    A plot so thin you could filter coffee through it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    It’s hard to argue with the title here – Safe Haven, indeed. This is all about safety in the Hollywood workplace. Why make a movie when making a Hallmark-card-with-dialogue is so much less risky?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Baby Boom has the fluffy amiability of an innocuous sitcom. In their rightful place on the shrunken sets of the small screen, its teeny characters would seem comfortably at home. But blown up to feature dimensions, they betray their flimsy origins, looking thin and transparent, just a bunch of under-considered ideas decked out in over-sized finery. [10 Oct 1987]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    I confess to a deep uncertainty about whether this can be rightly called a movie. A bunch of scenes, maybe... I confess to a cynical belief that Lola isn't actually a role but just a succession of costume changes.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Basic Instinct 2 is double trouble -- the femme is to die for, the film is to die from.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Pitched Squarely to the teeny set, Can't Buy Me Love tacks a grade-school moral onto a high-school tale: be yourself, kiddies; don't follow the trendy crowd; popularity ain't what it's cracked up to be. Of course, it says all this while trying desperately to be the most popular flick since box met office. [14 Aug 1987]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Yes, from "Blonde" to "Bunny," it's abundantly evident that the two scribes have mastered, truly mastered, the serious art of self-plagiarism.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Herbie without the herb has never been my cup of tea.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    The result is a curious mix - a picture that simultaneously seems meanderingly loose, affording the cast plenty of performing space, and suffocatingly tight, choking off the audience from any interpretive engagement.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Meant to explore anger, all this picture does is manufacture it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    It is a disappointment - just intermittently engaging, and lacking the cohesion of his best efforts, it seems less a fully realized feature than a film-school foible. [30 Aug 1996]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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