For 1,308 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 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Age of Innocence
Lowest review score: 0 Far and Away
Score distribution:
1308 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    The weak plot means that the picture is governed totally by its gadgetry, the equivalent of those James Bond sequels that limp awkwardly from one showoff sequence to the next. [10 May 1991]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    In the final frames, and the final analysis, Alien gets the worst of both worlds - it's boring and it's messy. The title may be "cubed," but the movie looks awfully square. [22 May 1992]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make heads or tails of this Byzantine thing. [22 May 1996]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    The film preaches the gospel of unpredictable change, of ironic metamorphosis, of a psychological ebb and flow from love to lust, hope to despair, good to evil. But if the message is fluid, the medium is static at best and chaotic at worst - there's very little controlled motion in this picture. [19 June 1992]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    The film lacks the moronic consistency that graces the Sandlerian oeuvre at its most pristine.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    View from the Top never gets off the bottom -- comedies don't come much flatter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Because the society in Menace II Society is boxed in sociologically, the picture (for all its strengths) is boxed in esthetically. Already, this genre is beginning to seem as much a victim as the victims it portrays.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Frankly, about 20 minutes into this dud, I was rooting for the alien beasties -- their diagnosis seemed dead-on.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    No less laughable is the ending, where Ritchie neatly reflects today's prevailing attitude -- that audiences can't be trusted to handle a hint of ambiguity, but can live happily with flat-out stupidity.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Dumb and Dumber 'n the hood.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    God forgive me, but I worship the Bad Dialogue Fairy -- he gets me through these endless nights.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Quite an artful dissembler. Despite all evidence to the contrary, this clunker has somehow managed to pose as an actual feature movie, the kind that charges full admission and gets hyped on TV and purports to amuse small children and ostensible adults.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Gosh, what to say about House of 1000 Corpses? That it's about 999 too many, for starters. Then again, in a picture where the body count is the whole point and the only purpose, carping about the math rather misses the mark.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Steve Miner is no Carpenter. A directing veteran of the Friday the 13th saga (parts II and III, in case you care), he's a plodder who favours long, dull buildups to short, dull climaxes -- it's slaughter by the numbers.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Can't have an American Thanksgiving without a turkey.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    54
    There are easily 54 reasons to dis 54, but let's start and finish with the obvious: The script plays like a proud offering from the lead hand at the Cliché Factory.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    The same studio has aimed a remake at the same family market. Translation: The once-modest piece has been redesigned as a vehicle (a lumbering SUV) for Steve Martin, stripped of any vestigial charm, and then thrown into neutral, where its manic engine does nothing but roar loudly and pointlessly for the duration.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    The visual big top is the scourging and the crucifixion -- again and again, Gibson returns to the blood-letting. Again and again, we're exposed to the clinical repetition of a single act, until an alleged act of passion comes to seem boring and passionless. Is that not a definition of pornography?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    This picture breaks through the limits and goes way beyond the pale -- it seems to enjoy irking us for the sheer hell of it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    To be fair, the movie is nothing if not consistent -- the idea is every bit as dumb as the execution.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    The refined taste insists on risibly bad, on hysterically bad, on poke-your-seatmate-in-the-ribs bad, and this falls well short of that hallowed mark -- it's just routinely bad.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Using a kidnapping plot to call up some old-fashioned suspense, it doesn't even get a dial tone.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    The flames sure look real, but everything else in Backdraft, director Ron Howard's inflatable ode to firefighters, seems about as genuine as a plastic log in an electric hearth. Howard's particular type of schmaltz works well enough in small dabs on comic canvases (Splash, Cocoon, even Parenthood), but pumped up to heroic proportions, the sentimentality is just plain silly - in this case, cheap melodrama on a two-hour jag.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Remember that the director, the renowned Mike Mitchell, is the genius who helmed "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," and be sufficiently generous to accept that such a high level of excellence is hard to sustain.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Ho, ho, horrible.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Imagine, if you dare, the outtakes from all those merely bad romantic comedies. Now further imagine that these discarded bits, the stuff that failed to make even the failures, found their way out of the waste bin and into a splicing machine and onto a projector. Do that and you're inching toward a full appreciation of this particular barrel, and the bottom it so brazenly scrapes.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    And De Bont's effects are wildly over the top, devoid of the stylish cuts and intriguing angles that enriched the original. In fact, there's so little panache in his destructive action that it begins to seem like a weird act of self-destruction.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    It's obvious now that the cinematic junk routinely released every Friday can be safely categorized as a mere failure. But this alleged comedy is a whole other species entirely. This is a bona fide, absolute, unmitigated fiasco.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Don't look for logic here. But if gore is your game, a motherlode awaits.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Sure ain't a movie. Nope, it's a product, pure and very simple and carefully tested to sell to the widest possible market.

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