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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Central Station
Lowest review score: 0 Boxing Helena
Score distribution:
1308 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    This isn't a movie so much as a marketing strategy -- a moving poster loosely disguised as a motion picture.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Both more and less of the same -- more of that hot-pink couture, a whole lot more of that diminutive doggie, less reason to laugh even if you're a tank-topped 16-year-old.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The result is infotainment dressed up as an art flick. Turkish society is fascinatingly complex and its East/West tensions give rise not to easy allegories but to hard ambiguities. To explore that truth, read any novel by Orhan Pamuk. To escape it, watch Bliss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Should be a brilliant picture, one last testament to the intertwined sensibilities of two brave artists. Should be, but isn't.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    As flicks go, She's All That ain't very much. But as high-school flicks go, this thing is a trite classic. [29 Jan 1999, p.C3]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Mainly bad, and a shockingly bland departure from a hitherto spunky guy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Altman shakes the camera like a two-bit horror director, and it seems a different sort of signature - less masterful than weary, less signed than resigned. Zero-sum, indeed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    If you like your sentimentality sweet and sticky, then The Secret Life of Bees is definitely your jar of honey.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Okay, some of this is mildly diverting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    If you like your archetypes writ large and your sentiment over easy, then Unstrung Heroes is the flick for you. [15 Sep 1995]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Guess who sings tired old tune.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Cholodenko casts much better than she writes. Yet, alas, even a talented veteran like Moore can't sell a hoary line like, "Sometimes you hurt the ones you love the most." Maybe if she'd set it to music – nope, sorry, that's already been done.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    With no previous acting experience, she's (Stilley) a natural between the sheets but a rank amateur between the vowels.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Where's 007 when you need him? Neither shaken nor stirred, The Good Shepherd is a flat draft of history that looks at the Central Intelligence Agency's early years through the horn-rimmed gaze of a fictional spook.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Biggs, in particular, seems positively frozen by his imitative efforts -- less Woody than wooden. Ricci is a bit looser, and has the added advantage of hiding behind those saucer-eyes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Ocean's Twelve lacks the courage of its star-driven convictions. Next time, Steven and George and Brad and Matt should ditch the hypocrisy and just shoot themselves shooting the breeze, poking fun at each other from within the smug sanctuary of their precious celebrity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Brooks knew how to engineer a well-crafted script. Yet on the evidence here – a stuttering two-hour outing bereft of any rhythm, a bunch of scenes in search of a movie – he's apparently forgotten.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    As in so many essentially childish movies, it's an actual child who's always the smartest pants in the room.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    [Walken's] every minute on screen is filled with that level of jittery invention, and, watching him at play, not even the flintiest temper could resist a wide grin. Envy can surely be a trial, but Saint Christopher is there to ease our troubled journey and see us smilingly home.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The movie itself seems more familiar than fascinating, more innocuous than inflammatory, and, at 2½ hours, more tedious than anything else.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The original was shot in 3-D; this, by contrast, is 1-D all the way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The film itself struggles to do justice to each victim. Turns out three stories are two too many. The Company Men should have been downsized.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    If the facts of the story are essentially true, their presentation is as formulaic as ever.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    This is the kind of picture that is faux subtle when it should be bold, and really ham-handed when it should be delicate.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    With no help from the dialogue, Kidman doesn't have a clue how to make clueless interesting. Not for lack of trying. Her efforts, which often consist of channelling Elizabeth Montgomery by way of Marilyn Monroe, are painful but insistent.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    A layabout movie -- not risibly bad, just relentlessly sub-par.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    No matter how you judge it -- as a strict morality play or simply a psychological thriller -- Apt Pupil just doesn't make the grade.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Sometimes, a strong premise makes for a weak movie, which ends up drowning in its own clever conceit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Under better circumstances, Cooper might be said to have stolen the picture outright. But as it is, and compelling as he is, there's just nothing here to steal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The emotional geometry is familiar enough to be credible yet odd enough to be creepy.

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