For 1,339 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Lowest review score: 0 The Amityville Horror
Score distribution:
1339 movie reviews
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    LawAbiding Citizen smells a bit musty these days. Indeed, in an era when the debate has shifted from too little state vigilance to too damn much, this thing seems almost quaint.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Winterbottom's efficient yet prosaic approach is evident from the first grimy frame. [18 Oct 1996]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    View the Second World War through a child's eyes and the result isn't hard to predict: a loss-of-innocence tale. Winter in Wartime is the boilerplate version, with the already dramatic facts of the era ramped up to melodramatic levels. Little wonder it rings so false.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    There's something here for everyone to dislike - the whole clan can have fun making fun of this thing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    There must be something about the thriller/horror genre that attracts writers with exactly the same dysfunctional tendencies: They're all great at the foreplay but keep on messing up the climax.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Long, windy, diffuse in its message and blunt in its satire.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    If plot were oats, Wicker Park would choke a horse.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Memo to screenwriters cranking out murky existential thrillers: Do not have various characters repeat on several occasions: "I know this doesn't make any sense."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Quaid doesn't have much to work with, and so deflects the portrayal away from the mind toward the body – consistently giving the coot a hunched, pigeon-toed gait. Nice try, but that bird won't fly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    If the lines in the script were as keenly etched as the ones in her face, Keaton would have had something to work with. Instead, during an especially lovelorn sequence, she's asked to indulge in a crying montage so painfully extended that it has us in tears too -- weeping from embarrassment for her.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The tuneful melodies of their favourite band grace the soundtrack, but let's not confuse this with a rock 'n' roll movie -- the music is just the blank canvas awaiting the higher art of the gross-out.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The children are engaging yet the script and direction are not, which leaves the thing to get all bogged down in its own derivative mechanics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Yes, the premise is delightful; no, the delight doesn't last.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Manic with an itch.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    A ticket to terminal boredom.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Certainly, whatever surgery the script doctors performed, it didn't take. The limp result is a picture that is epic in intention and Lilliputian everywhere else.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Here, there's not much that's funny, there's too much that's too clever by half, and there's not a damn thing that's lively - this is a film about Life whose sin is its lifelessness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Epically fantastic would be a welcome change, although epically awful would at least keep the symmetry. Alas, epically bland will have to do.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    This thing's got more plot than an Alliance convention. Unfortunately (to extend the comparison), not a whole lot of it makes a lick of common sense.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    W.
    None of it is new, nor is the recycled stuff presented in a newly revealing context.

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