For 1,317 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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Leaving Las Vegas
Lowest review score: 0 Far and Away
Score distribution:
1317 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The movie blows, me hearties, but don't you dare miss it...Why? Johnny Depp, that's why...This has gotta rank among the weirdest performances in the zany annals of the silver screen.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Arthur and the Invisibles may be a tale for children, but it's got the bad habits of a profligate adult -- the thing borrows shamelessly from its betters and then pretends to be self-sustaining.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Although the entire film is beautifully framed and shot, especially the surreal sequences, precious little coheres into anything resembling a compelling narrative.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Soul Surfer is a true story that plays like bad fiction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    On the byways of any bustling metropolis, here is what the combination of bicycles + cars + pedestrians is certain to produce: (1) nasty accidents and (2) ferocious debates. More surprisingly, on the silver screen in Premium Rush, here is what the same combination fails to produce: a good action movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    For a film meant to float on a gossamer veil of mystery, The Illusionist falls -- make that flops -- with quite the heavy thud. It's an intended piece of magic that plays like a ponderous slab of melodrama, sleight of hand gone ham-handed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Jack Goes Boating barely stays afloat – it's a deep disappointment.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Bursting with potential that never gets realized.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Isn't unequivocally bad. Rather, this is what's known in the boxing world as an "opponent" -- shows up on the weekend just to fill out the card, to do battle with its betters, earn a little cash and be completely forgotten come Monday morning.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    By happy coincidence, their names – Bitey, Loudy, Stinky, Lovey and Nimrod – pretty much double as a plot summary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    It's a slacker flick, it's a relationship pic, it's a road movie all under the same hood.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Winnie begins as hagiography and ends in hellish confusion.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    In pairing the two icons, Righteous Kill is definitely an event. What it isn't is much of a movie. Such a waste.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    A Mexican feature from writer/director Guillermo Del Toro, it's a modern vampire tale that occasionally rises to the level of competence but never inches any higher. [20 May 1994]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    In every way but one, this is just another genre pic on another mundane outing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The whole project labours towards an importance it never earns. In Beautiful Boy, the themes are vast but the picture is small, and the ensuing emptiness is what the characters are meant to feel – not us.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The result is a minor picture with a major identity crisis -- it's sort of true and it's sort of bogus and it's ho-hum all the way through.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The Hoax is a fraud, and not a very good one at that. Stay with me here because we're about to spiral down the rabbit hole: The movie is a fictionalized account of writer Clifford Irving's fictionalized account of his own fictionalized account of wacky billionaire Howard Hughes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Let's just say that, when the parody looks indistinguishable from the parodied, something's gone awry.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    If you're a five-year-old, or the mental equivalent thereof, and love Saturday morning cartoons, the more violent the better, then Mouse Hunt may just be the movie for you.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Fur does what an Arbus photograph never would -- it leaves no room to imagine and removes any reason for doubt.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Out of Time is severely out of whack, and the problem isn't hard to locate: It's all that flab in the thriller. It's a suspense flick so pillowy soft that the star gets bumped from the centre of the frame and the comic relief sneaks in to swipe the picture.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    As cinematic flops go, nothing falls quite as hard as a failed black comedy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The stark direction, the brittle performances, the impoverished setting, the scatological dialogue, everything about the film screams out "Gritty social realism." Everything, that is, except the plot, which shouts "Eye-rolling melodrama."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The proverbial seems awfully pale here. Fans of Q.T. will find it patently derivative. Fans of Elmore will find it, well, El-less.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    An exercise in competence guaranteed neither to offend the initiated nor to charm anyone else.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Falls into the category of heart-warming sports yarns, and, if television still made movies-of-the-week, it would enjoy a rightful home.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Watching this is a feature-length exercise in frustration - comedy that promises to be amusingly black stays uniformly grey; sentiment that looks to be credibly bittersweet winds up badly soured. We're constantly tantalized and perpetually disappointed, but don't despair - there's one terrific bonus...Toni Collette.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    It can be accurately described as a loud soundtrack occasionally punctuated by the faint vestige of a plot. Or as a lush travelogue that sometimes gives way to sporadic bursts of chirping dialogue.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Clearly, the screenplay is looking for some black comedy here, but Foster's direction is too earnest to locate it.

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