For 1,302 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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Face/Off
Lowest review score: 0 The Avengers
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It plays like documented fact, a kind of "7 Up" primer on life’s romantic vicissitudes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A deceptively light and impeccably structured comedy that owes a clear cinematic debt to others -- Ernst Lubitsch, Woody Allen and Whit Stillman among them -- yet still manages to speak with a fresh and distinctive voice. [21 Aug. 1998, p.D4]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A remarkable documentary as important as it is compelling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Life is Sweet is sweet indeed - and comic and quirky and, on those occasions when the tone deftly shifts, just a little sad... Leigh's work, and the quotidian life it depicts, is sometimes slim but never insubstantial, occasionally sweet but never a sugary confection. And always worth celebrating. [24 Jan. 1992]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It's appalling, it's wicked, it's bleak, and it's very funny. In fact, the movie's ability to disturb us is directly linked to its ability to amuse us. We're made to feel guilty precisely because we're made to laugh - seeing something so sordid shouldn't be so engaging. [28 Jan. 1994]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Hawking is as much a phenomenon as the phenomena he explores. Knowing that, A Brief History Of Time has the deceptive simplicity of an elegant equation - it merely sets up the parallels and permits us to wonder, gazing upon the heavens above and the mysteries within. [28 Aug 1992]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Avatar is a king's ransom fairly well spent, not least because Cameron's invitation into his superbly crafted universe comes with an unexpected price: He makes it easy to gaze fondly on all this movie magic, but only in exchange for a hard look at ourselves.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    As for the implicit tragedy amidst the funny business, the swelling ranks of the unemployed, the movie has no solution but instead offers itself as implicit solace: Escape, ye wretches, into my clever humour and my nifty dialogue and my star's considerable charm.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The tale may be Dahl's, but there's a whole new wag to it – this is decidedly, weirdly and, at best, wonderfully a Wes Anderson movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Smarting like hell, the artist and his art are at it again. Consequently, like most of Michael Haneke's films, The White Ribbon is profoundly disturbing, impeccably shot, superbly cast, allegorically ambitious and, yet, slightly disappointing – just enough to make you wonder if that salt-in-the-wounds theory is as dogmatic as the dogma he likes to condemn.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The symbolism is about as subtle as a fang to the neck. Really, Daybreakers is more fun than foreboding; it's fright-lite, yet that's par for the bloody course in these busy apocalyptic days.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Then again, Colin Firth is enough. Every movie is a performance, but very seldom is a performance a movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A half-century ago, "kitchen sink realism" began its harsh existence on the British stage and then migrated to the screen where, over the years, the genre has taken up permanent residence, maturing into a gritty art...Now add Andrea Arnold to the directors' list and Fish Tank to the kitchen. It's classic low-rent realism – you can almost smell the grease on the unwashed dishes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Essentially a love story, as stripped of sentimentality as the landscape is shorn of green, yet an extraordinary love story nonetheless – powerful and poignant and, even in the midst of hope's imminent extinction, hopeful too.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Surprisingly funny yarn about a drug-addled cop in the Big Easy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A seriously black comedy. Black, because affliction and angst abound. Comic, because this rampant bleakness is presented as nothing more than an amusing bauble.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    There's fun to be had in watching these losers drift without a compass.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The best satire implicates the audience; this stuff keeps our sense of superiority smugly intact.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The Class is simultaneously old school and new, familiar in its themes but unique in design and, at its best, riveting in execution.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Mainly, though, it's the exquisite restraint - both of Cornish's performance and Campion's direction - that gives the film its power.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Yes, the delight of this movie lies in these devilish details, and it's clear that writer-director Greg Mottola knows them well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Let the Right One In is a children's film, but you wouldn't want your child to see it. It's a horror film, but the gruesome splatter is the least of its scares. And it's a love story, but the prepubescent kind where sex is a distant idea and loneliness a shared reality. A wicked trick, a cinematic treat, this is some Halloween offering.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In truth, what follows is less disturbing than intriguing – to audiences hip to the mechanics of horror flicks, it's rare fun to be fooled, and this one is pretty damned clever.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    If you've got six hours to invest watching superior television in a movie theatre, then spend the time wisely with The Best of Youth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is a film where blisteringly naturalistic drama bumps up against sentimentally arch melodrama (that's the biggest collision in Crash). Haggis showed the same tendency in his script for "Million Dollar Baby," yet there it was better hidden under a simpler narrative. Here, the tendency has gotten magnified right along with his thematic ambitions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With Corbett's laidback persona nicely countering Vardalos's authorial performance, the picture radiates a pure affability that's awfully attractive. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a very slim movie that succeeds on its own modest terms without pretense or apology.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Profound, and profoundly affecting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Bloody fun is here to be had.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Not everything here is that vivid or uncluttered. Sometimes, the film betrays the circumstances of its making, shot hastily on location in Iraq after the fall of Saddam just as the extended conflict was beginning.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ultimately, Benigni's comic refinery merely transforms the banality of evil into a lesser sin -- the evil of banality.

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