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

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Crying Game
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    C'mon, in matters of haunted-house inhabitation, settling into an ex-mortuary is like renting above a dentist's office -- ashen faces and ghastly screams come with the territory.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    In lieu of a movie, we get a series of car chases rudely interrupted by the occasional smattering of dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    I confess to a deep uncertainty about whether this can be rightly called a movie. A bunch of scenes, maybe... I confess to a cynical belief that Lola isn't actually a role but just a succession of costume changes.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 0 Rick Groen
    Watching inept American actors and wishing they were badly dubbed into Japanese isn't any fun at all.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Forgettable.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Will be construed by the faithful as an embarrassment of riches and by the rest of us as cruel and unusual punishment.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Add them up and the sum has a certain mathematical inevitability: Really annoying characters, really annoying movie.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    A lightweight flick about a heavy-duty subject, A Dark Truth plays like a TV movie back in the days when TV wasn't worth watching.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 0 Rick Groen
    Not just bad, but weirdly, fascinatingly bad.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Adam is back to lining his pockets again.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    If laughs are the currency of any comedy, then this one pays minimum wage and, worse, makes you work damn hard even for that pittance.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Characters already too wicked to be credible start doing stuff simply too stupid to be believed, with no help from a cast way too overmatched to be useful.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    A crashing bore.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Pretty much what you'd expect -- just another haunted house that happens to float.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Writer/director Gus Van Sant, who's built his reputation on the romantic decadence of "Drugstore Cowboy" and "My Own Private Idaho," completely misses the poetry and the irony of the book. [20 May 1994]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Valuable life lessons always come at a steep price, and this one is no exception. Sorry, but you'll have to shell out for The Divide and then suffer through its nearly two hours of bloody inanities. Weigh the balance, make your choice.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Neither boring enough to qualify as pornography nor vital enough to generate a controversy.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 Rick Groen
    But the best, most irrefutable reason why Sex and the City 2 deserves one-half a shining star. It’s worse than Sex and the City 1, and that alone is a remarkable achievement.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    You might believe that a movie comedy requires no visual rhythm, and that entire scenes -- especially those big set-pieces -- benefit greatly from a shooting style devoid of imagination and unremittingly flat. If so, A Guy Thing is surely your thing. Enjoy.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 Rick Groen
    [Pitof's] managed to create an entire digitalized city that has all the allure of an underground parking garage. And his action, it's cluttered; his editing, it's confused. The result: blandness butchered, hamburger chopped, kitty littered.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 Rick Groen
    A 0-star Comedy that is nonetheless guaranteed to rake in multimillions.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    View from the Top never gets off the bottom -- comedies don't come much flatter.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    As for Keitel, he pops up in a brief cameo as a housing contractor, with a dump-truck full of sand, the one that De Niro is standing right behind. The pair engage in a heated argument, as they once did so memorably those many years ago, and then the truck dumps that load exactly where you know it must. An esteemed actor gets buried but, what-the-fock, the franchise laughs on.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 0 Rick Groen
    The whole mess turns nuttier by the second. A black comedy, you ask? I wish. There are plenty of laughs here, but nary a one is intentional.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    Basic Instinct 2 is double trouble -- the femme is to die for, the film is to die from.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    In the case of When in Rome, oh to do what the Romans used to do: Toss the bloody thing to the lions.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    A few early laughs scattered around a plot as thin as it is repetitious. There's talent in this picture, both before and behind the camera, but virtually none of it gets on the screen.

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