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

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Long Day Closes
Lowest review score: 0 The Hangover Part III
Score distribution:
1308 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The problem is not that the director is working but that his latest film is working too hard. Way too hard – this thing is melodrama running a marathon.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Without warning, the picture falls hard into the very trap it had so studiously avoided, the one marked Expensive Gimmick... The same feature that begins like no film you've ever seen ends like every cartoon you've always avoided.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    But the stuff looks like what it is -- trite imagery grafted over the narrative barrens, like a bad weave on a balding pate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Like a skill player who just can't score, The Damned United is all dazzle and no finish and, ultimately, damned frustrating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    It's not the subject matter itself that's offensive -- pedophilia is as worthy a topic of investigation as any other. Instead, it's the subject's non-treatment -- we don't learn a thing that rings true.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Yes, the premise is delightful; no, the delight doesn't last.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Beneath the polished surface, Dead Poets Society is moribund at the core - too pat, too safe and too hypocritical, as conformist as the conformity it so easily decries.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Despite a superb cast and a fabulous look, the picture collapses under the weight of its lofty pretensions, especially in the black hole of the last act, where it topples into near-absurdity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The result is a political thriller refreshingly long on grown-up dialogue yet lamentably shy on, well, thrills. This chatty thing does go on.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The Muppet charm, always more at home within the intimate frame of a TV set, is gone here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Before it turns into a thriller, and goes badly awry, Red Lights paints a devastating little portrait of a marriage on the rocks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Bouncing about from one flawed movie to another, Steven Spielberg has lost his way of late, and Munich finds him more disoriented than ever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The emotional geometry is familiar enough to be credible yet odd enough to be creepy.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    One of those crime flicks besotted with its own plot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    12
    Yes, Mikhalkov has set himself quite the agenda, but in the end the film is too much of a piece with its topic, intensely fascinating yet seriously flawed. The verdict? Guilty, with extenuating circumstances.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The Good Girl isn't really the title of this movie at all. Instead, it's now widely known as The Movie That Proves Jennifer Can Act.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Embracing such depths, Bukowski somehow made his art. Simulating them, Factotum just makes us queasy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Tropic Thunder is an assault in the guise of a comedy – watching it is like getting mugged by a clown.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Watching this, we should feel an immense amount, but don't, and somehow, decades after this horrible event, that void only seems to compound the tragedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Bronson is one of those “based on a true story” dramatizations where the theatrically staged drama only gets in the way of the more interesting truth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    This is an adaptation that must have been hard to screw up, yet screwed up it has been. If the movie is far from dreadful, it's even further from the searing experience it could have been.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    This is a film that dearly wants to be important, that wants to do for Holland what Irene Nemirovsky's "Suite Française" does for France - examine the German occupation through a prism of painful honesty. Yet the lofty ambition comes dressed in cheap attire; Verhoeven can't seem to stop himself from shopping downmarket.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Keen to be both really romantic and romantically real, the movie is neither, and falls between the cracks of its twin-ambitions. The result? Call it l'amour phooey.
    • 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.

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