For 1,309 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 lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Batman
Lowest review score: 0 Boxing Helena
Score distribution:
1309 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The Last Circus is a bizarre, surreal, grotesque, fascinating, demanding, disappointing and ultimately exhausting political allegory that plays like a waking nightmare.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    If you like your archetypes writ large and your sentiment over easy, then Unstrung Heroes is the flick for you. [15 Sep 1995]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    This is a flick whose failures are at least as interesting as the successes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Sorry, but this level of insight is readily available from daily news reports.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Perhaps for Zwigoff, directing someone else's script, this was just a job of work. If not, the talent who made "Crumb" and "Ghost World "has now made his first movie mistake.
    • 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)
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Let's start with this certainty: No one but Quentin Tarantino could possibly have made Inglourious Basterds . Now add another: No one but his most ardent fans will be entirely glad that Quentin Tarantino did make Inglourious Basterds .
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    It's a comedy, it's a romance, it's a gangster flick. The Cooler is all of that and much, much less. This is a movie without a compass, switching pace and direction as haphazardly as a caffeinated SUV driver on a cellphone.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Expected too is the result: a kind of sterile opulence or, if you prefer, a magnificent emptiness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    It's odd, how these high-concept films, knowing that the central gimmick has a way of wearing out its welcome, are all so short – a mere 84 minutes in this case. Why odd? Because short always ends up feeling so damn long. This is no exception. Quick to start and painfully slow to finish, Chronicle is the same old chronicle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The film itself struggles to do justice to each victim. Turns out three stories are two too many. The Company Men should have been downsized.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    This is a fairly well-made picture that's just been fairly well-made too many times before, a knock-off of a thousand other knock-offs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Your basic and basically predictable by-the-numbers picture.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Definitely erratic, this thing -- all in all, it's the sort of commercial vehicle you might want to stay well back of.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The target is way too easy and the tone far too smug. This time, they're shooting fish in a barrel with a bazooka and congratulating themselves on their marksmanship.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The climax, a 20-minute dramatization of the crucial contest, lacks both suspense and poetry -- essentially, we're left to watch a clumsy recreation of a game whose outcome we already know. That's a sort of resurrection, I suppose, but miraculous it assuredly ain't.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The result is nothing if not a curiosity piece.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The greatest story ever has finally been told. Or, if you prefer, the damn thing has come to its merciful end.
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Single-handedly, Bridges gives the film what it otherwise lacks -- energy and emotion invested in this damaged man, naked beneath his ballooning caftan, at once sadly ridiculous and ridiculously sad.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    In the Scotland of Young Adam, love is getting dragged through the mud.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    These days, when presidential bouquets are named Gennifer Flowers, and when we all know what Jack Kennedy did beneath the White House covers, this sort of Capra-corn, even in the guise of light comedy, just doesn't have the same taste. More salt, please, and hold the butter.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    It's refreshing to have a movie assume that its viewers are also readers, yet this one takes that assumption to testing lengths. To those fearful of flunking the test, my advice is simple: Bring along the book as your cheat-sheet.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Nope, this picture doesn't bear thinking about, but, if you resist that nasty temptation, setting all your mental gauges at Dead Slow, the flow of the action will see you through.

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