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 The Crying Game
Lowest review score: 0 Godzilla
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    I doubt that Jean-Michel Basquiat would have endorsed the subtitle. Indeed, The Radiant Child seems to inflate the very cliché that the rest of this film is keen to refute.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    You can’t feel for anyone when nothing feels real. Memo to Christopher Nolan for future outings: Kill the dream, tell a story.
    • 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
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Living in a part of the world where politics, and the pursuit of politics by warring means, are the rule, director Elia Suleiman is the exception.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    After a solid start and a strong buildup through two acts, the movie fumbles the resolution. Ethical lines that were convincingly wavy suddenly straighten out, too quickly and too neatly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Indeed, like all bureaucracies, the educational version is a bit of a bully itself. In Sioux City at least, the official response to bullying is to recognize its existence but to deny it's an "overwhelming issue," and retreat behind the comforting bromide that "kids will be kids."
    • 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
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Titanic is awesome even when it's awful -- you can't take your eyes off the extraordinary thing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    This is a movie that works well when it works, and lazes around the rest of the time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The film's quiet realism demands from us our own act of faith: We're asked to watch closely and to listen intently in the promise of a greater reward to come. Well, the promise is partly kept.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The emotional geometry is familiar enough to be credible yet odd enough to be creepy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Gilliam himself is a joy to behold. His wit stays sharp even as his fortunes dull, and the conditions that conspire against him only prove the mettle in our man of La Mancha.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The film, like its subject, is more adroit with pictures than with words.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    By Herzog's lofty standards, the result is mildly disappointing. The film lacks the sociological depth of "The Executioner's Song" or the emotional wallop of "In Cold Blood." But it sure is a surpassingly, and compellingly, strange tale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The pat inspirational formula is followed to a sweaty T, although it comes here with an inadvertent side effect -- more than a few nagging questions never get answered.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is a piece engineered to run on the high octane of clever dialogue. It's chatty, it's wordy, but a passion for the well-written word lies at the thematic heart of the thing, and cinematic flourishes would only clog the arteries. Purists can rest assured -- there's no clogging.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The film takes its cue from the widow, neither sermonizing or even villainizing, content to serve quietly as an admirable exercise in restraint and a moving example of the grace under pressure that is the essence of courage.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Two Lovers is two movies – the complex, alluring one we want, and the simple, pedestrian one we'll settle for.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Sin City gives sin a great name -- it's never been more plentiful or looked so gorgeous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Rick Groen
    The problem here isn't how the figures look; rather, it's what they do and say -- the story is lame and the dialogue no better.
    • 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
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Respectable by the tube's standards, even a cut above dumbed-down Hollywood, but hardly the stuff of creative renewal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The story in Japanese Story grabs you precisely because it's so wonderfully hard to define.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    WAG the Dog is a cozy political satire, the warm-and-fuzzy kind that is always entertaining yet never disturbing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Around about the third act, the picture does what no self-respecting virus ever would -- relents, turns confused, and lets our immune system fight back with thoughts of its own, with distracting cavils about the logic of the plot and the slightness of the themes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The result is a road movie with a lofty message that too frequently gets lost in its own thematic barrens.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    By turns brutal and tender, Rust and Bone is a bullet train of heightened melodrama that refuses to derail.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's light, it's bright and it succeeds precisely where the lesser doc fails -- by setting modest targets and hitting them square on.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Huston's performance has a keen edge to it, as do those of the other actors, yet everyone suffers from the same problem -- they're not playing knowable characters so much as thematic points on the broad spectrum of violence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The picture's charm lies in the continuing by-play between the filmmakers and their subject, with each side doing its best to deconstruct the other.

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