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 The Long Day Closes
Lowest review score: 0 The Hangover Part III
Score distribution:
1309 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This ranks among the highest concentrations of acting talent brought to any screen. But let's spare no praise for David Hare, whose superb script draws heavily on his playwrighting skills.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    In the end, like any satire worth the name, In the Company of Men spins around to fire its biggest salvo at its ultimate target -- the audience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Daughters of the Dust is hypnotic, flowing with the trance-like rhythms of a poem that is beautifully written yet deliberately arcane. It's the cinematic equivalent of the voices you hear in the fiction of Toni Morrison or Alice Walker, but without the connecting narrative thread that most novels possess and most movies imitate. The result is a difficult work, yet a haunting one. [29 May 1992]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    What completely undermines that appearance is Shankman's chronic inability to shoot the damn scene. His camerawork is so stiff it should be interred in a pine box.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Certainly, his (Allen) work here feels effortless, and that feather-light touch gives the picture its charm – modest but real.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    All this is as fascinating as it is humbling, even when Herzog ventures a little too far down eccentricity's back alley.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    This is where the movie excels. In the classic neo-realist tradition, it's scant in plot yet rich in mood and character, offering us a revealing hint here, a poignant glimpse there, with each revelation filtered through Michelle Williams's superbly muted performance, all the more moving for being so restrained.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    All that's deliberate, but the lingering question is not: Is Melancholia a sly depiction of the end we deserve, or simply a lovely load of bombast? Be prepared to choose one or the other; unless there's an extra moon in tonight's sky, it can't be both.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Everything about The Queen of Versailles, a documentary both sharply observant and deliciously funny, is jumbo-sized – the riches, the rags, his ego, her breasts, their steroidal pursuit of happiness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    The wonder is that the film balances its many genres, from the thorns of murder to the bloom of romance to the thickets of politics, with such easy grace.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Loses its momentum just when you'd expect the suspense to mount -- at the competition itself.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Easily among the top 10 films made last year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The Canadian film "Atanarjuat" travelled back to the past to meet an ancient legend on its own ground and treated the tale realistically. Whale Rider whisks its legend up into the present, and then adds a touch of lyricism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Are these enlightened critics or dark nutcases themselves?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Upbeat it ain't, but when the light fades from the final frame, there remains something unusual in the Dardennes canon – the possibility of an escape from futility's clutches, and a reason for hope that might, just might, be more than an illusion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Shakespeare would have delighted in the chapter, especially in the antagonist, but not at the expense of the longer and darker and still-unfinished book.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    More humdrum than horrible. It isn't futuristic film noir; it's just everyday film beige.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The crash, lethal in an eye-blink, was hard to watch when I saw it live on television, and it's not any easier here. The day was clear – no rain in sight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    If you long for the bleak intelligence of an Ingmar Bergman film, where humankind is deeply flawed and God is indifferently silent and the landscape is cloaked in perpetual winter, then Beyond the Hills promises to be your cup of despair.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In God's ghetto, as in so many of the world's forsaken places, warring armies of infants brandish their weapons of self-destruction, while politicians bluster and inspectors sleep.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Occasionally, Rees's script seems to mimic Alike's poetry, and fall into its own slough of earnestness, as the stages of the girl's dawning enlightenment get dutifully ticked off like stations of the cross.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A mature biopic as entertaining as it is timely.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Without Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long would be a watchable but hardly a memorable movie. With her, it's both - she so fully inhabits the character that everyone and everything around her are simply enhanced.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Eastwood keeps retracing the same pattern, intercutting from the battlefield to the bond circuit, from the appalling chaos where no one feels heroic to the catered dinners where heroism is the dessert that sweetens the mood and opens the chequebooks. By now, though, the twinned structure seems fragmented, and neither half gets a chance to gather any emotional momentum or to further develop the theme.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is good dirty fun, flecked with enough wit to help you overlook the relatively barren characterization.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    In lesser hands, all this might border on misanthropy. But Jaoui's direction, plus the note-perfect cast, manage two redeeming feats:
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The picture makes too many concessions to the Hollywood judges, pulls too many punches. But at least it has real punches to pull, because there's honest sweat here too, and a full complement of those archetypes that lie at the popular heart of the genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The result is a rare treat, a revival of a period piece that doesn't descend into mere quaintness or prettiness, and that manages to capture the spirit of an earlier time without sacrificing the perspective of our own.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    More illuminating than not.

Top Trailers