For 1,301 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Batman
Lowest review score: 0 The Hangover Part III
Score distribution:
1,301 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The whole ensemble has a hoot with this material, and their joy is contagious.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    At first startling, even disengaging, that strange style eventually dovetails with the awful substance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ledger proves what we've suspected all along -- this is his picture, and he steals it brilliantly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Turning the stately game into something few can resist – a smart and lively comedy of manners.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Lincoln is directed by Steven Spielberg but, to his great credit, few will mistake this for a Steven Spielberg film. Rather, it's a Tony Kushner film, the playwright who conjured up the wordy but intricately layered script; and it's a Daniel Day-Lewis film, the actor who so richly embodies the iconic title role.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With his breathy, antic delivery, pouring out his heart in staccato bursts, Cusack puts a nice loop on the sensitive teen theme. For his is an upbeat, mature brand of sensitivity, the healthy kind that makes fine discriminations, not nasty judgments.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Soderbergh has bathed the Depression in lovely, golden-brown hues - so lovely, so golden, that the flick seems to be unfolding from inside the delicious core of a burnished bran muffin. [20 August 1993]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Society would do well to remember that, in large part, the most effective redress to the tragedy of AIDS came directly from the people with AIDS. Lest we forget, director David France is intent on reminding us.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Barbara is intriguing because the script subtly plays off that expectation, not denying it so much as expanding it, showing us that the grey world can contain, and even embrace, contradictory colours.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Be prepared to exercise the same patience and forbearing as the Trappists, because the pacing here is all Grecian urn – so much "silence and slow time."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Indeed, as the film unreels to its extraordinary climax - a scene that will make your skin crawl - Frears has the larger target right in his sights and, bang, pulls the thematic trigger, taking no prisoners.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    This is the master at the top of his form, his erratic genius harnessed and everything clicking, everything flowing, a fresh creation from a mature artist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Rarely has a star's look-at-me turn so completely torpedoed a project. Whenever the picture threatens to gain some momentum, up pops Jack to stop it dead in its tracks. The loyal few may be laughing with him, but the rest of us are definitely laughing at him.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    In the midst of his many other achievements here -- his documentary realism, his wry humanism, his allegorical subtlety -- Panahi even manages to redeem the good name of toilet humour.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Not everything here is that vivid or uncluttered. Sometimes, the film betrays the circumstances of its making, shot hastily on location in Iraq after the fall of Saddam just as the extended conflict was beginning.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    This superb remake has the inevitable look of a period piece, a smoke-filled rendering of things past. However, thanks to Tomas Alfredson's direction, a taut screenplay, and a uniformly brilliant cast, the film also retains its contemporary relevance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is a grown-up film that puts liberalism under the microscope and finds it tired -- not a dirty word, as neo-cons believe, and not a panacea, as sentimentalists wish, but just tired and longing for rejuvenation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Legs flashing and eyes smouldering and brain scintillating, Fiorentino serves up each facet with venomous glee - it's a performance that mixes a main course of Bette Davis with a side order of La Femme Nikita, and it's mesmerizing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's an imperfect movie that serves as a perfect reminder of what the movies do best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Undoubtedly, [the lead actors] both benefit hugely from the sharpness of Leonard's stock-in-trade dialogue: Put smart words in any actor's yap, and their performance will rise accordingly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result actually plays like a divine pronouncement, cosmic in scope and oracular in tone, a cinematic sermon on the mount that shows its creator in exquisite form.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    En route, what emerges is the kind of film, rich in paradox, that's common to Reichardt but so rare anywhere else – a film ponderously slow in pace yet kinetically charged with insight; starkly realistic yet allegorical too; psychologically astute yet politically resonant.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    The Long Day Closes is a twice-remarkable film. Once, because director Terence Davies opens his personal bottle of memories and makes them interesting to us. Twice, because, in doing so, he triggers our own memories. [11 June 1993]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    You may be of the opinion that taking in an art film, especially the haute brand that disdains conventional narrative, is like watching paint dry. If so, happy surprise, Holy Motors is definitely the art film for you – it's like watching paint blister.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It sure ain't the Christmas of Dickens's imaginings. Dysfunctional overachievers all, the Vuillards are a family bizarre enough to make the Royal Tenenbaums look like candidates for a Hallmark card.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Mock-heroic yet still lyrical, faux-mythic but honest too, uniquely and absurdly and often hilariously Canadian, My Winnipeg is like no documentary you've ever seen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Children of Men is a nativity story for the ages, this or any other.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Kaurismaki is a master at infusing his movies with apparently contradictory qualities. The best of them -- and The Man Without a Past is surely that -- are hard to describe precisely because they seem to exist, to balance precariously, in the tension between opposites.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Even by his stylistic standards, Anderson has cranked up the artifice.