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 No Country for Old Men
Lowest review score: 0 New Best Friend
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Not quite a comedy, not really a drama, Mad Dog and Glory throws your equilibrium but keeps your interest high. [5 Mar 1993, p.C3]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Sitting through Red Eye is like watching a master carpenter at work on a custom bookcase. No one would call the result art, but you're sure bound to admire the sheer craft of the thing, the clean lines and seamless joints and meticulous attention to detail.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With its intricate design, sly humour and timely theme, Travellers and Magicians is a lot more than just a travelogue.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Great title, and the whiff of existential loneliness that it conjures up – brothers locked not in solidarity but in solitude – permeates the entire movie.
    • 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
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Postcards From The Edge, is long on witty one-liners but woefully short on coherent structure. [13 Sep 1990, p.C5]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The considerable charm of Mad Hot Ballroom can be traced directly to its choice of subjects. They happen to be 11-year old kids, and the lens loves every precious one of them.
    • 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
    • 75 Rick Groen
    I meant what I said And I said what I meant A flick pretty faithful 'Bout 80 per cent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Separate Lies is deceptive in more ways than it intends. Because the acting is so uniformly superb, we're almost fooled into believing that the movie is as good as the cast. It isn't, not by half.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Delightful as it often is, the picture suffers fom the same structural and thematic tidiness, even smugness, that it nominally opposes.
    • 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
    • 63 Rick Groen
    What benefits the picture early on, giving it a casual air, becomes cloying in the later going, making it feel like a smug exercise in mutual admiration.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The wonder is that the cast -- a terrific ensemble with talents honed on such hallowed stages as the Abbey Theatre -- brings it off with far more verve than the slight tale deserves.
    • 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
    • 75 Rick Groen
    For those who like their horror served straight up with no ironic chaser, The Descent is a tasty cup of torment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Sonnenfeld moves things along with alacrity and panache, serving up the exotic visuals quietly, blending in the sprightly humour efficiently, and keeping the mix at a rolling boil.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The picture is as tastefully pretty as its girls, and just as motionless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A film of deceptive narrative wisps and intricate thematic curls.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Both smart and shrewd -- it wraps that same comforting message in a thoroughly entertaining package.
    • 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
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The ethical fallout, the lingering fog of the so-called war on terror, is not that people don't know what's wrong or who's guilty - it's precisely that they do, and count it as the cost of doing business.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ushpizin takes us to a fascinating place, and hands out the sort of brochure that tourists always need but seldom get -- the charming kind, fun to ponder and rewarding to browse.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    In the deck of clichés that is the typical sports movie, it at least does us the courtesy of shuffling the cards a little.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Well-acted, nicely shot, slick and certainly sexy, Swimming Pool may be all foreplay and no climax, but what the heck -- there are worse ways to be teased.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The film is an unremarkable exercise in craft dedicated to a thoroughly remarkable artist – the tale is sublime, the telling only serviceable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Gotham gives way to Gaudi and the Met to Miro, but the sensibility is the same, the city as a precious treasure, and so is the message: Life may be hard and short, love may be flawed or doomed, but, my, aren't we blessed with lovely distractions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is the kind of feel-bad/feel-good movie that brazenly manipulates our response and leaves us grateful for it -- so relentlessly dark is the premise that, by the end, we just need to believe in the prospect of light.

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