For 1,291 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Lowest review score: 0 Godzilla
Score distribution:
1,291 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Two superb actors etch an unflinching portrait of a young marriage doomed never to grow old.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    British humour at its eclectic best, a deliciously heady mix of dry wit and ribald farce.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In this journey, [Crowe] wears the uniform, the accent and the derring-do with consummate panache. Have him strike a muscular pose on the ship's prow, which Weir does more than once, and the manly sight puts that wussy DiCaprio to titanic shame.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The movie's main attraction isn't hard to find. It's essentially a character study, but one where the nature of the study is as unique as the stature of the character.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Ultimately, the result is identical to Mills's debut effort in "Thumbsucker." Once again, clever insight vies with misty-eyed sentimentality, honesty with artifice, real humour with bogus gravity, the genuinely affecting with the merely quirky. But "Thumbsucker" was at least a promising start; Beginners is just a frustrating continuation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Mainly, though, it's the exquisite restraint - both of Cornish's performance and Campion's direction - that gives the film its power.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A half-century ago, "kitchen sink realism" began its harsh existence on the British stage and then migrated to the screen where, over the years, the genre has taken up permanent residence, maturing into a gritty art...Now add Andrea Arnold to the directors' list and Fish Tank to the kitchen. It's classic low-rent realism – you can almost smell the grease on the unwashed dishes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With Hot Fuzz, you'll just have to settle for semi-hilarity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    It's not the subject matter itself that's offensive -- pedophilia is as worthy a topic of investigation as any other. Instead, it's the subject's non-treatment -- we don't learn a thing that rings true.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Yes, the premise is delightful; no, the delight doesn't last.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 63 Rick Groen
    More humdrum than horrible. It isn't futuristic film noir; it's just everyday film beige.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Altman shakes the camera like a two-bit horror director, and it seems a different sort of signature - less masterful than weary, less signed than resigned. Zero-sum, indeed.