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 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 Merchant of Venice
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
1,301 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Mother symbolically doubles as Mother Korea, devoted to her land. But is she blindly and uncritically devoted, too quick to forgive and forget sins that should be redressed, to treat any flaws in the national character as simply intrinsic to the country's nature?
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A tormented and tormenting man uses violence to break the historic chain of violence, then bequeaths to his loved ones the most precious gift he can give -- his total silence and perpetual absence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Beneath the polished surface, Dead Poets Society is moribund at the core - too pat, too safe and too hypocritical, as conformist as the conformity it so easily decries.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Every once in a long while, the right director comes across the right project at just the right moment, and things so often discordant fall into perfect harmony.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Free Willy (for some strange reason, that tiny imperative just gives me the giggles) is a family picture that stays safely within the haven of a cozy formula, yet does a whole lot of inventive work in the process.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Despite a superb cast and a fabulous look, the picture collapses under the weight of its lofty pretensions, especially in the black hole of the last act, where it topples into near-absurdity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Hawking is as much a phenomenon as the phenomena he explores. Knowing that, A Brief History Of Time has the deceptive simplicity of an elegant equation - it merely sets up the parallels and permits us to wonder, gazing upon the heavens above and the mysteries within. [28 Aug 1992]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Only occasionally does Fresnadillo rise above the mundane, but, to his credit, the exceptions are worth savouring.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is a good movie that falls short of greatness by aping too well the behaviour of its subject – occasionally brilliant, sometimes mundane.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Violent and sexy and funny and sad, Head-On is a big collision that doubles as a bizarre love story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    De Bont knows how to edit a pulse-pounding sequence, he knows how to keep the screen white-hot, and he sure knows how to blow things up real good. What he doesn't know is how to slow down - this premise is perfect for him.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Reservoir Dogs sizzles - it's dynamite on a short fuse, and you watch it with mesmerized fascination, simultaneously attracted and repelled by the explosion you know will come.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Like no other war movie you've ever seen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The plot is bare-bones stuff, weak in story line and bereft of motivation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    So what's the problem? Just that the plot seems a bit too schematic, the characters a little too pat, and the imagery altogether too convenient -- for a tale that means to explore the elusiveness of truth, Lemmons sure likes to sew things up neatly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Uneven and erratic and far too busy, its flashes of brilliance dimmed by overambitious meanderings.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In the ongoing case of the fan versus the movies, the evidence suggests that a good policier is damn hard to find. So when you come across one that can boast a decent script, taut direction and a single superb performance, there's no need for prolonged deliberation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With little dialogue to assist her -- just the strains of that wonderfully organic music -- she still manages to suggest the internal struggle, and to slowly reveal a fierce toughness that flies in the face of conventional morality.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The surprise lies in Linklater's ability to breathe so much fresh life into a tired formula...This is a picture that recollects not merely a period in time but a state of mind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Only a master director could make such a beautifully flawed film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The strangely hybrid result, half Herzog and half Hollywood, plays like its own battleground. Sometimes, the tension is fascinatingly productive; other times, all we get is the worst of both worlds.