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 Life of Pi
Lowest review score: 0 Sex and the City
Score distribution:
1,291 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Certainly long and not always engaging and comes with a predictably basic ending, yet there are unexpected pleasures, moments of beauty and tiny pockets of joy to sustain you through the journey.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ultimately, Shine a Light is illuminating indeed, even fascinating, but not in the way Scorsese intended. What he has created, inadvertently, is an invaluable documentation of semi-fossilized Stones – musicologists may like it, sociologists should love it and, some distant day, anthropologists will treasure it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A powerful, brutal, funny, tragic, vibrant, very human movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The climax, however, is far superior here, open-ended and ambiguous and neatly linked to this film's recurring metaphor: Teeth, of course, which "outlast everything," which survive the death of the body just as marriage can survive the demise of love. They both endure, yellowed and rootless.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The score (a nifty collection of vintage but never clichéd period tunes) complements the mood perfectly, and the ensemble cast members hit their own notes to perfection.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Beyond the knights and rooks, Bobby Fischer Against the World tells the story of a Jewish kid raised in Brooklyn who spent his final years in exile as a fulminating anti-Semite and a raving anti-American.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Don't go down this Rabbit Hole unless you wish to see a superb film that treats a sad topic with unflinching honesty. Don't go down this Rabbit Hole unless you believe that tragedy's grief, when transmuted through art's protective lens, can feel liberating, even joyful in its painful truths.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The movie could have used a further dose of the resonance Walken gives it, and a more intellectually adventurous director might have brought the theme close to home.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What saves it, however, is Gerwig. The love story ain’t credible, but her performance is, perfectly capturing a young woman who doesn’t lack confidence so much as a sense of self.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    The picture goes exactly where the prose does, enticing all of us, kids and adults and atheists and believers alike, down below the brittle surface of our cold logic and into a richer world of imaginative wonder.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Young and bold and bristling with talent, Argentine director Lucrecia Martel has continued right where she left off in her feature debut.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    To his credit, Beatty has designed Bulworth along the classic lines of Shakespeare's Fool -- the antic truth-speaker who has the ear of the court.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    From its title on down, An Officer and a Gentleman (at the Plaza) is both a thoroughly rousing crowd-pleaser and a shamelessly manipulative banner-waver, a homage to the never-practiced ethics of a non-existent era. [28 Jul 1982]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Those who lived through the Vietnam War era, and paid attention, will find this documentary short on revelation but long on poignant reminders.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Sometimes, the quiet lyricism of DuVernay’s direction seems at odds with the grittiness of the subject matter, like poetry force-fed into prose.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Win Win is a paragon of truth at a slow jog, but that upbeat sprint to the finish feels like a big cheat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    It's not so much a movie in three acts as three movies stuffed into a single casing, and often showing the strain.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The impact should be visceral and gut-wrenching; instead, it's cool and cerebral – after all, we're being lectured in a lecture hall.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The Muppet charm, always more at home within the intimate frame of a TV set, is gone here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Gimmickry is death to this sort of artsy endeavour -- it turns a movie with a small budget into a small movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The Shrek franchise is alive and well -- Model 2 is zippier, sleeker, with ever-improving graphics, vast commercial potential and the same sly ability to reach out and hook the whole family.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    To these disappointed eyes, Little Children seems a frustrating mess.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A laugh and a half, a genial crowd-pleaser.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A meditation on death that has you humming to the melody and laughing at the joke -- it's an elegiac picture that refuses to eulogize.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Like the stationary figures it portrays, Kicking And Screaming is alive at the edges; it comes with a vibrant border of trenchant asides, tossed-off remarks that blend the solace of protective irony with the sterner stuff of hard truth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The love that blooms is essentially between the boys. They both have some considerable growing up to do, but theirs is a true romance and it's awfully sweet. Funny, too.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Always well-meaning, not always well-executed, In This World ends by suffocating us in its good intentions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A maniacal, hallucinogenic dip into the bloodbath drawn by a pair of mass murderers, it's the quintessential Stone opus - topical, testy, and wildly controversial, as brilliant or egregious as you wish it to be. [26 Aug 1994, p.C1]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The only country in the Western world without a universal system – is indeed Sicko. But if that social wound is gapingly obvious, so is this documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    For all his daring, the brazen creator maintains control - there's aesthetic order in the disorder, and calculated reason in the madness. Seldom has it felt so good to seem so lost.