For 1,308 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Age of Innocence
Lowest review score: 0 The Hangover Part III
Score distribution:
1308 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's light, it's bright and it succeeds precisely where the lesser doc fails -- by setting modest targets and hitting them square on.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The picture's charm lies in the continuing by-play between the filmmakers and their subject, with each side doing its best to deconstruct the other.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Huston's performance has a keen edge to it, as do those of the other actors, yet everyone suffers from the same problem -- they're not playing knowable characters so much as thematic points on the broad spectrum of violence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Everyone should be thankful, if not for the doc's content, then certainly for its tone – there is no fulminating here. Instead, courtesy of Canadian co-directors Luc Côté and Patricio Henriquez, witnesses are quietly gathered and arguments are quietly made. For once, no one rants, and, in the relative calm, the tone can be heard, so muted and sad.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The Impossible looks back at a natural calamity with unflinching honesty. It sees fear and pain, it sees fortitude and bravery, but mainly it sees this: In that raging instant when the sea becomes its own monster, there's precious little to separate the devoured from the spared – nothing but the thin wedge of luck.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Visually impressive, splendidly performed, thematically significant, this is a movie in full possession of every key cinematic asset except one -- a solid script. Casino is a polished vehicle with an untuned engine.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    A film that appeared exceptional turns mundane.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    All the signs pointed to a major movie achievement...And it does -- sometimes, and dazzlingly so. But the dazzle doesn't add up to the sustained act of brilliance I'd been expecting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The laughs in Working Girl are the laughs of near-recognition - just good enough to make us wish they were much better.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    There's much to observe – for example, the thoroughly credible performances of the cast, most of them non-professionals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Warning: Cars comes unequipped with two essential options -- charm and a good muffler.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Modestly clever, this is definitely a little thing. Enjoy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Always perceptive and curiously light in tone if not in content -- such a remarkably delicate look at an absolutely devastating subject.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A sensitive coping drama after all, while still serving up that noirish heist flick with comic flourishes. That's some range, and in 99 succinct minutes too: Most pictures would be lucky to do half as much in twice the time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Big
    Sure, the premise is identical age-reversal comedies, but this one uses a much higher octane, animating a tired idea with a timeless script, and the result is pop humor at its most appealing - wit and charm spiced with a measured pinch of farce and just the right hint of melancholy. [3 Jun 1988, p.E1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Breakdown is a taut little thriller, the kind of well-crafted yarn that sets itself attainable goals and then meets them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    One of those crime flicks besotted with its own plot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Cerebral without being dry, delicate without being dull, Mr. And Mrs. Bridge is a rarity: a drama of manners that breathes esthetic life into airless parlours, without either sentimentalizing the occupants or hyping the atmosphere. [21 Dec 1980]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    It's a slacker flick, it's a relationship pic, it's a road movie all under the same hood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What a strange, moving, puzzling, funny, frustrating and ultimately absorbing film this is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The makers of Shattered Glass ignore this obvious give-and-take reality, and substitute the hoary myth that, save for the odd lying devil, the free press is a bastion of the gospel truth. Even here, then, the facts get shaped to fit the theme. Ironically, had they not, it would have made for a helluva better story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    My mood kept fluctuating, as did my reaction when the end credits rolled: This is seriously lovely; this is fluff; this is seriously lovely fluff.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    We're left with the weakest part of the novel -- the lurching and often melodramatic plot -- plus the chance to see two splendid actors, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, do the best they can with what they're given (sadly, in Blanchett's case, not much). Okay, no one would call that trade-off a scandal, but it sure ain't much of a bargain.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Very few movies end so much better than they begin. For that reason, and only that reason, this is an exceptional picture.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    It's all such a throwback, and yet there's something rather sweet about the way this pot boils.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Moore continues another one infinitely more valuable -- the proud line that extends right back to Mark Twain, embracing all those satirists so enamoured with America at its best that they won't stand silent for America at its worst.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Dial your expectations to moderate, burrow in for the duration, and you won't be disappointed - it ain't exactly springtime, but there are worse things than an amiable outing on a winter's night.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Everything you've come to expect, and cherish, in a Mike Leigh movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It isn't an exciting work of art so much as a contemplative reverie on the nature of art -- and what's wrong with a smart essay that unfolds like a sweet dream?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    JFK
    A three-hour oration, rambling and familiar and repetitive, during which director Oliver Stone uses the assassination of John Kennedy as an elaborate pretext for delivering a dull sermon. [20 Dec 1991]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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