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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Four Weddings and a Funeral
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
1308 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    British humour at its eclectic best, a deliciously heady mix of dry wit and ribald farce.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Take nothing seriously - not the action, not the gore, not the plot, not the theme. Instead, view Desperado as it's meant to be seen - a comedy - and you're in for an unalloyed treat; heck, you're in for one of the funniest flicks of the year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Consequently, Ephron is forced to shape and integrate the twin halves of the picture, and she does a splendid job - the intercutting is always fluid and never mechanical. Better yet, the script keeps surprising us, setting up stock situations and then pulling away from a stock treatment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    The Long Day Closes is a twice-remarkable film. Once, because director Terence Davies opens his personal bottle of memories and makes them interesting to us. Twice, because, in doing so, he triggers our own memories. [11 June 1993]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    In short, Batman is terrific - funny, smart and sensitive too, the perfect cinematic date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Even hardened cynics will embrace the cliché – yep, you will laugh, you will cry.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Raimi doesn't make the mistake of over-thinking the flimsy psychology of the genre. All this conflicted-hero stuff isn't meant to be profound; instead, it's there for the same reason as everything else -- to give the action (the interior action in this case) a healthy shot of pop energy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Before that marvel of human engineering - China's Three Gorges Dam - completes its legacy of human upheaval, there are vanishing sights to be seen.
    • 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)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The film takes its cue from the widow, neither sermonizing or even villainizing, content to serve quietly as an admirable exercise in restraint and a moving example of the grace under pressure that is the essence of courage.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    What an impeccably crafted film this is -- slightly impoverished in theme, perhaps, but so rich everywhere else that it seems rude to notice.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The verdict? Green passes with flying colours -- his is a huge and hugely impressive talent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The direction may not be flashy, but it is controlled and confident; the frames unfold with a no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts realism that, in this era of laser-blazing Batplanes, seems downright welcome.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Duelling roles are an actor's dream, and Cage takes full advantage. He and that face of his -- hang-dog homely one minute, vibrantly macho the next -- are perfectly cast. So is Streep as the sophisticated Manhattanite drawn into a steamy realm of Southern discomfort.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The whole ensemble has a hoot with this material, and their joy is contagious.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    This film and Salinger's novel differ greatly in the details of narrative and character. Yet, there's no mistaking the similarity in tone and sensibility and, particularly, in the capacity to split an audience into warring camps fighting on shared ground.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    No, the film may not be quite as luminous as the cast, but it's good - very good, in fact.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A movie that combines the Cold War intrigue of John Le Carré with the wired buzz of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation" -- one of those rare two-hour-plus pictures that runs long but plays bracingly, excitingly short.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It plays like documented fact, a kind of "7 Up" primer on life’s romantic vicissitudes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Daughters of the Dust is hypnotic, flowing with the trance-like rhythms of a poem that is beautifully written yet deliberately arcane. It's the cinematic equivalent of the voices you hear in the fiction of Toni Morrison or Alice Walker, but without the connecting narrative thread that most novels possess and most movies imitate. The result is a difficult work, yet a haunting one. [29 May 1992]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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:
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It’s a terrific adaptation that succeeds not only as a work of cinema but also, wonderfully, as proof of the novel’s greatness. In short, the picture rebukes the revisionists even while entertaining them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The result is a movie that seems not quite real and yet never false but somehow partakes of both -- rather like the prospect of death.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Two superb actors etch an unflinching portrait of a young marriage doomed never to grow old.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    This is a sequel just as intriguing as the original.

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