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

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Life of Pi
Lowest review score: 0 Boxing Helena
Score distribution:
1308 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A little gem of social realism that makes up in polish what it lacks in consistency.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This time, though, Zemeckis has another technical trick up his sleeve – 3-D – and for once the gimmick succeeds.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Surprisingly funny yarn about a drug-addled cop in the Big Easy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Then again, Colin Firth is enough. Every movie is a performance, but very seldom is a performance a movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Smarting like hell, the artist and his art are at it again. Consequently, like most of Michael Haneke's films, The White Ribbon is profoundly disturbing, impeccably shot, superbly cast, allegorically ambitious and, yet, slightly disappointing – just enough to make you wonder if that salt-in-the-wounds theory is as dogmatic as the dogma he likes to condemn.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The stylings of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino come to the Mideast, but more credibly grounded in a complex setting fraught with raw contemporary politics and ancient class tensions. It makes for a compelling movie but hardly a pretty picture.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    You don’t need to root for the best movies and you don’t want to root for the worst. But, occasionally, along comes a picture so nearly good that you dearly wish it were better. Welcome to She’s Out of My League, where the rooting interest is strong but so is the frustration.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Kick-Ass is some kind of twisted fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is a world out of time and, despite the trappings of flinty realism, the film too unfolds like an elemental myth from the stormy past – a Greek tragedy driven by dark fates and struggling toward a catharsis.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Solitary Man makes too good on its title – it’s a fascinating character study isolated within a mediocre film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    You can’t feel for anyone when nothing feels real. Memo to Christopher Nolan for future outings: Kill the dream, tell a story.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The delight of this film isn't so much in the tale as the telling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's definitely a Diablo Codyesque cut above the norm – the wit can sometimes feel contrived but at least there's wit to be found.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What we see is admirable, but what we feel is minimal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Unfortunately, as the phone battery wears down, the plot's theatrics heat up to pot-boiling degrees of incredulity – a senile mother, a vicious personnel director, even a coiled serpent, all vie to raise the ante. Talk about your bad day.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The dialogue is an occasionally witty cut above the norm, partly because director Greg Berlanti goes easy on those cute baby reaction shots, but mainly because of something rather more valuable: screen chemistry.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    I doubt that Jean-Michel Basquiat would have endorsed the subtitle. Indeed, The Radiant Child seems to inflate the very cliché that the rest of this film is keen to refute.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This time out, with a few exceptions, the inspiration feels solid and earned, not saccharine and contrived.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Living in a part of the world where politics, and the pursuit of politics by warring means, are the rule, director Elia Suleiman is the exception.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In this vast balloon of a film, Bardem is the ballast – that Manichean face is a movie onto itself.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is a film where blisteringly naturalistic drama bumps up against sentimentally arch melodrama (that's the biggest collision in Crash). Haggis showed the same tendency in his script for "Million Dollar Baby," yet there it was better hidden under a simpler narrative. Here, the tendency has gotten magnified right along with his thematic ambitions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Be prepared to exercise the same patience and forbearing as the Trappists, because the pacing here is all Grecian urn – so much "silence and slow time."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    There are many good reasons why the world doesn't need yet another adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte classic. Yet they all pale before the one great reason why it does – the chance to marvel at Wasikowska's performance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What began as quick and engaging, Hollywood craft at its most proficient, ends as dull and predictable, Hollywood product back in formulaic mode.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's Adrien Brody's turn to find himself the lone and immobilized star of an emerging new genre: Call it the anti-action flick.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's one of those imperfect pictures that manages to command and hold our attention straight from the opening frames.

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