For 1,302 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 Leaving Las Vegas
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    No doubt, life is tough in the wild but, this being a Disney flick, it's loving too and even comes with a kiddie-friendly narrative that's easy to summarize and hard to dispute.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's all a bit too schematic, yet the ambition is admirable and the message powerful: Today, no less than yesterday, the weak must be strong to survive, and their strength is endlessly tested.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is potentially compelling, but truncated flashbacks are far too crude a mechanism for exploring not only the intricacies of that tumultuous period in Kenyan history but also its ongoing legacy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A middling documentary but a magnificent indictment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    That's partly why X-Men: First Class is such fanboy fun, as the script departs from official Marvel lore to invent a whole new "origin story" for the mutant ensemble.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Certainly, his (Allen) work here feels effortless, and that feather-light touch gives the picture its charm – modest but real.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The title leaves no doubt about the ending but, thanks to Santos's unflinching performance and Rodrigues's continued audaciousness, the climax still takes us aback.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ambitious and brooding, Coogan has the darker nature; lighthearted and affable, Brydon is all sunny-side up. Happily, both possess a devilishly quick wit and the need to go beyond self-impersonation to the more celebrated variety.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result actually plays like a divine pronouncement, cosmic in scope and oracular in tone, a cinematic sermon on the mount that shows its creator in exquisite form.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Crazy, Stupid, Love seems at times like a bunch of movies searching for an identity. Happily, some of them are actually worth watching.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The running time is efficient, the direction is clean, the story is simple but resonant, the effects are understated yet impressive, and the near-wordless star of the show puts on an acting clinic. Damned if the risen one doesn't lift us out of our seats.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Martin Scorsese, meet Djo Tunda Wa Munga, because you obviously have a lot in common. Viva Riva! is nothing less than the Congolese Mean Streets, oozing sexual heat and brute violence and powered by a locomotive's worth of raw kinetic energy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It can definitely grate on your nerves but, at best, it also gets into your mind, and sticks fast.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The crash, lethal in an eye-blink, was hard to watch when I saw it live on television, and it's not any easier here. The day was clear – no rain in sight.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The film's quiet realism demands from us our own act of faith: We're asked to watch closely and to listen intently in the promise of a greater reward to come. Well, the promise is partly kept.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Turning the stately game into something few can resist – a smart and lively comedy of manners.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    As the plot moves toward the climax, where each girl is forced to make a hard choice dictated by her unique "circumstance," that feeling of compression, of so many contradictory urges and needs vying for attention, grows almost overwhelming. Such is life among the young in present-day Tehran, up on the screen for all to see – all but those who most need to see it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    All that's deliberate, but the lingering question is not: Is Melancholia a sly depiction of the end we deserve, or simply a lovely load of bombast? Be prepared to choose one or the other; unless there's an extra moon in tonight's sky, it can't be both.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    For the kids, the action is always lively and, for the rest of us, the dialogue has a witty and even caustic edge.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The acting is superb, the settings are beautifully recreated, the dialogue crackles with occasional wit, but where's the juice? Although lovely to gaze upon, the whole thing feels a bit precious and porcelain, more teapot than sexpot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is an affecting picture that leaves the viewer as wrung out as the protagonist. No doubt you'll be seduced but, in the end, you may also feel abandoned.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Here, in orderly fiction, the reverberations bring about the alignment of cultures, the meeting of minds and the comforting assertion that "our lives aren't that different." Maybe so, and the film deserves full marks for trying, at times movingly, to convince us. In the end, the argument is a little too neat to accept, but far too poignant to ignore.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    By Herzog's lofty standards, the result is mildly disappointing. The film lacks the sociological depth of "The Executioner's Song" or the emotional wallop of "In Cold Blood." But it sure is a surpassingly, and compellingly, strange tale.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Occasionally, Rees's script seems to mimic Alike's poetry, and fall into its own slough of earnestness, as the stages of the girl's dawning enlightenment get dutifully ticked off like stations of the cross.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The principals are superb, with Mullan and Colman doing a masterful job of inhabiting their separate but equal prisons.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Not often does a film double as a literary critic, but this is the Northrop Frye of docs. Essentially, it revises and sharpens the blunted reputation of a great writer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What a strange, moving, puzzling, funny, frustrating and ultimately absorbing film this is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    As the title more than hints, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is all about a leap of faith, and faith is exactly what this picture requires of us. Make the leap, and you'll be delighted by a movie that's sugary goodness, a guilty pleasure.

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