For 1,327 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Free Willy
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1327 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Jacob's Ladder is a cheat - but a talented, disturbing, beguiling cheat. We don't know we've been truly had until it's finally over, when the screen fades and the lights rise and we wake up with a start, deliciously unnerved. [2 Nov 1990, p.D3]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's adapted with charming dispatch from the Dick King-Smith story, and served up by the same CGI wizards who animated the critters in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Narnia Chronicles."
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    At best, the humour in Election is perceptive, nasty, pointed, and lets no one off its barbed hook, not even the audience. In other words, it's a lovely piece of satire, made all the more relevant by the setting.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The devil may wear Prada, but Meryl wears the crown.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Delightful as it often is, the picture suffers fom the same structural and thematic tidiness, even smugness, that it nominally opposes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Remove the comma from the title and Love, Marilyn plays like the command it is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A mature biopic as entertaining as it is timely.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    An entertaining oddity, an amiably black comedy whose bared teeth double as an engaging smile: It takes a satiric bite and leaves you laughing through the pain.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Pick your cliche - searing, rivetting, haunting - Keitel delivers a performance to rival Brando's in "Last Tango In Paris."
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    For those who like their horror served straight up with no ironic chaser, The Descent is a tasty cup of torment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Says the actor Jeff Bridges, a long-time and articulate soldier in the campaign against hunger: “It’s a problem that our government is ashamed of acknowledging. We’re in denial.”
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Reserved yet still suspenseful and hugely ambitious, Syriana sets out to prove what many have come to suspect -- that oil money is the root of all contemporary evil.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Just when the movie seems set to soar, there's a drag factor -- it keeps getting weighed down, if not sunk, by an anchor of ponderousness.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Sometimes, when you least expect it, Hollywood is so Hollywood good, serving up a flick guaranteed to answer the clarion call of the multitudes. "I just want to be entertained," you say? Well, fork out then, because The Italian Job does the job.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's a pinball arcade of a flick -- the Coens invent a bunch of wonderfully flaky characters, stick them into a Plexiglas narrative, and let them bounce off each other.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Despite acting under the computer-generated encumbrances of that monkey tail and those centaur legs, Delphine Chanéac does something remarkable with Dren – she makes her a disturbingly sexy thing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    There's much to observe – for example, the thoroughly credible performances of the cast, most of them non-professionals.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What a strange and strangely compelling movie this is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Spike Lee's voluminous "When the Levees Broke" proved a thorough indictment, a compilation of tragic and appalling facts encyclopedically catalogued. By contrast, Trouble the Water (on Oscar's short-list in the best doc category) has a more personal focus and, although just as damning, manages to strike a more hopeful chord.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Let the Right One In is a children's film, but you wouldn't want your child to see it. It's a horror film, but the gruesome splatter is the least of its scares. And it's a love story, but the prepubescent kind where sex is a distant idea and loneliness a shared reality. A wicked trick, a cinematic treat, this is some Halloween offering.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Kick-Ass is some kind of twisted fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This broad farce about a group of soap-opera stars is played at a hysterical pitch, but there are some real chuckles amid the mayhem. [31 May 1991]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Frankly, with so much to feast my dazzled eyes upon, I barely noticed that the plot was missing in action. And that's because the action itself is so pure.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Has a refreshingly different twist: What we have here is a "what if" comedy.
    • 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.

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