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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Lowest review score: 0 Sex and the City
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The movie's main attraction isn't hard to find. It's essentially a character study, but one where the nature of the study is as unique as the stature of the character.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Pleasant because, instead of the usual hero-and-mayhem jive, Snitch is an honest exercise in workmanlike craft. This is to film what ceramic is to floors or Billy is to bookcase or what a third-line centre is to a winning hockey team – hardly great but good and solid and functional.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Jeunet manages a terrific pass in an extended underwater sequence, but, beyond that, he runs out of ideas as we run out of patience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A drama that's often insightful and occasionally powerful but is still, at heart, a piece of television and not a work of film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Strange and beautiful and transfixing and confusing, it's quite the sight - martial-arts fans may find themselves disappointed, but Wong Kar-wai addicts will be delighted.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A maniacal, hallucinogenic dip into the bloodbath drawn by a pair of mass murderers, it's the quintessential Stone opus - topical, testy, and wildly controversial, as brilliant or egregious as you wish it to be. [26 Aug 1994, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The ethical fallout, the lingering fog of the so-called war on terror, is not that people don't know what's wrong or who's guilty - it's precisely that they do, and count it as the cost of doing business.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is a whodunit so nicely crafted that you're tempted to forgive the Byzantine plot -- hell, you're even tempted to pretend you actually understand its twisting obscurities.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Gotham gives way to Gaudi and the Met to Miro, but the sensibility is the same, the city as a precious treasure, and so is the message: Life may be hard and short, love may be flawed or doomed, but, my, aren't we blessed with lovely distractions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    For a few fleeting hours, they unlearned those lessons of childhood, laying down their arms to pick up their common humanity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Too bad there's also a final 15 minutes that surely ranks among the worst endings an otherwise good movie has ever received.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A middling documentary but a magnificent indictment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The lows never last too long - something invariably jumps out to recapture our interest or prompt a chuckle.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    As always with Anderson, the comedy is neatly embedded in the jaded banter, where the insecurities and rivalries bubble up -- here, all within the bell jar of that shared sleeping compartment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result takes the audience on a screwball odyssey that mixes engaging twists with off-putting turns -- often fun, always watchable, but never quite as good as it could be.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Sin City gives sin a great name -- it's never been more plentiful or looked so gorgeous.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Yes, there are many splendid reasons to see Snow White and the Huntsman – enough, maybe, not to care that neither Snow White nor the Huntsman rank high among them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's a fascinating babel, and Nair, using the unfolding ritual of the wedding as a centre point, captures the competing sights and sounds with her own unique mix of cinematic borrowings -- think Robert Altman meets Bollywood.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is a piece engineered to run on the high octane of clever dialogue. It's chatty, it's wordy, but a passion for the well-written word lies at the thematic heart of the thing, and cinematic flourishes would only clog the arteries. Purists can rest assured -- there's no clogging.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Even by his stylistic standards, Anderson has cranked up the artifice.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In a sometimes misguided narrative, their scenes together are right on track -- they add lightness, even a shimmering hint of humour, to a symbol-laden drama. Theirs is a unique romance that has a sparrow's frail beauty -- it beats with a trembling, fluttering heart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The climax, however, is far superior here, open-ended and ambiguous and neatly linked to this film's recurring metaphor: Teeth, of course, which "outlast everything," which survive the death of the body just as marriage can survive the demise of love. They both endure, yellowed and rootless.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What better casting than Al Pacino, whose own career, of course, has reflected all the seasonal changes in the gangster saga. Pacino takes the part and runs with it so boldly that he ends up in Arthur Miller land.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Society would do well to remember that, in large part, the most effective redress to the tragedy of AIDS came directly from the people with AIDS. Lest we forget, director David France is intent on reminding us.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Mainly, though, the film's strength is reportorial, sensitively exploring a theme that has grown ever more prominent with the globalization of sport.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    By turns brutal and tender, Rust and Bone is a bullet train of heightened melodrama that refuses to derail.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This ranks among the highest concentrations of acting talent brought to any screen. But let's spare no praise for David Hare, whose superb script draws heavily on his playwrighting skills.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A 75-minute tour de force that's often fascinating, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately rewarding. So be patient -- the payoff will come.

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