For 1,390 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Lowest review score: 0 New Best Friend
Score distribution:
1390 movie reviews
    • 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
    An integrated work whose form clearly mirrors its content. Often, looking into that mirror is dreadful; but, often enough, it's also dreadfully revealing.
    • 80 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    The picture is actually watchable. What's more, as romance comedies go, it's something of a novelty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    This is a rare adaptation where the script (by McGrath himself) heads straight for the novel's horrible essence, reproducing it non-verbally and in an even more concentrated form.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Yet, for all that's wrong here, one thing is wonderfully, blissfully right, and his name is Tom Hanks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Can't spoil the ending, except to say that it spoils itself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    The movie blows, me hearties, but don't you dare miss it...Why? Johnny Depp, that's why...This has gotta rank among the weirdest performances in the zany annals of the silver screen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The Canadian film "Atanarjuat" travelled back to the past to meet an ancient legend on its own ground and treated the tale realistically. Whale Rider whisks its legend up into the present, and then adds a touch of lyricism.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Once in a long while, it even comes tantalizingly close to that rarest of modern film commodities -- ribald wit.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    So this is a first-level, unironic fright film, the sort whose tongue is removed from its cheek, coated in gore, and pointed right at the audience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    A movie about con artists that turns out to be a con job, and guess who's getting played for a sucker?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Rick Groen
    Steve Miner is no Carpenter. A directing veteran of the Friday the 13th saga (parts II and III, in case you care), he's a plodder who favours long, dull buildups to short, dull climaxes -- it's slaughter by the numbers.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    A contrived little comedy, Dummy definitely lives down to its name -- you can see the lips moving on this wooden thing.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Biggs, in particular, seems positively frozen by his imitative efforts -- less Woody than wooden. Ricci is a bit looser, and has the added advantage of hiding behind those saucer-eyes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    John Sayles's heartrending new film is a many-splendoured thing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Always well-meaning, not always well-executed, In This World ends by suffocating us in its good intentions.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Patterns itself after the Greek model -- that is, more ethnic humour with a contemporary twist.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    An amiable action-comedy, amiable enough that the laughs come in a steady drizzle if not a torrent, and that the action is something blissfully less than the usual full-out assault on our battered senses.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    Ultimately, the viewing experience is like watching a snake swallow its own tail -- that once-menacing serpent is now a clown act, all yuks and no venom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Groen
    Out of Time is severely out of whack, and the problem isn't hard to locate: It's all that flab in the thriller. It's a suspense flick so pillowy soft that the star gets bumped from the centre of the frame and the comic relief sneaks in to swipe the picture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    A picture with pop's delicious energy yet none of its attendant risk, a flick that no one will love but everyone will like.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Simultaneously a spectacular act of movie-making and a slight movie. Or is that impossible: When the means are so gloriously abundant, can the end ever be merely trivial?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Happily, the climax races to our rescue... Beyond the grasp of most directors, this is tour de force stuff -- definitely meriting the price of admission and almost worth the three-year wait.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Sylvia the movie competently shows us how; but, as always, it's Sylvia the writer who brilliantly tells us why -- then, now and tomorrow, her foreboding words are her finest legacy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Rick Groen
    A feel-good flick that doesn't make you feel too bad -- in this genre, that almost qualifies as a ringing endorsement.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Is it, the debate asks, a truly substantial work or just a stylish cop-out? Well, for once, I'm voting with the French.

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