For 1,311 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Lowest review score: 0 Sex and the City
Score distribution:
1311 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Undoubtedly, [the lead actors] both benefit hugely from the sharpness of Leonard's stock-in-trade dialogue: Put smart words in any actor's yap, and their performance will rise accordingly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A meditation on death that has you humming to the melody and laughing at the joke -- it's an elegiac picture that refuses to eulogize.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Yes, The King's Speech is a lively burst of populist rhetoric, superbly performed and guaranteed to please even discriminating crowds.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    One of those rare films that manages to be both terrifically entertaining and consistently thoughtful, it turns an apparently tame deception into a very rich metaphor.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    So delightful it should come with a parental advisory: "Jaded adults, beware. Viewing this may pierce your shell of cynicism and spark a renewed belief in the magic of movie-making."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    As down-to-earth as a ghost story gets.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Despite a few wrong turns early on, the movie gathers graceful momentum and heads straight to the warm heart of the book - that fond spot located just on the safe side of sentimentality, a feel- good place that doesn't leave any feel-stupid fallout.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Bizarre, indeed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Modestly clever, this is definitely a little thing. Enjoy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    In the end, like any satire worth the name, In the Company of Men spins around to fire its biggest salvo at its ultimate target -- the audience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The score (a nifty collection of vintage but never clichéd period tunes) complements the mood perfectly, and the ensemble cast members hit their own notes to perfection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Always perceptive and curiously light in tone if not in content -- such a remarkably delicate look at an absolutely devastating subject.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The result is a rarity on any screen: intelligent fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    If the kids give the movie its momentum, its fascination comes from a more static source -- the father.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    From the first stylized shot to the final comic resolution, Moonstruck is completely sui generis - hard to describe but easy to love.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It's intriguing, appalling, savvy, nasty, grossly unsettling -- you may not like what you see, but you'll definitely be affected by the sight.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    All this is as fascinating as it is humbling, even when Herzog ventures a little too far down eccentricity's back alley.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Not quite a comedy, not really a drama, Mad Dog and Glory throws your equilibrium but keeps your interest high. [5 Mar 1993, p.C3]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    This much is inarguable: In the more than two flamboyant hours of Across the Universe, Julie Taymor doesn't cheat us for a single second.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Lincoln is directed by Steven Spielberg but, to his great credit, few will mistake this for a Steven Spielberg film. Rather, it's a Tony Kushner film, the playwright who conjured up the wordy but intricately layered script; and it's a Daniel Day-Lewis film, the actor who so richly embodies the iconic title role.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    No filmmaker, in any cinematic culture, has a better eye or ear for the working class than director Mike Leigh.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Much like Robert Altman during his forays into the genre, writer/director Asghar Farhadi isn't really interested in the answers. Instead, he keeps expanding the questions, until that singular title comes to seem a misnomer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A deceptively light and impeccably structured comedy that owes a clear cinematic debt to others -- Ernst Lubitsch, Woody Allen and Whit Stillman among them -- yet still manages to speak with a fresh and distinctive voice. [21 Aug. 1998, p.D4]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Good ain't the half of it in this case - it's funny, it's endearing, it's strangely touching. [19 Aug 1994]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It has a schlocky title and a rocky start, but then something happens - The Man Without a Face finds its rhythm and its grip, seizing the audience and propelling us straight through to the dewy climax. [25 Aug 1993, p.C2]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The reality measures up to the rep.
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Lethal Weapon sinks an unexpectedly sharp hook at a delightfully unique angle, and never once lets up. A purposefully off- kilter flick, it fakes one way and moves another, thwarting our conditioned responses and fuelling our happy surprise. [6 Mar 1987, p.D1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Norman is the "freak" bullied and ostracized and otherwise degraded by the alive-and-well crowd. Such is the outcast fate of most heroes in the best children's tales. And ParaNorman, a ghoulishly delightful exercise in stop-motion animation, is a very good children's tale indeed.

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