For 1,317 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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Kafka
Lowest review score: 0 Boxing Helena
Score distribution:
1317 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The structure of the film mirrors the changes in the joke which in turn reflect the moral of the story -- hey, it's all a matter of perspective.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The look is fine, the effects are special, the cast is solid, and Jordan (in company with Rice) makes a commendable effort to add a cerebral dimension to a visceral genre.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In this vast balloon of a film, Bardem is the ballast – that Manichean face is a movie onto itself.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is a picture curiously yet intriguingly at odds with itself: One moment is edgy, the next is not; the cast is terrific, the direction is not; here it’s satirically sharp, there it’s sloppily sentimental; now we’re happily engaged, then we’re cruelly dumped. Some films are electric – Admission settles for alternating current.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    All the signs pointed to a major movie achievement...And it does -- sometimes, and dazzlingly so. But the dazzle doesn't add up to the sustained act of brilliance I'd been expecting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Compared with the recent spate of blockbuster sellouts, Severance is a worthy package, and fair compensation for time spent. Best to watch on the big screen, of course.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    [Nolan is] back in the fine engineering business, crafting a story as intricately designed as a magician's lock, tightly packed with tumblers of deception and issuing a fun challenge to any volunteers in the audience: Just try to pick it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Yossi is an early spring breeze of a film – too delicate to be substantial but definitely holding the promise of warmth.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    There's fun to be had in watching these losers drift without a compass.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's definitely a Diablo Codyesque cut above the norm – the wit can sometimes feel contrived but at least there's wit to be found.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A film of deceptive narrative wisps and intricate thematic curls.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Indeed, like all bureaucracies, the educational version is a bit of a bully itself. In Sioux City at least, the official response to bullying is to recognize its existence but to deny it's an "overwhelming issue," and retreat behind the comforting bromide that "kids will be kids."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With a track record that stretches from "Monster's Ball" all the way to "Finding Neverland," Forster is clearly a director at ease with a wide range of material. He's found confection-land here, setting his beater on ready-whip and mixing the dough just fine.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Intended as food for thought, but all we really get is a light snack -- the kind that's heavier in presentation than in substance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is a formula film with panache.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Is there an admired British thespian who hasn't toiled in Potter's field?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The story in Japanese Story grabs you precisely because it's so wonderfully hard to define.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    As a political testament, the result is revealing and important. Yet as a documentary, it wanders here, there and everywhere – long on intensity but short on focus.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Eraser may lack the chameleon wizardry of the the "Terminator" duo, or the imperious mechanics of "True Lies", but the bang-for-the-buck ratio is high enough to appease even the thinnest wallet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In recounting this conflicted tale, director Rachid Bouchareb displays some valour of his own, resisting what must have been a strong temptation to deal in aggrieved agitprop, and instead, quietly but powerfully, confining his attentions to a small group of indigenous soldiers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Mother symbolically doubles as Mother Korea, devoted to her land. But is she blindly and uncritically devoted, too quick to forgive and forget sins that should be redressed, to treat any flaws in the national character as simply intrinsic to the country's nature?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Because it's a well-crafted and superbly acted sweet little tearjerker, we're content too -- it's a mild pleasure to watch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Catch a Fire paints the period with a double-sided brush that gives yesterday its due and puts today on notice.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Very well crafted and superbly acted. Whatever you may think of the idea, its execution is admirable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    That level of acting-without-words demands the likes of a Bruno Ganz or a Klaus Maria Brandauer, not a Clooney. Even when flashing his bare derrière in a sex scene, he isn't revealing nearly enough -- his work is just skin deep.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Living in a part of the world where politics, and the pursuit of politics by warring means, are the rule, director Elia Suleiman is the exception.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Payback is nothing if not brave. It's a documentary attempt to give concrete shape to an abstract discussion, using the medium of film to transplant a nuanced thesis – on the concept of debt – from its natural home on the printed page.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The Class is simultaneously old school and new, familiar in its themes but unique in design and, at its best, riveting in execution.

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