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

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Crying Game
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The devil may wear Prada, but Meryl wears the crown.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    For once, the gimmick is a perfect reflection of the characters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is a grown-up film that puts liberalism under the microscope and finds it tired -- not a dirty word, as neo-cons believe, and not a panacea, as sentimentalists wish, but just tired and longing for rejuvenation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The film lacks flow, unfolding in a rat-a-tat series of short, artfully lensed scenes -- individually nice but collectively jerky.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    As a captivating bauble, a tribute to a romantic legend, Don Juan DeMarco shines. But as an exercise in performing artistry, a gift from a living legend and an heir apparent, it positively glitters.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Borat at its best is pure satiric genius, the Swiftian kind that has you busting a gut with laughter even while checking your conscience for implicating flaws.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Both the Chicks and this doc are left to deal with the aftermath as best they can. The film chooses to pad with an occasional over-reliance on cutesy filler -- a pregnant Emily having an ultra-sound, giving birth, recuperating at her beloved ranch away from it all.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A masterly piece of documentary chicanery that kills George W. Bush without once pandering to his legions of ill-wishers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is a war film with an anti-epic feel, best when it forgoes the forced march of plot to hunker down in the trenches of our flawed humanity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A sensitive coping drama after all, while still serving up that noirish heist flick with comic flourishes. That's some range, and in 99 succinct minutes too: Most pictures would be lucky to do half as much in twice the time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With Hot Fuzz, you'll just have to settle for semi-hilarity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The delight here is in the sheer workmanship. The performances, the direction, the plotting, they're just nicely engineered, usually with an eye to that most underrated of virtues -- refined simplicity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    When Veber is on form there's no one better. And when he's not, well, give The Valet a look anyway -- there's still much to admire.
    • 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.
    • 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)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Fatal Attraction becomes as seductive as the seduction it depicts. In the always stylish, sometimes careless hands of director Adrian Lyne, the film lures us in with an artful blend of stately pacing and caressing close-ups and brooding silences. [23 Sep 1987 p.C7]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This three-hour opus, bearing only the eponymous title of Nixon, is an intriguing ramble through the social psychology of man and country alike. Indeed, the simple dialectics that both animated and marred Stone's earlier work are redeemed here precisely because they're invested in a single, complex personality - consequently, this film is more character-driven than any of its predecessors. [20 Dec 1995, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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)
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Most of this is bald, and very funny; some of it is witty, and even funnier. [14 Dec 1988, p.C9]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Smooth direction, vigorous performances, competent music, spotty script, and a running time that overstays its welcome. [10 Apr 1992]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Once again, then, impeccable visual detail and uniformly strong performances combine to create a polished, if slightly airless, result. [14 Aug 1998]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Red Heat, a terrifically funny and always frantic flick that hides a fascinating subtext beneath its commercial veneer. Very commercial - this should be a boffo hit; and very fascinating - the premise that props up the hit speaks volumes about America in the twilight of Reagan. [17 Jun 1988, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Being Human is just that, and it's a profound delight. [06 May 1994]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Just sit back, plug in, and enjoy the shocks - so adroitly administered, so sweetly sensational. [24 Feb 1995]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    UHF
    The laughs just keep rolling as 'Weird Al' makes a movie. Overheard from a still-convulsing woman after a recent screening of Weird Al Yankovic's UHF: "I'm sorry, but that's funny." I'm sorry, but she's right. Yuks you feel obliged to apologize for are yuks nonetheless. And UHF prompts a lot of apologies.
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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