For 1,309 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Hunger
Lowest review score: 0 Sex and the City
Score distribution:
1309 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Packs a wickedly satiric punch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Superman returns, and he's far from inconsequential yet considerably less than super - just a demi-god content to forfeit our love for our like.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Like no other war movie you've ever seen.
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    How do you make a movie about shallow people in a shallow culture and not end up with a shallow movie? For writer-director Sofia Coppola, the answer is to dramatize a story “based on actual events,” then to step back and present it as a case study in pure anthropology.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The cinematic equivalent of a "good read" - pick it up and you can't put it down; put it down and it's gone forever.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The fluffmeister here is writer-director Ol Parker, and say this for young Ol: This may be his feature debut, but the guy is one hell of a smooth engineer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The movie could have used a further dose of the resonance Walken gives it, and a more intellectually adventurous director might have brought the theme close to home.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Give director Susanne Bier full marks: Her encasing parable is brand new and immediately provocative.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The film, like its subject, is more adroit with pictures than with words.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's all a bit too schematic, yet the ambition is admirable and the message powerful: Today, no less than yesterday, the weak must be strong to survive, and their strength is endlessly tested.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result actually plays like a divine pronouncement, cosmic in scope and oracular in tone, a cinematic sermon on the mount that shows its creator in exquisite form.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Always engaging and often compelling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is good dirty fun, flecked with enough wit to help you overlook the relatively barren characterization.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    If you ever doubted the power and scope of silent film, watch The Way Home. The narrative arc is as broad as any chattering feature, the emotional depth is greater than most, and it's all achieved with virtually no dialogue.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This time out, with a few exceptions, the inspiration feels solid and earned, not saccharine and contrived.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Still, credit Gondry, like Tocqueville before him, with at least re-examining tired clichés and scraping the rust off stereotypes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Although there are definite lags here, those "glittering" set-pieces are funny enough (at least one is hilarious) to stave off any prolonged yawns.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The results are generally refreshing. Much of the film takes place inside a theatre, as if to suggest the shenanigans of the Saint Petersburg aristocracy were a form of public entertainment.
    • 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.

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