For 1,301 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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Four Weddings and a Funeral
Lowest review score: 0 The Amityville Horror
Score distribution:
1,301 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    "The Hurt Locker" may be getting all the attention and awards but The Messenger is at least as good and perhaps, given its delicate handling of a sensitive subject, even better.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    The Coen brothers adaptation is impeccable, a perfect mirror of McCarthy's prose – sparse, suspenseful, probing and profoundly disturbing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Children of Men is a nativity story for the ages, this or any other.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Hunger -- the disturbing, provocative, brilliant feature debut from British director Steve McQueen -- does for modern film what Caravaggio did to Renaissance painting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Intriguing, disturbing, uplifting evocation. In fact, to watch this film is to engage in participatory art -- for better and for worse, through sickness and in health, we're drawn deeply in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    The picture goes exactly where the prose does, enticing all of us, kids and adults and atheists and believers alike, down below the brittle surface of our cold logic and into a richer world of imaginative wonder.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    This is where the movie excels. In the classic neo-realist tradition, it's scant in plot yet rich in mood and character, offering us a revealing hint here, a poignant glimpse there, with each revelation filtered through Michelle Williams's superbly muted performance, all the more moving for being so restrained.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    British humour at its eclectic best, a deliciously heady mix of dry wit and ribald farce.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Simultaneously a tough, haunting, lyrical, hopeful film, and the tears it wants us to shed are an alloy of sorrow and joy - cleansing tears, the kind that alter the rules and dignify the game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    This is the master at the top of his form, his erratic genius harnessed and everything clicking, everything flowing, a fresh creation from a mature artist.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    A great movie... A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Easily among the top 10 films made last year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    This remarkable analysis of a decade when American society lost its moral compass is both brutally honest and lyrically compassionate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Legs flashing and eyes smouldering and brain scintillating, Fiorentino serves up each facet with venomous glee - it's a performance that mixes a main course of Bette Davis with a side order of La Femme Nikita, and it's mesmerizing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    In short, Batman is terrific - funny, smart and sensitive too, the perfect cinematic date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Reservoir Dogs sizzles - it's dynamite on a short fuse, and you watch it with mesmerized fascination, simultaneously attracted and repelled by the explosion you know will come.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Pulp Fiction is at least three movies rolled into one, and they're all scintillating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    At best, Leaving Las Vegas is pure alchemy -- it makes of flawed humanity a hymn, and of forlorn hope a beacon.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    It comes eerily close to duplicating the experience of reading while, at the same time, remaining very much a motion picture. That's a rare, perhaps even unprecedented, achievement.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    A lean, stripped-down and unapologetically cinematic take on Shakespeare's work, an adaptation designed at each turn to diminish the mechanics of the comedy and to explore the depths of the pathos.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Great art is both immediately accessible and eternally elusive, having at its centre a powerful simplicity that speaks to anyone who cares to listen, that rewards every interpretation while embracing none. The Piano is great art.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    The result is a genre picture that transcends the genre, that gleefully embraces four qualities alien to the bulk of its noisy brethren: (1) thematic texture; (2) kinetic grace; (3) visuals that toy with the mind even while dazzling the eye; and (3) performers who are permitted to act like something other than human wicks for the pyrotechnical bombast.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Director James Cameron always works on a mega- canvas, yet he's brought off something unique here.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Consequently, Ephron is forced to shape and integrate the twin halves of the picture, and she does a splendid job - the intercutting is always fluid and never mechanical. Better yet, the script keeps surprising us, setting up stock situations and then pulling away from a stock treatment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Free Willy (for some strange reason, that tiny imperative just gives me the giggles) is a family picture that stays safely within the haven of a cozy formula, yet does a whole lot of inventive work in the process.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Powered by a Scottish writer, a Scottish director, and the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, this is clearly a labour of love, and the passion gets right up on the screen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Delightfully inventive, consistently funny, clever but not slick, brisk yet never antic, Quick Change is the perfect cinematic date - a summer film for all seasons, the kind of sharp-edged picture that gives lightweight a good name. [14 Jul 1990, p.C3]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    This is an exhilarating picture, the kind that strips away smug complacencies and exposes raw nerves to a bright light. [14 Sep 1990, p.C4]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    The wonder is that the film balances its many genres, from the thorns of murder to the bloom of romance to the thickets of politics, with such easy grace.