For 1,291 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 No Country for Old Men
Lowest review score: 0 New Best Friend
Score distribution:
1,291 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Observant and funny and thoughtful too, powered exclusively by vérité footage without a word of narration, Babies is William Blake’s Infant Joy brought to rich cinematic life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    The effect is Chaplinesque if Chaplin had the latest in gadgetry, because the entire picture is also shot in 3-D that, for once, puts all 3 of the Ds to imaginative use.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    This superb remake has the inevitable look of a period piece, a smoke-filled rendering of things past. However, thanks to Tomas Alfredson's direction, a taut screenplay, and a uniformly brilliant cast, the film also retains its contemporary relevance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    Every once in a long while, the right director comes across the right project at just the right moment, and things so often discordant fall into perfect harmony.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    The Long Day Closes is a twice-remarkable film. Once, because director Terence Davies opens his personal bottle of memories and makes them interesting to us. Twice, because, in doing so, he triggers our own memories. [11 June 1993]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    More arduously, Riva is obliged to act out the physical decline while still registering a full spectrum of emotions. Remarkably, she does it all, even when reduced to communicating with her eyes alone. Hers is, in every sense of the phrase, a nakedly honest performance.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 100 Rick Groen
    With the help of an impeccable cast and with a style steeped in the past, Soderbergh has placed the persona of Kafka under a lens, and the soul he discovers is his own. [31 Jan. 1992]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Modestly clever, this is definitely a little thing. Enjoy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A movie that combines the Cold War intrigue of John Le Carré with the wired buzz of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation" -- one of those rare two-hour-plus pictures that runs long but plays bracingly, excitingly short.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Most movies have music, some movies are musicals, but very few movies combine the two with the grace and pure eloquence of Once.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Persepolis is as modern as tomorrow's headlines and as classic as an ancient myth.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Succeeding where most docudramas fail, it turns a slice of recent history into a revealingly intelligent entertainment, without being didactic at one extreme or sentimental at the other.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    From its quiet opening sequence to its silent final shot, everything about A History of Violence is deceptive, and deceptively simple.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Beyond the eerily evocative impersonation, Hoffman's brilliance lies in not only playing the shrewd puppet master but also revealing that he too comes with strings attached, the most dominant being his consuming need for acclaim.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    In lesser hands, all this might border on misanthropy. But Jaoui's direction, plus the note-perfect cast, manage two redeeming feats:
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A powerful, brutal, funny, tragic, vibrant, very human movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The result is a movie that seems not quite real and yet never false but somehow partakes of both -- rather like the prospect of death.
    • 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
    Haneke is best known for "The Piano Teacher." His latest, Caché (or Hidden) is a quieter but equally provocative attack. It's less in your face, more in your head and under your skin.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    As down-to-earth as a ghost story gets.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The reality measures up to the rep.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    In the midst of his many other achievements here -- his documentary realism, his wry humanism, his allegorical subtlety -- Panahi even manages to redeem the good name of toilet humour.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The film takes its cue from the widow, neither sermonizing or even villainizing, content to serve quietly as an admirable exercise in restraint and a moving example of the grace under pressure that is the essence of courage.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Before that marvel of human engineering - China's Three Gorges Dam - completes its legacy of human upheaval, there are vanishing sights to be seen.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Mock-heroic yet still lyrical, faux-mythic but honest too, uniquely and absurdly and often hilariously Canadian, My Winnipeg is like no documentary you've ever seen.
    • 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.
    • 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.