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 Wendy and Lucy
Lowest review score: 0 Godzilla
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    John Sayles's heartrending new film is a many-splendoured thing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Simultaneously a spectacular act of movie-making and a slight movie. Or is that impossible: When the means are so gloriously abundant, can the end ever be merely trivial?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Is it, the debate asks, a truly substantial work or just a stylish cop-out? Well, for once, I'm voting with the French.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Bizarre, indeed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    For all his daring, the brazen creator maintains control - there's aesthetic order in the disorder, and calculated reason in the madness. Seldom has it felt so good to seem so lost.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The Shrek franchise is alive and well -- Model 2 is zippier, sleeker, with ever-improving graphics, vast commercial potential and the same sly ability to reach out and hook the whole family.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Raimi doesn't make the mistake of over-thinking the flimsy psychology of the genre. All this conflicted-hero stuff isn't meant to be profound; instead, it's there for the same reason as everything else -- to give the action (the interior action in this case) a healthy shot of pop energy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    This is a sequel just as intriguing as the original.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    No filmmaker, in any cinematic culture, has a better eye or ear for the working class than director Mike Leigh.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    So delightful it should come with a parental advisory: "Jaded adults, beware. Viewing this may pierce your shell of cynicism and spark a renewed belief in the magic of movie-making."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Despite a few wrong turns early on, the movie gathers graceful momentum and heads straight to the warm heart of the book - that fond spot located just on the safe side of sentimentality, a feel- good place that doesn't leave any feel-stupid fallout.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The direction may not be flashy, but it is controlled and confident; the frames unfold with a no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts realism that, in this era of laser-blazing Batplanes, seems downright welcome.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Undoubtedly, [the lead actors] both benefit hugely from the sharpness of Leonard's stock-in-trade dialogue: Put smart words in any actor's yap, and their performance will rise accordingly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Sonnenfeld moves things along with alacrity and panache, serving up the exotic visuals quietly, blending in the sprightly humour efficiently, and keeping the mix at a rolling boil.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    You may well hate Crash, but if intensity is what you seek in a darkened theatre, you'll hate missing it even more.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    If the kids give the movie its momentum, its fascination comes from a more static source -- the father.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Like the stationary figures it portrays, Kicking And Screaming is alive at the edges; it comes with a vibrant border of trenchant asides, tossed-off remarks that blend the solace of protective irony with the sterner stuff of hard truth.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It's silly, it's serious, it's outrageous, it's mundane, it's blowsy, it's lovely. Yet this fickle film has a constant heart - warm and very likeable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    As down-to-earth as a ghost story gets.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The reality measures up to the rep.
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    This Hollywood movie about a gay man afflicted with AIDS is evocative, understated and ultimately deeply affecting. Hard-earned tears of truth. [22 Dec 1993, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)