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 Kafka
Lowest review score: 0 The Amityville Horror
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The score (a nifty collection of vintage but never clichéd period tunes) complements the mood perfectly, and the ensemble cast members hit their own notes to perfection.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Kaurismaki is a master at infusing his movies with apparently contradictory qualities. The best of them -- and The Man Without a Past is surely that -- are hard to describe precisely because they seem to exist, to balance precariously, in the tension between opposites.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    One of those rare films that manages to be both terrifically entertaining and consistently thoughtful, it turns an apparently tame deception into a very rich metaphor.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    In the end, like any satire worth the name, In the Company of Men spins around to fire its biggest salvo at its ultimate target -- the audience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    What an impeccably crafted film this is -- slightly impoverished in theme, perhaps, but so rich everywhere else that it seems rude to notice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Indeed, as the film unreels to its extraordinary climax - a scene that will make your skin crawl - Frears has the larger target right in his sights and, bang, pulls the thematic trigger, taking no prisoners.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    This film and Salinger's novel differ greatly in the details of narrative and character. Yet, there's no mistaking the similarity in tone and sensibility and, particularly, in the capacity to split an audience into warring camps fighting on shared ground.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    No, the film may not be quite as luminous as the cast, but it's good - very good, in fact.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The whole ensemble has a hoot with this material, and their joy is contagious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The result is a rare treat, a revival of a period piece that doesn't descend into mere quaintness or prettiness, and that manages to capture the spirit of an earlier time without sacrificing the perspective of our own.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    John Sayles's heartrending new film is a many-splendoured thing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    This is a rare adaptation where the script (by McGrath himself) heads straight for the novel's horrible essence, reproducing it non-verbally and in an even more concentrated form.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The verdict? Green passes with flying colours -- his is a huge and hugely impressive talent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The Usual Suspects filled me with a highly unusual urge - to be a true "reviewer," to rewind the projector and figure out this humdinger once and for all.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Duelling roles are an actor's dream, and Cage takes full advantage. He and that face of his -- hang-dog homely one minute, vibrantly macho the next -- are perfectly cast. So is Streep as the sophisticated Manhattanite drawn into a steamy realm of Southern discomfort.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Bizarre, indeed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Sophisticated and unsentimental political film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It's intriguing, appalling, savvy, nasty, grossly unsettling -- you may not like what you see, but you'll definitely be affected by the sight.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A powerful and affecting piece of work.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The result is a rarity on any screen: intelligent fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    The surprise lies in Linklater's ability to breathe so much fresh life into a tired formula...This is a picture that recollects not merely a period in time but a state of mind.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Lee has forged a work of art in the classic sense -- art that delights and instructs.
    • 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.