For 1,308 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Age of Innocence
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1308 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Life is Sweet is sweet indeed - and comic and quirky and, on those occasions when the tone deftly shifts, just a little sad... Leigh's work, and the quotidian life it depicts, is sometimes slim but never insubstantial, occasionally sweet but never a sugary confection. And always worth celebrating. [24 Jan. 1992]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Some movies, a very few, possess the purity of myth, and they don't have to be great to be greatly important. "The Wild One" is an example; "Saturday Night Fever" is another. Now add 8 Mile to that short list.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Sophisticated and unsentimental political film.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    John Sayles's heartrending new film is a many-splendoured thing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Add it all up, including the nifty twist at the end, and what we have here is a fun Hollywood flick with a good head on its shoulders.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A powerful, brutal, funny, tragic, vibrant, very human movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Big
    Sure, the premise is identical age-reversal comedies, but this one uses a much higher octane, animating a tired idea with a timeless script, and the result is pop humor at its most appealing - wit and charm spiced with a measured pinch of farce and just the right hint of melancholy. [3 Jun 1988, p.E1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A powerful and affecting piece of work.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    You may be of the opinion that taking in an art film, especially the haute brand that disdains conventional narrative, is like watching paint dry. If so, happy surprise, Holy Motors is definitely the art film for you – it's like watching paint blister.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    En route, what emerges is the kind of film, rich in paradox, that's common to Reichardt but so rare anywhere else – a film ponderously slow in pace yet kinetically charged with insight; starkly realistic yet allegorical too; psychologically astute yet politically resonant.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It has the staccato wit of a drawing-room comedy, the fatal flaw of a tragic romance and the buzzy immediacy of a front-page headline, all powered by a kinetic engine typically found in an action flick. And that's just the opening scene.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It's appalling, it's wicked, it's bleak, and it's very funny. In fact, the movie's ability to disturb us is directly linked to its ability to amuse us. We're made to feel guilty precisely because we're made to laugh - seeing something so sordid shouldn't be so engaging. [28 Jan. 1994]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Everything about The Queen of Versailles, a documentary both sharply observant and deliciously funny, is jumbo-sized – the riches, the rags, his ego, her breasts, their steroidal pursuit of happiness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A remarkable documentary as important as it is compelling.
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Lee has forged a work of art in the classic sense -- art that delights and instructs.

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