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 Babies
Lowest review score: 0 The Avengers
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It’s a terrific adaptation that succeeds not only as a work of cinema but also, wonderfully, as proof of the novel’s greatness. In short, the picture rebukes the revisionists even while entertaining them.
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    It plays like documented fact, a kind of "7 Up" primer on life’s romantic vicissitudes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    A remarkable documentary as important as it is compelling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Rick Groen
    Hawking is as much a phenomenon as the phenomena he explores. Knowing that, A Brief History Of Time has the deceptive simplicity of an elegant equation - it merely sets up the parallels and permits us to wonder, gazing upon the heavens above and the mysteries within. [28 Aug 1992]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With his breathy, antic delivery, pouring out his heart in staccato bursts, Cusack puts a nice loop on the sensitive teen theme. For his is an upbeat, mature brand of sensitivity, the healthy kind that makes fine discriminations, not nasty judgments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The picture's charm lies in the continuing by-play between the filmmakers and their subject, with each side doing its best to deconstruct the other.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The embodiment of the very message it so modestly conveys -- it's the accomplished little guy we fervently root for.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Men may be gay by nature, but women are lesbians by choice -- for them, it's a simple matter of trading up. Such is the implied message of Kissing Jessica Stein.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ali
    It's not Smith's fault that the movie can't quite pry apart the man from the myth from the metaphor. The three may well be inseparable by now and, at this point in his history and ours, that's surely the way we prefer it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Rare is the movie that arrives without fanfare -- that sneaks between the cracks, pops up relatively unheralded on the big screen, and takes the viewer by delighted surprise. Well, check the moon for blue because Birthday Girl is just such a picture.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Solondz has finally made a movie that isn't just offensive -- it also happens to be good. He's still shouting, still violating our politically correct sensibilities, but the shocks now have thematic purpose. They don't just titillate, they resonate.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Waydowntown may not be perfect, but it is perfectly astute in the target it selects and in the questions it raises.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A tormented and tormenting man uses violence to break the historic chain of violence, then bequeaths to his loved ones the most precious gift he can give -- his total silence and perpetual absence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A laugh and a half, a genial crowd-pleaser.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    EDtv is precisely the kind of brisk, straightforward, amiable and accessible material that shows Howard’s skills to advantage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    An entertaining oddity, an amiably black comedy whose bared teeth double as an engaging smile: It takes a satiric bite and leaves you laughing through the pain.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Visually impressive, splendidly performed, thematically significant, this is a movie in full possession of every key cinematic asset except one -- a solid script. Casino is a polished vehicle with an untuned engine.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The cinematic equivalent of a "good read" - pick it up and you can't put it down; put it down and it's gone forever.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Pick your cliche - searing, rivetting, haunting - Keitel delivers a performance to rival Brando's in "Last Tango In Paris."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Frankly, with so much to feast my dazzled eyes upon, I barely noticed that the plot was missing in action. And that's because the action itself is so pure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The comedy is warm and witty and wafer-thin, as easy on the palate as a raspberry sorbet on a summer afternoon.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The climax, however, is far superior here, open-ended and ambiguous and neatly linked to this film's recurring metaphor: Teeth, of course, which "outlast everything," which survive the death of the body just as marriage can survive the demise of love. They both endure, yellowed and rootless.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A 75-minute tour de force that's often fascinating, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately rewarding. So be patient -- the payoff will come.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Moore continues another one infinitely more valuable -- the proud line that extends right back to Mark Twain, embracing all those satirists so enamoured with America at its best that they won't stand silent for America at its worst.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Beijing Bicycle is a good film that owes a huge debt to a better film. And that, of course, is Vittorio De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's a nifty caper flick that also ponders the aesthetic nature of deception -- in other words, a solid work of craft that doubles as a little meditation on art.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A grownup departure from the teen-romance norm -- it speaks nothing about passion and volumes about trust.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    At best, the humour in Election is perceptive, nasty, pointed, and lets no one off its barbed hook, not even the audience. In other words, it's a lovely piece of satire, made all the more relevant by the setting.

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