For 1,301 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Rob Roy
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,301 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Always engaging and often compelling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is good dirty fun, flecked with enough wit to help you overlook the relatively barren characterization.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    For all the undeniable merits, it somehow feels manufactured, and thus, to a degree, calculated - the product not of a collective imagination taking esthetic chances, but of an imaginative collective putting the rivets into a well-wrought plan that can't go awry.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    If the publicity release can be believed, he worked an entire year "undercover as a student to research teenage life". On the basis of what surfaces here - one stock phrase (the kids say "Go for it]" a lot) and a multitude of stock characters - Crowe might better have spent the time curled up with re-runs of Ozzie and Harriet. Give this intrepid researcher 12 months at General Motors and he might just discover the wheel.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Has a refreshingly different twist: What we have here is a "what if" comedy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result takes the audience on a screwball odyssey that mixes engaging twists with off-putting turns -- often fun, always watchable, but never quite as good as it could be.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Like no other war movie you've ever seen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    There's a missing element whose absence, forgive me, I can't help but lament. This is a movie about magic that ultimately lacks the magic of movies."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    There's plenty of humour in Comedian but not a lot of happiness -- apparently, the sad clown is a cliché for good reason.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With Corbett's laidback persona nicely countering Vardalos's authorial performance, the picture radiates a pure affability that's awfully attractive. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a very slim movie that succeeds on its own modest terms without pretense or apology.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With little dialogue to assist her -- just the strains of that wonderfully organic music -- she still manages to suggest the internal struggle, and to slowly reveal a fierce toughness that flies in the face of conventional morality.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Intended as food for thought, but all we really get is a light snack -- the kind that's heavier in presentation than in substance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Visually, this movie is exquisite. Narratively, well, that's a more banal story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    If you ever doubted the power and scope of silent film, watch The Way Home. The narrative arc is as broad as any chattering feature, the emotional depth is greater than most, and it's all achieved with virtually no dialogue.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's a pinball arcade of a flick -- the Coens invent a bunch of wonderfully flaky characters, stick them into a Plexiglas narrative, and let them bounce off each other.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What better casting than Al Pacino, whose own career, of course, has reflected all the seasonal changes in the gangster saga. Pacino takes the part and runs with it so boldly that he ends up in Arthur Miller land.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Quitting begins to seem intriguing in concept. Now comes the best news: It's just as compelling in execution.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Fun, fun, fun. Take the title at its word, because this movie is nothing less than a flat-out, lung-pumping, 76-minute sprint.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Titanic is awesome even when it's awful -- you can't take your eyes off the extraordinary thing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The love that blooms is essentially between the boys. They both have some considerable growing up to do, but theirs is a true romance and it's awfully sweet. Funny, too.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The movie could have used a further dose of the resonance Walken gives it, and a more intellectually adventurous director might have brought the theme close to home.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Both smart and shrewd -- it wraps that same comforting message in a thoroughly entertaining package.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The well chosen cast helps -- no one strikes a false note.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ultimately, Benigni's comic refinery merely transforms the banality of evil into a lesser sin -- the evil of banality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Despite a formidable effort and occasional grace, there's something cowardly about Braveheart -- it's an aspiring giant with a diminutive soul.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In God's ghetto, as in so many of the world's forsaken places, warring armies of infants brandish their weapons of self-destruction, while politicians bluster and inspectors sleep.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In the ongoing case of the fan versus the movies, the evidence suggests that a good policier is damn hard to find. So when you come across one that can boast a decent script, taut direction and a single superb performance, there's no need for prolonged deliberation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Generally makes good on its promise. There are shivers to be felt, especially in the early stages, and there's fun to be had, including the post-movie pleasure of detecting the soft spots in the plot. The result is an always-watchable picture from a director capable of more.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Sometimes, when you least expect it, Hollywood is so Hollywood good, serving up a flick guaranteed to answer the clarion call of the multitudes. "I just want to be entertained," you say? Well, fork out then, because The Italian Job does the job.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's a fascinating babel, and Nair, using the unfolding ritual of the wedding as a centre point, captures the competing sights and sounds with her own unique mix of cinematic borrowings -- think Robert Altman meets Bollywood.