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 0.5 points 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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This documentary is only partly a story of the chosen one; mainly, and more intriguingly, it's a chronicle of the choosing one, of the nervous young monk charged with the job of leading the search party.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    No doubt, life is tough in the wild but, this being a Disney flick, it's loving too and even comes with a kiddie-friendly narrative that's easy to summarize and hard to dispute.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The best satire implicates the audience; this stuff keeps our sense of superiority smugly intact.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ledger proves what we've suspected all along -- this is his picture, and he steals it brilliantly.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is a world out of time and, despite the trappings of flinty realism, the film too unfolds like an elemental myth from the stormy past – a Greek tragedy driven by dark fates and struggling toward a catharsis.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    That may be your lump of coal, but it seems a precious gift to me.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    An acquired taste that you may not acquire. I did, but it took me a while.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Borat at its best is pure satiric genius, the Swiftian kind that has you busting a gut with laughter even while checking your conscience for implicating flaws.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    After a solid start and a strong buildup through two acts, the movie fumbles the resolution. Ethical lines that were convincingly wavy suddenly straighten out, too quickly and too neatly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    There's definite mastery here, but it's hardly a masterpiece.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Alas, around about the third act, the idea grows tired and the whole thing gets derailed. Too bad, because it's a good ride until it isn't.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    With Hot Fuzz, you'll just have to settle for semi-hilarity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This movie sticks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is a fairly co-ordinated effort that, despite a few miscues, yields a consistently watchable film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A seriously black comedy. Black, because affliction and angst abound. Comic, because this rampant bleakness is presented as nothing more than an amusing bauble.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The crash, lethal in an eye-blink, was hard to watch when I saw it live on television, and it's not any easier here. The day was clear – no rain in sight.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Cloverfield is an exercise in realism that lacks reality's broader and richer context. Or, put another way, the experiment is artful, but it ain't art.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Red Heat, a terrifically funny and always frantic flick that hides a fascinating subtext beneath its commercial veneer. Very commercial - this should be a boffo hit; and very fascinating - the premise that props up the hit speaks volumes about America in the twilight of Reagan. [17 Jun 1988, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Call me biased, but I'm quick to put out the welcome mat for any movie – good, bad or indifferent – that resists easy categorizing. That's certainly the charm of Safety NotGuaranteed, which flirts with two very different genres yet never goes steady with either.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Everyone should be thankful, if not for the doc's content, then certainly for its tone – there is no fulminating here. Instead, courtesy of Canadian co-directors Luc Côté and Patricio Henriquez, witnesses are quietly gathered and arguments are quietly made. For once, no one rants, and, in the relative calm, the tone can be heard, so muted and sad.
    • 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
    That's partly why X-Men: First Class is such fanboy fun, as the script departs from official Marvel lore to invent a whole new "origin story" for the mutant ensemble.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    By Herzog's lofty standards, the result is mildly disappointing. The film lacks the sociological depth of "The Executioner's Song" or the emotional wallop of "In Cold Blood." But it sure is a surpassingly, and compellingly, strange tale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Avatar is a king's ransom fairly well spent, not least because Cameron's invitation into his superbly crafted universe comes with an unexpected price: He makes it easy to gaze fondly on all this movie magic, but only in exchange for a hard look at ourselves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Certainly, his (Allen) work here feels effortless, and that feather-light touch gives the picture its charm – modest but real.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Fatal Attraction becomes as seductive as the seduction it depicts. In the always stylish, sometimes careless hands of director Adrian Lyne, the film lures us in with an artful blend of stately pacing and caressing close-ups and brooding silences. [23 Sep 1987 p.C7]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ambitious and brooding, Coogan has the darker nature; lighthearted and affable, Brydon is all sunny-side up. Happily, both possess a devilishly quick wit and the need to go beyond self-impersonation to the more celebrated variety.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The structure of the film mirrors the changes in the joke which in turn reflect the moral of the story -- hey, it's all a matter of perspective.

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