For 1,291 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Groen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Hunger
Lowest review score: 0 Godzilla
Score distribution:
1,291 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Loses its momentum just when you'd expect the suspense to mount -- at the competition itself.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    That level of acting-without-words demands the likes of a Bruno Ganz or a Klaus Maria Brandauer, not a Clooney. Even when flashing his bare derrière in a sex scene, he isn't revealing nearly enough -- his work is just skin deep.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A flashy nineties flick with a campy fifties feel -- it's playful, naive, clever, silly, often inventive, occasionally uneven and, compared to studio offerings to date, the best present under this year's cinematic tree.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Too bad there's also a final 15 minutes that surely ranks among the worst endings an otherwise good movie has ever received.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Around about the third act, the picture does what no self-respecting virus ever would -- relents, turns confused, and lets our immune system fight back with thoughts of its own, with distracting cavils about the logic of the plot and the slightness of the themes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A drama that's often insightful and occasionally powerful but is still, at heart, a piece of television and not a work of film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Delightful as it often is, the picture suffers fom the same structural and thematic tidiness, even smugness, that it nominally opposes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    An integrated work whose form clearly mirrors its content. Often, looking into that mirror is dreadful; but, often enough, it's also dreadfully revealing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This ranks among the highest concentrations of acting talent brought to any screen. But let's spare no praise for David Hare, whose superb script draws heavily on his playwrighting skills.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The Canadian film "Atanarjuat" travelled back to the past to meet an ancient legend on its own ground and treated the tale realistically. Whale Rider whisks its legend up into the present, and then adds a touch of lyricism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Just when the movie seems set to soar, there's a drag factor -- it keeps getting weighed down, if not sunk, by an anchor of ponderousness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    So this is a first-level, unironic fright film, the sort whose tongue is removed from its cheek, coated in gore, and pointed right at the audience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The movie's main attraction isn't hard to find. It's essentially a character study, but one where the nature of the study is as unique as the stature of the character.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Happily, the climax races to our rescue... Beyond the grasp of most directors, this is tour de force stuff -- definitely meriting the price of admission and almost worth the three-year wait.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Sylvia the movie competently shows us how; but, as always, it's Sylvia the writer who brilliantly tells us why -- then, now and tomorrow, her foreboding words are her finest legacy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In this journey, [Crowe] wears the uniform, the accent and the derring-do with consummate panache. Have him strike a muscular pose on the ship's prow, which Weir does more than once, and the manly sight puts that wussy DiCaprio to titanic shame.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In the end, is In America slight in its sentimentality and manipulative in its moral? Sure, but that's the job of any fable or myth.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A lovely oddity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It isn't an exciting work of art so much as a contemplative reverie on the nature of art -- and what's wrong with a smart essay that unfolds like a sweet dream?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    All the signs pointed to a major movie achievement...And it does -- sometimes, and dazzlingly so. But the dazzle doesn't add up to the sustained act of brilliance I'd been expecting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The story in Japanese Story grabs you precisely because it's so wonderfully hard to define.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A film of deceptive narrative wisps and intricate thematic curls.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The lows never last too long - something invariably jumps out to recapture our interest or prompt a chuckle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Jeunet manages a terrific pass in an extended underwater sequence, but, beyond that, he runs out of ideas as we run out of patience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    You'll be rewarded with a terrific finale. The twists here are the rare sort that seem both narratively surprising and emotionally engaging.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    You may well watch this film and not buy into a single frame. Me, I couldn't help myself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    So much cinematic majesty perched precariously atop so little common sense. But, hell, maybe Quentin's right; relax, enjoy -- a castle with a shaky foundation is still quite a sight.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Odd but engaging film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    More illuminating than not.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Apparently, the faith that can move mountains is detectable in the microscopes that can track electrons. If so, the metaphoric is real and, to me, that thought is as scary as it is thrilling -- but what the bleep do I know?