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 Piano
Lowest review score: 0 Godzilla
Score distribution:
1308 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Essentially a love story, as stripped of sentimentality as the landscape is shorn of green, yet an extraordinary love story nonetheless – powerful and poignant and, even in the midst of hope's imminent extinction, hopeful too.
    • 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
    Visually, this movie is exquisite. Narratively, well, that's a more banal story.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Happily, in his adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play, The Deep Blue Sea, Davies has found a setting close to his heart and a subject more nearly suited to his style.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The running time is efficient, the direction is clean, the story is simple but resonant, the effects are understated yet impressive, and the near-wordless star of the show puts on an acting clinic. Damned if the risen one doesn't lift us out of our seats.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Plot isn't what drives the picture; instead, this is a cinematic tone poem, where the dominant mood is a Faulknerian mix of sorrow and endurance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This time, though, Zemeckis has another technical trick up his sleeve – 3-D – and for once the gimmick succeeds.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Beyond the knights and rooks, Bobby Fischer Against the World tells the story of a Jewish kid raised in Brooklyn who spent his final years in exile as a fulminating anti-Semite and a raving anti-American.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Being Human is just that, and it's a profound delight. [06 May 1994]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is still her (Wasikowska’s) picture. She’s its 10-foot tower, mysterious and brave and excited and withdrawn. Alice is the true magic in a Wonderland that’s mere movie magic – the happy surprise amidst everything we’ve come to expect.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Martin Scorsese, meet Djo Tunda Wa Munga, because you obviously have a lot in common. Viva Riva! is nothing less than the Congolese Mean Streets, oozing sexual heat and brute violence and powered by a locomotive's worth of raw kinetic energy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It sure ain't the Christmas of Dickens's imaginings. Dysfunctional overachievers all, the Vuillards are a family bizarre enough to make the Royal Tenenbaums look like candidates for a Hallmark card.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It can definitely grate on your nerves but, at best, it also gets into your mind, and sticks fast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A tender tale of semi-triumph.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Thrown into exalted company, Zellweger easily holds her own in the film's most difficult role.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Sitting through Red Eye is like watching a master carpenter at work on a custom bookcase. No one would call the result art, but you're sure bound to admire the sheer craft of the thing, the clean lines and seamless joints and meticulous attention to detail.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Then again, Colin Firth is enough. Every movie is a performance, but very seldom is a performance a movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ushpizin takes us to a fascinating place, and hands out the sort of brochure that tourists always need but seldom get -- the charming kind, fun to ponder and rewarding to browse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Titanic is awesome even when it's awful -- you can't take your eyes off the extraordinary thing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The documentary camera has made repeated trips to occupied Iraq, but never to such raw and honest effect as in The War Tapes. The reason is surprisingly simple: This time, the lens is being pointed not by embedded journalists, but by the American soldiers themselves.
    • 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?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The considerable charm of Mad Hot Ballroom can be traced directly to its choice of subjects. They happen to be 11-year old kids, and the lens loves every precious one of them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Not often does a film double as a literary critic, but this is the Northrop Frye of docs. Essentially, it revises and sharpens the blunted reputation of a great writer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is the story of the diminutive Coco before she became the fashionable Chanel – in other words, the whole movie is one long first act.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The acting is superb, the settings are beautifully recreated, the dialogue crackles with occasional wit, but where's the juice? Although lovely to gaze upon, the whole thing feels a bit precious and porcelain, more teapot than sexpot.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Profound, and profoundly affecting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Surprisingly funny yarn about a drug-addled cop in the Big Easy.

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