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 Reservoir Dogs
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,301 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Of course, entire books have been written, and perused by disappointed women, about the male reluctance to put away their fantasized Biancas. In that sense, Lars and the Real Girl is real indeed. In every other, it's a sweet, bordering on saccharine, bagatelle.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Love it, hate it, but be sure to watch it, because this odd and disturbing picture is as different as the war it reflects, and that difference is vast enough to seem profound.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result, Elegy, isn't a great film but it is a good one, and better for Coixet's perspective, her ability to interpret Roth's world from the other side of the gender fence.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The movie doesn't have the heart of the book, but it does have a solid mechanical pump, strong enough at least to keep a robust story on two-hour life support.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Takes a kernel of truth and roasts it into a popcorn movie. There's terrific fun to be had, and much wry comedy too. What's missing, surprisingly given the subject matter, is any real sense of gravity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's adapted with charming dispatch from the Dick King-Smith story, and served up by the same CGI wizards who animated the critters in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Narnia Chronicles."
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    I meant what I said And I said what I meant A flick pretty faithful 'Bout 80 per cent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Great title, and the whiff of existential loneliness that it conjures up – brothers locked not in solidarity but in solitude – permeates the entire movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ultimately, Shine a Light is illuminating indeed, even fascinating, but not in the way Scorsese intended. What he has created, inadvertently, is an invaluable documentation of semi-fossilized Stones – musicologists may like it, sociologists should love it and, some distant day, anthropologists will treasure it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Dull moments, so much the rule in most genre comedies, are the exception in Forgetting Sarah Marshall -- it does run long, but it mainly rollicks.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The ethical fallout, the lingering fog of the so-called war on terror, is not that people don't know what's wrong or who's guilty - it's precisely that they do, and count it as the cost of doing business.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This is a blockbuster busting out of the block; this is a Hollywood staple served up on a European platter; this is summertime fare with a wintry verve.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Gotham gives way to Gaudi and the Met to Miro, but the sensibility is the same, the city as a precious treasure, and so is the message: Life may be hard and short, love may be flawed or doomed, but, my, aren't we blessed with lovely distractions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Spike Lee's voluminous "When the Levees Broke" proved a thorough indictment, a compilation of tragic and appalling facts encyclopedically catalogued. By contrast, Trouble the Water (on Oscar's short-list in the best doc category) has a more personal focus and, although just as damning, manages to strike a more hopeful chord.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Without Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long would be a watchable but hardly a memorable movie. With her, it's both - she so fully inhabits the character that everyone and everything around her are simply enhanced.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result isn't meant to be an historical document transmuted into fiction; instead, it's fiction turned into a fable, a dark fable.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A worthy docudrama that is solid if not sublime. But, sometimes, a merely good film can brush up against greatness, and this one does so twice – in Sean Penn's magnetic performance and in the cautionary tale's contemporary resonance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This movie sticks.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Never brilliant but always solid and often wry, Marley & Me is what it celebrates -- an amiable overachiever.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is a fairly co-ordinated effort that, despite a few miscues, yields a consistently watchable film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Shakespeare would have delighted in the chapter, especially in the antagonist, but not at the expense of the longer and darker and still-unfinished book.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Upbeat it ain't, but when the light fades from the final frame, there remains something unusual in the Dardennes canon – the possibility of an escape from futility's clutches, and a reason for hope that might, just might, be more than an illusion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Despite acting under the computer-generated encumbrances of that monkey tail and those centaur legs, Delphine Chanéac does something remarkable with Dren – she makes her a disturbingly sexy thing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    This time, though, Zemeckis has another technical trick up his sleeve – 3-D – and for once the gimmick succeeds.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    You don’t need to root for the best movies and you don’t want to root for the worst. But, occasionally, along comes a picture so nearly good that you dearly wish it were better. Welcome to She’s Out of My League, where the rooting interest is strong but so is the frustration.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Mother symbolically doubles as Mother Korea, devoted to her land. But is she blindly and uncritically devoted, too quick to forgive and forget sins that should be redressed, to treat any flaws in the national character as simply intrinsic to the country's nature?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What saves it, however, is Gerwig. The love story ain’t credible, but her performance is, perfectly capturing a young woman who doesn’t lack confidence so much as a sense of self.