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 1 point higher 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:
1,301 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Has a refreshingly different twist: What we have here is a "what if" comedy.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Waydowntown may not be perfect, but it is perfectly astute in the target it selects and in the questions it raises.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Quitting begins to seem intriguing in concept. Now comes the best news: It's just as compelling in execution.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Rare is the movie that arrives without fanfare -- that sneaks between the cracks, pops up relatively unheralded on the big screen, and takes the viewer by delighted surprise. Well, check the moon for blue because Birthday Girl is just such a picture.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    EDtv is precisely the kind of brisk, straightforward, amiable and accessible material that shows Howard’s skills to advantage.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A tormented and tormenting man uses violence to break the historic chain of violence, then bequeaths to his loved ones the most precious gift he can give -- his total silence and perpetual absence.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The picture's charm lies in the continuing by-play between the filmmakers and their subject, with each side doing its best to deconstruct the other.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The cinematic equivalent of a "good read" - pick it up and you can't put it down; put it down and it's gone forever.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is good dirty fun, flecked with enough wit to help you overlook the relatively barren characterization.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The climax, however, is far superior here, open-ended and ambiguous and neatly linked to this film's recurring metaphor: Teeth, of course, which "outlast everything," which survive the death of the body just as marriage can survive the demise of love. They both endure, yellowed and rootless.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The lows never last too long - something invariably jumps out to recapture our interest or prompt a chuckle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    A film of deceptive narrative wisps and intricate thematic curls.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The embodiment of the very message it so modestly conveys -- it's the accomplished little guy we fervently root for.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    An entertaining oddity, an amiably black comedy whose bared teeth double as an engaging smile: It takes a satiric bite and leaves you laughing through the pain.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Visually, this movie is exquisite. Narratively, well, that's a more banal story.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The well chosen cast helps -- no one strikes a false note.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    You may well watch this film and not buy into a single frame. Me, I couldn't help myself.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Thrown into exalted company, Zellweger easily holds her own in the film's most difficult role.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Men may be gay by nature, but women are lesbians by choice -- for them, it's a simple matter of trading up. Such is the implied message of Kissing Jessica Stein.