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 0.9 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 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
1,302 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Only a master director could make such a beautifully flawed film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Breakdown is a taut little thriller, the kind of well-crafted yarn that sets itself attainable goals and then meets them.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In a sometimes misguided narrative, their scenes together are right on track -- they add lightness, even a shimmering hint of humour, to a symbol-laden drama. Theirs is a unique romance that has a sparrow's frail beauty -- it beats with a trembling, fluttering heart.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Stockwell takes an especially leaden screenplay, floats the dull thing up from the depths of mediocrity, and makes it cinematically buoyant. Within limits, that is.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Well, the movie suffers slightly from that tendency -- the portrait shows definite signs of airbrushing. But it's rendered with enough intelligence, and performed with sufficient grace, to offer us an occasionally compelling, curiously upbeat look behind the lacquered image and into the complicated self.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Eraser may lack the chameleon wizardry of the the "Terminator" duo, or the imperious mechanics of "True Lies", but the bang-for-the-buck ratio is high enough to appease even the thinnest wallet.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    That may be your lump of coal, but it seems a precious gift to me.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Reserved yet still suspenseful and hugely ambitious, Syriana sets out to prove what many have come to suspect -- that oil money is the root of all contemporary evil.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What a fine, tender, delicate, funny, gender-bending-and-rebending performance this is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    For those who like their horror served straight up with no ironic chaser, The Descent is a tasty cup of torment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Ledger proves what we've suspected all along -- this is his picture, and he steals it brilliantly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    What a strange and strangely compelling movie this is.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The look is fine, the effects are special, the cast is solid, and Jordan (in company with Rice) makes a commendable effort to add a cerebral dimension to a visceral genre.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    In keeping with that home-team tradition, The Promise lives up to the title --it really delivers the eye-popping goods.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    At first startling, even disengaging, that strange style eventually dovetails with the awful substance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The strength of this documentary lies in its balance, or at least the careful appearance of balance.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The fluffmeister here is writer-director Ol Parker, and say this for young Ol: This may be his feature debut, but the guy is one hell of a smooth engineer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    De Bont knows how to edit a pulse-pounding sequence, he knows how to keep the screen white-hot, and he sure knows how to blow things up real good. What he doesn't know is how to slow down - this premise is perfect for him.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    The result is the kind of feel-bad/feel-good movie that brazenly manipulates our response and leaves us grateful for it -- so relentlessly dark is the premise that, by the end, we just need to believe in the prospect of light.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    For a few fleeting hours, they unlearned those lessons of childhood, laying down their arms to pick up their common humanity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Well, I didn't exactly leave the theatre barefoot, but there's a lot to like here -- the result is pretty darn cute and hardly ever cloying.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    As returns go, Return To Paradise falls short of heavenly, but it does get to the stars -- at least three of them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Mainly, it's a clever gimmick, cleverly wrought, offering further evidence that you can dress up the student body in all manner of garb for all types of genres.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Greengrass's reluctance to unduly demonize the villains or overly sentimentalize the victims is commendable on the surface, but it tends to blur the two sides and to mask the gulf that separates them.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    It's light, it's bright and it succeeds precisely where the lesser doc fails -- by setting modest targets and hitting them square on.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Rick Groen
    Superman returns, and he's far from inconsequential yet considerably less than super - just a demi-god content to forfeit our love for our like.

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