Rick Groen

Rick Groen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Globe and Mail
Total Reviews:
1345
Total QuickRatings:
2

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 1345
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 56% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) " Scafaria seems to get disoriented by her own scenario, boxing herself into an apocalypse whose initial absurdities feel so wonderfully right, but where to go from there?" — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 22, 2012
3/4 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " Neatly, the script embarks on one journey while dangling the possibility of another: the prospect of taking a sudden leap from comic reality into the realm of pure imagination." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 15, 2012
1/4 20% That's My Boy (2012) " Will be construed by the faithful as an embarrassment of riches and by the rest of us as cruel and unusual punishment..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 15, 2012
2.5/4 63% The Woman in the Fifth (2012) " The Woman in the Fifth is an interesting chameleon until it runs out of disguises, and all that was transitory just looks transparent." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 15, 2012
3/4 73% Prometheus (2012) " There's definite mastery here, but it's hardly a masterpiece." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 8, 2012
3/4 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " Last time out, in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson adapted a children's book by Roald Dahl. Now, in Moonrise Kingdom, he's made one of his own." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 1, 2012
3/4 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " There are many splendid reasons to see Snow White and the Huntsman - enough, maybe, not to care that neither Snow White nor the Huntsman rank high among them." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 1, 2012
3/4 52% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) " Where Do We Go Now? is a tragic-comic fable that speaks to how we live now, and have lived for far too long." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 25, 2012
3/4 70% Men in Black III (2012) " In the mists of the past, damned if an old tune doesn't find some new energy. Delight, a modest yet palpable measure of the stuff, is restored." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 24, 2012
2/4 4% Virginia (2012) " It's all rather wacky and hard to follow or fathom, although maybe that's attributable to Virginia's schizophrenia veering off on its delusional phase." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 18, 2012
2/4 24% The Samaritan (2012) " A scripted cliché: the ex-con who wants to go straight until the plot kicks in." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 18, 2012
2.5/4 57% Detachment (2012) " The film is guilty of reverse sentimentality, where the relentless unhappiness comes to seem as manufactured and artificial as the schmaltz in a romcom." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 4, 2012
2/4 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " To watch another comic book transformed into another blockbuster is to "marvel" at much and to feel nothing - that's a safer bet than the converse, perhaps, which may explain the genre's popularity." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 2, 2012
2/4 57% Safe (2012) " The plot first strains and then assassinates credulity, while Yakin's handling of the action/mayhem runs the gamut from the merely dull to what-the-hell's-going-on." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 27, 2012
1.5/4 22% Darling Companion (2012) " The film sputters and stalls and winds up behaving like the worst sort of oldster - passing gas and pretending to be deep." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 27, 2012
1.5/4 20% The Lucky One (2012) " Another Nicholas Sparks novel, another cinematic brush with insulin shock." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 20, 2012
3/4 79% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) " "It's difficult to judge when you're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea." So it is." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/4 38% Lockout (Unrated) (2012) " It does a splendid job of putting the pale into imitation and draining the life out of derivative." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 13, 2012
3/4 54% Bully (2001) Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 6, 2012
2/4 15% The Moth Diaries (2012) " Not enough psychology to be intelligently creepy, and not enough schlock to be viscerally scary." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 6, 2012
3/4 85% Bully (2012) " Tackles this headline-heavy topic by mixing moments of raw emotional power with intervals of somewhat suspect manipulation." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 6, 2012
1/4 —— Servitude " Plot? Whatever, it hardly matters." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 30, 2012
3/4 84% The Forgiveness of Blood (2012) " We don't see any blood, or much forgiveness either, but we do witness something far more resonant - a young generation caught between the rock of tradition and the hard place of modernity." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 30, 2012
1.5/4 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " When the dust settles, all that's left are a few motes of lame comedy atop a few million bucks worth of overdressed sets. Call me Grumpy, but this seems less an adaptation than a random assault." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 30, 2012
3/4 89% Footnote (2012) " It's a wryly observed little picture that plays like an anecdote deliberately separated from some larger text that's hinted at yet never fully divulged." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 23, 2012
2.5/4 —— Sisters & Brothers (2013) " The cast is good even when the material isn't, and it often isn't." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 23, 2012
3.5/4 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " A film that transforms a popular work of teen fiction not just by faithfully exploring its themes but, more important, by proving those themes have a very grown-up resonance." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3/4 54% Payback (1999) Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 16, 2012
3/4 71% Payback (2012) " Payback is nothing if not brave." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 16, 2012
2.5/4 51% Being Flynn (2012) " I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 16, 2012
2/4 43% Casa de mi padre (2012) " Really, Casa de mi Padre is a skit blown up to a feature flick, amusing for a while until its welcome wears out." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 16, 2012
2/4 51% John Carter (2012) " It isn't bad so much as innocuous, $250-million worth of innocuous, framed by a decent start and a solid finish but sagging through the long middle like a cheap mattress." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 9, 2012
3/4 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) " Make the leap, and you'll be delighted by a movie that's sugary goodness, a guilty pleasure." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 9, 2012
2.5/4 41% Silent House (2012) " Olsen is compelling even when the film isn't." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 9, 2012
1.5/4 —— Oddsac (2010) Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 2, 2012
2/4 74% Norwegian Wood (2012) " Tran has drained the life right out of the novel." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 2, 2012
1.5/4 —— The Odds " An attempt to import teens into the demimonde of film noir, it fails on both counts - the noir looks beige and the kids look ridiculous." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 2, 2012
2/4 28% Project X (2012) " It's a perfectly lame movie that speaks intriguingly to the way we live now." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 2, 2012
1/4 50% Wanderlust (2001) Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 24, 2012
2/4 25% Act of Valor (2012) " Although the Seals continue in fine form, the co-directors seem fatigued from the journey, allowing their once-clean style to degenerate into a typical mishmash of clutter and bombast." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 24, 2012
1/4 59% Wanderlust (2012) " As far as your humble correspondent knows, Wanderlust is the first mainstream movie ever to star a Floppy Prosthetic Penis." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 24, 2012
3/4 100% Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011) " 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." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 24, 2012
2/4 85% Chronicle (2012) " Once again, the conceit collapses along with the movie, and all that's left is third-act mayhem." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 3, 2012
1.5/4 13% W.E. (2012) " For Madonna, what better symbol than a vanity mirror for her vanity project - both are stylish and both reflect nothing more than their own emptiness." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 3, 2012
3/4 —— Le Vendeur (The Salesman) " Marcel is not a complicated soul. I mustn't give away the climax, but it forces him to look beneath his public mask." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 3, 2012
3/4 83% Tyrannosaur (2011) " The principals are superb, with Mullan and Colman doing a masterful job of inhabiting their separate but equal prisons." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 27, 2012
14% Ride the Divide (2010) Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2012
2/4 51% The Iron Lady (2012) Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2012
2.5/4 56% In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) " Although Jolie's good intentions are easy to admire, those characters are hard to believe, and the bloody narrative has an oddly bloodless effect." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2012
1.5/4 26% The Divide (2012) " It's a rare movie where the most likable character onscreen, and the feel-good hero of the damnable show, is none other than the hardy cockroach." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2012
3.5/4 99% A Separation (2011) " In the guise of a whodunit, Farhadi paints a nuanced portrait of Iranian society that, seen through our Western eyes, looks at once utterly alien and strikingly familiar." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2012
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