For 115 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ron Wells' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Kid Stays in the Picture
Lowest review score: 10 Arlington Road
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 115
  2. Negative: 19 out of 115
115 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Ron Wells
    One warning however: James Caan's shoulder hair, when seen on this size screen, may frighten children considerably (you'll at least want to discuss it openly after the show, answering any questions your kids may have in an honest and direct manner).
    • 98 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    After half a century, does the story hold up? Eh, pretty much. In the end, the story doesn't really matter that much as this is really a vehicle for the amazing visuals.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Probably the best comment I could give it is that after sitting through the first two and 1/2 hours, I would have happily sat through another five. How long am I going to have to wait for that DVD Box Set?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Ron Wells
    Clooney has finally made a GOOD movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ron Wells
    OK, the premise may be a little hard to take, but there's plenty of good writing here, anyway.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Thornton's Jacob initially comes across as the love child of Elmer Fudd and Butthead, but ends up as the best role he's ever had.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ron Wells
    Take the safety off of the comedy Magnum called Happiness and put the barrel in your mouth. You'll laugh your ass off as it takes off the back of your head...It could be the best film of the year. At the very least, I'll never forget it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ron Wells
    I wasn't in the mood for this film, but it got to me anyway.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ron Wells
    This is a family film. There's a great deal of wackiness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ron Wells
    A very funny and painfully relevant two hours of entertainment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    They should have produced this in 3D for IMAX as Metropolis is the kind of work destined to blow the minds of stoners everywhere.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ron Wells
    I've already seen at least 20 documentaries this year. They've left me amused, sad, informed, bored, pissed-off, whatever. I'm willing to bet, though, that I don't see another this year as richly entertaining or as cathartic as The Kid Stays in the Picture. Is it really that good? You better believe it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ron Wells
    I thought I might have seen everything I needed to see about neo-Nazi skinheads in "Romper Stomper" and "American History X". Not only was I in for a surprise, but newcomer Ryan Gosling gives every bit as stunning a performance as did Russell Crowe and Ed Norton in those two films, and then some.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Scorcese has made one of his best and most personal films...Kundun is also mercifully free of white teachers or saviors, such as, oh, say, Brad Pitt?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ron Wells
    I'll just say to anyone lamenting the state of American cinema since the 1970s, if you're curious where the next generation of auteurs is coming from, look in the art houses and look in The Matrix.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Ron Wells
    Aside from all the known material on public record the filmmakers chose not to use, Howard isn't even capable of believably bringing this off.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ron Wells
    Not a film that will change your life. It instead proves that shooting your movie with cheap technology doesn't mean it can't be fun or entertaining. In the end, that's enough.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    It seems as if all of the new animation competition has lit a fire under Disney's collective ass and they have something to prove again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    I saw this movie in a room full of San Francisco movie critics, and I haven't heard that much laughter since, well, the piano duet in "Island of Dr. Moreau" (which you must admit, was pretty funny.)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Patric and Liotta are as tense and great as they've ever been.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Of all the teen films released this year, this one is, by far, the best.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ron Wells
    It's an excellent date film, but it won't change your life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Ron Wells
    It's ironic that a film exploring the mysteries of how people succeed and fail to connect with each other then fails to really connect with its audience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ron Wells
    This is not light-hearted entertainment. Be prepared to think. Uncle Dave will take you someplace new.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Gallo transcends the medium in a manner I only associate with David Lynch. It's brilliantly spooky.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ron Wells
    Unfolding and sounding like a novel, Hartley's ensemble of lower-class losers clash and repel in a startlingly, unpreachy lesson about the importance and danger of influences.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    For the most part, the film is brilliant.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Lee gives us cross-section of characters, almost none of whom escape the summer unchanged.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ron Wells
    The film is not without its problems, some inherent to Wilde's original play.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ron Wells
    The strong parts are the rip-offs of "The Conversation." The worst part is the lack of understandable character motivations.

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