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 0.5 points higher 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 41 Metascore
    • 100 Ron Wells
    Does for psychedelics what "Boogie Nights" does for cocaine; displaying in graphical detail the ultimate failure of drugs as an escape route.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ron Wells
    This is not light-hearted entertainment. Be prepared to think. Uncle Dave will take you someplace new.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ron Wells
    A very funny and painfully relevant two hours of entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ron Wells
    This is a family film. There's a great deal of wackiness.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Ron Wells
    The best thing the filmmakers did was to pull a cast out of the stage productions. Importantly, the actors convey a sense of history and comfort with each other.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    A great film and an important one.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    This is a story about purgatory, though it goes by the name Camp Pendleton.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    The final result becomes a search not for a knight in shining armor, but one of acceptance for one's own identity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Of all the teen films released this year, this one is, by far, the best.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    I don't want to say any more about the plot, it's just too much sick fun.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    The portrait drawn by this film is of a man loved and/or respected by nearly all that have known him.
    • 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.)
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    For the most part, the film is brilliant.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    As always, Don Cheadle is fantastic, but the film belongs to Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Patric and Liotta are as tense and great as they've ever been.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Lee gives us cross-section of characters, almost none of whom escape the summer unchanged.
    • 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?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Lock is filled with great writing, great acting, colorful characters, and a tight story. I actually like this film more than "Pulp Fiction".
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Some of the acting may not be the best and many of the points aren't made with a soft touch, but damn, I can't think of another film about addiction with a more accurate view from the inside.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Gallo transcends the medium in a manner I only associate with David Lynch. It's brilliantly spooky.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ron Wells
    Waters brilliantly skewers the pretensions of the New York art world and culture, and uses real people from that world in the process.

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