Kevin A. Ranson

""They're coming to get you Barbara...!" (Although my alter ego is fond of saying "I'M coming to get you, Barbara!")"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

What his grammar school teachers called “underachieving,” Kevin A. Ranson called “being bored to tears” and spent every possible second making up projects to fuel his unattended creativity. After discovering nothing interesting at college other than movies and role-playing games, Kevin escaped from West “By God” Virginia to travel the world for six years on the US Navy’s dime while compiling ideas for books, games, and screenplays. Now from his home page at, he owns/manages as a certified (or certifiable) film critic endorsed by the Online Film Critics Society ( He also works as a freelance game writer/designer when not working on his indie role-playing game at Kevin currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Of all time, thus far, and in no particular order: "Contact," "The 13th Warrior," "Ghostbusters," "Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Exorcist," "The Fellowship of the Ring," Disney's "Aladdin," "The Iron Giant," "Gattaca," "Back to the Future," "Shaun of the Dead," and my personal guilty pleasure, "Killer Klowns from Outer Space." (I do admit to a favorable predisposition to films with normal people catalyzed by slightly-supernatural circumstance!)
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Online Film Critics Society
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Jacksonville, Florida

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.0/4.0 77% Noah (2014) " Pro-vegan and anti-industrial messages aside... as (a) non-Biblical, alternative history version of the Great Flood, there's some interesting stuff going on here." —
Posted Apr 16, 2014
4.0/4.0 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Black Widow is the scene stealer this time out... There's just very little than can be said against a film this well-rounded and complete... Trust no one - except Marvel." —
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.0/4.0 56% Knights of Badassdom (2014) " ... the story lends itself to low-cost dragonslaying... Don't look for award-winning performances here, just actors having fun with a brilliant premise. Huzzah!" —
Posted Apr 9, 2014
0.5/4.0 10% Vampire Academy (2014) " When the dream sequence killing off the cast is better than everything afterward, you MIGHT have a script problem... This is why we can't have good vampire movies." —
Posted Feb 9, 2014
3.0/4.0 53% Haunter (2013) " A tightly wound slow-burn ghost story that blends the best elements of the genre... could have certainly held its own in theaters with a little positive word of mouth." —
Posted Feb 8, 2014
3.0/4.0 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Although people who loved the book will find much to love here - it really is a good movie - the potential impact is too soft for the epic it aspires to be." —
Posted Nov 3, 2013
4.0/4.0 49% Carrie (2013) " ... hones its dramatic elements to emotional effect rather than fall back on a slasher film template... Moretz brings her A-game..." —
Posted Oct 19, 2013
3.0/4.0 92% Carrie (1976) " ... a cautionary tale that suggests that fear of the unusual justifies any action to displace the potential danger... My, how times have changed." —
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3.5/4.0 82% Prisoners (2013) " The film's pace is an endurance test... (but) everyone gets to share in the dread of the final revelations. Does the end justify the means?" —
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4.0/4.0 97% Gravity (2013) " ... the most spectacular and most accurate portrayal of how and why things work and fail in space... on IMAX and in 3D is finally and absolutely worth the price of admission." —
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3.0/4.0 11% Argento's Dracula 3D (2013) " ... perfect for a living room full of inebriated hecklers to have their way with it... you'll never look at a praying mantis the same way ever again." —
Posted Oct 6, 2013
2.0/4.0 67% World War Z (2013) " ... the definitive zombie film for people who don't like zombie films yet want to say they liked one." —
Posted Aug 4, 2013
2.5/4.0 69% The Wolverine (2013) " ... a holdover to distract us from what we've been craving all along... it's still better than the last Wolverine sorta-solo outing, so there's that." —
Posted Aug 4, 2013
3.0/4.0 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " The only thing that really holds this sequel back... it just doesn't seem epic enough to be a "summer blockbuster"... then again, maybe that's a good thing..." —
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.0/4.0 86% The Conjuring (2013) " Full of atmosphere and ghostly goodness, the only thing that doesn't seem to make any sense is the title." —
Posted Jul 27, 2013
3.5/4.0 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " ... follows the ID4 formula to the letter; swap fighters vs. flying saucer action for mechs vs. monsters and enjoy." —
Posted Jul 14, 2013
2.5/4.0 78% Monsters University (2013) " ... seems content to coast on exactly what's expected of it until the very end... Pixar (seems to be) phoning in every other movie to work on the ones they really want to do." —
Posted Jul 8, 2013
3.5/4.0 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Forget all of the Supermen of the past. Like it or not, purists, Man of Steel is the kind of theatrical reboot Superman has needed for a while." —
Posted Jun 16, 2013
2.5/4.0 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " ... a summer film that dimly reminds viewers of what it used to be - and could be again - while still being little more than a rollercoaster ride." —
Posted Jun 15, 2013
3.5/4.0 83% This Is the End (2013) " ... honesty, loyalty, and comedy will be tested as the world comes to a horrifying and dangling end... and you'll never look at Michael Cera the same way again." —
Posted Jun 15, 2013
3.0/4.0 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " If this film franchise isn't one of your guilty pleasures, why not? Hot guys, cool gals, fast cars, fights, guns, explosions, and none of it taken too seriously." —
Posted Jun 3, 2013
3.5/4.0 62% Evil Dead (2013) " Enjoy but be warned: you might need a tetanus shot and stitches just watching it." —
Posted Apr 7, 2013
3.0/4.0 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " Folks, we'd all love to see a hard-line G.I. Joe film where everything is realistic, but when was the show ever realistic?" —
Posted Mar 31, 2013
3.5/4.0 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Sam Raimi has managed to recapture the feel and charm of the original 'Wizard of Oz'... and that may be the greatest compliment of all." —
Posted Mar 31, 2013
2.0/4.0 43% The Call (2013) " ... the only thing worse than pulling the final punch... would have been showing the script cover to 'The Call 2: Aftercall' after the credits." —
Posted Mar 27, 2013
1.5/4.0 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " ... a padded short story that didn't require embellishment... looks very weak directly compared to the sheer brilliance of the similarly themed ParaNorman." —
Posted Mar 23, 2013
2.0/4.0 90% Lincoln (2012) " Pushing this film as merely 'Lincoln' is something of an injustice to the man himself, as if audiences wouldn't have any interest in the actual story of the film." —
Posted Mar 23, 2013
2.5/4.0 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " ... a guilty pleasure film... pokes (fun) at pop culture and other similar fantasy action films. Purists and "flim buffs" will want to steer clear... to avoid its taint..." —
Posted Feb 3, 2013
0.5/4.0 78% Flight (2012) " Denzel Washington's one-note character is a prisoner of a one-thought plot." —
Posted Jan 4, 2013
3.5/4.0 88% Django Unchained (2012) " ... it's a Tarantino Western... people will be screaming, the blood will flow freely and be splattered about, and the explosions are unnecessarily bigger than they have to be." —
Posted Dec 30, 2012
3.5/4.0 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " ... there's nothing to hate or fear here (unless you buy the super-chubby size soda). Welcome back, Middle Earth." —
Posted Dec 16, 2012
3.0/4.0 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " ... feels more like a good Cartoon Network series pilot than a great feature film... no one thought to do a parody of The Eagle's 'Hotel California' for this?" —
Posted Sep 30, 2012
4.0/4.0 93% Looper (2012) " ... re-establishes the (time travel) genre in a new and fresh way. And seriously, how cool is it to have an actual blunderbus for an assassin's weapon?" —
Posted Sep 29, 2012
3.0/4.0 78% Dredd (2012) " A straight-forward dystopian police actioneer with violent tendencies (but without Sylvester Stallone). In two words, it's good." —
Posted Sep 23, 2012
3.0/4.0 68% Ted (2012) " If you've ever put a Twisted Sister cassette into a Teddy Ruxpin or wished you could have, this movie is for you." —
Posted Aug 18, 2012
3.5/4.0 87% ParaNorman (2012) " A smart, contemporary monster movie that doesn't talk down to its young or adult audience." —
Posted Aug 18, 2012
2.0/4.0 30% Total Recall (2012) " ... the machines from I, Robot hitch a ride on the magma train from The Core to invade the world of Blade Runner for the benefit of the citizens living in The Fifth Element?" —
Posted Aug 5, 2012
3.5/4.0 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " ... Nolan thinks small in a big way... providing an imperfect yet satisfying conclusion, and that in itself is quite an accomplishment." —
Posted Jul 29, 2012
3.0/4.0 73% Prometheus (2012) " (The) parent/child and creator/creation themes (are) pretty deep for a film this pretty. What else did you expect from Ridley Scott?" —
Posted Jun 10, 2012
3.0/4.0 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " An effective retelling of Snow White that puts the Grimm all back in." —
Posted Jun 2, 2012
3.0/4.0 70% Men in Black III (2012) " Third time's the charm; director Barry Sonnenfeld finally nails a story cool enough for the Men in Black." —
Posted May 29, 2012
2.0/4.0 34% Battleship (2012) " ... finally exercises its self-awareness bone and has a little fun before the credits roll... worth sneaking into the ending after you see The Avengers again." —
Posted May 22, 2012
1.5/4.0 57% The Dictator (2012) " Where most of Cohen's films exploit non-actors falling for his ruse, this dictator has been banished to one of those (regrettable and forgettable) SNL movies..." —
Posted May 21, 2012
1.5/4.0 38% Dark Shadows (2012) " ... it shouldn't surprise anyone that all the funny bits are in the trailers and what's left is a beautiful production design in need of a worthy plot." —
Posted May 12, 2012
4.0/4.0 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " If you only see one movie this year over and over again, it'll probably be this one." —
Posted May 12, 2012
4.0/4.0 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " What do you do when a genre has completely played itself out? You reinvent it one last time and let all hell break loose." —
Posted Apr 15, 2012
4.0/4.0 88% Titanic (2012) " Forget that we know how it all ends; it's the drama of dealing with eventuality that tells the real story here." —
Posted Apr 8, 2012
3.5/4.0 51% John Carter (2012) " John Carter is an instant classic... Disney should be ashamed of themselves for treating Mars like a red-headed step planet." —
Posted Mar 28, 2012
3.0/4.0 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " While the ending is a bit of a mess, the rest isn't terrible (and nobody sparkles in the sunlight)." —
Posted Mar 25, 2012
3.0/4.0 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " ... continues not only the tale of (the Sparrow and Barbossa) rivalry but also why (and how well) they ever worked together to begin with." —
Posted Feb 16, 2012
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