Wesley Lovell

Wesley Lovell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Movies have always been a passion for me. Even when I was a child, I wanted to see movies that my grandparents wouldn't want me to see. Everything changed for me in 1990 when I sat down to watch the Academy Awards for the first time. I had a personal favorite going into the race and knew little to nothing about the awards themselves. Against odds that I was not aware of then, Driving Miss Daisy took home the trophy for Best Picture. I was ecstatic and it became my personal mission to study the Academy Awards and become a first rate prognosticator. In 1996, I founded The Oscar Guy, my personal website for the Academy Awards. Over time as I finished my studies in film, I began writing reviews in order to embellish my site. In 1997, I joined the Online Film Critics Society and have been a proud member ever since. In 2006, I was elected a governor of the Online Film Critics Society and am working on a number of projects that I feel will bring further prestige to the organization. I graduated from then Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in 1999 with a BS in Communications/Mass Media. Through my studies, my intense love of movies grew and I have used much of that training to increase my filmic vocabulary and continue to work to increase my knowledge of historical contexts.
Favorites:
There are many movies that I enjoy but among my most beloved are Sunrise, Schindler's List, Citizen Kane, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Publications: Apollo Guide, Cinema Sight
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Springfield, Missouri, USA

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) An entertaining examination of growing up vs. growing old and how neither is necessarily the right thing to do. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Not as good as the prior two entries, this film is a fitting, if less impressive, conclusion. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
4/4 66% Contact (1997) One of the greatest science fiction films in history. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
4/4 84% Waves (2019) A terrific look into the lives of a black family constantly trying to prove its own worth in a society that expects more than it needs. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 98% The Farewell (2019) A poignant look at cultural identity and its place in modern society. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
4/4 93% Us (2019) Jordan Peele handily proves that he's one of the leading voices in horror cinema. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3/4 90% The Lighthouse (2019) One of the biggest stumbling blocks to appreciating this film is its constant attempts to defy expectations and avoid definitions. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 87% Hustlers (2019) A compelling look at women forced to take their lives into their own hands in order to survive in an increasingly risky climate. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 96% Booksmart (2019) Hilarious and fascinating look at growing up nerdy. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
4/4 94% Marriage Story (2019) This haunting portrait of a marriage falling apart has a realistic, yet pensive approach. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 95% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) Another terrific batch of short films. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 100% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2020) Another terrific batch of short films. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 89% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2020) Another terrific batch of short films. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet Another solid batch of short films. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 96% I Lost My Body (2019) A clever premise overcomes occasionally cheap-looking animation. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
4/4 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A perfect conclusion to one of the best animated series in cinema. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3/4 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) More good-natured pet-related humor for fans of the original. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 89% Missing Link (2019) Even minor Laika is good. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
4/4 87% Jackie (2016) Seldom has a portrait of a familiar (a)political figure felt so focused, so fierce, and so familiar. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/4 58% Bad Moms (2016) While a structurally mediocre film, the comedy is fun and bawdy in all the best ways. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/4 31% Passengers (2016) If toxic masculinity were a film, this would be it. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/4 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Exploring grief and resentment through the eyes of two former lovers, the film is a riveting artistic achievement. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 98% Moonlight (2016) A coming (out) of age story that strikes the perfect balance between its exploration of sexuality and its exploration of identity. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) An entertaining film, but one overburdened by a formulaic structure. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/4 86% First Man (2018) A thrilling, well constructed character drama that doesn't pull its punches. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Better than it has any right to be, this post-apocalyptic superhero film has significantly more merits than demerits. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/4 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) Some of its themes might be obvious. Some of its direction might be surprisingly strong. Either way, it is entertaining. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/4 36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) World building and plot seeding sometimes bogs down this entertaining and imaginative sequel to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) There will never be a better take on the Spider-Man character. This film is better than 90% of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films that Disney has put out. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) An engaging racial drama from the master of the craft Spike Lee. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 82% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Some strong shorts make up a horrendously depressing slate. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 92% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) A strong bunch of incredibly depressing short films. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
1.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Another lump of coal in the DC Extended Universe stocking. Unnecessarily loud and horribly written. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) A terrific feminist take on one of the most popular characters in British history. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 91% Bumblebee (2018) It's what Transformers fans have wanted and needed for a long time. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 79% Captain Marvel (2019) It took too long to get a woman at the head of a Marvel Cinematic Universe film and it's about time. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 65% Vice (2018) A strange biopic that presents Dick Cheney, warts and all, but never entirely humanizes him, which is a good thing. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Willem Dafoe needs a better vessel for this performance. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) A simplistic, uninspiring reflection on Freddie Mercury's life with Queen's tremendous soundtrack doing most of the heavy lifting. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 77% Green Book (2018) A hackneyed, simplistic take on a serious subject. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Beautiful performances, gorgeous photography, stirring screenplay, wonderful music. Everything brought together with strength and wisdom by Barry Jenkins. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 89% The Wicker Man (1973) An exploitative mystery horror film in which Edward Woodward overacts his heart out. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) A quasi-futuristic society places old grudges above good intentions in this vivid and arresting animated feature from Wes Anderson, "Isle of Dogs." - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
2.5/4 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) "Bad Times at the El Royale" looks to be trying to spark new life into the genre, but with seemingly little success. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Favourite (2018) On occasion, a film like "The Favourite" comes along to upend convention and tell a compelling historical narrative with visceral, vicious energy. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) "A Star Is Born" proves to be a satisfying, if cliched, version of the classic story. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 91% Widows (2018) Davis' stoicism has been her stock in trade for years. That whip-smart personality of forceful vengeance makes her the ideal woman to head this stellar cast of actors. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 65% Suspiria (2018) Can it compare? Should it compare? Knowing the intention behind the director's vision is as important to that assessment of the film as is knowing the original. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 96% Roma (2018) A beautiful glimpse into middle class malaise in 1970s Mexico, Cuarón shows an affinity for the simplicity of life then and the complexity that often creates waves. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) [The script] is incredibly funny without being intellectually insulting, digging into the core essence of the internet and conveying it with sizzling specificity and cunning slyness. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019