For 159 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desmond Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Butterfly Tongues
Lowest review score: 25 But I'm a Cheerleader
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 159
159 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Desmond Ryan
    A temptation that can be easily and safely resisted.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    An undeniable and, indeed, unprecedented technical feat that's a feast for the eye, Dinosaur is less easy on the ear.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Desmond Ryan
    Plunges into a void created by a stale and incredibly derivative plot.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Desmond Ryan
    Really lost in space.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    The "Alien" recipe with a little imagination.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    There is one scene in The Legend of 1900 that is easily worth the price of admission. It finds the ship heeling in an Atlantic storm. In the ballroom Roth plays the piano as it moves and slides in an eerie waltz around the floor.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    The film, which is amiable, undemanding family holiday entertainment, is more a tribute to the astonishing skills of the dog trainers than anything else.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Winterbottom also has the insight to share the novelist's suggestion that landscape can reflect and, to a degree, even shape character.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A turbocharged and pungently enjoyable take on the sport so many observers see - Stone, of course, included - as a reflection of the darker side of American life.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    As an exploration of a man who really did take the road less traveled, the film is fascinating.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A comedy of the old school. Depending on your view of the current state of screen humor, that's either a promise or a warning.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    It musters both the merits and the drawbacks of the landmark original.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    For everyone who has ever asked, "What on earth do they see in each other?"
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    A classic of subversive surrealism.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    If you enjoy visuals with substance as well as flash, look no further than this exuberant movie.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    The kind of date movie that should do a lot to promote celibacy.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    An honest, plainspoken and unsentimental movie.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Feeble and formulaic.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Even though the soap employed is Irish Spring, this is still a soap opera.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Rather like listening to Vladimir Horowitz play "Chopsticks."
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    A thriller is only as good as its villain is bad, and this is the film's problem.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    The troupe deserves every bit of its worldwide renown, and it makes this Imax trip one well worth taking.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Hollywood keeps turning out boxing movies. Price of Glory is the latest to step into the ring and face an increasingly no-win situation
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A defiantly offbeat and accomplished piece with a dream ensemble acting out one man's nightmare, it deserves not to fall through the cracks.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    Undeniable asset of an A list cast.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    If Blow Dry isn't a rousing triumph on the order "of The Full Monty" and "Brassed Off," Rickman, Richardson and Nighy make sure it's a winning film.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    He (Irving) has been able to capture the quirky tone of the popular novel.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    It's a work that preaches to the choir, and the song has been more subtly sung in better movies.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    An undemanding and reassuring amiability that made it a crowd-pleaser at Sundance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    The film is a small and polished gem that proves that with a friend like Harry, nobody needs an enemy.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer

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