For 141 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desmond Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypse Now
Lowest review score: 25 But I'm a Cheerleader
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 141
141 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    Undeniable asset of an A list cast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    A profound and deeply moving exploration of facing death with dignity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    The movie may be the meditation of an old man, but rarely has a supreme artist's twilight been so richly illuminating. Faithless makes other films on the same subject seem clueless.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    Manages the rare feat of being both bleak and deeply rewarding.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    An overpowering and original piece of bravura filmmaking that constitutes one of the most breathtaking and impressive directing debuts in years.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    Remarkable movie.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    The triumphant masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa's fertile twilight.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    It's an occasion for welcoming a restoration that transforms a flawed movie, one that was touched by greatness, into a masterpiece.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    The new print does justice to Philippe Agostini's splendidly atmospheric cinematography.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    When it comes to the realistic portrayal of the complex process of grief, most actresses are at a loss. Sissy Spacek is decidedly not most actresses.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    It's a stunning Roman triumph.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    Aronofsky has fashioned a chilling vision that lives up to the caustic irony of its title and gives us a nightmare that is not lightly forgotten.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    The humor of the script constantly confounds expectations, and yet Shrek still manages to say all the right things to children.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    A standout.
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Triumphs by taking an elliptical approach that still reaches directly into the very core of genius.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    A powerful and moving contribution to the cinema of the Holocaust.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Scrupulously made and deeply affectionate.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Refreshingly gritty and hard-nosed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Underlines the nightmare of entrapment so vividly captured in The Day I Became a Woman.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    The pleasure of The Limey lies in watching what actors who have aged like fine wine can do in that world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    If you've had enough of the loony tunes coming from Florida, this piece of absurdist serio-comedy is the perfect picture.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    It works beautifully and illuminates aspects of Freud that you might think beyond the reach of the the camera.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    The film treats the ensuing issues of conscience and compromise with subtlety and warmth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    The Road Home takes a path few movies choose to travel these days, but it's a very affecting journey.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Visually brilliant and thought-provoking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Glazer has a daring sense of story structure that ratchets up the suspense, and his sense for sardonic black comedy is unerring.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    La Promesse is a compelling look at issues that - in a world where ethnic frictions grow more tense, even as national boundaries disappear - really are universal.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    For everyone who has ever asked, "What on earth do they see in each other?"
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Even though the soap employed is Irish Spring, this is still a soap opera.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Stands apart from the trite conventions of most coming-of-age drama chiefly through the originality of Pool's approach and the honesty and conviction of Karine Vanasse's portrait of Hanna.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Suave, witty and wonderfully acted ensemble piece.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Little gem of a movie.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Brave enough to take up the war from the Southern point of view.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A fresh, striking and rewarding piece of work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    (Director Lionel Coleman) wisely opts for a straightforward approach with long takes that capture Cho's kinetic rhythm and rely on her talent and honed timing to carry the evening.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    This is very much Anderson's film. The publication of the novel made Wharton's reputation. The release of The House of Mirth should do the same for Anderson.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Forget the end and there is much to enjoy here.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A deeply involving and disturbing movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Gunnarsson crams his movie with subplots from the novel and then abandons them for lack of room but Seth calibrates the stages of Gustad's journey with infallible judgement and conviction.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    It's a bright and breezy piece, and a refreshing alternative to the gross-out Hollywood comedies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Nolte, reinforced by the bleak discretion of Schrader's direction and a wonderful supporting cast, makes the most of the opportunity.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Davis, with a nicely turned and witty screenplay from Bucatinsky, freshens up the familiar predicament by having her two lovers recount the affair to a stranger.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Parker has honored the core of the work and in the process turned a great memoir into a memorable movie.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A rewarding exploration of the knotty and often contentious relationship between teacher and protege.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A little gem that's everything a fine independent film used to be.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A work that demands patience, and it will easily exasperate some moviegoers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Honest, sensitive and keenly observant.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Greenwald's film is filled with an infectious love for the region's songs. It could hardly be otherwise, given the level of musical talent she recruited for Songcatcher.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A droll piece of deadpan played with mostly unerring pitch by a talented cast.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Blithely funny and on-the-money movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Full of pungent and telling observation.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    In theme and technique, it pushes the boundaries of animation and opens up new and imaginative possibilities.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Some movie-goers will be more annoyed than surprised by the finale.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    His (Mamet) direction is unobtrusive, unflashy, and always willing to allow the hilarious cast all the room it needs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A delicately managed piece that is by turns intimately detailed and elliptical, and that's an approach that suits the tangled emotions of its two protagonists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Delightfully reflect the abandonment of the old image and way of life.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A high-energy chase, but in this spirited action comedy Yaguchi still finds time to allow the romance between lovers on the run to blossom at its own pace.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    If Emmerich had any sense, he would have ceded the direction of the battle scenes to his star.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Fascinating and strangely involving piece.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Transports us to a world that still had a capacity for awe, and that's the core of its charm.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Beneath the predictable serving of sex, lies and, yes, videotape - as his characters betray each other in and out of bed - is a satire of tabloid trashiness that is truly withering.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Big
    Penny Marshall brings a logic to the premise that is sustained through most of the movie. And where the other movies snickered at the sexual possibilities in the idea, she faces up to them with both candor and taste.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    If the arrival of The Crow - a visually dazzling and hyperkinetic action movie - is an occasion to mourn the loss of Lee, it is also ample reason to celebrate the protean gifts of its director, Alex Proyas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    In effect, The Client is a clever and pliant variation on the classic Hitchcock situation that puts a kid, instead of an adult, between the authorities and villainous criminals.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    The "Alien" recipe with a little imagination.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Doesn't have the exuberant inspiration or seamless, polished dazzle of "Toy Story 2," but if the latter is sold out at the multiplex this weekend, the mouse is a passable substitute.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    More about future potential than present achievement.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Arnold has a gem for the third millennium in End of Days.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    A picture that's pleasantly forgettable.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Modest, unassuming fare for younger children.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    You might be occasionally dumbfounded by The Messenger, but you won't be bored.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Falls short of being totally absorbing and compelling.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Instead of the usual contrast of black and white, The Yards offers a vivid palette of grays, and it's a far more rewarding color scheme for a movie.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Consist of little more than people arguing or clambering in and out of dusty Land Rovers.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    No one has done the journey quite like Takeshi Kitano in Kikujiro
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Achieves the rare feat of fusing tightly ratcheted suspense with intense romance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    While Dumont's movie has its striking scenes, it is doomed to a sense of lethargy and inertia by the kind of people it ponders and the context in which they are placed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Defiantly different, a movie that carefully checks the pulse of its characters rather than trying to get the blood rushing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Modestly entertaining when it is engaged in such a celebration onstage, but it trips up when the action moves backstage, where bad dialogue ... lurks in the shadows.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    What Rock fans will sorely miss in Down to Earth is the earthiness and outrageous hilarity of his stand-up act.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer

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