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 9.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desmond Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Aimee & Jaguar
Lowest review score: 25 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 141
141 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    The new print does justice to Philippe Agostini's splendidly atmospheric cinematography.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    A classic of subversive surrealism.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    The triumphant masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa's fertile twilight.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Underlines the nightmare of entrapment so vividly captured in The Day I Became a Woman.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A little gem that's everything a fine independent film used to be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    A powerful and moving contribution to the cinema of the Holocaust.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A work that demands patience, and it will easily exasperate some moviegoers.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    For everyone who has ever asked, "What on earth do they see in each other?"
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A fresh, striking and rewarding piece of work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A droll piece of deadpan played with mostly unerring pitch by a talented cast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    In theme and technique, it pushes the boundaries of animation and opens up new and imaginative possibilities.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    A profound and deeply moving exploration of facing death with dignity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Scrupulously made and deeply affectionate.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    His (Mamet) direction is unobtrusive, unflashy, and always willing to allow the hilarious cast all the room it needs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    He (Irving) has been able to capture the quirky tone of the popular novel.