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

Desmond Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Gladiator
Lowest review score: 25 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 141
141 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    It's a stunning Roman triumph.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 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
    Undeniable asset of an A list cast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    A standout.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    A profound and deeply moving exploration of facing death with dignity.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    The new print does justice to Philippe Agostini's splendidly atmospheric cinematography.
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    Manages the rare feat of being both bleak and deeply rewarding.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    The triumphant masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa's fertile twilight.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    Remarkable movie.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    A powerful and moving contribution to the cinema of the Holocaust.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Refreshingly gritty and hard-nosed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Scrupulously made and deeply affectionate.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Underlines the nightmare of entrapment so vividly captured in The Day I Became a Woman.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    A classic of subversive surrealism.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Visually brilliant and thought-provoking.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    If you enjoy visuals with substance as well as flash, look no further than this exuberant movie.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    Glazer has a daring sense of story structure that ratchets up the suspense, and his sense for sardonic black comedy is unerring.
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    It works beautifully and illuminates aspects of Freud that you might think beyond the reach of the the camera.
    • 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.