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 In the Bedroom
Lowest review score: 25 But I'm a Cheerleader
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 141
141 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    As an exploration of a man who really did take the road less traveled, the film is fascinating.
    • 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?"
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Even though the soap employed is Irish Spring, this is still a soap opera.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    The troupe deserves every bit of its worldwide renown, and it makes this Imax trip one well worth taking.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    He (Irving) has been able to capture the quirky tone of the popular novel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Little gem of a movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Forget the end and there is much to enjoy here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A rewarding exploration of the knotty and often contentious relationship between teacher and protege.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A little gem that's everything a fine independent film used to be.