For 143 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desmond Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Widow of Saint-Pierre
Lowest review score: 25 Jeepers Creepers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 143
143 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    If Emmerich had any sense, he would have ceded the direction of the battle scenes to his star.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Honest, sensitive and keenly observant.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A rewarding exploration of the knotty and often contentious relationship between teacher and protege.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    In theme and technique, it pushes the boundaries of animation and opens up new and imaginative possibilities.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Little gem of a movie.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Some movie-goers will be more annoyed than surprised by the finale.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Forget the end and there is much to enjoy here.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A little gem that's everything a fine independent film used to be.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Fascinating and strangely involving piece.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    The borrowings from other movies, going all the way back to the car chase in 1968's Bullitt, are heavy. But Bay has three leads to lend weight and dimension to characters who are hardly original and flatly written.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Suave, witty and wonderfully acted ensemble piece.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    His (Mamet) direction is unobtrusive, unflashy, and always willing to allow the hilarious cast all the room it needs.
    • 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
    • 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

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