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

Desmond Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Butterfly Tongues
Lowest review score: 25 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 141
141 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    A stalwart military inspirational.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Zemeckis and Gale obviously paid attention to quality control in finishing the trilogy. They could not, however, hope to reach the quality of their first effort. [25 May 1990, p.5]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Consist of little more than people arguing or clambering in and out of dusty Land Rovers.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Unfortunately for Disney, the real obstacle confronting the submarine isn't the giant lobster. It's a foul-smelling ogre, and it's no contest.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    More a grab-bag of loosely connected scenes and lives than a film with a firm sense of direction.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    No one has done the journey quite like Takeshi Kitano in Kikujiro
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    A picture that's pleasantly forgettable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Falls short of being totally absorbing and compelling.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    The kind of date movie that should do a lot to promote celibacy.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Achieves the rare feat of fusing tightly ratcheted suspense with intense romance.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Modest, unassuming fare for younger children.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    A fascinating but flawed work that demonstrates that, contrary to popular wisdom, great minds do not think alike.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    An honest, plainspoken and unsentimental movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    The "Alien" recipe with a little imagination.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    More about future potential than present achievement.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    A film with many redeeming qualities. Its heart is certainly in the right place, but its head makes some misjudgments.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Individual moments in Hit and Runway are quite funny, but as a send-up of action-movie mindlessness, the movie is sometimes as dumb as its targets.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    A thriller is only as good as its villain is bad, and this is the film's problem.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    A tired, cobbled-together concoction.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Begins with a scene of mass repentance, but the real sin here is a profligate waste of talent.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    To do this kind of satire successfully, you need the kind of merciless and unrelenting wit of films such as Gus Van Sant's "To Die For" or John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor."
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    There's no doubt that the formula for this kind of action film is showing its age.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    One
    A worthy subject is poorly executed.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Cheerful mishmash.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    It musters both the merits and the drawbacks of the landmark original.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer

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