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 Aimee & Jaguar
Lowest review score: 25 Jeepers Creepers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 141
141 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    He (Irving) has been able to capture the quirky tone of the popular novel.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Even though the soap employed is Irish Spring, this is still a soap opera.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Beneath the predictable serving of sex, lies and, yes, videotape - as his characters betray each other in and out of bed - is a satire of tabloid trashiness that is truly withering.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A delicately managed piece that is by turns intimately detailed and elliptical, and that's an approach that suits the tangled emotions of its two protagonists.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    For everyone who has ever asked, "What on earth do they see in each other?"
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Brave enough to take up the war from the Southern point of view.
    • 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.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Blithely funny and on-the-money movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A deeply involving and disturbing movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Delightfully reflect the abandonment of the old image and way of life.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A fresh, striking and rewarding piece of work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Big
    Penny Marshall brings a logic to the premise that is sustained through most of the movie. And where the other movies snickered at the sexual possibilities in the idea, she faces up to them with both candor and taste.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A work that demands patience, and it will easily exasperate some moviegoers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A droll piece of deadpan played with mostly unerring pitch by a talented cast.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Full of pungent and telling observation.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 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.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A high-energy chase, but in this spirited action comedy Yaguchi still finds time to allow the romance between lovers on the run to blossom at its own pace.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    It's a bright and breezy piece, and a refreshing alternative to the gross-out Hollywood comedies.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Fans of the original should relish going back to Back to the Future, as long as they keep in mind that in movies - as in life - you can't go home again. And if you do, things aren't likely to be the same. [22 Nov 1989, p.E1]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    You might be occasionally dumbfounded by The Messenger, but you won't be bored.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    The obstacles are many, most notably Rookery, a local vampire hunter who looks like a rejected extra from "Mad Max."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Instead of the usual contrast of black and white, The Yards offers a vivid palette of grays, and it's a far more rewarding color scheme for a movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    It's a work that preaches to the choir, and the song has been more subtly sung in better movies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Not up to the freshness and inventiveness of its predecessors.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Arnold has a gem for the third millennium in End of Days.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    The film, which is amiable, undemanding family holiday entertainment, is more a tribute to the astonishing skills of the dog trainers than anything else.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Picks up speed as it goes along and the finale is frenzied and, well, cartoonish.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 15 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Has the incoherent look of a movie thrown together by a committee whose members weren't on the same page.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Defiantly different, a movie that carefully checks the pulse of its characters rather than trying to get the blood rushing.

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