For 139 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 9.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desmond Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypse Now
Lowest review score: 25 But I'm a Cheerleader
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 139
139 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Consist of little more than people arguing or clambering in and out of dusty Land Rovers.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    No one has done the journey quite like Takeshi Kitano in Kikujiro
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Achieves the rare feat of fusing tightly ratcheted suspense with intense romance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    More a grab-bag of loosely connected scenes and lives than a film with a firm sense of direction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Picks up speed as it goes along and the finale is frenzied and, well, cartoonish.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    A fascinating but flawed work that demonstrates that, contrary to popular wisdom, great minds do not think alike.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Not up to the freshness and inventiveness of its predecessors.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    It musters both the merits and the drawbacks of the landmark original.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Feeble and formulaic.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Rather like listening to Vladimir Horowitz play "Chopsticks."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    A thriller is only as good as its villain is bad, and this is the film's problem.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Sorely needs the injection of skepticism - a quality that would have been even more useful when Pollack was mulling over doing Random Hearts in the first place.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Illsley's fine cast, with a riotous contribution from William H. Macy as the sheriff who falls for Harry, plays out the comedy without condescension.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Has its moments of charm, but it's ultimately a fascinating failure that surely looked better on paper than it does on the screen.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Lame and misguided homage, which reduces satire to vulgar silliness for kids.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Yet another Hollywood serving of everyman pluck, sports division.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Cheerful mishmash.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    There's no doubt that the formula for this kind of action film is showing its age.