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
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    You might be occasionally dumbfounded by The Messenger, but you won't be bored.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    A stalwart military inspirational.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Picks up speed as it goes along and the finale is frenzied and, well, cartoonish.
    • 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
    An honest, plainspoken and unsentimental movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    More a grab-bag of loosely connected scenes and lives than a film with a firm sense of direction.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Arnold has a gem for the third millennium in End of Days.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Modest, unassuming fare for younger children.
    • 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
    No one has done the journey quite like Takeshi Kitano in Kikujiro
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    The "Alien" recipe with a little imagination.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    A picture that's pleasantly forgettable.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Cheerful mishmash.
    • 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."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Leaves you in no doubt of where the talent is in what would otherwise be a throwaway picture.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Yet another Hollywood serving of everyman pluck, sports division.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Lame and misguided homage, which reduces satire to vulgar silliness for kids.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Rather like listening to Vladimir Horowitz play "Chopsticks."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Feeble and formulaic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    It musters both the merits and the drawbacks of the landmark original.