For 196 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desmond Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Butterfly Tongues
Lowest review score: 25 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 196
196 movie reviews
    • 18 Metascore
    • 38 Desmond Ryan
    The scenario looms as a brain-dead invitation for the stars to embarrass themselves, and Company Man wastes little time in fulfilling that glum suspicion.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    If Emmerich had any sense, he would have ceded the direction of the battle scenes to his star.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Baird is a highly regarded editor of action films, and his debut as a director shows a sharp eye for the tensions and angles in individual scenes. But his grasp of pace is less certain, and it exposes the movie's more outlandish developments. [15 Mar 1996, p.03]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Triumphs by taking an elliptical approach that still reaches directly into the very core of genius.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer contrasts the mundane and the domestic with the appalling. The tone doesn't vary at all, and it's not a pretty picture, but movies that burn their images into your consciousness like this one are very, very rare. It is admittedly hard to look, but this is a portrait that demands to be seen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Whatever its flaws, however, this gorgeously colored and darkly hued Hunchback remains a towering and bold addition to the Disney canon. [21 June 1996, p.03]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    The pleasure of The Limey lies in watching what actors who have aged like fine wine can do in that world.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    The definitive movie of the genre - a scathing satire of the warped logic of atomic confrontation with a brilliant cast led by Peter Sellers, George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden. [14 July 2001, p.E01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    Younger children who might buy into the fantasy are not of an age where they will recognize the family conflicts that Jack Frost is trying to raise and resolve. As the film serves up slapstick, chases and empty-headed seriousness, don't be surprised by their puzzled expressions. After all, a profoundly puzzled expression is what should have greeted the idea of Jack Frost when it was broached. [11 Dec 1998, p.03]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    The Magnificent Seven has a secure niche among the great westerns. Its action is brilliantly staged. [12 May 2001, p.E01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    Aronofsky has fashioned a chilling vision that lives up to the caustic irony of its title and gives us a nightmare that is not lightly forgotten.
    • 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    It's a stunning Roman triumph.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 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
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Honest, sensitive and keenly observant.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    It works beautifully and illuminates aspects of Freud that you might think beyond the reach of the the camera.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    It is a gorgeous triumph - one lion in which the studio can take justified pride. [24 June 1994, p.03]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    If you can accept Dennis Quaid as a post-Arthurian knight and a dragon who looks like Sean Connery as well as talking like him, there is a certain loopy charm to their adventures. But the rest of Dragonheart, with evil kings and distressed damsels, is such a warmed-over borrowing from better fantasies that it undermines the film's modest strength. [31 May 1996, p.05]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Desmond Ryan
    First Kid is a surprisingly apolitical comedy that settles for general purpose humor aimed unabashedly - and pretty lamely - at kids. [30 Aug 1996, p.03]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Desmond Ryan
    When the slimy creatures pop out of the ground in Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight, one of the hapless humans in their path advises that the most strategic weapon to try is "anything that destroys their eyes and frees their tortured souls." Anyone exposed to this nauseating piece of brain-dead nonsense may want the same treatment. [13 Jan 1995, p.16]
    • 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."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    The Road Home takes a path few movies choose to travel these days, but it's a very affecting journey.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Attenborough's underrated 1977 epic A Bridge Too Far fashioned an antiwar statement from the foolhardiness that stranded 35,000 paratroopers behind German lines in an attempt to take key bridges. [02 Feb 2002, p.C01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    A profound and deeply moving exploration of facing death with dignity.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Desmond Ryan
    Piously acted, stiffly directed, and infused with a view of world politics that might charitably be described as delusional.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Desmond Ryan
    Hirokazu Kore-eda's After Life is a minimalist, mesmerizing allegory set in a limbo. It is not a memorial to the dead but an extraordinary consideration of what memories mean to the living. [11 June 1999, p.12]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Desmond Ryan
    Plunges into a void created by a stale and incredibly derivative plot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    A rewarding exploration of the knotty and often contentious relationship between teacher and protege.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer

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