For 171 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desmond Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Last September
Lowest review score: 25 Jeepers Creepers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 171
171 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Davis, with a nicely turned and witty screenplay from Bucatinsky, freshens up the familiar predicament by having her two lovers recount the affair to a stranger.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    As an exploration of a man who really did take the road less traveled, the film is fascinating.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    There is one scene in The Legend of 1900 that is easily worth the price of admission. It finds the ship heeling in an Atlantic storm. In the ballroom Roth plays the piano as it moves and slides in an eerie waltz around the floor.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Desmond Ryan
    Faces, torsos and other parts of the human anatomy go into gory meltdown in Abel Ferrara's Body Snatchers. But his remake of of a sci-fi classic that already has been brilliantly remade leaves you wondering why he wasn't willing to go out on a limb. [18 Feb 1994, p.04]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Desmond Ryan
    Gunnarsson crams his movie with subplots from the novel and then abandons them for lack of room but Seth calibrates the stages of Gustad's journey with infallible judgement and conviction.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Desmond Ryan
    Ran
    The triumphant masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa's fertile twilight.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Desmond Ryan
    A tired, cobbled-together concoction.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer

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