For 48 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Lowest review score: 35 Justice League
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
48 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    The sheer brute force of Egerton holds it all together. And despite some darker themes, Rocketman is still quite a ride. It plays more as a musical than a standard biopic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    Like John Wick himself, this third chapter feels like a lean, mean, fighting machine – and, yes, it’s the best film of the franchise so far, even surpassing the first film. There are moments in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum where I thought to myself, “Well, I’ve never seen that before.”
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Ryan
    It has a killer premise, yet the movie seems to actively resent its own fantastic idea and just, instead, decided to become a fairly average romantic comedy — only with a lot more Beatles songs than the average rom com.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Ryan
    Detective Pikachu is one of those movies where, for about half the movie, I was trying to force myself to like it, until I just gave up. I kind of got the sense a lot of people around me were doing the same thing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    Avengers: Endgame is, without a doubt, the most confusing and convoluted of any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, yet it’s also unbelievably satisfying – and, yes, does act as an endpoint for many major character arcs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    After Shazam! ended I said out loud, “What a fun time at the movies.” You know, isn’t that all we need sometimes? A reason to leave the house and also not regret leaving the house? That is a tough combination to pull off...It’s just one of those movies that feels like a communal event. In the end, it’s about family. It’s just a nice movie to watch with other human beings.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    Yes, Captain Marvel is an origin story, but it’s handled in such a unique way that it doesn’t always feel like an origin story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Ryan
    Sanders plays Bigger Thomas in such a unique, interesting way that I couldn’t help but be enthralled by his life. Unfortunately, the plot points in Wright’s novel, of all things, betray him.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    Late Night is going to wind up being one of the best comedies of 2019.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Ryan
    I realize this is an important movie for Shia LaBeouf, but I’m not convinced it’s an important movie for us.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    It’s a movie about hidden family secrets, with a comical amount of twists, and it plays more as melodramatic schlock. And I just happened to really be in the mood for melodramatic schlock.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Ryan
    Glass is a fascinating movie. Now, having said that, I should quickly point out that I did not enjoy this movie and I consider it, after a 19-year wait, one of the biggest personal disappointments I’ve ever experienced in a theater.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Ryan
    At the end of the day (or, anytime of the day, really) I think I admire Aquaman more than I like it. It’s certainly ambitious.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    Bumblebee is a total delight.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Ryan
    This animated movie has more heart and emotion than most live actions films of this genre. If you give it a chance, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will knock your socks off.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    There’s a lot going on in Creed II, more than a movie featuring Ivan Drago really ever needed to have. But at its core, Creed II is about family.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Ryan
    Most of the film involves meeting yet another new character, then being told yet another long story about his or her mysterious past. At times, The Crimes of Grindelwald feels more like some sort of Harry Potter encyclopedia or appendices than it does an actual movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Ryan
    Look, I get it, scripted films are not documentaries. And, sometimes, creative license has to be used to move a story forward. But I’ve never seen a film distort its facts in such a punitive way. It’s like the movie wants to punish Freddie Mercury.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Ryan
    First Man is a movie to see in full IMAX because in that first scene after Neil and Buzz open the hatch, the whole screen suddenly blurts alive filling the whole IMAX screen, the sound goes away, and for a couple of seconds you can convince yourself that this is what it would have looked and sounded like.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Ryan
    I do want to make it clear that I think Venom is not a good movie, but I also want to make it clear that I had the time of my life watching it. I think in a couple of years Venom could be the type of movie that sells out midnight showings as people come up to the screen and act out their favorite parts.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Mike Ryan
    What Bradley Cooper has done here as an actor and director is truly remarkable.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Mike Ryan
    Roma is a special movie that needs that all-encompassing experience. Alfonso Cuarón has made yet another movie that will transport you to another time and place. You will feel like you’re living it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    The Sisters Brothers is a much more introspective movie than it leads on to be, but isn’t that surprising when you factor in that it’s directed by Jacques Audiard, making his first film in English.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Mike Ryan
    The Spy Who Dumped Me does an effective job of putting these two outsiders into the world of a violent action movie, but then the plot of the action movie has some truly head-scratching scenes. But, whatever. This is an August movie and Kunis and McKinnon are funny and that’s what you’re paying to see.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Ryan
    Simply put, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the best action movie you will see this year. You’ll probably leave the theater overcome with an urge to go jumping from building to building.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Ryan
    The biggest problem with Skyscraper is it’s a little better than you think it might be, which somehow makes it worse. As in, it takes itself a bit too seriously, which makes most of the movie feel kind of dull.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Ryan
    Ant-Man and the Wasp is a two-hour mental break when a lot of people could need a mental break. If this sounds like I’m being condescending to this movie at all, I promise you I am not. I mean this as a huge compliment. It’s so lighthearted and everyone in the movie is so darn pleasant and they all seem to like each other, it kind of feels like the most fictitious Marvel movie to date.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    Sicario: Day of the Soldado is an intense, at times morally ambiguous, and gritty thriller that will leave you wanting more. And, now, Benicio del Toro finally has a franchise of his own.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Ryan
    It feels like a movie that could have easily come out in 2006 as opposed to now, which is what makes Incredibles 2 so fun. It doesn’t belong to a time, so ten years from now both of these installments will just seem like they’ve always just kind of been here. Incredibles 2 will now take its rightful place alongside the first film in the “family canon.”
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Ryan
    It’s kind of hard to write about Won’t You Be My Neighbor? as a film. It’s exceptionally well-made, mind you – which shouldn’t be a huge surprise coming from Morgan Neville, who won an Academy Award for directing 20 Feet From Stardom – but beyond being a film, it’s an experience of earnestness we don’t see or hear much anymore, to the point that it’s a bit of a jolt to the system.

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