For 111 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Ryan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Lady Bird
Lowest review score: 20 Artemis Fowl
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 111
  2. Negative: 5 out of 111
111 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    Yes, this movie is so stupid! But that seems to be the point. And Serkis knows the heart of these movies is the relationship between Eddie and Venom.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Mike Ryan
    The problem is the movie doesn’t always realize this should be a hoot. Rami Malek and Christoph Waltz realize what movie they are in. And I love Craig’s Bond, but there are times when he’s trying to be a Connery Bond in a clearly Roger Moore Bond movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    This is Jake Gyllenhaal’s show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Mike Ryan
    When the characters are just being the characters, instead of listening to exposition, this is a really fun movie. (And Destin Daniel Cretton excels at characters.) It’s all here. And it’s why I’m really looking forward to the next chapter now that we got all the explaining out of the way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    The Suicide Squad is the polar opposite of the movie that came before. Just the fact it’s, again, “competent,” and also “entertaining,” alone put it in direct opposition to its predecessor.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Ryan
    The good news is you get about an hour of a movie that could be deemed “entertaining” or “enjoyable.” The bad news is, after that first hour (and like so many movies inexplicably do today), someone decided, “Look, hear me out, what if about halfway through we make this movie super convoluted? Like to the point it would be hard to explain the plot to anyone?” And then someone else decided, “Yes, that’s exactly what we should do.”
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Ryan
    Set right after the events of Captain America: Civil War, watching Black Widow kind of feels like watching that MCU movie you just never got around to seeing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    As long as these movies keep their earnest, fun, ’90s action movie tone, there is no ridiculous plot point these movies could come up with I wouldn’t believe. By this point they’ve earned that. They are family.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    It’s a movie that feels like hope as actual hope stares us smack in the face. We are almost there. In the Heights didn’t ask for this responsibility, but it will forever be remembered as the right movie for the right time. It’s the kind of movie that will make you want to dance in the streets. And after this year we’ve all had, we all deserve to have our moment dancing in the street.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Ryan
    By the end of A Quiet Place Part II my stomach literally hurt. There’s no way I could have done another 20 minutes because it is too intense. That’s one of the best compliments I can give it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Ryan
    The tone of this movie is weird, but I kind of get what it’s going for. It basically feels like a cartoon, then all of a sudden a character will get stabbed in the head, or sawed in half, in the most gory way possible.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Ryan
    It’s hard to tell what this movie is trying to be, and end the end just kind of becomes just another superhero movie, despite Jason Bateman’s best attempts at preventing that. I swear, someday, someone will nail one of these premises.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Mike Ryan
    It’s just a really long, more coherent version of that story. I certainly didn’t hate it like I hate the prior version – and, admittedly, I do like it more than Batman v Superman – but all the character motivation in the world still doesn’t help the foundation the whole thing is built on.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    Wonder Woman 1984 is pure sugar. There’s little nutritional value. But we all deserve dessert right now.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Ryan
    Clooney wants to direct actors who aren’t himself, which I’m sure is why we spend so much time with the crew of the spaceship. But if Clooney weren’t directing, that director would have probably realized that the story thrives in those small moments with Clooney. It’s almost like the director George Clooney is the actor George Clooney’s worst enemy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Mike Ryan
    If you have kids, they will probably love this because it’s very colorful … and even I found myself mesmerized by how colorful it is. A cornucopia of colors! (I guess that’s my pull quote.)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    Boseman is just so alive in this movie. This is not an “understated” performance. It’s like watching an athlete give it all on the field and we are left there wondering how this man isn’t just completely exhausted. Yeah, turns out Boseman did have one last gift for us. And, my gosh, he didn’t disappoint. He’s pure dynamite. It’s devastating.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Ryan
    If this movie was going to hit with people, I think I would be one of them. I know the people in this movie. Many of the people remind me of people in my own family. But it didn’t hit. Again, I don’t know who Hillbilly Elegy is for. Well, except maybe J.D. Vance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Ryan
    It’s an admirable effort. It’s just a beautiful thing to look at. And the whole endeavor is such a touching tribute from Fincher to his father. But, in the end, I found myself more interested in the behind the scenes shenanigans that led to the creation of, perhaps, the greatest movie of all time, as opposed to Mank the human being. And Mank focuses much more on the latter.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    That’s the thing about Borat 2, it’s not shocking anymore. Because it certainly should be. There’s certainly a lot of hilarious things that happen . . . . But over the last 14 years, things have drastically changed enough where “shocking” is no longer a relevant emotion to these movies.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Ryan
    Here are the last eight months all laid out for us, and it’s infuriating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Ryan
    On the Rocks is light on plot, but makes up for it with just the sheer joy of Murray and Jones out on the town. The actual plot is only there as an excuse to get the ball rolling for those two.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Ryan
    Since theaters basically ceased to exist, there’s been a few movies I’ve watched screeners at home and have really, really enjoyed. But this is the first that made me feel like I was back in a theater. This felt like a real event. That I got those chills down the back as I watched something I’m just loving for the first time of what will be many times.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    What’s remarkable about Good Joe Bell is Wahlberg plays the role in such a nuanced way, by the end of the movie you want that rousing speech. But it never comes.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Ryan
    It’s literally a party. It’s an all-encompassing experience that McQueen directs with the same urgency of his other, more inherently intense films – the urgency that has made him one of the best directors today (and one of my own personal favorites, if not just plain “favorite”).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Ryan
    Concrete Cowboy is a nice movie about fathers and sons and humanity and the legacy of why there are people riding horses in places you wouldn’t expect to see any horses.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Ryan
    Nomadland will almost physically take you places. It’s a beautiful, absolutely gorgeous motion picture.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Mike Ryan
    What a debut film it is. She gets just the right amount of tension and angst out of these four actors in a way that still makes it believable they might all still be friends or want to hang out together in the first place. It’s a movie about agendas.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Ryan
    There’s something whimsical and magical about the whole thing. It is designed to make the viewer feel good.

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