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Ryan's Daughter (1970)

tomatometer

33

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 2,650

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Movie Info

The logic behind inflating Robert Bolt's minimalist romantic drama Ryan's Daughter into a 12-million-dollar epic seems to have been "When David Lean directs, it's a super-spectacular." Sarah Miles (who at the time was married to Robert Bolt) stars as Rosy, the daughter of Irish pub keeper Tom Ryan (Leo McKern). Married to tweedy, sexless schoolmaster Charles Shaughnessy (Robert Mitchum), restless Rosy has an affair with British officer Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones). When village idiot

R,

Drama, Romance

,

Robert Bolt

Feb 28, 2006

MGM Home Entertainment

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Overlength of perhaps 30 minutes serves to magnify some weaknesses of Robert Bolt's original screenplay, to dissipate the impact of the performances, and to overwhelm outstanding photography and production.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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An awe-inspiringly tedious lump of soggy romanticism.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Those who were jealous of [Lean's] previous successes decried the film as an utter failure, though of course it is not, it just isn't quite as good as his other movies.

March 8, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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It doesn't transfigure the world. It embalms it.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A disappointing failure of tone, a lush and overblown self-indulgence in which David Lean has given us a great deal less than meets the eye.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's insanely overproduced in Lean's standard epic style, yet somehow the crazy mismatches in scale contribute to the film's sense of romantic delirium.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Arguably David Lean's weakest film, this lushly photographed (it won Oscar for Freddie Young) period Irish romance is rambling and pointless, and feels like an occasion for Sarah Miles (then married to writer Bolt) to show off her beautiful body.

March 22, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The best thing about this much-vaunted, overlong Irish epic love triangle is its gorgeous photography.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Some hippie-dippiness dates the picture, but the vérité posturing of Lean's peers looks a lot kitschier in retrospect

February 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

If you are looking for a breath of fresh Eire, you are in the wrong movie.

February 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Ryan's Daughter takes far too long to say much too little.

January 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Lean's depiction of provincial Ireland during the unrest of 1916 may suffer a little from its rather worthy romanticism, but this does not dilute its powerful, epic vision.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for Ryan's Daughter

guilty pleasure
April 18, 2007
brooklynspo

Super Reviewer

Even though I hated this movie, I decided to be creative and present my review in the form of three haikus. Enjoy!

RYAN"S DAUGHTER:

Needlessly drawn out
and boring love triangle.
David Lean's big fail.

There is no excuse:
great cinematography
can't save a snoozer.

Despite some good scenes
and production values, you
should skip this dull mess.
October 30, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

No one does 'Epic' like David Lean, although in this case, I'm not sure it was warranted. For the length of time the film lasts, there is still very little character development of some of the key characters and some would argue the pay off wasn't really worth it. While I can't quite understand why John Mills won Best supporting actor (although it seems true what they say, you play retard, you win awards - just don't go too far) and why Trevor Howard didn't win or was even nominated (apart from the at the Golden Globes). It's just one of those film I suppose, very much of its time and very much a David Lean film. Give me Doctor Zhivago or Lawrence of Arabia over this any day but that's not to say I didn't like it, Freddie Young definitely deserved to win for best Cinematography as it is beautiful throughout.
April 23, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Visually stunning but dramatically drawn out love story. This takes far too long to tell it's sad tale but good performances and once again absolutely breathtaking cinematography compensate a great deal. The storm sequence is one of the most beautifully shot scenes I've ever seen in any film.
July 28, 2011
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jay nixon

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