Desmond Ryan

Desmond Ryan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Publications:
Philadelphia Inquirer
Total Reviews:
151

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 12% Striptease (1996) " Men will doubtless be lured to Striptease by Moore's beautifully sculpted body. But it's the heart she puts into Erin that gives this more erratic than erotic picture the centering presence it needs." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 18, 2014
2.5/4 19% Once Upon a Forest (1993) " Respect for nature and the environment is a message that no one would quarrel with, but this is yet another example of a movie that can't or won't differentiate between technology and the use to which it is put." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 17, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) " A Smith blockbuster is as much a Fourth of July tradition as parades, barbecue picnics and patriotic speeches, but Wild Wild West is a wet firecracker." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 17, 2014
1.5/4 34% Tango & Cash (1989) " Both men think that the best way to deliver the right to remain silent to the usual suspects is via a right hook." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 11, 2014
2.5/4 39% Armageddon (1998) " The special effects are the best that $150 million can buy and the script plays like a near-afterthought." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/4 73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) " Fried Green Tomatoes is a case of a film acted with such skill and conviction that glaring problems of narrative, pace and structure seem like minor slips." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/4 67% The Rock (1996) " The borrowings from other movies, going all the way back to the car chase in 1968's Bullitt, are heavy. But Bay has three leads to lend weight and dimension to characters who are hardly original and flatly written." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 27, 2014
2.5/4 76% Licence To Kill (1989) " With Dalton straightening out Bond for the second time, Licence to Kill continues the salvage operation begun in The Living Daylights and rescues a series that was in danger of shooting itself in the foot. With a Walther PPK, of course." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 20, 2014
2.5/4 46% For Love of the Game (1999) " On the field, Costner is consistent, but his exploration of Billy's romantic dilemma is superficial and often wooden." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 57% The Sandlot (1993) " A solid double rather than a grand slam, The Sandlot remains a refreshing antidote to the daily round of contract squabbles on the sports page." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 7, 2014
4/4 85% Eight Men Out (1988) " The tone of Eight Men Out is reminiscent of the droll irony of John Huston's considerations of the vanity of human wishes and the corrupting power of money." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 6, 2014
2/4 88% The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) " The two Zuckers and Abrahams have, surprisingly, forgotten a principle of parody that they taught everyone else. Namely, that the jokes have to fit, and that they have to refer to the target -- in this instance police movies." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 6, 2014
3/4 12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) " Of course, Superman saves the world, but the real news is that there's still some life in the series." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 5, 2014
1.5/4 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) " [Lumet] may be the quintessential New York director, but A Stranger Among Us argues that he should stay out of Brooklyn." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 3, 2014
2/4 0% Jaws 4 - The Revenge (1987) " Everything in Jaws the Revenge is utterly expectable, which isn't a bright idea for a film relying on suspense and tension." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2.5/4 84% My Cousin Vinny (2001) " The movie sags as Vinny sets out to demolish the patently shaky case and dubious witnesses for the prosecution. Pesci does his best, but a lawyer's suit on him becomes a straitjacket." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2.5/4 50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) " Much as I admire Costner, it is the very qualities of honesty, honor and sincerity he projects so forcefully that encumber this Robin." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
95% Ran (1985) " One of the supreme cinematic achievements of the last quarter-century." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 23, 2014
2/4 74% Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) (1987) " It would be a better movie if everyone involved had concentrated on making the behavior of the three heroes more believable." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 16, 2014
2/4 57% Short Circuit (1986) " One of the stranger ironies to be found in Hollywood these days is that some of its most resourceful directors use high-tech wizardry and state-of- the-art movie technology to make films that rail against the tyranny of science." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/4 81% Flight of the Navigator (1986) " If there is more than a little something borrowed from Spielberg, Kleiser's movie is amiably undemanding entertainment that says the right things, albeit without great originality." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 1, 2014
2.5/4 79% Seven (Se7en) (1995) " The reason to see Seven, which is decidedly not for the faint of stomach, is not for the punishment of sin, but the many virtues of Freeman's contribution." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/4 96% GoodFellas (1990) " In GoodFellas, Scorsese, that connoisseur of mean streets and brutish, reflexive rage, has fashioned a stunning film that belongs on the same lonely, top shelf as Coppola's Mafia saga." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/4 94% In the Name of the Father (1993) " Day-Lewis, so intricately repressed in The Age of Innocence, here offers a role reversal in an unreserved and emotional performance that throws caution and inhibition to the winds." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/4 88% Titanic (1997) " The execution is state-of-the-art and breathtaking. Titanic offers the full compass of courage and cowardice, and it stands as an achievement that truly is a night to remember at the movies." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 25, 2014
3/4 78% Braveheart (1995) " As the star of the new, epic-scaled Braveheart, Gibson celebrates yet another man of selfless valor. And as its director, he displays some daring of his own." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2.5/4 60% Dream with the Fishes (1997) " Clearly, it wishes to be different, but anyone who fondly recalls the buddy films of the '70s will find it to be more of the same." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/4 93% Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) " Hannah and Her Sisters is also filmmaking of consummate skill and emotional range. It encompasses brilliant comedy and almost unbearable poignance -- often in the same scene." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2/4 32% Necessary Roughness (1991) " The shameless commercialism and hypocrisy of big-time college football is a target as inviting as a receiver wide open in the end zone. But the muddled huddle that is Necessary Roughness is one long fumble strewn with offensive lines." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/4 75% The Lost Boys (1987) " Schumacher falls far short of the talent for pop wit that Joe Dante showed in Gremlins and The Howling." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 21, 2014
4/4 81% Dances With Wolves (1990) " This collective array of talent has yielded a western that is at once original and traditional. Dances With Wolves looks back to the masterworks of the past and, with its relevance to our present, it deserves to be ranked with them." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 13, 2014
4/4 90% Rain Man (1988) " Everything about the acting and direction of Rain Man is so exquisitely calibrated and so right that it's all too easy to forget how much could have gone wrong." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 13, 2014
4/4 91% The Last Emperor (1987) " If there is such a thing as voluptuous detachment, Bertolucci and John Lone have found it. Lone's achievement in his absorbing account of Pu Yi is to place him at a distance and yet make his plight totally involving." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) " Driving Miss Daisy spans a quarter-century in the intricate relationship of a Southern dowager and her chauffeur, and it is a movie that invites you to appreciate the passage of time in more than one way." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/4 84% Lethal Weapon (1987) " The story, which proceeds with inevitability, is enlivened by Donner's rousing action sequences." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 6, 2013
94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Burton, the man who gave us Batman, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, is incapable of a conventional idea. His take on the holiday fairy tale is delightfully off the wall." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 3, 2013
3.5/4 93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " Anyone who relishes seeing the reach and scope of the genre redefined should not miss this marvelously accomplished picture." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3.5/4 94% Aladdin (1992) " Forget about the lamp. Aladdin is all anyone could wish for in holiday entertainment." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 19, 2013
4/4 92% The Little Mermaid (1989) " The latest Disney offering looks back to the studio's unrivaled heritage. It has the look of classic animation. More important, it has the skill required to make it work." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2/4 47% My Fellow Americans (1996) " Using talent of this order on a script this weak, along with merely decorative appearances by the likes of Lauren Bacall and Wilford Brimley, amounts to the Hollywood equivalent of government waste." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 22, 2013
2/4 80% Scream (1996) " By the time Scream arrives at its final twist, Craven has done too many contortions of his own to give the finale much shock value." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3.5/4 87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) " You can dismiss The Blair Witch Project as a trick. Or you can give in to the treat and savor that rarest of accomplishments in a field notorious for tedium and repetition -- an original horror movie." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 5, 2013
3/4 88% Misery (1990) " Bates turns Wilkes into the nastiest nurse to reach the screen since Louise Fletcher tormented Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 12, 2013
3.5/4 94% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) " Hopkins' cumulative screen image is one of civility and decency, and the association adds to the withering, macabre effect of his murderer. It is a remarkably lucid portrait of lunacy." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/4 88% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) " The difference between John McNaughton's incredibly chilling film and the usual serving of screen carnage is the difference between the mind of a murderer and the cynical and manipulative depiction of mindless murder." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 12, 2013
2/4 83% They Live (1988) " As a movie, They Live is lethargic. As election propaganda, it's terrific." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 6, 2013
4/4 92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " Anyone who would like to know what superb filmmaking is all about need look no further than this overpowering movie." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/4 97% Big (1988) " Penny Marshall brings a logic to the premise that is sustained through most of the movie. And where the other movies snickered at the sexual possibilities in the idea, she faces up to them with both candor and taste." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/4 93% The Freshman (1990) " Brando does a wonderful sendup of Corleone that manages to play off the Don's entrenched place in pop culture. But The Freshman is no copycat comedy." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 1, 2013
2/4 84% Back to School (1986) " I mean no disrespect to Rodney Dangerfield in suggesting that Back to School is a comedy that belongs back on the drawing board." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 1, 2013
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