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Emanuel Levy
March 22, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C

TV Guide
November 6, 2007
The best thing about this much-vaunted, overlong Irish epic love triangle is its gorgeous photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
November 6, 2007
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.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
An awe-inspiringly tedious lump of soggy romanticism.
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
March 8, 2006
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.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
February 22, 2006
Some hippie-dippiness dates the picture, but the vérité posturing of Lean's peers looks a lot kitschier in retrospect
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
February 15, 2006
If you are looking for a breath of fresh Eire, you are in the wrong movie.
| Original Score: 0/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 30, 2006
Ryan's Daughter takes far too long to say much too little.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It doesn't transfigure the world. It embalms it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2003
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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.
Susan Granger
October 2, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 5, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
April 3, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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