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Ryan's Daughter

drama, romance


Set in coastal western Ireland, Ryan's Daughter is an epic love story about a young girl

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    50%
  • Audience Score
    74%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    50%
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  • Audience

    74%

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: 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.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: 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.

- Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter, Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Audience Reviews

4 stars

guilty pleasure

- brooklynspo, Wednesday, April 18, 2007

2 stars

I was extremely bored with this story. I don't remember any of the plot developments as described in the plot description. I've liked Lean's films, but the performances and story in this one just didn't grab a hold.

- hypathio7, Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2 stars

A rare misfire from a master. RYAN'S DAUGHTER, arguably David Lean's weakest film, is a self-indulgent mess; shot wonderfully but weak story and character wise. It tested my patience due to it's overlength (the version I saw was 206 minutes, but the theatrical version isn't much shorter), and after a while it was hard to care about what was going on. But did I mention the gorgeous cinematography?

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Sunday, August 3, 2008