Ryan's Daughter
Ryan's Daughter (1970)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 28, 2006
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Variety Staff
Variety

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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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It doesn't transfigure the world. It embalms it.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

An awe-inspiringly tedious lump of soggy romanticism.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
guilty pleasure
jay nixon
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… More
Chris Weber
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… More
Mister Caple
Depending on one's point of view,David Lean's RYAN'S DAUGHTER, is either an epic romantic tragedy or a film whose extravagant production… More
Anthony Lawrie
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… More
Michael S
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… More