Ryan's Daughter
Ryan's Daughter (1970)

This romantic war drama takes place in the political turmoil of Ireland in 1916. While the British battle European aggressors in World War I, The Irish Republican Army makes a secret deal with the Germans for a cache of weapons to battle… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 9, 1970
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

A weary Madame Bovary rehash set in rural Ireland.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

An awe-inspiringly tedious lump of soggy romanticism.

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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Emanuel Levy

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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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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TV Guide

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
guilty pleasure
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
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
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
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
Michael Gildea
Ryan's Daughter, like any other David Lean film is beautiful and epic. But it also drags at points--probably more so than Lean's other films. If… More