Our Sponsor Sideshow Collectibles Send us News
Lord of the Rings Tolkien
Search Tolkien
Lord of The RingsTheOneRing.net - Forged By And For Fans Of JRR Tolkien
Lord of The Rings Serving Middle-Earth Since The First Age

Lord of the Rings Movie News - J.R.R. Tolkien
Do you enjoy the 100% volunteer, not for profit services of TheOneRing.net?
Consider a donation!

  Main Index   Search Posts   Who's Online   Log in
The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Movie Discussion: The Hobbit:
RYAN'S DAUGHTER is still castigated.

N.E. Brigand

Jan 13 2013, 6:12pm

Views: 53
RYAN'S DAUGHTER is still castigated. [In reply to] Can't Post

Ryan's Daughter -- roundly castigated on release

Today it's usually considered one of David Lean's worst films. Consider the following quotes from various standard guides:

Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide: "'Simple love story blown up to gargantuan proportions ... Elaphantine production overpowers Robert Bolt's thin story, admittedly beautiful scenes dwarfing what plot there is".

Time Out Film Guide: "An awe-inspiring tedious lump of soggy romanticism ... much of the action centreing on clifftop and beach, where the characters tend to congregate either to have sex or to brood about not haing it, and where the wind and waves have a pathetically fallacious time of it ... Banal, utterly predictable, ludicrously overblown, it drags on interminably".

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: "Ryan's Daughter may be as bad a film as any 'great' director ever made".

Halliwell's Film Guide is the kindest: "A modestly effective pastoral romantic melodrama, stretched on the rack of its director's meticulous film-making technique and unnecessarily big budget. A beautiful, impressive, well-staged and well acted film but not really four hours' worth of drama".

Finally, the opening sentence from John Simon's 1984 review of The Passage to India sticks in my head: "How nice to have David Lean back with us after 13 years of absence, which was bad enough, and Ryan's Daughter, which was worse".

They could all be wrong! I haven't seen the film myself. But the film's reputation is clear.

Discuss Tolkien's life and works in the Reading Room!
How to find old Reading Room discussions.

Subject User Time
The Hobbit - AUJ on the 'great film scale' Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jan 12 2013, 12:40am
    Most excellent post! Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Jan 12 2013, 3:00am
    Great list. And I agree entirely. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 12 2013, 3:35am
    Maybe not QUITE as "great" as LOTR, but still pretty great! morgul lord Send a private message to morgul lord Jan 12 2013, 4:27am
    Great poster...... MasterOrc Send a private message to MasterOrc Jan 12 2013, 5:29am
    Interesting Retro315 Send a private message to Retro315 Jan 12 2013, 7:11am
    The Great Film Scale herzogian Send a private message to herzogian Jan 12 2013, 9:27am
    Yes to all .... and another one ... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jan 12 2013, 10:22am
        Agree with all Pimmiko Send a private message to Pimmiko Jan 12 2013, 7:24pm
    for me Elenorflower Send a private message to Elenorflower Jan 12 2013, 4:25pm
    Interestingly after my first viewing Azog Send a private message to Azog Jan 12 2013, 5:29pm
    Well. . . Eleven or twelve AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 12 2013, 9:16pm
    What is a great film - for me. Michelle Johnston Jan 13 2013, 9:25am
        RYAN'S DAUGHTER is still castigated. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jan 13 2013, 6:12pm
            An update Michelle Johnston Jan 13 2013, 8:58pm
                Interesting. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jan 13 2013, 9:46pm


Search for (options) Powered by Gossamer Forum v.1.2.3

home | advertising | contact us | back to top | search news | join list | Content Rating

This site is maintained and updated by fans of The Lord of the Rings, and is in no way affiliated with Tolkien Enterprises or the Tolkien Estate. We in no way claim the artwork displayed to be our own. Copyrights and trademarks for the books, films, articles, and other promotional materials are held by their respective owners and their use is allowed under the fair use clause of the Copyright Law. Design and original photography however are copyright © 1999-2012 TheOneRing.net. Binary hosting provided by Nexcess.net

Do not follow this link, or your host will be blocked from this site. This is a spider trap.