Speaking to The Daily Beast, the Sherlock Holmes director suggested that cinema-goers are unable to separate the pop icon's off-screen image from the characters she plays in movies.
"If you ask me, I think she's all right," he said of Madonna's acting ability. "I think she's perfectly good. I just don't think people can get her persona out of the way."
Ritchie also defended his 2002 movie Swept Away, which starred Madonna and was panned by critics, claiming that he treated the subject material in an "ironic" way.
"The whole thing is supposed to be ironic," he commented. "It's about a man that hits a woman, and at the same time, it was her. There were all sorts of irony. If you ask me, everything about it was rather interesting, but it was such a feral relationship between a man and woman and you just can't get away with that in contemporary society."link