For 224 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 About Schmidt
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 224
224 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Kitano uses exaggerated acting, choreo-graphed violence and, most radically, the rhythms of everyday life -- farmers pounding the earth, the syncopated plop of falling rain -- to turn this genre story into a crypto-Kabuki play and one blissfully idiosyncratic diversion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Surprisingly compelling viewing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It unapologetically exults in its characters' glorious imperfection. It's good to know that oddballs, outcasts and people who don't look like Barbie and Ken still have a place in American movies and that not everyone in Hollywood pays lip service to the nice and polite.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Known for an elegant visual style, Jarmusch has a great gift for playing actors against one another, for finding complementary eccentrics (Murray and RZA) and uncovering rare gems (Bill Rice and Taylor Mead in "Champagne").
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    In this context Ferrell seems more than just comic relief. He's a reminder that the greatest, deepest laughter doesn't come at the expense of some other guy, but from the glints of self-recognition we get when the screen becomes our mirror.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Has the virtue of sincerity but not that of restraint. Unlike Terrence Malick, whose shadow looms over the film's visual style, the Smiths over-explain, not grasping that all those barren fields and blood-red clouds are doing plenty of work for them.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    It's a demented kitsch mess (although the smeary digital video does match the muddled narrative), but it's savvy about celebrity and has more guts and energy than much of what will open this year.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    For his atmospheric debut as a feature director, the actor Matt Dillon has cast himself as a guy in need of saving. It's a nice fit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    In its milieu and parallel story lines, the film suggests a bantam "Short Cuts," but for better and for worse, this is Altman without the razored edge. Cholodenko elicits appealing performances from her ensemble, but she never pushes their characters anywhere there isn't an easy out.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    This is, after all, a film in which no one leads life according to script -- but, then, that's also the reason it works.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    McGrath, who adapted the novel, manages to catch the flavor of it without its tang.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Central to the last film's success are Manise and Blanc, who invest the story with intensity unmatched since Belvaux stormed through the first feature.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The film effectively conveys the fears and frustrations of Palestinians struggling in a country that treats them as the enemy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    There isn't much else to the film beyond slapstick antics and professional gloss, but the results are diverting enough, in great measure because it's essentially a scene-by-scene remake Mario Monicelli's 1958 satire, "Big Deal on Madonna Street."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    A rare bird indeed -- a disarming, appealingly modest discovery, beautifully shot, nicely performed. Perched on the knife's edge of absurdity, the story at once embraces the large questions (who is the enemy and why) and shrugs them off with a laugh.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Has a slamming first hour. As Ian Wilson's camera darts over Charles Lee's spookily atmospheric sets, enigmas sprout like mushrooms.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    There's something about the movie that sets it apart from the usual thriller. Franklin may not be a master of genre like Hammett and Chandler, but he knows that it means SOMETHING when a character throws a punch or fires a gun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    As a filmmaker, he (Leconte) doesn't have anything profound to say but does say his something with craft, visual flair and professionalism. Depending on your mood, that can be either too little or just enough.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Looney Tunes doesn't have much on its addled mind other than pure entertainment, and on this level it succeeds quite nicely.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Feels newly hatched. Some of the laugh lines creak as loudly as grandma's rocker and the cultural references send up billows of dust.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The Guru turns out to be just a flirtation with the musical rather than a full-on embrace. That's a shame because the musical interludes are where the film wears its heart and finds its soul.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    There's wonderful promise in Hou's attempt to make a movie about the kind of woman who's usually part of the scenery.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The spirit of the law will be upheld (this being Hollywood), but only after everyone has had plenty of nasty fun (this being Hollywood).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    For all his genre-hopping and shape-shifting Spielberg seems to have become too big to tell small stories, which is one reason why the film sputters on one too many false endings.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Jane Campion's astonishingly beautiful new film may be the most maddening and imperfect great movie of the year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    While much of the unlikely charm of the Farrellys' newest comedy, Stuck on You, comes from its conceptual purity, much of the film's humor comes from its blissful impurity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    By turns exasperating, appalling and surprisingly empathetic -- sometimes all in the same moment -- the three members of Metallica quickly emerge as the main attractions in Some Kind of Monster, but not for the reasons you might expect.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Too short by half, Lost Boys of Sudan affords frustratingly little by way of real analysis and history. But it does introduce us to two extraordinary young men whose faith in this country is almost as unbearably sad as their stories.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Sails along on a slipstream of pleasant scenery, amusing incident and the boundless charms of its appealing leading men, Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan: It's an unexpectedly buoyant spectacular.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Taken on the level of spectacle rather than of sense, The Last Samurai affords the sort of fizzy enjoyment that can come with epic movie endeavors, including a meticulously detailed world unlike our own, an excellent supporting cast and some pulse-pounding fights.