Manohla Dargis

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For 1,783 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Post Tenebras Lux
Lowest review score: 0 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
Score distribution:
1783 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    There’s much to admire in Nocturnal Animals, including Mr. Ford’s ambition, but too often it feels like the work of an observant student.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    To transcend cliché, movies like Narc need the passion of a heretic who can take stock characters with their stock predicaments and turn them inside out, the way Curtis Hanson and Quentin Tarantino do. Blood, guts and flash aren't enough.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    On a purely visual level, it's the most powerful and viscerally exciting movie to come out of Hollywood this year. Which doesn't mean that it's all good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    At its strongest, Gone Girl plays like a queasily, at times gleefully, funny horror movie about a modern marriage, one that has disintegrated partly because of spiraling downward mobility and lost privilege. Yet, as sometimes happens in Mr. Fincher’s work, dread descends like winter shadows, darkening the movie’s tone and visuals until it’s snuffed out all the light, air and nuance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    “Skull Island” has momentum, polish and behemoths that slither and thunder. The sets and creature designs are often beautifully filigreed, but the larger picture remains murky.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Although that's enough plot for two movies, Niccol proceeds to clog up his meticulously mounted story with a murder and a romance (hence Uma Thurman), allowing needless intrigue to distract from his ideas.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Lighter than a meringue and as insubstantial, the French boulevard comedy The Women on the 6th Floor was designed for the gentle laughter it easily earns.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    It’s all handsomely managed, polished and professional, but the pieces are too neatly manufactured to feel as if anything is truly at stake.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The body has its needs, and one of the problems with Diary of the Dead is that it doesn’t get into your body; it doesn’t shake you up, jolt you, make you shiver and squeak. It’s clever, or at least clever enough to keep you going and interested from start to finish. It just isn’t scary.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Minor whimsy of a film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Like all good B-movies, Returner comes loaded with enough eccentric touches to give the recycling a whiff of freshness and, as is often the case with many above-par follies, it's the cast that takes the whole thing to another level.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    However nifty, Lee's Cubist gambit fails to capture the graphic tension that makes great comic-book art jump off the page and great pop movies jump off the screen with pow, zap and wow!
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    A would-be psychological thriller with next to no psychology and shivers instead of thrills, The Page Turner is a nervous-making, lightly amusing vengeance story that owes an obvious debt to Claude Chabrol.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The workmanlike title The Bank Job is a nice fit for this wham-bam caper flick.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Whatever the case, you may not buy his happy endings, but it's a seductive ideal when all of God's creatures, great and small, buxom and blond, exist in such harmony.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Anchored by Ms. Watts’s sympathetic performance, it humanizes the woman behind the smile, the helmet hair and the myth.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The on-screen results are weird and watchable, by turns frustrating and entertaining, and predictably a little morbid.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    It's a colorful patchwork of family high and low points, schoolboy days, professional triumphs and assorted epiphanies (including sex with women followed by sex with men).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The director, Iciar Bollain, who wrote the screenplay with Alicia Luna, invests Antonio with humanity, which would be more impressive if she had paid more attention to exploring the darker recesses of Pilar's inner life.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Though the car chases have grown more banal as the franchise has started to run on fumes, the smackdowns have retained their zing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Jersey Boys is a strange movie, and it’s a Clint Eastwood enterprise, both reasons to see it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    A blast into the past, but as with many nostalgic trips it's also shrouded in mist. The awkward, almost embarrassed way in which director Paul Justman, as well as writers Walter Dallas and Ntozake Shange, deal with race is unfortunate, as is the tendency toward overstatement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Gibney, who enters swinging and keeps on swinging, comes across as less interested in understanding Scientology than in exposing its secrets, which makes for a lively and watchable documentary if not an especially enlightening one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    [A] touching love story and soggy family melodrama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    It reminds you that today’s horror movies still owe a great debt to Val Lewton, the producer of cheapie classics like “Cat People” (1942) and a virtuoso of shadows who realized that audiences could be entertained if the characters they watched looked like them. “Unfriended” doesn’t have Lewton’s poetry. Yet the filmmakers understand that one way into an audience’s head and nervous system is to fill the screen with the kind of “insipidly normal characters” (as the critic Manny Farber described Lewton’s) you’re happy to see shiver and scream.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Calvaire is pompous, but not without talent or shivers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    High Fidelity wants to be hip, but it's comically square.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The movie is funny without being much good; mostly, it’s another rung on Ms. McCarthy’s big ladder up. It’s a fitful amalgam of bouncy and slack laughs mixed in with some blasts of pure physical comedy and loads of yammering heads. There isn’t much filmmaking in it, outside of Ms. McCarthy’s precision comedic timing and natural screen presence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The documentary, directed by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen, revisits those tender years and what came after with a lot of obvious enthusiasm and not an ounce of critical distance, as if they too were just two more friends playing along.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Packs a lot of good information, witty visual aids and expert testimonials into its fast 96 minutes, and all the bad eating certainly makes for compelling if at times repugnant viewing. But the film ends up too short and, as a consequence, frustratingly glib.

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