Manohla Dargis

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For 1,720 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Top Five
Lowest review score: 0 Downloading Nancy
Score distribution:
1720 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The city doesn’t need to be real in a romantic movie, but the feelings must be. Although Mr. Levin tends to embrace clichés and overstatement (Brian’s parents, Arlene and Sam, played by Glenn Close and Frank Langella, are straight out of Yiddish vaudeville), he can also surprise you with delicate touches, a pained look, a wince of recognition.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Overly familiar industrial product, a big-budgeted entertainment defined by its putatively big concept (apes rule), an underwritten script and a few flashes of Burton's visual genius and gently askew worldview.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The cretins rule in Alpha Dog, which has much the same entertainment value you get from watching monkeys fling scat at one another in a zoo or reading the latest issue of Star magazine. Of course a little of that nasty stuff may land on you, but such are the perils of voyeurism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    What’s missing here is the sting of revelation, something less comforting than the story’s melodramatic turns and more worthy of Ms. Winstead’s performance, which is as natural as life.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    When a filmmaker proves as reluctant as Mr. Ávila to speak up about the past, to engage with its full complexity, it can be hard to hear what he's saying.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The best that the good doctor (Murphy) can do, encumbered as he is by Larry Levin's screenplay and its low joke quotient, is discipline the dog, lay into the lizard and shtick it to the bear.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Green Street Hooligans, an accidental advertisement for Alcoholics Anonymous and the somnolent pleasures of cricket that, in the end, is mostly about the pleasures, both visceral and visual, of violence.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Moodysson has never met a pleasure he didn’t want to punish.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    While there’s much to admire in how Mr. Tucci and Ms. Eve perform Mr. LaBute’s artful, apocalyptic duet, this is one seriously out-of-date tune.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Probably the best way to experience Warcraft, a generally amusing and sometimes visually arresting absurdity, is stoned. If watching the big screen through a cannabis cloud isn’t your idea of a good movie time, though, I suggest that you do what I did and just go with the incoherent flow.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Less scary than creepy, The Grudge may have lost some oomph in the translation from Japanese to English, and the desire for a PG-13 rating probably muted the violence and perhaps the scares.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The film's start-and-go rhythm can be as maddening as the characters' amorality and sheer wallowing stupidity, but Clark has an uncanny talent for putting atmosphere on celluloid.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Sander has turned mediocrity into the triumph of the smug.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Farrell and Mr. Doyle continue to hold your gaze, even as Mr. Jordan's screenplay sets your mind to wandering. There is, as noted, a wisp of a tale tucked into this film, one that, as the story wears on, becomes ponderously weighed down with melodramatic filler and even some halfhearted genre action.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    As a director, Bigelow knows how to get out of the house, but she can be impatient when it comes to humdrum reality. That may account for her interest in Shreve's novel, with its epic tragedies, and it may help to explain the misguided casting of Penn and Hurley, each of whom comes equipped with an oversized personality.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    A serviceable, watchable movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    A flashy, nasty, on-and-off funny and assaultive sendup of the film industry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Turturro’s musical choices in Fading Gigolo tend to feel, like so much here, generically applied instead of meaningfully coaxed from some essential, lived-in truth.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    By turns unnerving and numbing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    There's something poignant about the image of this actress (Pfeiffer) sitting in a pool of sunlight without a smile or trace of visible makeup. But she's trying to reach a character that her director seems intent to keep from her grasp.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    There’s nothing surprising in Spectre, the 24th “official” title in the series, which is presumably as planned. Much as the perfect is the enemy of good, originality is often the enemy of the global box office.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    It was a hellish encounter, as well as a portent of the 10 years to come, and as such deserves far better than Mel Gibson's glower and writer-director Randall Wallace's guns-and-Moses platitudes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Things happen in Wanted, but no one cares. You could call that nihilism, but even nihilism requires commitment of a kind and this, by contrast, is a movie built on indifference.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    What keeps the film's fragile realism intact are actors who can make even small moments count.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The man (Bay) just wears you out and wears you down, so much so that it’s easy to pretend that you’re not ingesting 2 hours and 30 minutes of warmongering along with all that dumb fun.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The loggerhead turtle is a threatened species, and one day all we may have left are its computer-generated analogues. Its fight for existence is plenty dramatic already, and is a story worth telling honestly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    At once overstuffed with interviews and intellectually underdeveloped, the movie charts the area’s music industry and what is lyrically if elusively called the Muscle Shoals sound.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Roosevelt was one of the towering figures of the 20th century, but he and his accomplishments scarcely register in this amorphous, bafflingly aimless movie. The story hinges, increasingly to its detriment, on Daisy, a distant cousin to Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    While Concussion has some fine things going for it, notably science and Will Smith, it lacks the exciting, committed filmmaking that rises to the level of its outrageous topic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The plot hinges on Jenna's horrified realization that her adult self is a witch, but 13 Going On 30 -- works foremost as a vehicle for its rising star.

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