Manohla Dargis
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For 1,608 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
1,608 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The Grandmaster is, at its most persuasive, about the triumph of style. When Ip Man slyly asks “What’s your style?” it’s clear that Mr. Wong is asking the same question because here, as in his other films, style isn’t reducible to ravishing surfaces; it’s an expression of meaning.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    It's a doozy of a story and so borderline ridiculous that it sounds - ta-da! - like something that could have been cooked up only by Hollywood.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In Spring Breakers [Mr. Korine] bores into a contested, deeply American topic — the pursuit of happiness taken to nihilistic extremes — but turns his exploration into such a gonzo, outrageously funny party that it takes a while to appreciate that this is more of a horror film than a comedy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Phoenix’s note-perfect performance flows on the story’s currents of comedy that occasionally turn into rapids, as the funny ha-ha, funny strange back-and-forth abruptly gives way to Three Stooges slapstick.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The latest masterwork from Hayao Miyazaki, places emphasis on the natural world, its tumults and fragility.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Life and death, nature and culture, sex and money, man and beast, God and the Devil — Post Tenebras Lux embraces the world even if it doesn’t open itself up to ready interpretation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A film of startling originality and beauty -- feels like a communiqué from another time, another place, anywhere but here.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A quietly rapturous film about love and redemption.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Glorious and goofy and blissfully deranged.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In Sweetgrass, a graceful and often moving meditation on a disappearing way of life, there is little here that is objective and much that is magnificent.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    As he (Wong Kar-wai) floods the screen with beauty and fills the soundtrack with hypnotic rhythms, he forges a filmmaking style of incomparable eroticism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In Policeman, Mr. Lapid, making an electrifying feature directing debut, traces the line between the group and the individual in a story that can be read as a commentary on the world as much as on Israel.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Scott’s seriousness isn’t always well served by the scripts he films, but in Mr. McCarthy he has found a partner with convictions about good and evil rather than canned formula.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Her
    At once a brilliant conceptual gag and a deeply sincere romance, Her is the unlikely yet completely plausible love story about a man, who sometimes resembles a machine, and an operating system, who very much suggests a living woman.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The 3-D is sometimes less than transporting, and the chanting voices in the composer Ernst Reijseger's new-agey score tended to remind me of my last spa massage. Yet what a small price to pay for such time traveling!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A deliriously alive movie, The Great Beauty is the story of a man, a city, a country and a cinema, though not necessarily in that order.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Seemingly banal in its conceit, wildly startling in its execution, it tracks a film crew that, like a detective squad, investigates what became of an ordinary man.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    It's hard to imagine anyone but Mr. Pitt in the role. He's relaxed yet edgy and sometimes unsettling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In some ways, much like Charles Laughton's "Night of the Hunter," which the Coens quote both musically and visually, True Grit is a parable about good and evil. Only here, the lines between the two are so blurred as to be indistinguishable, making this a true picture of how the West was won, or - depending on your view - lost.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    City of Life and Death isn't cathartic: it offers no uplifting moments, just the immodest balm of art. The horrors it represents can be almost too difficult to watch, yet you keep watching because Mr. Lu makes the case that you must.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The film is a virtuosic triumph, but parlor tricks don't make movies, and it's Jackson's unwavering sincerity that elevates The Fellowship of the Ring into the increasingly rare Valhalla of the rousing, well-told tale.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    One of this year's indisputably great films.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Words do more than hurt, they also slash and burn in this sharp, dyspeptic, sometimes gaspingly funny exploration of art and life, men and women, being and nonbeing, and the power and limits of language.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A dazzling epic of love, guns, gangsters and cigarettes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Herzog is also no ordinary filmmaker. It is the rare documentary like Grizzly Man, which has beauty and passion often lacking in any type of film, that makes you want to grab its maker and head off to the nearest bar to discuss man's domination of nature and how Disney's cute critters reflect our profound alienation from the natural order.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Because Linklater now wears his heart on his sleeve, he has made a film that in its joy, optimism and aesthetic achievement keeps faith with American cinema at its finest.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    One of the enormous pleasures of genre filmmaking is watching great directors push against form and predictability, as Mr. Romero does brilliantly in Land of the Dead. One thing is for sure: You won't go home hungry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Audiard's superb remake improves on the original significantly, investing it with aesthetic grandeur and emotional depth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A first-rate art-house thriller, Miss Bala tells the strange, seemingly impossible story of a Mexican beauty queen who becomes the accidental pawn of a drug cartel. It's an adventure story that could be called a contemporary picaresque if it weren't so deadly serious.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    By focusing on such a narrow slice of Nepali life, Ms. Spray and Mr. Velez have ceded any totalizing claim on the truth and instead settled for a perfect incompleteness.

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