Manohla Dargis
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For 1,533 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Stories We Tell
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
1,533 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    They have created an ingeniously fluid narrative structure that, when combined with Ms. Roberts’s visuals, news material and their own original 16-millimeter film footage, ebbs and flows like great drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It tells a good story well, and in the process quietly says a little something about what it means to look at the American dream from the bottom up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Gentle, bawdy and at times rambunctiously, ticklishly rude.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Tokyo Sonata, looks like a family melodrama -- if a distinctly eccentric variant on the typical domestic affair -- there is more than a touch of horror to its story of a salaryman whose downsizing sets off a series of cataclysmic events.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Ms. Swinton demands to be seen even when her character is on a self-annihilating bender so real that you can almost smell the stink rising off her. So I sat in my seat, cursed the screen and was grateful to watch an actress at the height of her expressive power claw toward greatness.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A thoroughly, sometimes gaggingly broad and sly conceptual laugh-in.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    As with "Youth Without Youth," this new movie feels like a transitional work but also an inspired one, the creation of a director who, having recently turned 70, has set off on a new adventure that requires more from his audiences than some might be willing to give. Which is itself a sign of vigorous artistic renewal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. West shows a real gift for the genre, particularly in his ability to generate dread with pinpricks rather than bludgeoning shocks, something even veterans twice his age have difficulty achieving. After years of vivisectionist splatter, here is a horror movie with real shivers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Guaranteed to infuriate anyone with strongly partisan opinions about the region. The film offers up simultaneous critiques of Palestinian and Israeli extremism, but the most radical thing about it is that it's often disquietingly funny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Works its charms slowly but steadily.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The film is at once breathtaking and ridiculous, and it's the tension between these two extremes, as well as Carax's own intoxicating style, that makes it essential viewing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Belly dancing isn't always the most thrilling of dances, but it's a blast to see these women shaking and rolling because they're so thoroughly in charge of the male clientele and their own sexuality.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Indeed, one of the nicest things about this jewel of a film is that there isn't much of a story at all -- just a handful of delicately drawn characters moving through life that is at once familiar and yet slightly elevated by a director who loves the good in people more than the bad.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Bluntly effective.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Miller's strength in her stories and in the film is in her ability to push past ideology and get right down to the nitty-gritty of desire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A central work in the new, boldly politicized Iranian cinema.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    After its electric opening -- one of the few occasions where Bean advances his case cinematically, showing rather than just telling -- the film rapidly assumes the shape of a 100-minute debate, as Danny argues against the Jews and, in the same breath, for them.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A wonderfully eccentric piece of filmmaking -- to demand it cohere to formula would be to miss the point.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    An old-fashioned weepie tucked inside a fiercely indicting political thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    If the cast is distractingly pretty, the performances are also quite fine and, in the case of Gordon-Levitt, exceptional.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Reveals its secrets slowly and with coy deliberation. The storytelling has the quality of a striptease, so that by the end of the film, Le Roux looks radically different from how he appears at the start.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There's undeniable pathos to many of these encounters, and because the director has a wonderful feel for color and knows how to throw a frame around the world, there's also unmistakable beauty.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Ozon misses some chances with Sarah, but Rampling doesn't skip a beat. Freed from the burden of likability, the actress pushes the character from near-farce to near-tragedy, without once appealing to sentimentalism.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Although much has and will be made of the film's sexual explicitness -- and, yes, it is a bit -- this less-than-perfect but deeply felt film is finally most daring for its hard-core insistence on our need for connection.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    She was guilty, no doubt, but as this immensely moving film makes clear, Aileen Wuornos was also heartbreakingly human.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It has the virtue of Lin's tangy wit but it also suffers from the vice of a director who, torn between personal vision and wide public reach, tends to smother his ideas under a veneer of cool.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Elle dresses in shades of sorbet and dolls up her Chihuahua like a bantamweight drag queen, but by fighting the good fight she's also giving alpha girls and women their due, rescuing them from the magazine horror stories and the taint of Hillary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There are no big surprises in Caetano's film, which plays out exactly as ordained, only a sense of life at its most precarious and real.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    About as non-narrative a film as you're likely to see in commercial theaters. This makes it a curiosity and, less charitably, something of a gimmick, but mostly it makes it a challenge.