Manohla Dargis
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For 1,629 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 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 Elite Squad
Score distribution:
1,629 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Endearingly ridiculous.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    His (Ralph Fiennes) Voldemort may be the greatest screen performance ever delivered without the benefit of a nose; certainly it's a performance of sublime villainy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A cold, funny number about the erotics of money and the seduction of death.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    What helps make The Departed at once a success and a relief isn't that the director of "Kundun," Mr. Scorsese's deeply felt film about the Dalai Lama, is back on the mean streets where he belongs; what's at stake here is the film and the filmmaking, not the director's epic importance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Through everyday actions and gestures -- in Hussein's awkward exchanges with other people, in his tender fumbling of his fiancée's purse -- Panahi shows a man for whom life has become increasingly arduous, alien. The filmmaker captures, in other words, what Bresson called "the force in the air before the storm."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A first-rate, seemingly sweat-free entertainer, Mr. Boyle always sells the goods smoothly, along with the chills, the laughs and, somewhat less often, the tears. He’s wickedly good at making you jump and squirm in your seat, which he does often in Sunshine, but he tends to avoid tapping into deep wells of emotion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    At times, Colin and Mitch’s trip to Iceland feels like a lark, for them and for the filmmakers. Yet there’s no denying the deepening effect of a movie in which two older men, with their creases and sags, white and thinning hair, inhabit so much screen time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A delicate wisp of a film with a surprisingly sharp sting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Works its charms slowly but steadily.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    [A] deceptively sincere movie about masculinity and its discontents that Mr. Gordon-Levitt, making a fine feature directing debut, shapes into a story about a young man's moral education.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    While A Single Man has its flaws, many of these fade in view of the performance and the power of Isherwood’s story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Filled with playful noise and nonsense, clever feints and digressions, Inside Man has a story to tell, but its most sustained pleasures come from its performances, especially the three leads.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It takes Mr. Silva a while to finish his story, but the ending of The Maid is so intelligently handled and so generously and honestly conceived, it proves well worth the wait.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    At one point, during one of his occasional verbal rambles, he (Young) says half-jokingly, half-defensively that he's got some love songs left in him. This film, which is at once a valentine from one artist to another and a valentine from a musician to his audience, is surely proof that he does.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The stories in The Interrupters, a hard wallop of a documentary, may weigh heavily on your heart and head, but they will also probably infuriate you.
    • 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.
    • 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
    One of the pleasures of Up in the Air is that its actresses share the frame with Mr. Clooney as equals, not props
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Tucked in between all the hurt and the jokes, the character development and the across-the-board terrific performances is a surprisingly sharp look at contemporary America.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    If the affair seems strangely ethereal, as if it were taking place in another dimension, in a lovelier, more enchanted realm, it is because Mr. Malick is fashioning a countermythology in The New World, one to replace, or at least challenge, a mythology already in place.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    4
    As opaque as it is mesmerizing, 4 demands open eyes and open minds, but neither is it as difficult as all its weighty silences, oblique detours and countless images of glistening, sweating animal flesh - Mother Russia's raw and seriously overcooked - might suggest.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A heartfelt, emotionally delicate children's movie about life and death and all the parts in between.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The delightfully playful, playfully imaginative Grand Amour was directed by Pierre Etaix, a filmmaker, illustrator, musician and clown whose major work and poetic melancholia has long been denied to filmgoers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A modern master of postmodern discontent, Jia Zhang-ke is among the most strikingly gifted filmmakers working today whom you have probably never heard of.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Insistently cinematic and dialectical, Red Hollywood has another virtue: It doesn’t toss everyone into a single leftist lump. Differences are articulated and illustrated, as individual voices rise and fall, fade and endure.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There’s a mystery here, some thrills and blood, but mostly there are beautiful people and the kind of human hunger that devours everything and everyone in sight.

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