Manohla Dargis
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For 1,590 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Grandmaster
Lowest review score: 0 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Score distribution:
1,590 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The unutterably charming Cinévardaphoto brings together three short works by the filmmaker Agnès Varda, one shot in digital video, the others on celluloid.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    As it is, this collection clocks in at a fleet 87 minutes, which is shorter (and taken together, more lively) than a whole mess of features.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A deadpan comedy shot through with a vein of despair, the Uruguayan film Whisky is a pint-size pleasure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A heartfelt, emotionally delicate children's movie about life and death and all the parts in between.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    One of the strengths of Mr. Nguyen-Vo's film is that despite the overwhelming physical beauty of the landscape and the simplicity of his characters, he doesn't succumb to such aerated thinking. The world in Buffalo Boy" is filled with wonder, but it is a world also filled with real desire, real death, not abstractions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Jennings and Mr. Goldsmith have held onto a genuine sense of childlike wonder, which works as a nice corrective to what might otherwise come across as an overabundance of hip.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The newest in British gangland entertainment and the tastiest in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Late in his new film Kings and Queen, the wildly gifted French director Arnaud Desplechin yanks the rug from under his characters and sends both them and us reeling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The strange and delightful Talent Given Us is a movie that shouldn't work but does rather remarkably.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    What distinguishes Memories of Murder, setting it apart from rank-and-file thrillers, is its singular mix of gallows humor and unnerving solemnity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Shows a young filmmaker pushing at the limits of cinematic narrative with grace and a certain amount of puckish willfulness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It's possible that Maggie Gyllenhaal will never become a major star, but there isn't an American actress in movies today who holds the screen with as much deep-seated soul.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Filled with small, cute kids and large, goofy laughs and buoyed by fine supporting work from Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden, the director's latest effort won't rock your movie world, but the fact that he manages to keep the freak flag flying in the face of our culture of triumphalism is a thing of beauty.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A delicate wisp of a film with a surprisingly sharp sting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A soulful, piercingly beautiful story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Even a starring role in the American version of the British show "The Office," which has given Mr. Carell a higher profile, conveys neither his sheer likability nor his range as an actor, both crucial to making this film work as well as it does.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The casting of the two leads is a nice surprise in Red Eye, as is its modest scale. One of the ironies about the film is that its relatively small-movie feel allows Mr. Craven to focus on the sorts of things - the performances and little bits of business from the extras - that a director like Michael Bay doesn't have time for, partly because he is so busy blowing stuff up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The title character in this nicely kinked Belgian thriller faces a unique adversary: the enemy hot on his heels is Alzheimer's.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There is something heartening about Mr. Burton's love for bones and rot here, if only because it suggests, despite some recent evidence, that he is not yet ready to abandon his own dark kingdom.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The line between cinematic art and exploitation has rarely seemed finer and nervier, at least in recent memory, than in the French film Innocence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    If all this sounds a bit nuts, dangerously self-indulgent and very of its experimental moment, it is. But it's also highly entertaining and, at moments, revelatory about filmmaking as a site of creative tension between individual vision and collective endeavor.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Based on Mr. Lepage's play of the same title, Far Side of the Moon carries traces of the theater both in some of the dialogue and in its schematic construction. That said, it has been beautifully shot by the cinematographer Ronald Plante in the kind of high-definition digital video that makes the future of cinema look rather less grim than usual.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    In a film filled with plaintively expressive faces, characters say as much when they don't talk as when they speak Mr. Arriaga's dialogue, which sometimes sounds like hardscrabble poetry, sometimes sounds real as dirt and is, rather surprisingly, often darkly funny.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    More than anything, Munich is a slammin' entertainment filled with dazzling set pieces and geometric camerawork.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Easier to admire than love, Bubble is a fascinating exercise that seems calculated to repel most audiences, which probably suits Mr. Soderbergh just fine.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Beautifully shot by the French cinematographer Georges Périnal (whose credits include Cocteau's "Blood of a Poet"), the film soon evolves from a claustrophobic domestic affair into a mordantly discomfiting look at the betrayal of innocence.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Willis has always been an acquired taste, but for those who did acquire that taste, riding shotgun on his good times and bad, it's a pleasure to see him doing what comes naturally.

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