Manohla Dargis

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For 1,678 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

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Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 15 Minutes
Score distribution:
1678 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The film is accessible, pleasant, dreamy, a touch goofy and melancholic. Its modernist gestures are little more than stylistic tics, but there's an image of snow falling on two clasped hands that is almost rapturous. The role of the artist remains, for Mr. Resnais, the role of a lifetime.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Part of what makes a great documentary great is the subject, and though the film never scrapes below the surface of the schoolteacher -- we never find out if he lives alone or has children of his own -- Lopez pulls as hard on the imagination as a fictional character.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    In a free-for-all like this, where the laws of gravity and dictates of narrative logic are left to eat dust, it doesn't matter when anything takes place or why.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Plummer stumbles beautifully, poignantly and often, leering and searching through a haze of memory or, with concern edged with panic, calling for "a line, a line" much as Richard III calls for a horse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Bethlehem is emphatically political, as perhaps any movie about warring Israelis and Palestinians must be. Yet its ideas are more complex than is suggested by either its schematic story or fast-moving genre elements.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Choreographed by the film martial-arts veteran Sammo Hung, the fights are spectacularly designed and performed, relying more on muscle and skill than wirework.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Picks up where the early François Truffaut and his comrades-in-cinema left off -- with a playful, liberatory style, and a song (actually, a few) in his heart and on his actors’ lips.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    With its fragmentation and mysteries, Upstream Color offers itself up as a puzzle as well as a philosophical toy that you can spin and spin until the cafe closes and kicks you into the night.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A central work in the new, boldly politicized Iranian cinema.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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