For 1,030 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 A Touch of Sin
Lowest review score: 0 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
Score distribution:
1,030 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It’s a heavy, solemn tale of blood ties that turns into a melodramatic gusher filled with abstractions about masculinity, America and violence, but brought to specific, exciting life by Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The story is nearly obscured by its schematic design (everyone doesn’t just have his or her reasons; he or she is also guilty), but there are mysteries, surprises and complexities, notably in the representation of the children and in Ms. Bejo’s thorny, layered performance with its strata of neediness, resentment and hope.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    An intimate, discursive inquiry into religious belief that opens to include questions about cinema.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The brilliant, unsettling action scenes — ugly, savage, dehumanizing — speak volumes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A sly conceptual coup d’art and a deeply sincere exploration of masculinity and its discontents, with a little hot sex thrown in.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    It’s pleasurable nonsense and another reminder that one of the great pulls of cinema is the spectacle of other bodies in blissful motion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    It’s a full three-ring affair, complete with puffs of smoke, glitter and grunge, some hocus-pocus, mumbo jumbo and even a dwarf.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Sweet and slight and often charming coming-of-age tale.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Despite the filmmakers’ efforts to persuade us that The Young Victoria is a serious work, and despite some tense moments and gunfire, the movie’s pleasures are as light as its story. No matter. Albert may never rip Victoria’s bodice, but he does eventually loosen it, to her delight and ours.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Likable, lightweight, absurdist comedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The film can be described as a character study or a fictionalized slice of terribly real life. Mostly, though, it is an inquiry into the mysteries of other people.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
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    Passages of glorious imagination are invariably matched by stock characters and banal story choices.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    In the end, what gives me reluctant pause about this bright, cheery, hard-to-resist movie is that its joyfulness feels more like a filmmaker's calculation than an honest cry from the heart about the human spirit (or, better yet, a moral tale).
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Time and again the movie stops short before it really gets started, as with the debates over the big business of organic food.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    In this attractive, smart-enough, finally un-brave movie Ms. Barthes peeks at the dark comedy of the soul only to beat a quick, pre-emptive retreat.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    What keeps the movie from tipping into full-blown exploitation like "City of God," which turns third-world misery into art-house thrills, is Mr. Fukunaga's sincerity. What keeps you watching is his superb eye.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Horny is as horny does in the sweetly absurd high school comedy Superbad.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    A fitfully funny comedy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Its focus is purposely narrow. But that narrow focus, along with the lack of fully realized characters, and the absence of any historical or political context, raises the question of why, notwithstanding the usual (if shaky) commercial imperative, this particular movie was made.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Stuffed with playful character actors and carpeted with wall-to-wall tunes, the film makes for easy viewing and easier listening.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The film is not a beautiful object or a memorable cultural one, and yet it charms, however awkwardly. Ms. Swank’s ardent sincerity and naked emotionalism dovetail nicely with Mr. LaGravenese’s melodramatic excesses.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Better than the usual three-stage journey of courage, heartbreak and redemption. In this case, the triumph of the human spirit comes with a small bitter chaser.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Sin City has been made with such scrupulous care and obvious love for its genre influences that it's a shame the movie is kind of a bore.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The infinitely silly, unconscionably entertaining action film Unleashed earns most of its juice from the martial-arts star Jet Li.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Lightly stained a nicotine brown and topped by two male actors who could steal a movie from a basket of mewling kittens and an army of rosy-cheeked orphans, the film is as calculating and glossy a hard-luck tale as any cooked up on the old M-G-M lot.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Alternately hilarious and alarming documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Loosely constructed, The World drifts along pleasantly for much of its two-and-a-half-hour running time. Mr. Jia has a terrific eye and an almost sculptural sense of film space (especially in close quarters), and he brings texture and density to even the most nondescript rooms.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The French filmmaker Simone Bitton takes a measured look at the barrier in her documentary Wall, a film that considers hard-core political realities alongside agonizing personal truths.