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 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Old Joy
Lowest review score: 0 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
Score distribution:
1,030 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Whether through craft or constitution, Mr. Norton invests Walter with a petty cruelty that makes his character’s emotional thaw and Kitty’s predicament all the more poignant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    It's the same old bootstraps story, an American dream artfully told, skillfully sold. To that calculated end, the filmmaking is seamless, unadorned, transparent, the better to serve Mr. Smith's warm expressiveness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    In Freedom Writers Hilary Swank uses neediness to fine effect in a film with a strong emotional tug and smartly laid foundation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Avenue Montaigne is a bonbon, not a bouillabaisse. But because this is finally a film about desire, it carries a bittersweet tang.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The overall effect is part BBC-style biography, part Hollywood-like hagiography, and generally pleasing and often moving, even when the story wobbles off the historical rails or becomes bogged down in dopey romance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    This maximalist approach can tax the nerves, though it has the benefit of keeping you on alert. It’s also pretty enjoyable. Mr. Fuqua, who happens to be surprisingly good with actors, does have a knack for chaos.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    A fine and, on a scene-by-scene basis, often better than fine, if effectively unadventurous work.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    It's funny ha-ha but firmly in touch with its downer side, which means it's also funny in a kind of existential way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The screenwriters, Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers, hit the customary thriller notes with a touch of humor, and the director, Gregory Hoblit (who worked similar terrain in "Primal Fear"), arranges those notes into a catchy, insistent rhythm.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    As a music document and as a labor of unabashed love, the nonfiction feature Gypsy Caravan could hardly be better; as a movie, it could stand some improvement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Absorbing if unsettling documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Straight-up ridiculous, but it's also consistently funny and nicely played by a well-complemented cast that finds its collective groove and never misses a beat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Bruce Willis is ready to earn our love again by performing the same lovably violent, meathead tricks as before.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Vaporous and chilled to freezing, Interview lacks a single honest moment, but it does have plenty of diverting ones.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Something wicked this way comes in the nifty horror film The Last Winter, crawling through the hallways and howling into the dread night.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    One lesson of Lake of Fire is the galvanizing power of the visual image. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes pictures are not enough.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Greatness hovers just outside American Gangster, knocking, angling to be let in.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    In this film Mr. Coppola blurs dreams and everyday life and suggests that through visual and narrative experimentation he has begun the search for new ways of making meaning, new holy places for him and for us. He may not have found them yet, but, then, he’s just waking up.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Woody Allen’s latest excursion to the dark side of human nature, is good enough that you may wonder why he doesn’t just stop making comedies once and for all.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The film is more funny ha-ha than LOL; it’s a smarty-pants satire that mocks and embraces almost every cliché in the biography playbook.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Kolirin, it emerges, is wrenching comedy out of intense melancholia.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Blind Mountain is a reminder that art sometimes keeps the truth alive far better than the news.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    It’s easy to laugh at Street Kings for its bigger than big emotions, its preposterously kinky narrative turns and overwrought jawing and yowling, but there’s no doubt that it also keeps you watching, really watching, all the way to the end.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    A big, provocative and -- it goes without saying -- disturbing work, though what makes it most provocative is that its greatest ambitions are for its own visual style.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    A likable, lightly sticky valentine to childhood, the 1980s and the dawning of movie love, Son of Rambow was written and directed by Garth Jennings and produced by Nick Goldsmith, the duo behind the underappreciated fantasy "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Although at times Mr. Gens veers dangerously close to the unpardonable, with images that evoke the Holocaust too strongly, Frontier(s) finally works because its shivers are as plausible as they are outrageous.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Hancock makes for one unexpectedly satisfying and kinky addition to Hollywood's superhero chronicles. Touching and odd, laden with genuine twists and grounded by three appealing lead performances.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    A testament to movie love at its most devout, cinematic spectacle at its most extreme, and kitsch as an act of aesthetic communion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Although Vicky Cristina trips along winningly, carried by the beauty of its locations and stars -- and all the gauzy romanticism those enchanted places and people imply -- it reverberates with implacable melancholy, a sense of loss.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Uplifting, disheartening, inspiring, enraging -- the mind reels while watching the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, even as the eyes water, the temples pound and the body trembles.