Manohla Dargis
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For 1,608 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Avatar
Lowest review score: 0 15 Minutes
Score distribution:
1,608 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The film has the feel of a gift. Particularly noteworthy are Mr. Haroun's eloquent silences, visual and aural.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Always adept at hitting emotional cues cleanly, Foster in this role also lets herself get lost in the moment, which is something she hasn't often allowed herself to do since "The Silence of the Lambs."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Even in Boarding Gate, a modestly scaled, self-consciously tawdry exercise in genre appropriation, Mr. Assayas manages to say more about what it is to be human -- to desire, to fear, to be alone -- than most filmmakers say in a lifetime.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Polanski’s work with his performers is consistently subtle even when the performances seem anything but, which is true of this very fine film from welcome start to finish.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Gilroy hasn’t reinvented the legal thriller here, but I doubt that was his intention; at its best and most ambitious, the film plays less like a variation on a Hollywood standard than a reappraisal. It’s a modest reappraisal, adult, sincere, intelligent, absorbing; it entertains without shame.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Ari Folman’s genre mash-up The Congress could use a freakier title, something either more appealing or appalling to go with the weird, sometimes wonderful visions flowing through it.
    • 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
    Films about environmental catastrophes tend to wax preachy, putting pedagogy and scolding above art. This one, for all its sorrow and the throb of righteous anger it provokes (only about 50,000 antelopes remain), is more than anything a work of creative imagination.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Surprisingly compelling viewing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    What Mr. Franco does have is Mr. Haze, whose mesmerizing performance gives the movie its ballast and its fitful, nervous energy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A grave and quietly moving story about a South African girl of extraordinary character, does something that few painful dramas accomplish: It tells a tale of resilience without platitudes about the triumph of the human spirit or without false promises about an unclouded future.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    She was guilty, no doubt, but as this immensely moving film makes clear, Aileen Wuornos was also heartbreakingly human.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Ms. Swinton demands to be seen even when her character is on a self-annihilating bender so real that you can almost smell the stink rising off her. So I sat in my seat, cursed the screen and was grateful to watch an actress at the height of her expressive power claw toward greatness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A wonderfully eccentric piece of filmmaking -- to demand it cohere to formula would be to miss the point.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Reveals its secrets slowly and with coy deliberation. The storytelling has the quality of a striptease, so that by the end of the film, Le Roux looks radically different from how he appears at the start.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A deadpan comedy shot through with a vein of despair, the Uruguayan film Whisky is a pint-size pleasure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    What is remarkable is the absolute cool with which LaBute charts his story: The director has the soul of an assassin.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    While Undefeated travels well-tilled inspirational ground, it's also an irresistible story of football, faith and the lust for happily-ever-after black-and-white endings.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A satisfying, unexpectedly involving B-movie that owes as much to old Hollywood as to Greek tragedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The brilliant, unsettling action scenes — ugly, savage, dehumanizing — speak volumes.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Hoffman’s performance is so finely etched — and the story so irresistible — that the film becomes, almost inescapably, something of a last testament.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Topped with that messy salt-and-pepper wig that frames and obscures his scowling, searching face, [Harris] invests Beethoven with a violent turbulence that sometimes floods the room but mostly stays coiled inside, where it seethes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It doesn’t add up to much, which is part of the point as well as the fun, but what makes the film noteworthy is its pure pop adrenaline.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    This new film feels like something of a gift, as if the director had decided to burn some of his favorite songs for his newfound friends, the world-cinema audience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Its one-week theatrical run will make it eligible for Academy Award consideration, though given that organization's often pitiful record when it comes to nonfiction film, it seems unlikely that a movie this subtly intelligent would make its short list.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Makes for gripping, merciless drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Although much has and will be made of the film's sexual explicitness -- and, yes, it is a bit -- this less-than-perfect but deeply felt film is finally most daring for its hard-core insistence on our need for connection.

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