Manohla Dargis

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For 1,635 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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 A Prophet
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
1,635 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    With In the Pit [Rulfo] isn't advancing any totalizing theory, a treatise on transportation or an argument about alienation; he is, rather simply and elegantly, revealing the secret human face of a seemingly inhuman world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    One of the strengths of Breach, a thriller that manages to excite and unnerve despite our knowing the ending, is how well it captures the utter banality of this man and his world.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The film has the feel of a gift. Particularly noteworthy are Mr. Haroun's eloquent silences, visual and aural.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Since Mr. Wright and Mr. Pegg are essentially parodying self-parodies, they have also smartly kinked up their conceit by setting most of the film in a sleepy village that might as well be called Ye Old English Towne, thereby wedding one of the most irritating British exports to one of the most absurd American ones. Think of it as "The Full Monty" blown to smithereens.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Delirious, ingenious, often very funny and strangely touching film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Private Property embraces the banal and the monstrous, and affords Ms. Huppert opportunity to astonish rather than overwhelm.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It won't make you bleed, just howl.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Effectively fashioned, as jolting as it is polished, as well as a surprising, insistently political work of commercial art.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    An unnerving, surprisingly affecting documentary about our environmental calamity, is such essential viewing.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    One of the graces of Gone Baby Gone is its sensitivity to real struggle, to the lived-in spaces and worn-out consciences that can come when despair turns into nihilism.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It’s precisely the worshipful feel of Lynch -- including scenes in which the camera points up at Mr. Lynch from what seems to be the floor, as if it were a faithful dog -- that makes the movie so sweet and so appealing. It’s like watching a schoolgirl crush unfold, through a glass darkly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The film works its magic largely by sending up, at times with a wink, at times with a hard nudge, some of the very stereotypes that have long been this company’s profitable stock in trade.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Funny, audacious, messy and feverishly inspired look at America and its discontents.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A modern master of postmodern discontent, Jia Zhang-ke is among the most strikingly gifted filmmakers working today whom you have probably never heard of.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A satisfying, unexpectedly involving B-movie that owes as much to old Hollywood as to Greek tragedy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Doug Pray’s wonderfully engaging look at love and family and the relentless pursuit of happiness, personal meaning and perfect waves.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    If the insanely inventive and entertaining Mad Detective weren't so weird -- and in Cantonese -- hordes of action geeks would be lining the block to see it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A lovely, drifty first feature that feels less like a documentary and more like an act of rapturous devotion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
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    The pleasure of Mr. Stone's work has never been located in restraint but in excess, a commitment to extremes that can drown out the world or, as in this film, give it newly vivid, hilarious and horrible form.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    They have created an ingeniously fluid narrative structure that, when combined with Ms. Roberts’s visuals, news material and their own original 16-millimeter film footage, ebbs and flows like great drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There is a remarkable stillness to many of the film's most indelible images, particularly the exteriors, which are so carefully photographed, and without the usual tiresome camera jiggling, as to look almost frozen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It tells a good story well, and in the process quietly says a little something about what it means to look at the American dream from the bottom up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Gentle, bawdy and at times rambunctiously, ticklishly rude.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Tokyo Sonata, looks like a family melodrama -- if a distinctly eccentric variant on the typical domestic affair -- there is more than a touch of horror to its story of a salaryman whose downsizing sets off a series of cataclysmic events.

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