Manohla Dargis
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For 1,590 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Lowest review score: 0 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Score distribution:
1,590 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A thoroughly, sometimes gaggingly broad and sly conceptual laugh-in.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A B-movie-style throwback that’s consistently diverting and blissfully free of morals and messages, A Perfect Getaway is just the thing for the summertime movie blahs: it’s a genuinely satisfying cheap thrill.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    This is life as it’s lived, not dreamed. And this is a family bound not only by sorrow, but also by a shared history that emerges in 114 calibrated minutes and ends with a wallop.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A spasmodically funny and bleak film about the love that speaks its name.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    One of the pleasures of Up in the Air is that its actresses share the frame with Mr. Clooney as equals, not props
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. West shows a real gift for the genre, particularly in his ability to generate dread with pinpricks rather than bludgeoning shocks, something even veterans twice his age have difficulty achieving. After years of vivisectionist splatter, here is a horror movie with real shivers.

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