Manohla Dargis

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For 1,766 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Inherent Vice
Lowest review score: 0 The Jackal
Score distribution:
1766 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.
    • 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.
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    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Insistently cinematic and dialectical, Red Hollywood has another virtue: It doesn’t toss everyone into a single leftist lump. Differences are articulated and illustrated, as individual voices rise and fall, fade and endure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Ozon misses some chances with Sarah, but Rampling doesn't skip a beat. Freed from the burden of likability, the actress pushes the character from near-farce to near-tragedy, without once appealing to sentimentalism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There’s a mystery here, some thrills and blood, but mostly there are beautiful people and the kind of human hunger that devours everything and everyone in sight.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
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    Barbieri is a natural filmmaker, with an eye for film space and a gift for pacing. Both of his leads are wonderful, but it's Picoy who will break your heart.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Wahlberg has turned into one of the most sympathetic and persuasive young actors around, and while his new movie remains safely, even shrewdly, in the middle of the road, he rocks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The most purely entertaining movie to come out of Hollywood so far this year, and if that doesn't seem worthy of Soderbergh's talents, it's worthy enough for a night's amusement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    An old-fashioned weepie tucked inside a fiercely indicting political thriller.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The filmmakers (the script is by John Kare Raake and Harald Rosenlow Eeg) cook up the sort of unpleasantness that turns the better disaster pictures, like this one, into nail-biters.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Godard treads on dangerous ground by linking the historical suffering of Jews and the Palestinians, but his sympathy for both people is so manifest, his sense of history so deep, that the film defies reductive readings.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Few directors can put loneliness on screen as persuasively or capture the eerie quiet of people waiting for something, anything to happen. It's in moments such as these, when all sense of time disappears and all that remains are bodies in motion and Ken Kelsch's limpid cinematography, that you remember just how good Ferrara can be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It has the virtue of Lin's tangy wit but it also suffers from the vice of a director who, torn between personal vision and wide public reach, tends to smother his ideas under a veneer of cool.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The newest in British gangland entertainment and the tastiest in years.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Curiously, one of the film's stranger effects is that it's more convincing as a meditation on desire and Hollywood than as a biographical exploration.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Gibson makes a persuasive derelict John Wayne with a loose, energetic performance, finely tuned comic timing and an amused, self-aware “Lethal Weapon” glint.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Beautifully shot by the French cinematographer Georges Périnal (whose credits include Cocteau's "Blood of a Poet"), the film soon evolves from a claustrophobic domestic affair into a mordantly discomfiting look at the betrayal of innocence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Hunt for the Wilderpeople takes a troika of familiar story types — the plucky kid, the crusty geezer, the nurturing bosom — and strips them of cliché. Charming and funny, it is a drama masquerading as a comedy about an unloved boy whom nobody wants until someone says, Yes, I’ll love him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A soulful, piercingly beautiful story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    More than anything, Munich is a slammin' entertainment filled with dazzling set pieces and geometric camerawork.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Pitched between interludes of anxious intimacy and equally nerve-shredding set pieces, Collateral scores its points with underhand precision.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Like the film itself, Mr. Dillon’s performance works through understatement.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Known for an elegant visual style, Jarmusch has a great gift for playing actors against one another, for finding complementary eccentrics (Murray and RZA) and uncovering rare gems (Bill Rice and Taylor Mead in "Champagne").

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