Manohla Dargis
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For 1,531 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Duchess of Langeais
Lowest review score: 0 The Replacement Killers
Score distribution:
1,531 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Greatly appealing if not especially adventurous, either for its director or for her admirers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    4
    As opaque as it is mesmerizing, 4 demands open eyes and open minds, but neither is it as difficult as all its weighty silences, oblique detours and countless images of glistening, sweating animal flesh - Mother Russia's raw and seriously overcooked - might suggest.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien's hypnotically beautiful cinematic trilogy Three Times doesn't just illuminate faces and objects; it seems to fill them up, as if they were lighted from within.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Endearingly ridiculous.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A murder mystery, a call to arms and an effective inducement to rage, Who Killed the Electric Car? is the latest and one of the more successful additions to the growing ranks of issue-oriented documentaries.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Deceptively understated and finally ferocious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Like the film itself, Mr. Dillon’s performance works through understatement.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Le Petit Lieutenant embraces the spectrum of human drama and comedy, and like a lot of French films it is keenly involved with the everyday pulse of work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    This film paints a haunting portrait of existential solitude, one in which the images speak louder and often more forcefully than do any of the words.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There is pleasure in such useless beauty, of course, and pleasure too in drifting with the jellyfish amid the wild blue yonder of a great filmmaker’s imagination.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There is something slightly magical about the lighting, almost as if this were a fantasy land from which Vanya might actually make an escape. This sense of unreality, of magical thinking and wishing, carries the story and Vanya through a remarkable journey.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    W.
    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.