Manohla Dargis
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For 1,563 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 The Duchess of Langeais
Lowest review score: 0 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Score distribution:
1,563 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    If the affair seems strangely ethereal, as if it were taking place in another dimension, in a lovelier, more enchanted realm, it is because Mr. Malick is fashioning a countermythology in The New World, one to replace, or at least challenge, a mythology already in place.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Easier to admire than love, Bubble is a fascinating exercise that seems calculated to repel most audiences, which probably suits Mr. Soderbergh just fine.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    At one point, during one of his occasional verbal rambles, he (Young) says half-jokingly, half-defensively that he's got some love songs left in him. This film, which is at once a valentine from one artist to another and a valentine from a musician to his audience, is surely proof that he does.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Willis has always been an acquired taste, but for those who did acquire that taste, riding shotgun on his good times and bad, it's a pleasure to see him doing what comes naturally.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    More than anything else, Ask the Dust feels like a compendium of desires - for a city, for a woman, for youth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Filled with playful noise and nonsense, clever feints and digressions, Inside Man has a story to tell, but its most sustained pleasures come from its performances, especially the three leads.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The Dardennes know how to build a scene for maximum tension: you yearn to find out who bought Jimmy, and whether his fate lies with a childless couple or an organ mill. But because they make moral thrillers, what matters isn't only actions and events but their emotional, spiritual and psychological costs.
    • 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.

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