Manohla Dargis
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For 1,556 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Grizzly Man
Lowest review score: 0 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Score distribution:
1,556 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Belly dancing isn't always the most thrilling of dances, but it's a blast to see these women shaking and rolling because they're so thoroughly in charge of the male clientele and their own sexuality.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Miller's strength in her stories and in the film is in her ability to push past ideology and get right down to the nitty-gritty of desire.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    An old-fashioned weepie tucked inside a fiercely indicting political thriller.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Elle dresses in shades of sorbet and dolls up her Chihuahua like a bantamweight drag queen, but by fighting the good fight she's also giving alpha girls and women their due, rescuing them from the magazine horror stories and the taint of Hillary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Turning ordinary life into movie magic is one of the most difficult, least-heralded challenges for any filmmaker. What makes Freaky Friday a charmer isn't how far-out things get for this mother and daughter, but how sweet and distinctly un-freaky a kid, her mom and their love for each other can be.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Part of what makes a great documentary great is the subject, and though the film never scrapes below the surface of the schoolteacher -- we never find out if he lives alone or has children of his own -- Lopez pulls as hard on the imagination as a fictional character.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It unapologetically exults in its characters' glorious imperfection. It's good to know that oddballs, outcasts and people who don't look like Barbie and Ken still have a place in American movies and that not everyone in Hollywood pays lip service to the nice and polite.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    She was guilty, no doubt, but as this immensely moving film makes clear, Aileen Wuornos was also heartbreakingly human.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Through everyday actions and gestures -- in Hussein's awkward exchanges with other people, in his tender fumbling of his fiancée's purse -- Panahi shows a man for whom life has become increasingly arduous, alien. The filmmaker captures, in other words, what Bresson called "the force in the air before the storm."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Reveals its secrets slowly and with coy deliberation. The storytelling has the quality of a striptease, so that by the end of the film, Le Roux looks radically different from how he appears at the start.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Makes for gripping, merciless drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Good zombie fun, the remake of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead is the best proof in ages that cannibalizing old material sometimes works fiendishly well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Surprisingly compelling viewing.
    • 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").
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Kitano uses exaggerated acting, choreo-graphed violence and, most radically, the rhythms of everyday life -- farmers pounding the earth, the syncopated plop of falling rain -- to turn this genre story into a crypto-Kabuki play and one blissfully idiosyncratic diversion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    In this context Ferrell seems more than just comic relief. He's a reminder that the greatest, deepest laughter doesn't come at the expense of some other guy, but from the glints of self-recognition we get when the screen becomes our mirror.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Pitched between interludes of anxious intimacy and equally nerve-shredding set pieces, Collateral scores its points with underhand precision.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There is also something rather splendid about this extended-play peep show, as if Mr. Maddin had stumbled across a hitherto lost archive of cinema's less-than-innocent past. What makes all this nostalgia for a movie history that never happened is that, as is always the case with Mr. Maddin's work, it's executed with more love than irony and not a whit of derision.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Casts its spell by drawing out the horror of everyday existence bit by bit, and then tossing in some otherworldly weirdness that makes the hair on the back of your neck try to run for cover.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Despite the tears, the blood and the booze, Head-On is a hopeful film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The unutterably charming Cinévardaphoto brings together three short works by the filmmaker Agnès Varda, one shot in digital video, the others on celluloid.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    As it is, this collection clocks in at a fleet 87 minutes, which is shorter (and taken together, more lively) than a whole mess of features.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A deadpan comedy shot through with a vein of despair, the Uruguayan film Whisky is a pint-size pleasure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A heartfelt, emotionally delicate children's movie about life and death and all the parts in between.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    One of the strengths of Mr. Nguyen-Vo's film is that despite the overwhelming physical beauty of the landscape and the simplicity of his characters, he doesn't succumb to such aerated thinking. The world in Buffalo Boy" is filled with wonder, but it is a world also filled with real desire, real death, not abstractions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Jennings and Mr. Goldsmith have held onto a genuine sense of childlike wonder, which works as a nice corrective to what might otherwise come across as an overabundance of hip.

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