Manohla Dargis
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For 1,619 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 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Manakamana
Lowest review score: 0 Elite Squad
Score distribution:
1,619 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Ten
    One of the best films to open so far this year, but greeting each new work from a favored director as if it were equally brilliant can't be good for anyone, the director included.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Soderbergh's smart, spooky thriller about a thicket of contemporary plagues - a killer virus, rampaging fear, an unscrupulous blogger - is as ruthlessly effective as the malady at its cool, cool center.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Doueiri creates characters, emotional colors and political contradictions that have the agonized sting and breathe of life.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Funny, audacious, messy and feverishly inspired look at America and its discontents.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It's possible that Maggie Gyllenhaal will never become a major star, but there isn't an American actress in movies today who holds the screen with as much deep-seated soul.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The film is at once breathtaking and ridiculous, and it's the tension between these two extremes, as well as Carax's own intoxicating style, that makes it essential viewing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    With In the Pit [Rulfo] isn't advancing any totalizing theory, a treatise on transportation or an argument about alienation; he is, rather simply and elegantly, revealing the secret human face of a seemingly inhuman world.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    If the cast is distractingly pretty, the performances are also quite fine and, in the case of Gordon-Levitt, exceptional.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There's undeniable pathos to many of these encounters, and because the director has a wonderful feel for color and knows how to throw a frame around the world, there's also unmistakable beauty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Then too there's the sheer pleasure of hearing these words spoken by an actor like Mr. Fiennes, whose phrasing is so brilliant, you might be tempted to close your eyes if his physical performance weren't equally mesmerizing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    As his attention to detail and beauty shots prove, Mr. Maringouin has a terrific eye: he brings you close to Mr. Strel, sometimes within panting distance, without forgetting the larger, lovelier world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A hugely appealing documentary about fans, faith and an enigmatic Age of Aquarius musician who burned bright and hopeful before disappearing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A spasmodically funny and bleak film about the love that speaks its name.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The film is accessible, pleasant, dreamy, a touch goofy and melancholic. Its modernist gestures are little more than stylistic tics, but there's an image of snow falling on two clasped hands that is almost rapturous. The role of the artist remains, for Mr. Resnais, the role of a lifetime.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    In a free-for-all like this, where the laws of gravity and dictates of narrative logic are left to eat dust, it doesn't matter when anything takes place or why.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Plummer stumbles beautifully, poignantly and often, leering and searching through a haze of memory or, with concern edged with panic, calling for "a line, a line" much as Richard III calls for a horse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Bethlehem is emphatically political, as perhaps any movie about warring Israelis and Palestinians must be. Yet its ideas are more complex than is suggested by either its schematic story or fast-moving genre elements.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Choreographed by the film martial-arts veteran Sammo Hung, the fights are spectacularly designed and performed, relying more on muscle and skill than wirework.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    With its fragmentation and mysteries, Upstream Color offers itself up as a puzzle as well as a philosophical toy that you can spin and spin until the cafe closes and kicks you into the night.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A central work in the new, boldly politicized Iranian cinema.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    About as non-narrative a film as you're likely to see in commercial theaters. This makes it a curiosity and, less charitably, something of a gimmick, but mostly it makes it a challenge.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The casting of the two leads is a nice surprise in Red Eye, as is its modest scale. One of the ironies about the film is that its relatively small-movie feel allows Mr. Craven to focus on the sorts of things - the performances and little bits of business from the extras - that a director like Michael Bay doesn't have time for, partly because he is so busy blowing stuff up.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Endearingly ridiculous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Guaranteed to infuriate anyone with strongly partisan opinions about the region. The film offers up simultaneous critiques of Palestinian and Israeli extremism, but the most radical thing about it is that it's often disquietingly funny.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    His (Ralph Fiennes) Voldemort may be the greatest screen performance ever delivered without the benefit of a nose; certainly it's a performance of sublime villainy.

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