For 1,056 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Great Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 Surveillance
Score distribution:
1,056 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Polanski’s work with his performers is consistently subtle even when the performances seem anything but, which is true of this very fine film from welcome start to finish.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    One weakness is the too-brief, tantalizing peeks inside the Barnes. Yet, like the movie as a whole, this limitation comes with dividends: it made me want to hop on a plane to Philadelphia as soon as possible to see the original before it’s emptied.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Once again, Mr. Kosashvili mixes moments of bitterness and laughter with strong dramatic passages, creating a social milieu in The Duel that is believably inhabited, consistently surprising and true-feeling in detail and sweep.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A worthy, intensive labor of love that took years to shoot and edit, and it's also more gripping than a lot of recent Hollywood thrillers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    While it can be seen as an environmental horror movie (if you must), Rubber doesn't dig down but instead merrily rolls on, as Mr. Dupieux plays with narrative and form. In one wonderful cinematic coup the tire spots a crow and shifts toward the bird so that it's framed in the tire hole, an angle that turns the tire into a camera. Point. Click. Explode.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The movie is smart about a lot of things, including the vital importance of female friendships. And it's nice to see so many actresses taking up space while making fun of something besides other women.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    In wistful tone and mood, Beginners at times hazily evokes the films of Wong Kar-wai, including "Chungking Express," a different kind of memory piece.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A quiet, steady burn filled with stretches of unsettlingly reverberant silence cleaved in half by a midpoint eruption of violence. Here there is before, and then there is after.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A grave and quietly moving story about a South African girl of extraordinary character, does something that few painful dramas accomplish: It tells a tale of resilience without platitudes about the triumph of the human spirit or without false promises about an unclouded future.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The stories in The Interrupters, a hard wallop of a documentary, may weigh heavily on your heart and head, but they will also probably infuriate you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There's more here than initially meets and sometimes assaults the eye, including the hyperbolic dudeness of it all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Made for European television and originally divided into six one-hour episodes, the movie now runs an absorbing, astonishingly fast four and a quarter hours.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Eastwood doesn't just shift between Hoover's past and present, his intimate life and popular persona, he also puts them into dialectic play, showing repeatedly how each informed the other.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    While Undefeated travels well-tilled inspirational ground, it's also an irresistible story of football, faith and the lust for happily-ever-after black-and-white endings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    I Wish tends toward the vaporous and not just because of its volcano; but whenever its children are on screen, lighted up with joy or dimmed by hard adult truths, the film burns bright.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It works - beautifully.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    In A Burning Hot Summer (a pulpy title that sounds better in the original, "Un Été Brûlant), two men fall into friendship, and while little happens, everything is at stake.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Believable and preposterous, effective as a closing chapter and somewhat of a letdown if only because Mr. Nolan, who continues to refine his cinematic technique, hasn't surmounted "The Dark Knight" or coaxed forth another performance as mesmerizingly vital as Heath Ledger's Joker in that film.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A cold, funny number about the erotics of money and the seduction of death.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It's easy to take issue with a documentary like The House I Live In, which tackles too much in too brief a time and glosses over complexities, yet this is also a model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Trading the cooler, more emotionally detached style and vibe that characterized "Home," her debut feature, about a family falling apart, Ms. Meier quietly goes for the emotional jugular in Sister.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It's deeply satisfying watching these public school, hard-knock kids win, and Ms. Dellamaggiore knows it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    This may not be a fuzzy wuzzy, warm-and-cuddly song to animals, but in revealing the everyday, sometimes repellent surrealism of the park - where zebras, elephants, camels and ostriches walk among slowly moving cars, and lions bang wildly against their small cages - he forces you to look at the often unseen. It may not be pretty, but it is essential viewing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    As Bond sprints from peril to pleasure, Mr. Craig and the other players - including an exceptional, wittily venal Javier Bardem, a sleek Ralph Fiennes and a likable Ben Whishaw - turn out to be the most spectacular of Mr. Mendes's special effects.
    • 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.