Manohla Dargis

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For 1,731 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 Downloading Nancy
Score distribution:
1731 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Far more than Norman's adventure, which takes him from home to a cemetery and deep into his town's history, what pulls you in, quickening your pulse and widening your eyes, are the myriad visual enchantments - from the rich, nubby tactility of his clothes to the skull-and-bones adorning his bedroom wallpaper.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    With a visual style and a deadpan humor that owes an obvious debt to the Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki ("Drifting Clouds"), they hold their shots long enough for you to scan details, look deep into faces and think on how little (or much) it takes to be happy. Here a painted Jesus hovers on a chipped wall, but it's an unholy family of three that finds heaven on earth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Ms. Breillat narrates the fairy tale three ways: in the period story, through the little girls and, finally, through the overall film. None are fully satisfying, but together they offer a sharp, knowing gloss on how our stories define who we were and who we become.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    One of the strengths of Sunset Story is that it introduces us to a pair of extraordinary women who have kept their dignity and independence in a world that conspires against them having either. The story of Lucille and Irja may break your heart, but it will also make your day.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The Saint works. The reason why it occasionally soars is Kilmer, an actor who’s happiest when burying himself in eccentric characterizations, a trick he performs repeatedly here even as he fills the screen with pure movie-star dazzle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The revelations keep coming in Sing Your Song and it's hard not to go googly eyed when, for a 1963 CBS special, you see Mr. Belafonte discussing the march on Washington with some fellow marchers, Mr. Poitier, Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Charlton Heston and the film director Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    One of the better documentaries I'd seen in years -- it plays like a suspense thriller because that's exactly what it is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    As in many road movies, the trip becomes an occasion for philosophizing, a journey inward and out as the men joust and parry, improvising and entertaining each other, at times by imitating, hilariously, someone else (Michael Caine, Sean Connery).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The Host is a cautionary environmental tale about the domination of nature and the costs of human folly, and it may send chills up your spine. But only one will tickle your fancy and make you cry encore, not just uncle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The woman in Christopher Munch's lovely, delightfully idiosyncratic Letters From the Big Man, resplendent with its own dense forests and cloudy Oregon days, has already fallen to earth and is looking for a way back up or maybe just forward. She gets help from a sasquatch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Has the glorious look and immaculate technique we expect from Mann, along with a wealth of superb secondary performances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Ms. DuVernay, from start to finish in this very fine movie, works to make sure that Ruby is a woman to remember.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    It's a gift for moviegoers to have this much freedom, and exhilarating. In Holy Motors you never know where Mr. Carax will take you and you never know what, exactly, you're to do once you're there.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A taut, unnerving, forcefully unromantic fictional film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    It's an exasperating, irresistible, must-see mess of a movie about life in the modern world and so very good that even when its story finally crashes and burns the filmmaking remains unscathed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The film was written, directed and somehow willed into unlikely existence by the extravagantly talented Carlos Reygadas, whose immersion in this exotic world feels so deep and true that it seems like an act of faith.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Chappelle looks and sounds alternately ebullient and weary. It was directed by Michel Gondry, the madcap genius behind "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," but in its tone and vibe feels like Mr. Chappelle's all the way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A potent, persuasive and quietly furious documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Pugilists and philosophers of all kinds converge in Frederick Wiseman's mesmerizing documentary Boxing Gym.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    In classic narrative fashion, Mr. Mundruczo works the setup like a burlesque fan dancer, teasing out the reveal bit by bit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    There are several genres nimbly folded into The Skin I Live In, which might also be described as an existential mystery, a melodramatic thriller, a medical horror film or just a polymorphous extravaganza. In other words, it's an Almodóvar movie with all the attendant gifts that implies: lapidary technique, calculated perversity, intelligent wit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    If you let it, No Home Movie invites you in first with its intimacy and then its deep feeling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    At once an emotional thriller and a domestic horror movie -- a woman's picture with a vengeance, in which the bloodletting is kept to a minimum, and ends up all the more powerful and profound for it.
    • L.A. Weekly
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Tim isn't super anything (though he proves heroic), and what makes Cedar Rapids a low-wattage pleasure is its insistence that his ordinariness - with his decency and sense of wonder - is pretty extraordinary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A sun-kissed German film about a young couple in love and in doubt, might not be perfect, but so much is right and true in this lovely, delicate work that it comes breathtakingly close.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The movie is best understood not in banal docudrama terms but as an impressionistic portrait of a man who, stripped of power, is revealed as grotesquely human.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    What gives the film a formalist kick is that the story unfolds piecemeal as a series of nonlinear moments. What gives it soul are the three lead actors who pull the pieces together with devastating power.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Both newcomers to Mr. To and longtime admirers should be prepared for a master class in directing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    By far the most approachable of the director's recent films, with an emotional depth that's true to life and a streamlined narrative that for long stretches barely contains a word.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    With a gentle rap-rapping, Mr. Eggers intensifies the shivers with art-film moves, genre shocks and an excellent cast that includes a progressively rowdy menagerie.

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