Manohla Dargis
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For 1,569 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 Children of Men
Lowest review score: 0 Deuces Wild
Score distribution:
1,569 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Lichtenstein seems to want your tears. Nothing wrong there. The problem is that, because he never settles persuasively into one groove -- you don’t believe the tears or the smiles or anything in between -- he can’t begin to approach the complex contradictions suggested by his movie’s title.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Taken starts in low gear and almost immediately stalls out.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A film worthy neither of Mr. Keaton's talents nor even a desperate horror fan's attention.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Despite Mr. Nakata's track record and the radiant presence of its star, Naomi Watts, The Ring Two is a dud.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A most unfortunate film that combines standard documentary techniques, including talking-head interviews, with some maladroit dramatizations from Aury's life and her novel.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Softer, louder and cleaner than the 1974 version, the new film sentimentalizes the prisoners and the game, filing down their sharpest edges so that winning becomes a matter of triumph rather than resistance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Wildly overproduced and filled with fussy flourishes that make even a derelict hallway look like a million bucks, Dark Water fails to rustle up either meaning or meaningful scares.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    What's interesting about Stealth isn't its nitwit story... No, what's interesting about this movie - and many others of its kind - is that it continues the love affair Hollywood, that hotbed of liberalism, has long had with militarism.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Marc Forster takes a maximalist approach to this mumbo jumbo, which means that in addition to lots of wacky angles, shiny surfaces, seemingly endless stairs, and sets of twins, triplets and quadruplets, he deploys the unsettling vision of three talented actors - Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling - straining credulity and neck tendons in the service of serious claptrap.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Riddled with holes and undeveloped characters, and marred by lurching rhythms that may reflect some triage editing, so it's hard to see what Mr. Hafstrom brings to this film other than a murky palette.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    There is very little fun in The Ice Harvest, which wouldn't pose a problem if the film had some fleshed-out ideas to go along with the booze, the booty and the recycled plot points.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    As witless as it is formulaic.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The Benchwarmers is the sort of trash that Hollywood does really well. It is also, to quote Mr. Schneider, "a master's thesis on the form of a quintessential Adam Sandler comedy."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The jokes don't just fizzle into insignificance; they flop about with gaudy ineffectualness, gasping for air like newly landed trout.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    During the ensuing narrative unpleasantness and visual incoherence (meaningless choker close-ups, pointless slow motion), Hayley subjects Jeff to a range of torture, all in the name of, well, what? Despite the two fine performances, it's hard to say.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Following the lead tendered by the credited screenwriters, Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe, the director Frank Coraci struggles to push the character toward the kind of age-appropriate complexity lost on Mr. Sandler, forgetting that his star only works when, as all those ponderous bosoms suggest, he's un-weaned.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Delectably vulgar for 20 minutes or so, almost too bad to be true, but because it lacks the demented conviction of real camp, the glint of madness that keeps a bauble like "Valley of the Dolls" afloat, it soon loses its cheap-thrills appeal.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The real-life sisters Hilary and Haylie Duff star in this incompetent spin on the poor-little-rich-girl story.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Neither ambitious enough to take seriously nor sleazy enough to enjoy, The Quiet flirts with the trappings of exploitation cinema without going all the way.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Billy Bob Thornton's leer is much in evidence in the shoddy comedy School for Scoundrels, though the tackiness of the film, its lazy direction and its self-satisfied stupidity may mean that Mr. Thornton curled his lip about the production rather than for it.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    One of the good things about bad movies is that when someone sneers about the unworthiness of a perfectly mediocre film like, say, "Crash," you can turn to a seriously unworthy film like, say, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and laugh. Ho. Ho. Ho.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    This banal horror retread involves a couple of critters flailing inside a sticky trap for what is, in effect, the big-screen equivalent of a roach motel.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    This existentially and aesthetically unnecessary sequel to the equally irrelevant if depressingly successful "Fantastic Four."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Doesn’t seem as if it would translate easily to the big screen. It hasn't.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The junky, clunky, grimly unfunny follow-up to the marginally better “Rush Hour 2” and the significantly finer “Rush Hour,” isn’t the worst movie of the summer. But it’s an enervating bummer nonetheless, largely because it shows so little respect for its two likable stars and its audience.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The result is that what was once insignificant is now insufferable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    100 percent goo.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Hitman exploits every action-flick cliché imaginable and still manages to be dull. It’s bang, boom, blah -- action movies for bored dummies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Like too many big-studio productions, Cloverfield works as a showcase for impressively realistic-looking special effects, a realism that fails to extend to the scurrying humans whose fates are meant to invoke pity and fear but instead inspire yawns and contempt. Rarely have I rooted for a monster with such enthusiasm.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A barely coherent genre mishmash.

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