Manohla Dargis
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For 1,608 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
1,608 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    It’s hard to know what the director Allen Coulter could have done to improve Will Fetters’s absurdly contrived, yakky script about love and loss, largely set in the summer of 2001. But Mr. Coulter doesn’t help matters by infusing the movie with grave self-importance.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    But since Costner canít save his movie, it's something of a stretch to think he might be able to save the world.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    At once illogical and insultingly stupid, filled with dead-end twists and the sort of dialogue that makes a mockery of actual adult relations.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The amateurish production values might be pardonable if the clichés -- the hard-core porn star with the soft heart, the therapist who needs to heal herself -- inside the poorly lighted, badly shot images weren’t so absurd and often insulting.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The television commercials for the movie say something about this being the same team that brought you “Face/Off,” which is about as relevant to this picture as noting that Paul Thomas Anderson got Wahlberg to drop his pants in “Boogie Nights.”
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A.C.O.D., an unfunny comedy about a guy mooning over his parents’ divorce decades later, is so eager to please it’s hard to hate. But it’s sluggish even at 87 minutes, clichéd and gives you nothing of interest to look at other than some familiar faces.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Zombies, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a certain Terrence Malick je ne sais quoi — what could go wrong? More or less everything in this low-budget head-scratcher and periodic knee-slapper.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Doesn’t seem as if it would translate easily to the big screen. It hasn't.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The result is that what was once insignificant is now insufferable.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A cringing romance that Mr. Vinterberg tries and fails to spin into a political allegory.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A tediously didactic, often condescendingly reductive 10-part lesson on cinema.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    An exploitation flick, but without the thrills or cleavage.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Something certainly blows here, but it isn't the archangel's horn.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    As witless as it is formulaic.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A consistently underused and often underrated actor, Kinnear gives one of those sympathetic performances that prevent you from believing the worst about a movie despite the sounding alarms.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    My hand trembles slightly as I type these words, but the truth is that while watching 2 Fast 2 Furious, the follow-up to the pleasurably cheap-thrills sleeper "The Fast and the Furious," I realized just how much I miss Vin Diesel.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A family circus of dysfunction that's so familiar you may feel tempted to place bets on how everything will shake out.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Slight and goofy, this cut-rate attempt to mine "Harry Potterville" is undermined by its ostensible draw: the lead casting of Jonathan Lipnicki.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Kidman, who speaks Russian for much of the movie, turns in a technically impeccable performance, but the movie gets far more out of her than she out of it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A dud.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Embedded between all the sex and sunlight are some woefully underdeveloped ideas about American militarism and masculinity. Dumont doesn't bother to develop these ideas, principally because he seems to think it's enough to arrange his characters like puppets and tear off their heads.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Apparently, because all the good jokes were used up in the first two "Fockers" movies, the wisenheimers behind the latest installment in this unnecessary trilogy decided to bring in some spew, opening a sick toddler's mouth like a fire hydrant and letting it rip.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    An uncharacteristic if unsurprising dud.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Oblivion never transcends its inspirations to become anything other than a thin copy.
    • 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.

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