Manohla Dargis

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For 1,863 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Replacement Killers
Score distribution:
1863 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    As it turns out, nothing else in Tracks matches the dramatic pow of a camel being relieved of his testes. Despite the otherworldly scenery and some predictable tragedy — Robyn can be maddeningly careless about the welfare of her animals — this proves to be a rather logy amble.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    It’s a theme as familiar as life. The five women, all perfectly cast and almost perfectly played.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    For all Mr. Boyle’s labors Trance principally comes off as a showcase for his brio, a spirit that animates all his choices, visual and otherwise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Here, it's the creepily quiet stuff, the stuff that might be rushed over in a different movie -- Annie shivering alone in bed or being visited by her dead grandmother as she hangs out the wash -- that makes the film more than a generic distraction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Again and again Katniss rescues herself with resourcefulness, guts and true aim, a combination that makes her insistently watchable, despite Mr. Ross's soft touch and Ms. Lawrence's bland performance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The Overnight ends just as it starts to get interestingly messy, tapping into something real and sweetly touching.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Carrey is such an attention hog that most actresses have a hard time holding on to their corner of the screen when he's onboard, especially in broader comedies. But Ms. Leoni never cedes her ground. Both performers exude such acute neediness - there's a touch of Jerry Lewis and Lucille Ball in their mutual frenzy - that not to love them even a little would seem cruel.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    In the end, like a lot of genre movies, this one pulls from different inspirations, and so weighs in, by turns, as overly predictable and satisfyingly recognizable (part of genre cinema's one-two punch).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Breaking the Frame is a tantalizing teaser for a story that still needs to be told.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    A divertingly goofy thriller with an animistic bent, moments of shivery and twitchy suspense and a solid lead performance from Mark Wahlberg.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    It’s too bad that the filmmakers don’t allow an occasional breath of air into the sepulchral proceedings or ease up on the increasingly heavy-handed lessons.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    This bit of fluff overflows with so much honest charm it barely matters that it's one in a seemingly endless succession of Tarzan retreads.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Miller and his co-writer, Tom Phelan, manage to get under your skin largely with borrowed implements, though they receive solid support from Willem Dafoe and the resourceful veteran cinematographer Fred Murphy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Brilliantly edited and gorgeously shot, Esther Kahn is a dream to look at and, courtesy of Howard Shore's minor chords and high-strung strings, definitely something to hear.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    A nicely cast, respectable remake.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Ivin doesn't have a strong narrative line to play with or become distracted by, but he takes off on some lovely detours, whether he's narrowing in on Chook or going wide to take in the world that waits beyond.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The Cool School, is, well, cool, but it’s also fairly parochial.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Exactly the sort of good bad movie that Hollywood does best -- it's big, worthless fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Ms. Meyers, whose ambitions are telegraphed by her film's title, which directly invokes George Cukor's lovely 1938 romp "Holiday," has created a cumbersome vehicle by saddling Iris with a flamboyantly glamorous Los Angeles double, Amanda. As played by Cameron Diaz with oodles of charm and not an ounce of persuasion, Amanda doesn’t as much mirror Iris's love troubles as throw them into wincing relief.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    It features a casually diverse cast and is openly, at times dutifully, feminist, with you-go-girl speeches that sound as if everyone involved had tried too hard to be decent. Funny and enlightened would have been better.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    It’s all very pretty, but too often the movie’s beauty isn’t tethered to deep feeling or strong ideas, one reason you may often find your eyes and thoughts drifting away from the quietly escalating drama toward the vast green fields, the majestic horses and nice detail work.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Like the film, the characters mean well and look good. But they're so deeply immersed in their own heads that they can't see the world for their needs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    For a Marvel agnostic like me, the single most interesting thing about Age of Ultron is that you can sense that Mr. Whedon, having helped build a universal earnings machine with the first “Avengers,” has now struggled mightily, touchingly, to invest this behemoth with some life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    In Infinitely Polar Bear, Ms. Forbes hasn’t made a movie about her father’s illness; she’s made one about her father, who, through hard and weird times, clearly helped give her what she needed so that one day she could tell this story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Much like its young hero, played by Daniel Radcliffe, the film has begun to show signs of stress around the edges, a bit of fatigue, or maybe that’s just my gnawing impatience.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Like oversolicitous lovers, the filmmakers are hung up on foreplay -- and not enough old-fashioned teenage raunch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    As erratically enjoyable as it is consistently ridiculous, the martial arts pastiche The Man With the Iron Fists is the latest evidence that the vogue for neo-exploitation cinema shows no sign of flagging.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The director Sebastián Lelio should have been a good fit for this story if only because of the sensitivity he’s brought to female-driven movies like “Gloria.” Although Disobedience seems to offer him similar material — female desire up against the patriarchy — it defeats him.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Still, despite the visual clumsiness and the production's tattered seams, I found myself rooting for this movie anyway, partly because Lindsey and Ben make a nice fit, as do the actors playing them, partly because the Farrellys bring so much heart to their movies, and partly because Ms. Barrymore inspires more goodwill than any other young actress I can think of working today in American movies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    At once a sick comedy, a bile-raising thriller and a genre pastiche, Save the Green Planet is a welter of conflicting tones, dissonant moods and warring intentions.

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