Manohla Dargis

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For 1,813 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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Krisha
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
1813 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    A nondramatic work best appreciated as a pure image-and-sound event.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    As is often the case with movies of this type, the real stars are the special-effects team, which does some admirably disgusting work.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The movie keeps you watching and generally engaged.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Pleasurable, daffy if at times daft.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The on-screen results are weird and watchable, by turns frustrating and entertaining, and predictably a little morbid.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Quirky goes a surprisingly long way before stalling out in Don McKay, an oddball comedy with the knowing, festering heart of a neo-noir.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Cyrus is more finely tuned than their earlier movies ("The Puffy Chair," "Baghead"), but it shares a similar, almost aggressive lack of ambition. John doesn't work hard and neither do the Duplasses, who don't want their audiences to break a sweat either. That's too bad, because Cyrus is more interesting and fun when you're recoiling at the effrontery of its comedy and not its conventionality.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The bigger and truer stars of this enjoyable, sometimes accidentally entertaining movie are the five horses that take turns playing Secretariat.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    A passably amusing romantic comedy with a laugh-strewn script that's almost undone by the hard sell of an enterprise that drills every emotional beat into your head.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Best appreciated for its sustained creepy vibe and sporadically arresting images, Heartless moves from one outré moment to another, from one self-conscious allusion to the next ("Donnie Darko" and "Taxi Driver"). It doesn't go anywhere special or much of anywhere, though it goes there in appreciably icky style.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Equal parts appealing and appalling innocence, with a spark of anarchic menace, Mr. Galifianakis is good enough to make you almost forget the movie.
    • The New York Times
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The story, which starts promisingly only to stop, restart, sputter and come to a wheezing, disappointing puff of nada, proves the least satisfying part of the whole. The finale certainly isn't earned, but all the nasty, tiny jolts throughout the movie do prick the skin nicely.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    In the end there might not be much to this tale other than titillation, but there's plenty to be said for Ms. Ronan, who was the best thing about "Atonement" and holds her ground against forceful screen presences like Ms. Blanchett and Mr. Bana.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Nominally a story about sex, lies and faithfulness, Last Night is more truly a cautionary tale about mousetrap narratives.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The stilted and awkward physical and vocal performances in combination with the visually flat cinematography bring to mind the look, sound and visual texture of American daytime soaps, an association that perversely makes the movie more and more watchable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Animal people sometimes say the wackiest things, but here, alas, they never satisfyingly address the ethical questions of what it means to capture and keep wild animals. Happily, while this movie's head may not always be in the right place, its heart is.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Ms. Diaz has found her down-and-dirty element in the kind of broad comedy that threatens to get ugly and more or less succeeds on that threat.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    A coming-of-adulthood story that improbably blends a plaintive drama with romantic longing and far-out science fiction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Save for Ms. Davis's, however, the performances are almost all overly broad, sometimes excruciatingly so, characterized by loud laughs, bugging eyes and pumping limbs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The camera movements are graceful, almost ethereal, yet the objects themselves - with their impastos of organic and inorganic materials, their metaphoric resonances, historical allusions and intimations of war - feel unmistakably weighty.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Lighter than a meringue and as insubstantial, the French boulevard comedy The Women on the 6th Floor was designed for the gentle laughter it easily earns.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The tick tick tock of the mortal clock gives the science-fiction thriller In Time its slick, sweet premise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    While it's frustrating that Mr. Palmer doesn't dig deep into the complexities of the fights, one of the movie's strengths is the honesty with which he confesses his doubts about them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Mekas makes little attempt to smooth out his transitions between takes or scenes, which only reinforces the intensely personal, even handmade nature of the work.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Whatever the case, you may not buy his happy endings, but it's a seductive ideal when all of God's creatures, great and small, buxom and blond, exist in such harmony.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    One problem is Jimmy and his mother's dialogue, which continues in the same clichéd vein as the opening scenes of him alone yelling and yammering into his cell.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    The absurdity of the story in the largely thrill-free thriller Contraband, its hairpin twists and outrageous coincidences, may keep even hungry action fans away. That's too bad because the story doesn't matter. (It rarely does.)
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Lockout, is as dopey an entertainment as imaginable, but it's also a reminder that the film's star, Guy Pearce, has always had great screen magnetism, to which he has now added a bedrock of muscle. Also: he can act.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Unforgivable isn't one of Mr. Téchiné's greatest achievements, but it's engrossing even when its increasingly populated story falters, tripped up by unpersuasive actions, connections and details.

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