Manohla Dargis
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For 1,531 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Apostle
Lowest review score: 0 The Jackal
Score distribution:
1,531 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The bright sun that blasts through Starlet, a thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening, bathes everything in a radiant light, even the small houses with thirsty lawns and dusty cars.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The Day He Arrives has real force and its experimentation is in the service of a moving story about a man who, as he says at the start, has nowhere to go. And so he returns to a bar, a woman and situations that are always the same and yet always different - snow falls during one kiss but not another - playing a director whose life resembles a movie he keeps remaking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Flight is freakishly real; it's one of those big-screen nightmares that will inspire fear-of-flying moviegoers to run home and Google car rental deals and Greyhound schedules.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Benoît Jacquot's tense, absorbing, pleasurably original look at three days in the life and lies of a doomed monarch.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The fluidity and convenience of digital moviemaking tools explain some of its freshness, as does Ms. Klayman's history as a budding documentarian. It's clear from watching both the feature and its earlier iterations that, while she was learning about Mr. Ai, she was also learning how to tell a visual story. It's easy to think that hanging around Mr. Ai, a brilliant Conceptual artist and an equally great mass-media interpolater, played a part in her education.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The dread gathers and surges while the blood scarcely trickles in The Conjuring, a fantastically effective haunted-house movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Howard doesn’t just want you to crawl inside a Formula One racecar, he also wants you to crawl inside its driver’s head.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    An effectively creepy thriller about a 911 operator and a young miss in peril, The Call is a model of low-budget filmmaking.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    No
    Marshall McLuhan called advertising the greatest art form of the 20th century. In No, Pablo Larraín’s sly, smart, fictionalized tale about the art of the sell during a fraught period in Chilean history, advertising isn’t only an art; it’s also a way of life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Reality is a story about one man’s desire to make it big on the small screen, and something of a familiar exploration of the blurring between reality and its simulations. More elliptically and more interestingly, it is also a look at an Italy engrossed with rituals and spectacle, in watching and being watched.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Unguided by obvious story signposts, you slip from image to image, pulled along by their beauty (the digital cinematography is by Chris Dapkins) and by the dreamy, leisurely rhythms of the editing (by Seth Bomse).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Again and again, as the story shifts between women, times and moods, Mr. Jordan adds a punctuating flourish...that exquisitely illustrates the once-upon-a-time mood.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The story grips you entirely even if Ms. Denis’s worldview here finally feels like a tomb: terrifying, pitiless, inevitable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Much like the Dardennes, Mr. Joachim holds to the truth that the personal is political, which is why this isn’t simply a movie about a woman and an unspeakable crime, but also an exploration of the power and cruelty that brought her to that very dark place.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    What tethers the movie and especially April and Teddy is how Ms. Coppola captures that exquisitely tender, moving moment between fragile, self-interested youth and tentatively more outwardly aware adulthood, a coming into consciousness that she expresses through their broken sentences, diverted glances and abrupt turns.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mostly, Ernest & Celestine is an ode to the happiness that comes from being with those different from us.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A potent, persuasive and quietly furious documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    [A] handsome, intelligently absorbing and stirring biographical portrait.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    One of the pleasures of Up in the Air is that its actresses share the frame with Mr. Clooney as equals, not props
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    While A Single Man has its flaws, many of these fade in view of the performance and the power of Isherwood’s story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A B-movie-style throwback that’s consistently diverting and blissfully free of morals and messages, A Perfect Getaway is just the thing for the summertime movie blahs: it’s a genuinely satisfying cheap thrill.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There is a remarkable stillness to many of the film's most indelible images, particularly the exteriors, which are so carefully photographed, and without the usual tiresome camera jiggling, as to look almost frozen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    What helps make The Departed at once a success and a relief isn't that the director of "Kundun," Mr. Scorsese's deeply felt film about the Dalai Lama, is back on the mean streets where he belongs; what's at stake here is the film and the filmmaking, not the director's epic importance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Tucked in between all the hurt and the jokes, the character development and the across-the-board terrific performances is a surprisingly sharp look at contemporary America.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The latest James Bond vehicle -- call him Bond, Bond 6.0 -- finds the British spy leaner, meaner and a whole lot darker.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Despite the tears, the blood and the booze, Head-On is a hopeful film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    As it is, this collection clocks in at a fleet 87 minutes, which is shorter (and taken together, more lively) than a whole mess of features.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A deadpan comedy shot through with a vein of despair, the Uruguayan film Whisky is a pint-size pleasure.