Manohla Dargis
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For 1,540 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 Avatar
Lowest review score: 0 The Jackal
Score distribution:
1,540 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    If in Bresson's films nothing ever seems out of place or superfluous it's because he strove to find the essential truth of the image. Not an image or sound is wasted -- or offered up in self-glorification -- and from such seeming simplicity there arises a world of feeling.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In Boyhood, Mr. Linklater’s masterpiece, he both captures moments in time and relinquishes them as he moves from year to year. He isn’t fighting time but embracing it in all its glorious and agonizingly fleeting beauty.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    This film, which was never released in America and will now be making its way across the country in limited release, has been immaculately restored and features new subtitles. You can get lost in the blackness of its heart and its shadows. You might never come back.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    It’s a pitiless, violent story that in its telling becomes a haunting and haunted intellectual and aesthetic achievement.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The genius of 12 Years a Slave is its insistence on banal evil, and on terror, that seeped into souls, bound bodies and reaped an enduring, terrible price.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    As he (Wong Kar-wai) floods the screen with beauty and fills the soundtrack with hypnotic rhythms, he forges a filmmaking style of incomparable eroticism.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    When Mr. Eisenberg makes Mark's face go blank, the character seems scarily emptied out: it's a subtly great, at times unsettling, performance.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Ms. Bigelow's direction here is unexpectedly stunning, at once bold and intimate: she has a genius for infusing even large-scale action set pieces with the human element.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The result is an American masterpiece, independent to the bone.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Like the film itself, the performance (Giamatti's) is deeply controlled, played with restraint and with microscopic attention to detail.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Like the convictions of some born into religious families, his (Carlos) Marxism seems more a matter of habit than faith. What seems to turn him on is power, which, the movie suggests, he nurtured alongside his luxe tastes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A masterpiece about life, death and everything in between.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Generous, soulful film.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Here Mr. Cantet -- whose earlier features include "Human Resources" and "Time Out," two other dramas about systems of power -- has done that rarest of things in movies about children: He has allowed them to talk.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The film is above all a consummate work of art, one that transcends the historically fraught context of its making, and its pleasures are unapologetically aesthetic. It reveals, excites, disturbs, provokes, but the window it opens is to human consciousness itself.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The film is a virtuosic triumph, but parlor tricks don't make movies, and it's Jackson's unwavering sincerity that elevates The Fellowship of the Ring into the increasingly rare Valhalla of the rousing, well-told tale.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Seemingly banal in its conceit, wildly startling in its execution, it tracks a film crew that, like a detective squad, investigates what became of an ordinary man.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A dazzling epic of love, guns, gangsters and cigarettes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A sublimely nimble evisceration of that cult of celebrity known as the British royal family.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Stories We Tell has a number of transparent virtues, including its humor and formal design, although its most admirable quality is the deep sense of personal ethics that frames Ms. Polley’s filmmaking choices.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    One of those rare films in which the moral stakes are as insistent and thought through as the aesthetic choices.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    To look at Apocalypse Now is to realize that most of us are fast forgetting what a movie looks like -- a real movie, the last movie, an American masterpiece.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Her
    At once a brilliant conceptual gag and a deeply sincere romance, Her is the unlikely yet completely plausible love story about a man, who sometimes resembles a machine, and an operating system, who very much suggests a living woman.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Because Linklater now wears his heart on his sleeve, he has made a film that in its joy, optimism and aesthetic achievement keeps faith with American cinema at its finest.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Crowe has made a hugely entertaining, nearly pitch-perfect film about rock & roll.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Biographies of living people are tricky if for no other reason than a biographer can sometimes feel protective of his or her subject. Berman and Pulcini obviously adore Pekar, but by not getting out of his head more often and taking him on his own harsh terms, they blow the chance to dig as deep as the source.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Its focus is purposely narrow. But that narrow focus, along with the lack of fully realized characters, and the absence of any historical or political context, raises the question of why, notwithstanding the usual (if shaky) commercial imperative, this particular movie was made.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Bale, like some other stars who embrace playing ugly, feels as if he’d been liberated by all the pounds he’s packed on and by his character’s molting looks, an emancipation that’s most evident in his delicately intimate, moving moments with Ms. Adams and Ms. Lawrence.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    This is life as it’s lived, not dreamed. And this is a family bound not only by sorrow, but also by a shared history that emerges in 114 calibrated minutes and ends with a wallop.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The brilliance of Borat is that its comedy is as pitiless as its social satire, and as brainy.