For 241 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lowest review score: 0 Lolita
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 241
  2. Negative: 61 out of 241
241 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Generous, soulful film.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Crowe has made a hugely entertaining, nearly pitch-perfect film about rock & roll.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Zwigoff pulls off something in Ghost World that seems a minor miracle -- he creates someone with a complex inner life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A beautifully off-center movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    It is undeniable in its poignancy, an ecstatic vision of what might have been, though as much for its story as for the fact that the whole thing dissolves like a paper fan in rain, an evanescent masterwork.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    This isn't a profound film, or even an important one, but then it isn't trying to be. It's so diverting and so full of small satisfying pleasures, you don't realize how good it is until it's over.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    This unassuming, insistently entertaining documentary has the virtue of a great subject.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Has the glorious look and immaculate technique we expect from Mann, along with a wealth of superb secondary performances.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    There's something overly studied, almost clinical, in how it all pulls together.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    When We Were Kings is a wonderfully entertaining, at times thrilling, film. Ali is magnificent, Foreman oddly touching, and their fight, which is shown almost in total, makes for superb, nail-biting suspense--even two decades after the fact.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    An effortlessly complex portrayal that relishes the contradictions and complexities of someone capable of both exalted and debased behavior, a shape-shifter it is possible to be fascinated, repelled and compelled by, all at the same time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Election is finally, necessarily, as much about sex as it is about politics -- wanting it, getting it, losing it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Alternately frustrating and rewarding film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Better than the usual Hollywood rot, but dialectical it ain't.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In one of the sweetest ironies of the entire film year, Sam Raimi has made an A-movie with the soul of a B-movie classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Not just everything you want in a David Lynch movie, but damn near everything else you want in ANY movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    There's nothing new about this sado-cinema, and nothing much worthy, either.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    On viewing, the cuts seem negligible, but what is new and clearly improved is the sound, which now booms with each door slam and gunshot.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The film is unabashedly sexy, and its heady romanticism feels as right and as unaffected as Im's bold use of color and his equally bold decision to tell the story through traditional pansori narration.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    High Fidelity wants to be hip, but it's comically square.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Takes raw grief as its point of departure only to play out as a comedy of deadpan heartbreak.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    At once an emotional thriller and a domestic horror movie -- a woman's picture with a vengeance, in which the bloodletting is kept to a minimum, and ends up all the more powerful and profound for it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A surprisingly affecting mood piece.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Va Savoir doesn't so much flow as wander, trailing off into drama one minute, slapstick the next; it tries your patience, but ever so gently, masterfully.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    This sensitively directed film is one of those rarest of accomplishments: a graceful work of art about the very creation of art itself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Malick dangles his maddeningly innocent ideas about life and death and man's gift for self-destruction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A central work in the new, boldly politicized Iranian cinema.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Guest begins -- but doesn't end -- with caricatures, then peels away at our preconceptions until we see the heart and soul beneath.