Manohla Dargis
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For 1,605 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Gabrielle
Lowest review score: 0 Elite Squad
Score distribution:
1,605 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The mousetrap setup and tight fight spaces, the bad blood and cruel deaths - soon makes the movie grindingly monotonous, a blur of thudding body blows.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The film portrays a family undone by grief over the death of a loved one; that, in any event, is its plot synopsis. More accurately, the film is a wallow of authorial narcissism, and a tedious, unrelenting, uninteresting wallow at that.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    Sucks -- because it's a frenetic bore that insists on its audience's adoration while making no demands upon their intelligence.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    As mean-spirited toward its working-class characters, especially its women, as it is profoundly unfunny.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Doesn't have the courage of its conceit, only an abundance of bad ideas and worse taste.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    There are two films at war in director Spike Lee's newest feature 25th Hour, one uninteresting, the other an epic of near-tragic miscalculation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The tediously convoluted plot involves the foursome’s attempt to pay him back, a labored venture that involves crooks with names like Dog and Plank, a man on fire, some fine cinematography, plenty of gore though no real point.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 10 Manohla Dargis
    Robot Stories isn't any good. I don't say this lightly. There's no pleasure in giving new directors bad reviews and it's especially unpleasant when what's wrong with their work isn't a clumsy performance or two, a sagging second act or a repugnant worldview, but a near-total absence of filmmaking talent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    The limp title says it all.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    About the only good thing to say about this mess is that it's rotten enough that even Altman cultists may be forced to reconsider their devotion.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    Is there a point? All the filmmakers seem interested in is the ugliness of the main Israeli characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Like too many big-studio productions, Cloverfield works as a showcase for impressively realistic-looking special effects, a realism that fails to extend to the scurrying humans whose fates are meant to invoke pity and fear but instead inspire yawns and contempt. Rarely have I rooted for a monster with such enthusiasm.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    There’s no denying the real Heyerdahl’s bravery, but if this movie is to be believed, his voyage was largely bereft of tension and interesting conversation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    There is very little fun in The Ice Harvest, which wouldn't pose a problem if the film had some fleshed-out ideas to go along with the booze, the booty and the recycled plot points.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A grave and disappointing failure, as much of imagination as of technology.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Increasingly, reviewing the latest Woody Allen movie has taken on the feel of a dreaded ritual, an annual excursion into careless filmmaking, desperate shtick, and vainglorious misanthropy disguised as cuddly neurosis.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 10 Manohla Dargis
    Watching Ramis struggle with his two stars is like watching someone try to juggle lead weights.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Trimmed to an hour, and tucked between a documentary on snails and an episode of Coronation Street, writer-director Mark Herman's Brassed Off could prove lively watching indeed. As it is, however, his pedestrian if sweetly well-meaning inspirational about a coal-mining town done in by Thatcherism is too long, too laborious and 15 years too late.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    Unearthing even the roughest gems serves a programming purpose, but in this case it has also led to a theatrical release of a movie that looks like a muddy second-generation Xerox and contains all the emotional and intellectual appeal of cold tea and soggy toast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    During the ensuing narrative unpleasantness and visual incoherence (meaningless choker close-ups, pointless slow motion), Hayley subjects Jeff to a range of torture, all in the name of, well, what? Despite the two fine performances, it's hard to say.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The movie lurches from the improbably silly to the drearily so, while the characters remain so emotionally and psychologically divorced from life that they might as well be zombies or sitcom stick figures.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Even Phoenix, an actor who can make an incestuous-minded Roman emperor seem sensitive, can't smooth over political nihilism this unsavory.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    If only the whole thing were as funny as an Albert Brooks movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Rather than steep his story in dread, ideas or something, anything, fresh and different, first-time director Eli Roth just pours on the blood, along with some recycled surrealism and plenty of giddy movie allusions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    An uncharacteristic if unsurprising dud.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 0 Manohla Dargis
    See the Holocaust trivialized, glossed over, kitsched up, commercially exploited and hijacked for a tragedy about a Nazi family. Better yet and in all sincerity: don't.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    What's disheartening is that an actress as fine as Ms. Linney has to endure the indignity of such excremental nonsense.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 10 Manohla Dargis
    As high concept and rife with cliché as anything ever churned out by Hollywood, but with worse production values and a load of sanctimonious political correctness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    Schumacher has gone into the cinematic heart of darkness and emerged with his own peculiar kink on the war movie: Vietnam beefcake.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 10 Manohla Dargis
    Mean-spirited vulgarity and homosexual panic.

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