Manohla Dargis
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For 1,559 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 White Material
Lowest review score: 0 Elite Squad
Score distribution:
1,559 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Late in his new film Kings and Queen, the wildly gifted French director Arnaud Desplechin yanks the rug from under his characters and sends both them and us reeling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A triumph of modesty and of seriousness that also happens to be one of the finest American films of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Jacobs has succeeded at one of the most difficult tasks given a director, which is to make a character come alive through the filmmaking, not exposition.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Shot with a sure hand and a cast of unknowns, the film doesn't so much tell a story as develop a tone and root around a place that, despite the intimate camerawork, remains shrouded in ambiguity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Has the glorious look and immaculate technique we expect from Mann, along with a wealth of superb secondary performances.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Leigh has never been an artist for whom happy (word or idea) has been an easy fit. Life is sweet, as the title of another of his films puts it with a heart-swelling yes, but it’s also an eternal fight against doom and gloom, the soul-crushing no.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Chappelle looks and sounds alternately ebullient and weary. It was directed by Michel Gondry, the madcap genius behind "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," but in its tone and vibe feels like Mr. Chappelle's all the way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Hero is easy on the eyes, but it's too segmented to gather much momentum and too art-directed to convey much urgency.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    It's the sort of unassuming discovery that could get lost in a crowd or suffer from too much big love, and while it won't save or change your life, it may make your heart swell. Its aim is modest and true.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    It's sexy, brainy and slightly nuts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Pugilists and philosophers of all kinds converge in Frederick Wiseman's mesmerizing documentary Boxing Gym.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Glorious and goofy and blissfully deranged.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    There's something overly studied, almost clinical, in how it all pulls together.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Isn't just a pleasurable rethink of your geek uncle's favorite science-fiction series. It's also a testament to television's power as mythmaker, as a source for some of the fundamental stories we tell about ourselves, who we are and where we came from.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    His film may be something of a beautiful lie, but what's true about Sollett's characters is that their dreams, their grace and their struggles are as real as it gets.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There is something heartening about Mr. Burton's love for bones and rot here, if only because it suggests, despite some recent evidence, that he is not yet ready to abandon his own dark kingdom.
    • 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
    A haunting, voluptuously beautiful portrait of a teenage boy who, after being suddenly caught in midflight, falls to earth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Waves of melancholy wash over the story and keep the treacle at bay, as do the spasms of broad comedy, much of it nimbly executed by Mr. Baron Cohen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Captain Phillips, a movie that insistently closes the distance between us and them, has a vital moral immediacy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Twenty-four years later -- digitally spruced up, with some scenes shaved and others padded with previously cut material -- Scott's film still shreds nerves.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Life rushes by so fast, it flickers today and is gone tomorrow. In 56 Up - the latest installment in Michael Apted's remarkable documentary project that has followed a group of Britons since 1964, starting when they were 7 - entire lifetimes race by with a few edits.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    More elegantly plotted and streamlined than the first film.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Few filmmakers love movies as intensely; fewer still have the ability to remind us why we fell for movies in the first place.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The English director Mike Leigh's best work in a decade.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    One lesson of Lake of Fire is the galvanizing power of the visual image. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes pictures are not enough.

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