Manohla Dargis
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For 1,556 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 Argo
Lowest review score: 0 Elite Squad
Score distribution:
1,556 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    For Tian, who was banned from directing by Chinese authorities for a decade, it marks a triumphant return; for those who have loved the filmmaker's work in the past, few resurrections have seemed as welcome.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Nikolaus Geyrhalter's superb documentary is an unblinking, often disturbing look at industrial food production from field to factory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Duchess of Langeais seems to me a nearly impeccable work of art -- beautiful, true, profound.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Black Swan is visceral and real even while it's one delirious, phantasmagoric freakout.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Ms. Denis has an extraordinary gift for finding the perfect image that expresses her ideas, the cinematic equivalent of what Flaubert called le mot juste.
    • The New York Times
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In some ways, much like Charles Laughton's "Night of the Hunter," which the Coens quote both musically and visually, True Grit is a parable about good and evil. Only here, the lines between the two are so blurred as to be indistinguishable, making this a true picture of how the West was won, or - depending on your view - lost.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The importance of seeing, seeing the world deeply, is at the heart of this quietly devastating, humanistic work from the South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    It's hard to imagine anyone but Mr. Pitt in the role. He's relaxed yet edgy and sometimes unsettling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The Grandmaster is, at its most persuasive, about the triumph of style. When Ip Man slyly asks “What’s your style?” it’s clear that Mr. Wong is asking the same question because here, as in his other films, style isn’t reducible to ravishing surfaces; it’s an expression of meaning.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    City of Life and Death isn't cathartic: it offers no uplifting moments, just the immodest balm of art. The horrors it represents can be almost too difficult to watch, yet you keep watching because Mr. Lu makes the case that you must.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The 3-D is sometimes less than transporting, and the chanting voices in the composer Ernst Reijseger's new-agey score tended to remind me of my last spa massage. Yet what a small price to pay for such time traveling!
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A first-rate art-house thriller, Miss Bala tells the strange, seemingly impossible story of a Mexican beauty queen who becomes the accidental pawn of a drug cartel. It's an adventure story that could be called a contemporary picaresque if it weren't so deadly serious.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    It's a doozy of a story and so borderline ridiculous that it sounds - ta-da! - like something that could have been cooked up only by Hollywood.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    For all its high-flying zaniness the movie has the sting of life, and its humor feels dredged up from the same dark, boggy place from which Samuel Beckett extracted his yuks.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Captain Phillips, a movie that insistently closes the distance between us and them, has a vital moral immediacy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A quietly rapturous film about love and redemption.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A masterpiece about life, death and everything in between.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Barbara is a film about the old Germany from one of the best directors working in the new: Christian Petzold. For more than a decade Mr. Petzold has been making his mark on the international cinema scene with smart, tense films that resemble psychological thrillers, but are distinguished by their strange story turns, moral thorns, visual beauty and filmmaking intelligence.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In Spring Breakers [Mr. Korine] bores into a contested, deeply American topic — the pursuit of happiness taken to nihilistic extremes — but turns his exploration into such a gonzo, outrageously funny party that it takes a while to appreciate that this is more of a horror film than a comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Scott’s seriousness isn’t always well served by the scripts he films, but in Mr. McCarthy he has found a partner with convictions about good and evil rather than canned formula.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Like “The Shining” and its maze within a maze, Mr. Ascher’s movie is something of a labyrinth. Puzzling your way through its compilation of vaguely lucid and crackpot ideas is pleasurable though, for avid movie lovers, it may also feel like a warning.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    [Allen's] most sustained, satisfying and resonant film since “Match Point.”

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