Manohla Dargis

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For 1,768 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 My Golden Days
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
1768 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Audiard's superb remake improves on the original significantly, investing it with aesthetic grandeur and emotional depth.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The novel is life-specific, but what makes Minnie — on the page and now on the screen — greater than any one girl is how she tells her own story in her own soaringly alive voice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    By focusing on such a narrow slice of Nepali life, Ms. Spray and Mr. Velez have ceded any totalizing claim on the truth and instead settled for a perfect incompleteness.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In setting Andre on his search for self, Mr. Rock has carved out a third way, in the process creating a black character who’s fully human and a comedy that’s wholly a blast.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    It’s an exhilarating trip, filled with strange stories, fascinating rituals and ethereally beautiful images of bubbling magma and flowing lava, some of which were captured using drones.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Like most of Mr. Wiseman’s work, the movie is at once specific and general, fascinating in its pinpoint detail and transporting in its cosmic reach.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A comedy poised on the knife's edge of tragedy, the film is a gutsy, truthful, deeply rooted vision of contemporary American life, scaled to the size of an ordinary man. It's a humanist triumph strip-mined of bathos and confirmation that, after directing just three features, Payne has become the most gifted comic social satirist to hit our movies since Preston Sturges.
    • 87 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Together with his extraordinary performers, Mr. Chéreau breathes life into characters who long ago set a course for death.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The miracle of the movie is that, like Toni, it transcends blunt, reductive categorization partly because it’s free of political sloganeering, finger wagging and force-fed lessons. Any uplift that you may feel won’t come from having your ideas affirmed, but from something ineluctable – call it art.
    • 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.
    • 96 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Children of Men may be something of a bummer, but it’s the kind of glorious bummer that lifts you to the rafters, transporting you with the greatness of its filmmaking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    With Where the Wild Things Are Jonze has made a work of art that stands up to its source and, in some instances, surpasses it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    [Allen's] most sustained, satisfying and resonant film since “Match Point.”
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Duchess of Langeais seems to me a nearly impeccable work of art -- beautiful, true, profound.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The audacity of The Missing Picture — a brilliant documentary about a child who held on to life in Cambodia’s killing fields — is equaled only by its soulfulness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Nikolaus Geyrhalter's superb documentary is an unblinking, often disturbing look at industrial food production from field to factory.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Greengrass knows how to do his job, and there’s no one in Hollywood right now who does action better, who keeps the pace going so relentlessly, without mercy or letup, scene after hard-rocking scene.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    With her dramatically pale face framed by a voluptuous dark cloud of hair, Ms. Elkabetz is never more effective than when she’s holding still, her face so drained of emotion that it transforms into a screen within the screen on which another, indelibly private movie is playing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In most movies, something happens; in Archipelago, many things happen, quietly yet meaningfully.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The film's three leads are extraordinary, but what Moore does with her role is so beyond the parameters of what we call great acting that it nearly defies categorization.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    So effective does it close the distance between you and Mr. Bernstein that afterward you may find yourself scanning the streets, hoping to catch sight of him, as if for an old friend.

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