Manohla Dargis
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For 1,608 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 2046
Lowest review score: 0 15 Minutes
Score distribution:
1,608 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Stories We Tell has a number of transparent virtues, including its humor and formal design, although its most admirable quality is the deep sense of personal ethics that frames Ms. Polley’s filmmaking choices.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Black Swan is visceral and real even while it's one delirious, phantasmagoric freakout.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The film is above all a consummate work of art, one that transcends the historically fraught context of its making, and its pleasures are unapologetically aesthetic. It reveals, excites, disturbs, provokes, but the window it opens is to human consciousness itself.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    One of those rare films in which the moral stakes are as insistent and thought through as the aesthetic choices.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A masterpiece of indirection and pure visceral thrills, David Cronenberg's latest mindblower, A History of Violence, is the feel-good, feel-bad movie of the year.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In Boyhood, Mr. Linklater’s masterpiece, he both captures moments in time and relinquishes them as he moves from year to year. He isn’t fighting time but embracing it in all its glorious and agonizingly fleeting beauty.
    • 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.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    If in Bresson's films nothing ever seems out of place or superfluous it's because he strove to find the essential truth of the image. Not an image or sound is wasted -- or offered up in self-glorification -- and from such seeming simplicity there arises a world of feeling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, A Touch of Sin is at once monumental and human scale.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    To say that Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York is one of the best films of the year or even one closest to my heart is such a pathetic response to its soaring ambition that I might as well pack it in right now.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Captain Phillips, a movie that insistently closes the distance between us and them, has a vital moral immediacy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Loznitsa doesn’t lighten the mood with any familiar filmmaking tricks: there are, for instance, no musical cues to guide you over the troubling or ambiguous passages. Like the characters, you work through each surprising turn.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Like Hitchcock, Mr. Wong is at once a voyeur and fetishist par excellence.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Bale, like some other stars who embrace playing ugly, feels as if he’d been liberated by all the pounds he’s packed on and by his character’s molting looks, an emancipation that’s most evident in his delicately intimate, moving moments with Ms. Adams and Ms. Lawrence.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    It’s a pitiless, violent story that in its telling becomes a haunting and haunted intellectual and aesthetic achievement.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Never before has a fiction film so clearly and to such devastating effect laid out the calculation of the Nazi machinery of death and its irrationality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Stevens’s watchful restraint gives the early scenes a slow burn and a sinister glaze.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Much like the Dardennes, Mr. Joachim holds to the truth that the personal is political, which is why this isn’t simply a movie about a woman and an unspeakable crime, but also an exploration of the power and cruelty that brought her to that very dark place.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, it goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A terrifically clever film; has a soft-boilded heart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    At once an old-fashioned freakout and an environmental cautionary tale (mess with Mother Nature and she'll mess with you right back), the film combines two genre standbys -- lethal contagion and the undead -- and gives them a wicked, contemporary spin.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A metaphysical road movie about life, death and the limits of knowledge, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia has arrived just in time to cure the adult filmgoer blues.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Howard doesn’t just want you to crawl inside a Formula One racecar, he also wants you to crawl inside its driver’s head.

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