Manohla Dargis

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For 1,720 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Top Five
Lowest review score: 0 Downloading Nancy
Score distribution:
1720 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Stuffed with zingers and zippy stunts, it comes with pretty young things of all hues and hair types - few prettier than its lead, Joseph Gordon-Levitt - and start-to-finish clever special effects, none more clever or special than Michael Shannon.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Jia’s approach means that you have to do a certain amount of interpretive work, though mostly you just have to pay attention and be a little patient. If you do, you will notice that Mountains May Depart is a movie of threes: its main characters, moments in time, narrative sections, historical symbols and even aspect ratio come in triplicate.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Does it matter that stretches of Miles Ahead — a gun-rattling, squealing-tire car chase included — came out of the filmmakers’ imagination rather than Davis’s life? (Mr. Cheadle shares script credit with Steven Baigelman.) Purists may howl, but they’ll also miss the pleasure and point of this playfully impressionistic movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    An effectively creepy thriller about a 911 operator and a young miss in peril, The Call is a model of low-budget filmmaking.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Like the film itself, the performance (Giamatti's) is deeply controlled, played with restraint and with microscopic attention to detail.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The jokes would be funny even if they weren't perfectly timed, but what makes them come across as so poignant is the seriousness with which the director and his co-conspirators deliver their jabs and japes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The actors in 24 City bring their own existential realities to their short, touching performances. In the end, the deep emotions they stir up -- the actress Lv Liping delivers a harrowing story about a lost child -- constitute another kind of monument to the workers of Factory 420.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    What’s energizing and exciting about Amy, especially when compared with the sexless cuties populating rom-coms, in which female pleasure is often expressed through shopping, is that her erotic appetites aren’t problems that she needs to narratively solve and vanquish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    I can't think of another good movie this year that's as tough to watch as Moodysson's, but, then, I can't think of very many movies that are as good.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    [A] handsome, intelligently absorbing and stirring biographical portrait.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    There are all sorts of ways to look at The Son -- as a philosophical thriller, as a statement of faith, as a call to political arms or just as a terrific entertainment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Innocenc doesn't just reveal a wealth of visual enchantments; it restates the case that there can and should be more to feature-length animations than cheap jokes, bathos and pandering.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The hard-pounding heart of Mother, Ms. Kim is a wonderment. Perched on the knife edge between tragedy and comedy, her delivery gives the narrative -- which tends to drift, sometimes beguilingly, sometimes less so -- much of its momentum.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    At once fuzzy-wuzzy and industrial strength, the tacky-sounding Kung Fu Panda is high concept with a heart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A rush of a movie from South Korea that slips and slides from horror to humor on rivers of blood and offers the haunting image of a man, primitive incarnate, beating other men with an enormous, gnawed-over meat bone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    In a film that verges on greatness, it is a sign of terrific faith, as well as of Anderson's promise as a director, that when one of the characters in The Royal Tenenbaums wears hospital pajamas after a detour into grief, the words over his heart read "recovery area."
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    When Mr. Eisenberg makes Mark's face go blank, the character seems scarily emptied out: it's a subtly great, at times unsettling, performance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A stirring, unexpectedly moving story of love and blood.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    With beauty, mild and sharp jolts, and mesmerizing camerawork, he (Gaspar Noe) tries to open the doors of perception.

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