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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
1,608 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A potent, persuasive and quietly furious documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Pugilists and philosophers of all kinds converge in Frederick Wiseman's mesmerizing documentary Boxing Gym.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    In classic narrative fashion, Mr. Mundruczo works the setup like a burlesque fan dancer, teasing out the reveal bit by bit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    There are several genres nimbly folded into The Skin I Live In, which might also be described as an existential mystery, a melodramatic thriller, a medical horror film or just a polymorphous extravaganza. In other words, it's an Almodóvar movie with all the attendant gifts that implies: lapidary technique, calculated perversity, intelligent wit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    At once an emotional thriller and a domestic horror movie -- a woman's picture with a vengeance, in which the bloodletting is kept to a minimum, and ends up all the more powerful and profound for it.
    • L.A. Weekly
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Tim isn't super anything (though he proves heroic), and what makes Cedar Rapids a low-wattage pleasure is its insistence that his ordinariness - with his decency and sense of wonder - is pretty extraordinary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A sun-kissed German film about a young couple in love and in doubt, might not be perfect, but so much is right and true in this lovely, delicate work that it comes breathtakingly close.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The movie is best understood not in banal docudrama terms but as an impressionistic portrait of a man who, stripped of power, is revealed as grotesquely human.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    What gives the film a formalist kick is that the story unfolds piecemeal as a series of nonlinear moments. What gives it soul are the three lead actors who pull the pieces together with devastating power.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Both newcomers to Mr. To and longtime admirers should be prepared for a master class in directing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    By far the most approachable of the director's recent films, with an emotional depth that's true to life and a streamlined narrative that for long stretches barely contains a word.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The English director Mike Leigh's best work in a decade.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Like many of Mr. Herzog's movies, fiction and nonfiction, Encounters at the End of the World itself has the quality of a dream: it's at once vivid and vague, easy to grasp and somehow beyond reach.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    An erotically charged, beautifully directed story of a woman preyed upon by different men and her own warring desires.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    As with the greatest animated films, the triumph of Kon's work lies not just in its beauty and singularly sophisticated storytelling but in how that beauty and storytelling combine to give the films a sting so human you can forget you're watching a cartoon.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Flight is freakishly real; it's one of those big-screen nightmares that will inspire fear-of-flying moviegoers to run home and Google car rental deals and Greyhound schedules.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Generous, soulful film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    The movie is a curiosity cabinet of visual pleasures but so breezy and lightly funny that you may not realize at first how good it is.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Bridges turns a two-dimensional image into a presence so vital, so filled with breath and blood, that you uneasily fall in love with his character and abandon all thought of the artifice that's brought it to life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A pleasurably sly and involving puzzler - a mystery about mysteries within mysteries.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Gaudily vibrant, at times morbidly funny.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Filmmaker Kevin Rafferty makes the case for remembrance and for the art of the story in his preposterously entertaining documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, preposterous at least for those of us who routinely shun that pagan sacrament.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    [Mr. Garland] plays with visual contrasts — Mr. Isaac’s compact, muscled body and Mr. Gleeson’s long, drooping one, picture windows that look out onto an expansively lush landscape and windowless rooms that register as upmarket prison cells — that dovetail with the narrative’s multiple, amusingly deployed dualities: confinement and liberation, agency and submission, mind and body.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Rarely has a film with so much blood on its hands seemed so insistently alive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    It is undeniable in its poignancy, an ecstatic vision of what might have been, though as much for its story as for the fact that the whole thing dissolves like a paper fan in rain, an evanescent masterwork.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Rarely does pop come with such sizzle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    What the studio does, brilliantly, is preserve a hand-drawn look and feel in its work, as in the exteriors in The Secret World, where the characters pop against a painterly meadow.

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