For 241 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypse Now
Lowest review score: 0 The Jackal
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 241
  2. Negative: 61 out of 241
241 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Slight and goofy, this cut-rate attempt to mine "Harry Potterville" is undermined by its ostensible draw: the lead casting of Jonathan Lipnicki.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    If only the whole thing were as funny as an Albert Brooks movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The film portrays a family undone by grief over the death of a loved one; that, in any event, is its plot synopsis. More accurately, the film is a wallow of authorial narcissism, and a tedious, unrelenting, uninteresting wallow at that.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Kidman, who speaks Russian for much of the movie, turns in a technically impeccable performance, but the movie gets far more out of her than she out of it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Jennifer Lopez's butt? Alas, the moment is over all too soon; the movie, sadly, is not.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    About the only good thing to say about this mess is that it's rotten enough that even Altman cultists may be forced to reconsider their devotion.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The film means to be a darkly funny look at the perils of winning at all costs, but there's nothing dark and searching about its take.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A nearly affectless Christian Slater, who carries a co-producing credit and seems to have lost his charisma along with his sneer, plays Tom, an armored-car guard who plays hide-and-seek with a gang of thieves, all of whom, outside of ringleader Jim (Morgan Freeman), are instantly forgettable.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    As a film, it essentially bites.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    A dud.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    An exploitation flick, but without the thrills or cleavage.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The television commercials for the movie say something about this being the same team that brought you “Face/Off,” which is about as relevant to this picture as noting that Paul Thomas Anderson got Wahlberg to drop his pants in “Boogie Nights.”
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Of course, it's terrible -- but did it have to be this bad?
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    But since Costner canít save his movie, it's something of a stretch to think he might be able to save the world.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Increasingly, reviewing the latest Woody Allen movie has taken on the feel of a dreaded ritual, an annual excursion into careless filmmaking, desperate shtick, and vainglorious misanthropy disguised as cuddly neurosis.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    In "Pretty Woman" Roberts played a tough whore with a soft heart. Here, she's a business owner whose sense of self is so tenuous she doesn't even know how she likes her eggs done.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    At once illogical and insultingly stupid, filled with dead-end twists and the sort of dialogue that makes a mockery of actual adult relations.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The mood is hermetic to the point of claustrophobia, embellished with a sense of everyday surrealism indebted to David Lynch.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The tediously convoluted plot involves the foursome’s attempt to pay him back, a labored venture that involves crooks with names like Dog and Plank, a man on fire, some fine cinematography, plenty of gore though no real point.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Bruckheimer's latest is in some crucial respects worse than those earlier blockbuster bids ("Gone in 60 Seconds" and "Coyote Ugly") -- certainly it's more fraudulent -- because unlike those films, which don't claim to be about anything other than thrills and tits, Remember the Titans means to be about race.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Trimmed to an hour, and tucked between a documentary on snails and an episode of Coronation Street, writer-director Mark Herman's Brassed Off could prove lively watching indeed. As it is, however, his pedestrian if sweetly well-meaning inspirational about a coal-mining town done in by Thatcherism is too long, too laborious and 15 years too late.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    The limp title says it all.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    Unfunny comedy. Nearly everyone is terrible except for Cumming, who just does what comes naturally and steals his every scene.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
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    The makers of this malnourished teen drama haven't just dropped six letters from the title of Shakespeare's Othello, they have excised everything that gives the original its troubling power -- principally a point but also furious passion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    As mean-spirited toward its working-class characters, especially its women, as it is profoundly unfunny.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    Writer and director Gilfillan has an estimable biography, having studied at the Beijing Film Academy and worked as an assistant to John Woo, but there's nothing in her prosaic feature debut that suggests this means a thing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    What Jackson's Shaft can't do is talk the talk, or much of anything else, in director John Singleton's feature-length insult to one of the more cherished modern screen icons.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    Now that's exploitation.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    What’s striking about John McKay's feature debut is how much contempt toward his female characters the writer-director manages to pack into 115 minutes.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    When it comes to real people living and loving in the real world, the studios don't have a clue.