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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    No
    Marshall McLuhan called advertising the greatest art form of the 20th century. In No, Pablo Larraín’s sly, smart, fictionalized tale about the art of the sell during a fraught period in Chilean history, advertising isn’t only an art; it’s also a way of life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    In some sense it was beauty that saved Mr. Brannaman, that of his conscience and that of horses, which, having been tied to humans long ago, became companions, workers and for some, as this lovely movie shows, saviors.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Benoît Jacquot's tense, absorbing, pleasurably original look at three days in the life and lies of a doomed monarch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Va Savoir doesn't so much flow as wander, trailing off into drama one minute, slapstick the next; it tries your patience, but ever so gently, masterfully.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    An agonizingly familiar refrain, but one that the young Argentine director Alexis Dos Santos relates with such tenderness and with so much ethereal beauty that it feels like something fresh.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Kitano uses exaggerated acting, choreo-graphed violence and, most radically, the rhythms of everyday life -- farmers pounding the earth, the syncopated plop of falling rain -- to turn this genre story into a crypto-Kabuki play and one blissfully idiosyncratic diversion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A whirlwind of talking heads, found footage, scary statistics and cartoonish graphics, the movie is a fast, coolly incensed investigation into why people are getting fatter.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Turning ordinary life into movie magic is one of the most difficult, least-heralded challenges for any filmmaker. What makes Freaky Friday a charmer isn't how far-out things get for this mother and daughter, but how sweet and distinctly un-freaky a kid, her mom and their love for each other can be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Knight keeps a fairly steady distance from Ivan — underscoring certain tense passages with tighter close-ups — but moment by moment, with a twitch, a shudder, a look, it’s Mr. Hardy who movingly draws you in, turning a stranger’s face into a life.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Indeed, one of the nicest things about this jewel of a film is that there isn't much of a story at all -- just a handful of delicately drawn characters moving through life that is at once familiar and yet slightly elevated by a director who loves the good in people more than the bad.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    This is life as it’s lived, not dreamed. And this is a family bound not only by sorrow, but also by a shared history that emerges in 114 calibrated minutes and ends with a wallop.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A murder mystery, a call to arms and an effective inducement to rage, Who Killed the Electric Car? is the latest and one of the more successful additions to the growing ranks of issue-oriented documentaries.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    One can never get enough of this prodigiously talented octogenarian artist and his bestiary.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A thoroughly, sometimes gaggingly broad and sly conceptual laugh-in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Jennings and Mr. Goldsmith have held onto a genuine sense of childlike wonder, which works as a nice corrective to what might otherwise come across as an overabundance of hip.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    If the screenwriter and director had followed their cinematic instincts fully, they would have collaborated on one of the more satisfying political thrillers in years; instead, they've managed to create three-quarters of one.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There is something heartening about Mr. Burton's love for bones and rot here, if only because it suggests, despite some recent evidence, that he is not yet ready to abandon his own dark kingdom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    In this context Ferrell seems more than just comic relief. He's a reminder that the greatest, deepest laughter doesn't come at the expense of some other guy, but from the glints of self-recognition we get when the screen becomes our mirror.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A surprisingly affecting mood piece.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Effectively fashioned, as jolting as it is polished, as well as a surprising, insistently political work of commercial art.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Here, a pulse, wit, beauty and a real sensibility have been slipped into the fray, alongside the clockwork guffaws, kabooms and splats.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    One of the strengths of Breach, a thriller that manages to excite and unnerve despite our knowing the ending, is how well it captures the utter banality of this man and his world.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Hilarious, unnerving and remarkably intimate portrait of multiethnic adolescent life that lends vigorous new meaning to the term "teen movie."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Since Mr. Wright and Mr. Pegg are essentially parodying self-parodies, they have also smartly kinked up their conceit by setting most of the film in a sleepy village that might as well be called Ye Old English Towne, thereby wedding one of the most irritating British exports to one of the most absurd American ones. Think of it as "The Full Monty" blown to smithereens.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It won't make you bleed, just howl.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A lovely, drifty first feature that feels less like a documentary and more like an act of rapturous devotion.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. West shows a real gift for the genre, particularly in his ability to generate dread with pinpricks rather than bludgeoning shocks, something even veterans twice his age have difficulty achieving. After years of vivisectionist splatter, here is a horror movie with real shivers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Even a starring role in the American version of the British show "The Office," which has given Mr. Carell a higher profile, conveys neither his sheer likability nor his range as an actor, both crucial to making this film work as well as it does.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    More than anything else, Ask the Dust feels like a compendium of desires - for a city, for a woman, for youth.

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