Manohla Dargis
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For 1,548 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Ponyo
Lowest review score: 0 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Score distribution:
1,548 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Their taste is as bad as their timing is exquisite.
    • 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."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It doesn’t add up to much, which is part of the point as well as the fun, but what makes the film noteworthy is its pure pop adrenaline.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The most purely entertaining movie to come out of Hollywood so far this year, and if that doesn't seem worthy of Soderbergh's talents, it's worthy enough for a night's amusement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    After its electric opening -- one of the few occasions where Bean advances his case cinematically, showing rather than just telling -- the film rapidly assumes the shape of a 100-minute debate, as Danny argues against the Jews and, in the same breath, for them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Although he never matches the book in either brilliance or sheer perversity, Minghella has remained essentially true to his source.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Wahlberg has turned into one of the most sympathetic and persuasive young actors around, and while his new movie remains safely, even shrewdly, in the middle of the road, he rocks.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The best cheap thrill to come out of Hollywood in ages -- it's a shot of tonic for the current blockbuster bloat.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Always adept at hitting emotional cues cleanly, Foster in this role also lets herself get lost in the moment, which is something she hasn't often allowed herself to do since "The Silence of the Lambs."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A beautifully off-center movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    What is remarkable is the absolute cool with which LaBute charts his story: The director has the soul of an assassin.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    One
    Barbieri is a natural filmmaker, with an eye for film space and a gift for pacing. Both of his leads are wonderful, but it's Picoy who will break your heart.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    This tough, crackling thriller from director Gary Gray is one of those rare action movies with something on its mind other than moviestar sneers and incessant big bangs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Takes raw grief as its point of departure only to play out as a comedy of deadpan heartbreak.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Few directors can put loneliness on screen as persuasively or capture the eerie quiet of people waiting for something, anything to happen. It's in moments such as these, when all sense of time disappears and all that remains are bodies in motion and Ken Kelsch's limpid cinematography, that you remember just how good Ferrara can be.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Works its charms slowly but steadily.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Biographies of living people are tricky if for no other reason than a biographer can sometimes feel protective of his or her subject. Berman and Pulcini obviously adore Pekar, but by not getting out of his head more often and taking him on his own harsh terms, they blow the chance to dig as deep as the source.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Bluntly effective.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There's undeniable pathos to many of these encounters, and because the director has a wonderful feel for color and knows how to throw a frame around the world, there's also unmistakable beauty.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    About as non-narrative a film as you're likely to see in commercial theaters. This makes it a curiosity and, less charitably, something of a gimmick, but mostly it makes it a challenge.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    A wonderfully eccentric piece of filmmaking -- to demand it cohere to formula would be to miss the point.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    For all the dolorous trim, Secretary is a genial romance that maintains a surprisingly buoyant tone throughout, notwithstanding some of the writers' sporadic dips into pop Freudianism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There are no big surprises in Caetano's film, which plays out exactly as ordained, only a sense of life at its most precarious and real.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    If the cast is distractingly pretty, the performances are also quite fine and, in the case of Gordon-Levitt, exceptional.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Guaranteed to infuriate anyone with strongly partisan opinions about the region. The film offers up simultaneous critiques of Palestinian and Israeli extremism, but the most radical thing about it is that it's often disquietingly funny.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Ten
    One of the best films to open so far this year, but greeting each new work from a favored director as if it were equally brilliant can't be good for anyone, the director included.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Their (filmmakers Oxide and Danny Pang) sense of pacing is nicely arrhythmic, which makes the "boo" moments all the more heart-thudding, but what's even more pleasurable are the pockets of quiet, those lacuna of low-frequency dread when nothing much happens.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Belly dancing isn't always the most thrilling of dances, but it's a blast to see these women shaking and rolling because they're so thoroughly in charge of the male clientele and their own sexuality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    It has the virtue of Lin's tangy wit but it also suffers from the vice of a director who, torn between personal vision and wide public reach, tends to smother his ideas under a veneer of cool.