Manohla Dargis

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For 1,899 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Land of the Dead
Lowest review score: 0 Elite Squad
Score distribution:
1899 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Alvarez tries to pep things up with chases, near escapes, dramatic rescues, fetish wear and female nudity. But the whole thing is a bummer, at times risible.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    There are many ways for a movie to go wrong, and Tomb Raider goes wrong in many of the most obvious: It has a generic story, bad writing, a miscast lead, the wrong director and no fun.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Manohla Dargis
    A leaden, clotted, exasperating mess.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    For her directorial debut, Home Again, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, Nancy Meyers’s daughter, has made a shabby copy of a Nancy Meyers romantic comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    About the only thing holding it together is Idris Elba, whose irrepressible magnetism and man-of-stone solidity anchors this mess but can’t redeem it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    There is little to recommend here, even for Huppert completists who follow her anywhere.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    A weepie, a thriller, a tragedy, a sub-Spielbergian pastiche, The Book of Henry is mostly a tedious mess.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    A professional with real credits, so I assume that [Mr. Foley's] not finally responsible for the ineptitude of Fifty Shades Darker, which ranges from continuity issues to unsurprisingly risible writing. There are also abrupt swings in tone, dead-end detours and flatline performances, including from Ms. Johnson.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. McDonagh’s palette and spleen remain mostly intact, but here he’s neglected to include a story or point.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Manohla Dargis
    Many of the words that I would like to use to describe this waste of talent and time...can’t be lobbed in a family publication. So, instead, I will just start by throwing out some permissible insults: artificial, clichéd, mawkish, preposterous, incompetent, sexist, laughable, insulting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Manohla Dargis
    Witless, soulless, often amateurish and filled with product placements (nice going, Coors), the movie has nothing going for it other than some wasted talent.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The lackluster, at times abysmal writing wouldn’t much matter if Resurgence popped visually or featured a charismatic star who could lift a movie as effortlessly as Will Smith did in the first feature.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Cohen just seems off his game in “Grimsby,” and it may be that the movie’s high concept proved too constricting for someone who has done some of his best work (as in the “Borat” film) with a looser, more episodic format.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The combustible Mr. Ironside vaulted into movie immortality as the antagonist in “Scanners,” David Cronenberg’s down-and-dirty, exploding-head anti-classic. Synchronicity, a low-budget misfire about time and love, could use some exploding heads, dialogue and ideas.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The movie is a pummeling slog — 45 minutes of setup and an eternity of relentless combat.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Manohla Dargis
    Clichéd, enervating, insulting — it’s tough to settle on a single pejorative for Rock the Kasbah, though abysmal might do.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    It’s a bummer to see Ms. Page and especially Ms. Moore — who at this point in her career can usually act her way out of any cliché — so badly stranded by a generic script, credited to Ron Nyswaner, and by a director, Peter Sollett, who can’t figure out how to lift his actors and the material above the bad writing.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Dragon Blade is the kind of nutsy maximalist entertainment that isn’t content merely to tap a handful of influences. Instead, it stuffs an entire encyclopedia of dicey ideas (visual, narrative, political) into a blender to create a wacky, eyeball-popping and -glazing extravaganza.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    It’s amusing to see identical Arnolds clash like titans, but nobody here seems to have fully grasped that they had another heavyweight in Mr. Clarke.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. MacFarlane can be funny, but Ted 2 is insultingly lazy hack work that is worth discussing primarily because of how he tries and fails to turn race, and specifically black men, into comedy fodder.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    There’s more flab than muscle packed on this galumphing franchise reboot, which, as it lumbers from scene to scene, reminds you of what a great action god Steven Spielberg is. Too bad he didn’t take the reins on this.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Zombies, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a certain Terrence Malick je ne sais quoi — what could go wrong? More or less everything in this low-budget head-scratcher and periodic knee-slapper.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    You don’t have to be a historian to wonder about the timing of the opening or a critic to regret that Mr. Crowe has signed onto a preposterous, would-be sweeping historical romance that’s far too slight and silly to carry the weight of real history.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    It’s of course unfair to blame Quentin Tarantino for all the terrible movies he has inspired, but enough already!
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    The actors don’t just look uncomfortable in their period duds, they also look uneasy in their own skins, which is a feat for two such natural, physically confident screen performers.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    If nothing else, it’s amusing to imagine what [Mr. Bridges] and Ms. Moore chatted about between takes and how each managed to keep from cracking up, more or less.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    In the end, it taketh — your time, patience and faith in newly imagined dystopias — more than it giveth.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    Sabotage isn’t any good, even if its jagged, jolting visual excesses and frenzied energy keep you awake, gasping and guffawing by turns.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    Directed by Shana Feste (“Country Strong”), this new Endless Love doesn’t have enough going on to make it memorably terrible: Banality is its gravest sin.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    Is there a point? All the filmmakers seem interested in is the ugliness of the main Israeli characters.

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