Manohla Dargis

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For 2,005 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

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Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Barbara
Lowest review score: 0 Lolita
Score distribution:
2005 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    If in Bresson's films nothing ever seems out of place or superfluous it's because he strove to find the essential truth of the image. Not an image or sound is wasted -- or offered up in self-glorification -- and from such seeming simplicity there arises a world of feeling.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In Boyhood, Mr. Linklater’s masterpiece, he both captures moments in time and relinquishes them as he moves from year to year. He isn’t fighting time but embracing it in all its glorious and agonizingly fleeting beauty.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    This film, which was never released in America and will now be making its way across the country in limited release, has been immaculately restored and features new subtitles. You can get lost in the blackness of its heart and its shadows. You might never come back.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    It’s a pitiless, violent story that in its telling becomes a haunting and haunted intellectual and aesthetic achievement.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Cuarón uses one household on one street to open up a world, working on a panoramic scale often reserved for war stories, but with the sensibility of a personal diarist. It’s an expansive, emotional portrait of life buffeted by violent forces, and a masterpiece.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The result is an American masterpiece, independent to the bone.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    As he (Wong Kar-wai) floods the screen with beauty and fills the soundtrack with hypnotic rhythms, he forges a filmmaking style of incomparable eroticism.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The genius of 12 Years a Slave is its insistence on banal evil, and on terror, that seeped into souls, bound bodies and reaped an enduring, terrible price.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Bong’s command of the medium is thrilling. He likes to move the camera, sometimes just to nudge your attention from where you think it should be, but always in concert with his restlessly inventive staging.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    When Mr. Eisenberg makes Mark's face go blank, the character seems scarily emptied out: it's a subtly great, at times unsettling, performance.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Ms. Bigelow's direction here is unexpectedly stunning, at once bold and intimate: she has a genius for infusing even large-scale action set pieces with the human element.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Dunkirk is a tour de force of cinematic craft and technique, but one that is unambiguously in the service of a sober, sincere, profoundly moral story that closes the distance between yesterday’s fights and today’s.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A masterpiece about life, death and everything in between.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Like the film itself, the performance (Giamatti's) is deeply controlled, played with restraint and with microscopic attention to detail.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Like the convictions of some born into religious families, his (Carlos) Marxism seems more a matter of habit than faith. What seems to turn him on is power, which, the movie suggests, he nurtured alongside his luxe tastes.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Call Me by Your Name is less a coming-of-age story, a tale of innocence and loss, than one about coming into sensibility. In that way, it is about the creation of a new man who, the story suggests, is liberated by pleasure that doesn’t necessarily establish sexual identity.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In the past, Kore-eda’s delicacy has at times enervated his movies. Here, though, the family’s toughness, thieving and secrets, its poverty and desperation, work like ballast on his sensibilities. In their grubby imperfections, Kore-eda finds a perfect story about being human.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Generous, soulful film.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The film is above all a consummate work of art, one that transcends the historically fraught context of its making, and its pleasures are unapologetically aesthetic. It reveals, excites, disturbs, provokes, but the window it opens is to human consciousness itself.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Here Mr. Cantet -- whose earlier features include "Human Resources" and "Time Out," two other dramas about systems of power -- has done that rarest of things in movies about children: He has allowed them to talk.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    It isn't only that there is a dearth of ideas in Hollywood Ending -- however hateful, "Deconstructing Harry" was at least about something -- it's that the whole thing is almost entirely devoid of pleasure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    To look at Apocalypse Now is to realize that most of us are fast forgetting what a movie looks like -- a real movie, the last movie, an American masterpiece.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The film is a virtuosic triumph, but parlor tricks don't make movies, and it's Jackson's unwavering sincerity that elevates The Fellowship of the Ring into the increasingly rare Valhalla of the rousing, well-told tale.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The director, Andrey Zvyagintsev, has a heavenly eye but a leaden hand, and his movie is as heavy as it is transporting, filled with stirring shots of the natural world and deep dives into a human realm flooded with tears and vodka.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Seemingly banal in its conceit, wildly startling in its execution, it tracks a film crew that, like a detective squad, investigates what became of an ordinary man.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Using a limited frame, Mr. Maitland does his own commemorating, inherently raising questions about terror, the nature of heroism and what it means to really survive. He also does something even more necessary: He turns names on a plaque into people.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In “Never Rarely,” the hurdles to an abortion are as legion as they are maddening and pedestrian, a blunt political truism that Hittman brilliantly connects to women’s fight for emancipation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A dazzling epic of love, guns, gangsters and cigarettes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    A sublimely nimble evisceration of that cult of celebrity known as the British royal family.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    This banal horror retread involves a couple of critters flailing inside a sticky trap for what is, in effect, the big-screen equivalent of a roach motel.

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