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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 In the Fog
Lowest review score: 0 Surveillance
Score distribution:
2005 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    The result isn’t another ho-hum documentary likeness in which all the elements neatly and often flatteringly stack up. “Jim & Andy” is instead a complexly layered and textured Cubist portrait, one that’s been constructed from fragments of its two title subjects and their work.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Manohla Dargis
    The story is a confusion of noise, visual clutter and murderous digital gnats, but every so often a glimmer of life flickers through.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Trier’s experimenting mostly works, especially when the genre pieces dovetail with his gifts and Thelma’s story.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Everything fits together too neatly in “Three Billboards,” even when chaos descends, but the performers add enough rough texture so that it doesn’t always feel so worked.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    LBJ
    Directed by Rob Reiner from Joey Hartstone’s script, LBJ is a frustratingly underdeveloped vehicle for Mr. Harrelson’s talents as well as an unfortunate missed opportunity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Marvel could have gone grimmer, broodier and sterner, but that isn’t its onscreen way; so it has made Thor sunnier, sillier and funnier. It’s a good fit, at least for a while.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Clooney gets some things right in Suburbicon, including visually and with his two appealing child actors, who together give the movie a heartbeat.... But he skimps on the adult characters’ inner lives, and, once the narrative weight shifts to the Lodges, he never finds the tone that balances the movie’s sincerity with its nihilism.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Manohla Dargis
    A leaden, clotted, exasperating mess.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Selznick’s emphasis on wonder...can feel bullying, as if he were demanding delight instead of earning it. Yet even as he follows Mr. Selznick’s narrative lead, Mr. Haynes quietly and touchingly makes Wonderstruck his own because the wonder of the film isn’t in its story but in its telling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    What Mr. Ai seeks is to go far beyond the nightly news; he wants to give you a sense of the scale of the crisis, its terrifying, world-swallowing immensity. And so he jumps from one heartbreak to the next.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    A sly and thoroughly charming Trojan horse of a movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Like his character, Mr. Boseman is the star of this show, while Mr. Gad is the second banana and often comic relief. Both performers are natural showmen who never step on each other’s moment; they’re fun to watch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Cruise’s brisk, ingratiating performance — all smiles, hard-charging physicality and beads of sweat — does a lot to soften the edges. But Mr. Liman doesn’t press Mr. Cruise to dig into the character, and the actor mostly hurdles forward in a movie that never gets around to asking what makes Barry run and why.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The movie may offer an incriminatory catalog of organizational failure, but it also repeatedly shows people trying to make the system work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    A glib, enjoyable fictionalization of the 1973 exhibition tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    In “Ex Libris,” democracy is alive and in the hands of a forceful advocate and brilliant filmmaker, which helps make this one of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman’s extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Each time the movie edges into mannerism Mr. Harewood and Ms. Dickerson pull you close enough to make it hurt.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Mooney, currently cutting it up on “Saturday Night Live,” manages the twists and tonal fluctuations in Brigsby Bear beautifully.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    As she does, Ms. Theron locks down your attention immediately, holding you with her beauty and quiet vigilance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Fancher’s movie love and way of spinning a yarn to its near-breaking point — one detour opens onto another — dovetail nicely with the cinephilia and playfulness that characterize Mr. Almereyda’s movies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Amnesia, Mr. Schroeder has said, is a story partly based on his mother, who refused to speak German, so perhaps it’s no surprise that it’s strongest when it focuses on Martha, a character Ms. Keller inhabits gracefully.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Girls Trip adds complexity to the picture by bringing in class, even as it dispatches with whiteness, showing it the door so that these women can find themselves while rediscovering the power and pleasures of sisterhood.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Oldroyd boxes Katherine in his attractive visuals, imprisoning her as her male relatives do. Yet his intellectual distance also turns her into a specimen, a pinned butterfly turned taxidermy beast.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Manohla Dargis
    There is little to recommend here, even for Huppert completists who follow her anywhere.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    More information and in-depth analysis, as well as greater restraint in the use of atrocity images, might have deepened a movie that leans on shortcuts and visual shocks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    The Vulture is a mess of prickly contradictions, only some of which seem intentional. His criminality, rage and perhaps his madness have been stoked by class resentment and Mr. Keaton, with his white-hot menace and narrowing eyes, makes him a memorably angry man, not a caricature.

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