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 Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Lowest review score: 0 The Replacement Killers
Score distribution:
2005 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    They make a funny pair, by turns amusing and puzzling, though also melancholic and touching. For the most part, these variations seem by design in a movie that flirts with assorted narrative conventions and fluctuating moods without ever settling into a familiar template.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There’s much to enjoy in Baby Driver, including the satisfactions of genuine cinematic craft and technique, qualities that moviegoers can no longer take for granted.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    Its explanatory title doesn’t begin to convey just how exhilarating or inspiring a documentary this truly is, and how excellent a trip this well-respected French director takes you on.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Manohla Dargis
    I fell hard for both Ms. Kazan and Mr. Nanjiani and The Big Sick, which tells a great story with waves of deep feeling and questions of identity and makes the whole thing feel like a breeze.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Manohla Dargis
    A weepie, a thriller, a tragedy, a sub-Spielbergian pastiche, The Book of Henry is mostly a tedious mess.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    Stick with the movie for its leads, Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, a beautifully matched pair who open up two closed people, unleashing torrents of feeling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Manohla Dargis
    It’s all blithely formulaic and would be more irritating if the performers — who include Zoë Kravitz and Illana Glazer — weren’t generally so appealing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    It’s all very pretty, but too often the movie’s beauty isn’t tethered to deep feeling or strong ideas, one reason you may often find your eyes and thoughts drifting away from the quietly escalating drama toward the vast green fields, the majestic horses and nice detail work.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Arthur and Vortigern mix it up amid a lot of shenanigans, detours and filler, some bad, some good and all of it disposable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Topicality is all or at least a large part of the movie’s draw.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    It’s tough being a hitmaker who isn’t weighed down by corporate expectations, but for a while, Mr. Gunn does a pretty good job of keeping the whole thing reasonably fizzy, starting with an opener that winks at the audience with big bangs and slapstick.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    It’s a handsome package that never transcends the banality of its ideas, most of which involve how different people, including from Boulder, were affected by the case.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki deepens quietly. This is Mr. Kuosmanen’s first feature (he has directed a few shorts), and if he had any rookie jitters you wouldn’t know it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    There’s much to love in this film, but what lingers are those lapidary details that often go missing in stories about great men, as if they had built the world alone and no child had ever raced down a road waving goodbye as a father disappeared into history.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    Zoom, crash, repeat with squealing, burning and flaming tires — it’s all predictably absurd and self-mocking, and often a giggle when not a total yawn.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Their Finest is too understandably serious to be called a romp, yet it has a buoyancy that lifts you and, in Ms. McCrory, a woman who does, too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The beauty of Your Name is that, as in the best animated movies, the thin black lines of the character design invariably dissolve, and all that remains are Taki and Mitsuha, thoroughly mixed-up teenagers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Manohla Dargis
    [Mr. Sanders] likes a dark palette and is good with actors, but there’s little here that feels personal, and he mostly functions as a blockbuster traffic cop, managing all the busily moving, conspicuously pricey parts.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    There is...much to admire in Song to Song and much to argue with, including its ideas about pleasure and women. So go, fall into its embrace, resist its charms, argue. This may not be a film to love, but it is a film to see.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The carnage pushes you away (and wears you down), even as the genre, industrious cast, beautiful landscapes and stark, often striking visuals pull you in.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Manohla Dargis
    “Skull Island” has momentum, polish and behemoths that slither and thunder. The sets and creature designs are often beautifully filigreed, but the larger picture remains murky.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Manohla Dargis
    Ms. MacLaine, 82, holds the screen effortlessly. Too bad she has to share it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    Logan is a strong argument for bringing the comic-book movie down to earth. It solidly hits its marks as it moves the franchise furniture around, and features striking special-effects scenes in which the world shudders to a near standstill.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Manohla Dargis
    The film’s silence works as a kind of invitation, encouraging you to infer meaning and jump to conclusions as one image gives way to the next.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Manohla Dargis
    Part of what makes Get Out both exciting and genuinely unsettling is how real life keeps asserting itself, scene after scene.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Manohla Dargis
    It’s a nice opening for a movie that spirals into nonsense.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Manohla Dargis
    The Great Wall flirts with romance and bleats out a little propagandistic blather about the benefits of bilateral action, but the focus throughout remains on multitudes of shifting, surging bodies — human and beast, digital and not — that, as they ebb and flow, resemble a Chinese military pageant and a lavish Busby Berkeley number.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Manohla Dargis
    As gateway drugs go, The Lego Batman Movie is pretty irresistible. It’s silly without being truly strange or crossing over into absurdity. Along the way it pulls off a nifty balancing act: It gives the PG audience its own Batman movie (it’s a superhero starter kit) and takes swipes at the subgenre, mostly by gently mocking the seriousness that has become a deadening Warner Bros. default.
    • 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.

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