Manohla Dargis

Manohla Dargis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Manohla Dargis's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% White God (2015) "The hand that feeds - and also brutalizes - is righteously bitten in "White God," a Hungarian revenge fantasy that's like nothing you've seen on screen before. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
89% The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015) "A divertingly eccentric, often comically absurd movie about a novelist ... who finds something like happiness after being abducted. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 24, 2015
30% Insurgent (2015) "A modest cultural artifact if one largely devoid of aesthetic interest. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
88% Backcountry (2015) "For most of its 91 tense, uneven minutes, "Backcountry" plays on your nerves like a kid flicking you with a rubber band. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
90% Amour Fou (2015) "It can be a strategically off-putting movie yet one that also steals under your skin scene by scene and through Ms. Schnoeink's slowly revealing performance as an ill-fated heroine turned future biographical footnote. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 18, 2015
100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) "So effective does it close the distance between you and Mr. Bernstein that afterward you may find yourself scanning the streets, hoping to catch sight of him, as if for an old friend. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
29% Cymbeline (2015) ""Cymbeline" has been branded a tragedy, a tragicomedy and a romance, and Mr. Almereyda embraces all three categories. The movie is by turns grim, grimly amusing and romantic, sometimes at once. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
85% Cinderella (2015) "Mr. Branagh's ascension into big-budget studio directing largely remains a mystery, and there's little in "Cinderella" beyond its faces and gowns that captures the eye or the imagination. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "A lively and watchable documentary if not an especially enlightening one. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) "The sole object lesson in the true-crime drama "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" is that not every crime deserves its own movie. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
30% Chappie (2015) "Even at his shakiest, Mr. Blomkamp holds your attention with stories about characters banding together to emerge from a hell not of their own making, a liberation journey that just isn't the same old, same old when a director was born in South Africa. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
22% October Gale (2015) "In "October Gale," a low-key character study gives way to increasingly clamorous melodrama ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
69% The Salvation (2015) "Lack of mystery doesn't hurt the movie, but rather fits a story as elemental as this, one that at times resembles an illustrated list of genre codes and conventions: black hat, white hat, six-shooter, horse. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
97% '71 (2015) "Mr. O'Connell runs away with " '71," in which his character's every emotional, psychological and physical hurdle makes for kinetic cinema. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "A must-watch work of cine-activism, one that should be seen by anyone headed to college and by those already on campus. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
96% Wild Tales (2015) "In between its shocker start and equally startling windup, this Argentine anthology offers up a scabrous, often unsettlingly funny look at human behavior in extremis. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
75% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "The problem is that Mr. Vaughn has no interest in, or perhaps understanding of, violence as a cinematic tool. He doesn't use violence; he squanders it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "Gripping cinema from start to finish, almost implausibly so. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "A big, woozy, spacey fairy tale with a science-fiction exoskeleton and a core of pure mush. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2015
12% Seventh Son (2015) "Even on paper, the latest February throwaway, "Seventh Son," sounds like a bad idea ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2015
82% R100 (2015) "A little punishment goes a long way, especially for the rest of us, yet on it drags, torturously, slap, kick, slap, kick. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
49% Cake (2015) "The movie hits so many familiar beats that it's impossible not to see what's next. It does what you expect at almost every turn ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
53% Little Accidents (2015) "Owen tries with lurching uncertainty to ease back into normal, even as the writer and director Sara Colangelo clutters his path with enough obstacles to challenge the most heroically determined traveler. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
34% Blackhat (2015) "A spectacular work of unhinged moviemaking. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
80% Human Capital (2015) "It's all handsomely managed, polished and professional, but the pieces are too neatly manufactured to feel as if anything is truly at stake. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 13, 2015
84% Predestination (2015) "His temporal agent contains sly multitudes and could easily have become a gimmick, but Mr. Hawke brings enough pathos and soul to his performance ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) "Despite flashes of absurdist comedy from some secondary characters, the movie closes around you like the fist it protests and laments. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
46% The Gambler (2014) "What's mostly missing from "The Gambler" is a sense of why Jim is so insistent on squandering his money, privilege and patrimony. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
51% Unbroken (2014) "What the movie ends up in desperate need of is a sense of life made real and palpable through dreadful, transporting details, not a life embalmed in hagiographic awe. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
89% Winter Sleep (2014) "Despite Mr. Bilginer's dug-in performance and the haunting grandeur of Aydin's world, this is finally a character too small to see. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) "The price of Kubrick and Raphael's stubborn fidelity to the content if not the form of the novella is deadly. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 13, 2014
86% Top Five (2014) "A romantic comedy that's also an extended riff on art, identity, authenticity and what it means to be a black entertainer ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
73% Inherent Vice (2015) "Mr. Anderson has condensed the book with surgical precision, ditching certain subplots, characters and locales while retaining the novel's sociopolitical tug, barbed asides and chokingly funny details. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
No Score Yet The Passionate Thief (1960) "There isn't much of a story in "The Passionate Thief," though much - including shimmering life, lust and comedy - happens. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
84% Zero Motivation (2014) "As [Ms. Lavie] moves her characters from situation to situation ... it becomes evident that she had some ideas for a movie, if not enough. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 2, 2014
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "Even as Ms. Amirpour draws heavily from various bodies of work with vampirelike hunger, she gives her influences new life by channeling them through other cultural forms, including her chador-cloaked vampire. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) ""Mockingjay Part 1" is streamlined, blunt and easy. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "The Farrellys are still not much interested in film as a visual medium, and when Lloyd and Harry aren't smacking each other or dropping their pants, you might as well be listening to a radio play. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
77% Rosewater (2014) "Mr. Stewart's interest in the material is obviously personal, but his movie transcends mere self-interest. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Beautifully acted and impeccably mounted, it is light on historical details and heavy on atmosphere, character and chintz. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
43% The Better Angels (2014) "The sense of predestination hangs heavily over the movie, but not a sense of life. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "A bright, visually sumptuous 3-D computer-animated feature that gives you a bit of an emotional workout. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
97% National Gallery (2014) "Like most of Mr. Wiseman's work, the movie is at once specific and general, fascinating in its pinpoint detail and transporting in its cosmic reach. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 4, 2014
82% The Book of Life (2014) "This often beautiful and too-often moribund, if exhaustingly frenetic, feature tends to be less energetic than the dead people waltzing through it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
92% Birdman (2014) "A funny, frenetic, buoyant and rambunctiously showboating entertainment in which Mr. Iñárritu himself rises high and then higher still. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
83% Listen Up Philip (2014) "Words do more than hurt, they also slash and burn in this sharp, dyspeptic, sometimes gaspingly funny exploration of art and life, men and women, being and nonbeing, and the power and limits of language. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "The film falters as the story swells and churns ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
77% St. Vincent (2014) "Resistance is understandable but futile. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
86% The Blue Room (2014) "Mr. Amalric's direction remains graceful through the story's violent turns, its mood changes and tone shifts. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
66% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) "One reason "All Is by My Side" works is that the story - with its girl, guy, guitar and revolution - is enjoyable, whether it's precisely true or not. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "There's a mystery here, some thrills and blood, but mostly there are beautiful people and the kind of human hunger that devours everything and everyone in sight. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
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