Manohla Dargis

Manohla Dargis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , Journal News (Westchester, NY) , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles Times , New York Times , San Francisco Chronicle
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1402

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1402
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% The German Doctor (2014) " Like some extraterrestrial being who takes human form, Helmut is at once utterly familiar and utterly alien. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " Many of the movie's more nominally horrific elements are too familiar ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
100% Manakamana (2014) " By focusing on such a narrow slice of Nepali life, Ms. Spray and Mr. Velez have ceded any totalizing claim on the truth and instead settled for a perfect incompleteness. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Mr. Turturro's musical choices in "Fading Gigolo" tend to feel, like so much here, generically applied instead of meaningfully coaxed from some essential, lived-in truth. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) " A dark, lurchingly entertaining pastiche of age-old worries, future-shock jolts, hot-button topics and old-fashioned genre thrills. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Like many others of its type, [it] gets off to a kinetic start only to lose steam before blowing everything up. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
92% The Retrieval (2014) " A tough, tender little movie, "The Retrieval" tells a story of divided souls wandering a divided land. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 1, 2014
59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " "Dom Hemingway" is a bright, shiny bauble with next to no lasting power. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 1, 2014
19% Sabotage (2014) " "Sabotage" isn't any good, even if its jagged, jolting visual excesses and frenzied energy keep you awake, gasping and guffawing by turns. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " An exciting electric current of discovery runs through "Finding Vivian Maier," a documentary about a street photographer who never exhibited her work. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
65% The French Minister (2014) " Mr. Tavernier's filmmaking here is loose, almost casual, and you may not always notice what he's doing with the camera as he frames the ministry's choreographed chaos with its whirling people and parts. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " You're unlikely to turn away. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
41% Divergent (2014) " It's hard not to root for Ms. Woodley, who has been coming on strong in recent indie titles like "The Descendants" and "The Spectacular Now," but she seems palpably uncomfortable here. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) " The audacity of "The Missing Picture" - a brilliant documentary about a child who held on to life in Cambodia's killing fields - is equaled only by its soulfulness. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2014
65% Bad Words (2014) " The performances are funny, appealing and, in the case of Allison Janney, as a spelling bee official, wonderful. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
78% Veronica Mars (2014) " Everything feels forced, from Veronica's almost compulsive snappy patter to a class reunion that includes a sex tape and a brawl. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " There isn't much of a moral to this story, but it does put a premium on individuality and pluck. Mostly, "Ernest & Celestine" is an ode to the happiness that comes from being with those different from us. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
79% Bethlehem (2014) " The filmmakers don't settle for palliatives. Each side is wrong, each side is right, and both have their brutalities. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
41% The Face of Love (2014) " Ms. Bening ... immediately [makes] this woman come so satisfyingly alive, breathing believable vitality and at times contradictory emotions into what might have otherwise registered as a blur or clichĂ©. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
55% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " Simultaneously an act of creation and deconstruction. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 4, 2014
80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " Wes Anderson is an authentic original -- an eccentric and heretical talent. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 4, 2014
78% Fatal Assistance (2014) " A potent, persuasive and quietly furious documentary that examines how international aid agencies failed Haiti after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " "Non-Stop" doesn't make any sense, but that's expected, uninteresting and incidental to the pleasures of a slow-season Liam Neeson release as diverting as this one. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
41% In Secret (2014) " Olsen widens her eyes and parts her lips prettily, but she's a wan, recessive presence and an increasingly problematic one as Therese and Laurent are engulfed by mud and blood. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
93% Child's Pose (2014) " A drama with a story as cold, merciless and inevitable as a tomb ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 19, 2014
15% Endless Love (2014) " This new "Endless Love" doesn't have enough going on to make it memorably terrible: Banality is its gravest sin. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " Every generation, apparently, gets the "RoboCop" it deserves, or perhaps desires. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 11, 2014
91% High Fidelity (2000) " Cusack has ineffable charm, but he keeps it tuned at the lowest possible frequency. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 10, 2014
9% Vampire Academy (2014) " [Mr. Waters] doesn't seem especially interested in the supernatural parts of "Vampire Academy," and he clearly didn't have the budget to make what little hocus-pocus there is magical. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 9, 2014
89% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) " The title may sound like a children's book and the bear may be metaphoric, but make no mistake: This is a story with surprisingly great, big teeth. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
31% The Monuments Men (2014) " Because Mr. Clooney can't figure out what kind of story this is, he too often slips into pandering mode, including in his own performance, which is filled with too many smiles and speeches. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
100% Manila In The Claws Of Light (1975) " The film moves to the alternating beats created by its characters' hopes and their miseries, by their talk of a different kind of future and the crushing reality of their present circumstances. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
No Score Yet Breaking The Frame (2014) " A tantalizing teaser for a story that still needs to be told. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Shooting in unattractive, hard-edge digital, Teller condenses Mr. Jenison's years-long pursuit into 80 glib, alternately diverting, exasperating and tedious minutes. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " All the filmmakers seem interested in is the ugliness of the main Israeli characters, each of whom proves a virtuoso of violence. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " Mr. Hirokazu again creates a pair of irresistible charmers whose lives are, with increasing emotional violence, upended ... by the very adults meant to take care of them. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
98% The Rocket (2014) " A pretty, somewhat sleepy and finally strange once-upon-a-time tale... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
44% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " It's hard not to be impatient with a movie as openly lazy as "Cold Comes the Night," which is redeemed only by its performances. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
76% Gladiator (2000) " Gladiator is filled with brilliant filmmaking and features outstanding performances, but it's neither profound enough nor pop enough to be great -- it's mournful, serious, beautiful and, finally, pointless. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 8, 2014
93% The Past (2013) " The narrative complications can be distracting, at times exasperating, but they're finally irrelevant because Mr. Farhadi's filmmaking is so fluid, and the performers, Ms. Bejo, in particular, are so attractive. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 19, 2013
94% Her (2013) " This is a movie you want to reach out and caress, about a man who, like everyone else around him in this near future, has retreated from other people into a machine world. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 17, 2013
50% Some Velvet Morning (2013) " While there's much to admire in how Mr. Tucci and Ms. Eve perform Mr. LaBute's artful, apocalyptic duet, this is one seriously out-of-date tune. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " A relentless adventure tale, teaming with rowdy action, slavering enemies and Elven gymnastics. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " "American Hustle" giddily embraces the excesses of its era, from spandex to 'staches, though it's a farce that speaks as well to this tarnished age. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
34% Swerve (2013) " As the title of "Swerve" suggests, there's a lot of driving, and cars and characters veer, though never far enough for either to arrive at some place, some narrative, that's remotely new. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 5, 2013
53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " It's a heavy, solemn tale of blood ties that turns into a melodramatic gusher filled with abstractions about masculinity, America and violence, but brought to specific, exciting life by Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 3, 2013
48% Black Nativity (2013) " It becomes increasingly clear that the entire movie probably should have been sung. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 26, 2013
42% Homefront (2013) " An indefensibly enjoyable piece of exploitation hackwork. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 26, 2013
91% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " Its modesty is one of its strengths, along with Mr. Gondry's entrancing, vibrant illustrations. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
74% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " It tends to lurch distractingly, as if Mr. Mori were still trying to figure out how to piece the whole thing together. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " It's largely satisfying as far as screen adventures go, and comes fully loaded with special effects and action scenes, and embellished with the usual brand-name character actors ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
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