Manohla Dargis

Manohla Dargis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% 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:
1350

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1350
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " A deliriously alive movie, "The Great Beauty" is the story of a man, a city, a country and a cinema, though not necessarily in that order." — New York Times
Posted Nov 14, 2013
70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " Keanu Reeves's down-and-dirty and generally diverting directing debut." — New York Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
8% Diana (2013) " [Hirschbiegel] nicely conveys an intimate restlessness, only to blow the mood with ominous tidings." — New York Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
80% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " After a while, the temporal shuffling feels more programmatic than revelatory and increasingly false." — New York Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " Childhood can be tough in movies, but rarely do screen children suffer for our sins as they do here." — New York Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
5/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " Mr. Scott's seriousness isn't always well served by the scripts he films, but in Mr. McCarthy he has found a partner with convictions about good and evil rather than canned formula." — New York Times
Posted Oct 24, 2013
5/5 64% Bastards (2013) " [A] grimly beautiful and somewhat unhinged film ..." — New York Times
Posted Oct 22, 2013
2.5/5 68% American Promise (2013) " By the time Idris and Seun are preadolescents, they're struggling, and so are the filmmakers." — New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/5 49% Carrie (2013) " Ms. Peirce plays up the story's religious themes and Carrie's burgeoning power as she discovers her telekinetic gifts, even as the dread of the female body that deepens Mr. De Palma's version somehow goes missing." — New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " 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." — New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/5 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " A sufficiently entertaining, adamantly old-fashioned adaptation that follows the play's general outline without ever rising to the passionate intensity of its star-cross'd crazy kids." — New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3.5/5 90% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) " Pitched fascinatingly, at times uneasily, between misery and uplift, "Mister & Pete" tells the story of an endlessly resourceful child who survives the unimaginable over one long summer." — New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " There's something so unforced about him that it can seem as if he's not delivering a performance, just being Tom Hanks." — New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
5/5 92% A Touch of Sin (2013) " A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, "A Touch of Sin" is at once monumental and human scale. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/5 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " Mr. Zicherman needs a better crew, some time with the Criterion Collection and a fresher story, one perhaps not plucked from his own life." — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/5 81% Don Jon (2013) " [A] deceptively sincere movie about masculinity and its discontents that Mr. Gordon-Levitt, making a fine feature directing debut, shapes into a story about a young man's moral education. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2.5/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " At once overstuffed with interviews and intellectually underdeveloped, the movie charts the area's music industry and what is lyrically if elusively called the Muscle Shoals sound." — New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/5 51% A Single Shot (2013) " None of these characters, no matter how trashed-up for the down-market occasion, are believable." — New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " Mr. Howard doesn't just want you to crawl inside a Formula One racecar, he also wants you to crawl inside its driver's head." — New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " The movie feels far more about Mr. Kechiche's desires than anything else." — New York Times
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/5 88% The Last Time I Saw Macao (2013) " A sly, amusing if underconceptulized and needlessly elliptical inquiry into truth, memory and appearances from the Portuguese filmmakers João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata." — New York Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2/5 32% A Teacher (2013) " Ms. Fidell ... has a fine eye but not the makings of a feature-length movie here and, it quickly becomes clear, isn't interested in this relationship or the moral, ethical and legal issues it raises." — New York Times
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3.5/5 58% Riddick (2013) " The dust churns, the clouds gather, the bullets fly, the men fall. The Diesel rises." — New York Times
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/5 69% La Maison De La Radio (2013) " As Mr. Philibert continues to pop in and out of different studios, in and out of the building, flitting from one face to the other, it feels as if he were searching for a story that never emerges." — New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2013
2/5 43% Abigail Harm (2013) " "Abigail Harm" tracks the lonely lulls and strange eruptions in one desperately uninteresting life. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/5 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " A slick, tasty slice of late-summer nonsense ..." — New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2013
3.5/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " Even as the gathering melodramatic storms threaten to swamp this pungent slice of life, Mr. Cretton manages to earn your tears honestly." — New York Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2/5 52% Thérèse (2013) " Mr. Miller's stolid approach - with its waxwork figures, postcard beauty, insistent tastefulness and glaze of politesse - feels far too comfortably of this world to mount a critique of it. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " However much history informs this movie, "The Grandmaster" is, at its most persuasive, about the triumph of style." — New York Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2/5 27% Jobs (2013) " After a while, you don't care." — New York Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
0/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " There isn't anything good to say about "Kick-Ass 2," the even more witless, mirthless follow-up to "Kick-Ass."" — New York Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
4/5 86% The Patience Stone (2013) " Life and death circle each other restlessly and then furiously in the Afghan-set movie "The Patience Stone."" — New York Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
4/5 88% The Gardener (2013) " An intimate, discursive inquiry into religious belief that opens to include questions about cinema ..." — New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 54% Lovelace (2013) " There's a lot in this story about victimization and agency that Mr. Epstein and Mr. Friedman never satisfactorily address." — New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/5 68% Elysium (2013) " Mr. Damon's performance helps keep the movie from sinking under the weight of its artfully constructed horrors." — New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
5/5 93% Our Children (2013) " At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ..." — New York Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3.5/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " A slick, slippery thriller that taps into the anarchic playfulness that made the best American action flicks of the 1980s and '90s pop. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013
2/5 23% The Canyons (2013) " A dispiriting, unpleasurable work punctuated with flashes of vitalizing vulgarity." — New York Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3.5/5 94% Drug War (2013) " While Mr. To may not fill the movie with rousing speeches, either by inclination or out of political necessity, the brilliant, unsettling action scenes - ugly, savage, dehumanizing - speak volumes." — New York Times
Posted Jul 25, 2013
4/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " [A] moving, sometimes funny film ..." — New York Times
Posted Jul 25, 2013
1.5/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " Mr. Bridges is almost always fun to watch, but even his squinting and Slim Pickens-style whooping can't make the time pass faster." — New York Times
Posted Jul 21, 2013
4/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) " The dread gathers and surges while the blood scarcely trickles in "The Conjuring," a fantastically effective haunted-house movie." — New York Times
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2/5 20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " It's impossible not to root for Kristen Wiig, even while you wait in vain for the funny to pop in her latest." — New York Times
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2/5 47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " [An] airless, uninvolving movie." — New York Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 62% Byzantium (2013) " Again and again, as the story shifts between women, times and moods, Mr. Jordan adds a punctuating flourish ... that exquisitely illustrates the once-upon-a-time mood." — New York Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 51% White House Down (2013) " As demented and entertaining as promised, and a little less idiotic than feared." — New York Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 87% The Attack (2013) " [An] intelligent, involving movie that's by turns a murder mystery and a politically charged argument about contemporary Palestinian identity." — New York Times
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2.5/5 78% Monsters University (2013) " Both the originality and stirring emotional complexity of "Monsters, Inc.," with its exquisitely painful and touching parallels with the human world, are missing ..." — New York Times
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2/5 25% The Guillotines (2013) " The blades fly as do the heads, but the movie remains disappointingly aground." — New York Times
Posted Jun 13, 2013
5/5 86% In the Fog (2013) " The world and its choices are often cruel, but for all the devastations visited on the characters, Mr. Loznitsa is searching for the human good amid a human catastrophe." — New York Times
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Mr. Snyder isn't capable of mythmaking, but in his sometimes poetic, sometimes crude way, he has given Superman a new lease on franchise life by affirming that this most American hero is also an alien yearning to breathe free." — New York Times
Posted Jun 13, 2013
Showing 51 - 100 of 1350
  • Sort by Rating:

    Sort results by this critic's rating. This option is only available for critics with a rating system (4 star, letter grade, 1-10, etc.)

  • Sort by T-meter:

    Sort results by the Tomatometer (percentage of critics recommending a certain movie)

Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile