Manohla Dargis

Manohla Dargis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
83% 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
95% 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
75% 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
41% 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
96% 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
93% 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
84% 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
78% 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
81% Lilting (2014) " As it turns out, even Junn's crankiness lacks conviction. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) " As sometimes happens in Mr. Fincher's work, dread descends like winter shadows, darkening the movie's tone and visuals until it's snuffed out all the light, air and nuance. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
80% Fort Bliss (2014) " Ms. Myers too often tells rather than shows, and she doesn't have the cinematic skill set to transform her idea into a fully satisfying movie, especially at this low-budget level. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Nasty, brutal and unforgiving, "A Walk Among the Tombstones" is one of those rare contemporary cinematic offerings: intelligent pulp. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
81% Tracks (2014) " Despite the otherworldly scenery and some predictable tragedy - Robyn can be maddeningly careless about the welfare of her animals - this proves to be a rather logy amble. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
74% The Congress (2014) " An acquired taste, this dense Jabberwocky-ish word salad is a political allegory about a populace that's been pharmaceutically duped into believing its wretched world is wonderful. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
81% Salvo (2014) " A soulful romance, an existential action flick and something of a miracle movie - the appealing slow-burner "Salvo" hovers at the crossroads of genre. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
80% The One I Love (2014) " "The One I Love" is diverting, but nothing catches fire, despite Ms. Moss, an amazing actress fast breaking free of the limits imposed on her by "Mad Men." " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
36% The Giver (2014) " The enervating hash of dystopian dread, vague religiosity and commercial advertising-style uplift is nothing if not stale. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " Ah, to be famous or just funny enough for someone to pay for your freewheeling jaunt along the Amalfi Coast! " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
100% Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) " That Ms. Farahani found Mr. Mohassess and persuaded him to share his story is a terrific coup, even if a great deal of his life's work remains elusive. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
94% The Dog (2014) " Part of what makes Mr. Wojtowicz such a fascinating character is that he seemed to rotate identities as easily as other people change socks, and without angst. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) " The stark, natural landscapes are among the movie's most seductive attractions, even if the characters populating them seem calculated for maximum repulsion. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
38% Child Of God (2014) " Make no mistake: There is nothing pleasant about "Child of God," James Franco's very fine adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's short, pitiless novel. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " While "Guardians" takes you down one after another crazy narrative turn, it also pulls you into - and, for the most part, keeps you in - a fully realized other world. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
90% The Kill Team (2014) " Looks at the murders and their aftermath through a frustratingly narrow lens. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
66% Lucy (2014) " Buoyed by Ms. Johansson's presence, Mr. Besson keeps his entertainment machine purring. He may be a hack, but he's also a reliable entertainer ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " A smart, bluntly effective adaptation of John le Carré's post-9/11 political passion play about good, evil and the sins committed in the name of national security. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
62% Mood Indigo (2014) " A wearying experience that resembles being locked in a very small room with an exceptionally bright, pathologically self-absorbed child who will not shut up or calm down. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " [A] satisfyingly creepy, blunt, down-and-dirty thriller, one of those follow-ups that improves on the original. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
80% Land Ho! (2014) " There's no denying the deepening effect of a movie in which two older men, with their creases and sags, white and thinning hair, inhabit so much screen time. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
98% Boyhood (2014) " These are people you know, maybe people like you. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) " How do you solve a problem like Melissa McCarthy? That question feels inescapable after watching her try to powerlift "Tammy," her newest and least funny comedy, all by her lonesome. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
70% They Came Together (2014) " A series of hit-and-miss sketch-comedy bits rather than a fully realized movie that might have gutted contemporary rom-com clichés rather than just weakly aping them. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
95% Archipelago (2014) " In scene after scene, meaning sneaks in and sometimes roars. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
76% The Last Sentence (2014) " It's too bad that the movie can't find his pulse and instead delivers a tastefully bland, inert portrait of a man whose personal ugliness it acknowledges without excavating. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
88% Coherence (2014) " What began as a nifty puzzle feels more like a trap. It may be possible to unkink this story, but when characters and performances are as unengaging as these, it's hard to feel motivated to try. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " "Jersey Boys" is a strange movie, and it's a Clint Eastwood enterprise, both reasons to see it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) " The credits for Wild Wild West are mostly exemplary, and yet the screenplay is swill. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 16, 2014
65% Ha-shoter (Policeman) (2014) " Mr. Lapid, making an electrifying feature directing debut, traces the line between the group and the individual in a story that can be read as a commentary on the world as much as on Israel. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
84% Violette (2014) " Violette's hold on life can be terrifying, at times ugly, but what she finally makes of that life is beautiful. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " An exploding piñata of gags, pratfalls, winking asides, throwaway one-liners and self-reflexive waggery. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
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