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Manohla Dargis

Manohla Dargis
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% American Fable (2017) A movie that spirals into nonsense.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) The whole thing plays out as if it had been thought up by someone who, while watching "Game of Thrones" and smoking a bowl, started riffing on walls, China and production money.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The all-media screening of "Fifty Shades Darker" I attended had scarcely begun before it turned into a live edition of the TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) As far as commercials go, "The Lego Batman Movie" is just swell.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
57% War on Everyone (2017) Mr. McDonagh's palette and spleen remain mostly intact, but here he's neglected to include a story or point.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
25% The Comedian (2017) Is it too much to want someone to bring the funny in a movie about a comic?‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
100% The Sunshine Makers (2017) Even if you never shake the feeling that there's more to this story, more darkness and scares, there's no question that hanging out with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn on acid has its appeal.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
82% The Founder (2017) Ray remains an unanswered, not especially compelling, question, but Mr. Keaton comes close to making you believe there's soul to go with the fries and freneticism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
57% Claire in Motion (2017) Ms. Robinson and Ms. Howell have kitted out their movie handsomely, but there's not enough story here or enough anything else, namely a persuasive psychological portrait of Claire, to make up for that lack.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
No Score Yet German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (Memory of the Camps) (2017) At once a document and a denunciation, the film builds its case rapidly and unblinkingly.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) Love and loss go hand in hand in "20th Century Women," a funny, emotionally piercing story about a teenager and the women who raise him.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) Mr. Jarmusch creates that rarest portrait of the artist: the one who's happy being hard at work.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
35% Live By Night (2017) Mr. Affleck handles the busy narrative without finding its hook, but his biggest problem is that he's fallen for his leading man.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
84% Silence (2017) There's a crushing lack of urgency to this story and its telling, perhaps because it took Mr. Scorsese, who wrote the script with Jay Cocks, so long to make "Silence."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
79% Barry (2016) A satisfying slice of neo-Americana ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The five stages of grief sometimes seem applicable to movie reviewing, except that I usually skip denial, rarely get around to acceptance and generally just settle into anger, which is where I am with "Collateral Beauty."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
66% Frank & Lola (2016) The story Mr. Ross has come up with suggests that he wants to say something about desire and jealousy, but he hasn't given Frank enough of an inner life to make the character's transformation from a besotted lover into a distrustful one plausible.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
90% Jackie (2016) In some roles, Ms. Portman stiffens up and never seems to get out of her head; in "Jackie" this works as a character trait.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) For the most part, Mr. Ma just pulls you along, keeping you close to Lao Shi with focused storytelling and agitated camerawork, creating a sense of intimacy that can border on the claustrophobic.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) There's much to admire in "Nocturnal Animals," including Mr. Ford's ambition, but too often it feels like the work of an observant student.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Yates ... has brought some of his old Potter crew with him and gives this new machine a steady, smooth hand.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) By turns inviting and opaque, Ms. Adams turns softness and quiet into heroic qualities, keeping her voice low, modulated, and using stillness to draw you near.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
78% The Monster (2016) Mr. Bertino, who also wrote the undercooked script, sets the scene effectively, using his leads to give the story a sense of normalcy that he dismantles trick by genre trick.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Mr. Nichols's most distinct aesthetic choice is the movie's quietness and the hush that envelops its first scene and that eventually defines the Lovings as much as their accents, gestures, manners and battles.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) So visually transfixing, so beautiful and nimble that you may even briefly forget the brand.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) The story may not make any sense, but they're going to throw so much at you - so many jumpy moves, so many tangled threads - that you might not notice (or care).‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
80% By Sidney Lumet (2016) Mr. Lumet comes across as a mensch, but he was also a complex artist whose often literally dark films were filled with shadows, rage and spit, not just nobility.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
90% Into the Inferno (2016) It's an exhilarating trip, filled with strange stories, fascinating rituals and ethereally beautiful images of bubbling magma and flowing lava, some of which were captured using drones.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" is the second movie that Tom Cruise has starred in as this title character. Let's hope it's the last.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The art of the tease is rarely as refined as in "The Handmaiden."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) The movie is thoroughly and utterly creepy, partly because Mr. Kurosawa knows how to slither under your skin, but also because his movies transcend the classifications (and limits) valued by critics and content providers.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
88% Christine (2016) Ms. Hall's performance makes you believe that something profound is at stake, the movie noncommittally nibbles at the edge of larger meaning, nodding at current events.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
100% Tower (2016) The animation gives Mr. Maitland a lot of creative freedom, allowing him to take Expressionistic leaps.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
98% Under The Shadow (2016) Quietly nerve-pricking ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) There's always something to be said for an entertainment that sustains its nuttiness all the way to its twisty finish.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
97% 13th (2016) By the time her movie ends, Ms. DuVernay has delivered a stirring treatise on the prison industrial complex through a nexus of racism, capitalism, policies and politics. It sounds exhausting, but it's electrifying.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Mr. Burton's attention to detail and to the ebb and flow of tone (scary, funny, eerie), as well as his sensitive, gentle work particularly with the child actors, make each new turn another occasion for unfettered imagination.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
94% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) As a director, Ms. Zexer has a fine eye for the texture of daily life, which she fills in with resonant physical details and sweeping, scene-setting views.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2016
76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) Despite its flaws and will to kitsch, "The Lovers and the Despot" has enough enigmas and chills to merit a look, even if some of its spookier moments involve cinephilia rather than the usual weapons of mass destruction.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) The new movie is as moth-eaten as the serapes strewn through the 1960 film, but there's no denying the appeal of the image of Mr. Washington riding a horse, shooting a Colt and leading a posse of vigilantes to save a mostly white Western town.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
85% Sully (2016) That it unnerves you as much as it does may seem surprising, given that going in, we know how this story ends. But Mr. Eastwood is also very good at his job, a talent that gives the movie its tension along with an autobiographical sheen.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) Love, death, cinema - they're all there in "Mia Madre," bumping up against one another beautifully.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
89% Blood Father (2016) Pretty much gives you all that you could want from a pulp fiction in which Mel Gibson plays a grizzled loner inking skin in a spot called the Missing Link Tattoo.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) Mr. Tanne has clearly made a close study of his real-life inspirations, yet his movie is soon hostage to the couple's history. His characters feel on loan and, despite his actors, eventually make for dull company ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
59% Bad Moms (2016) What makes "Bad Moms" funny (aside from its lineup of gifted performers) isn't that Amy and her friends go wild; they don't, not even close. It's the women's shared, near-orgiastic pleasure in their freedom and friendship.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) It's a persuasive portrait of a monster-to-be, one etched in thrown tantrums and rocks, and heavily supported by an excellent cast ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
96% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) "Hooligan Sparrow," which Ms. Wang also shot and skillfully edited, has the pulse of a mainstream thriller but without the pacifying polish and tidiness.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) A happily self-conscious feature-length goof.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Sliding into theaters on a river of slime and an endless supply of good vibes, the new, cheerfully silly "Ghostbusters" is that rarest of big-studio offerings - a movie that is a lot of enjoyable, disposable fun.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Two idiots need dates; they get them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016