Manohla Dargis Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Manohla Dargis

Manohla Dargis
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86%

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
Posted Dec 1, 2016
93%

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
Posted Nov 29, 2016
72%

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
Posted Nov 17, 2016
75%

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
Posted Nov 17, 2016
93%

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
Posted Nov 10, 2016
80%

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
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
Posted Nov 3, 2016
91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"So visually transfixing, so beautiful and nimble that you may even briefly forget the brand." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
20%

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
Posted Oct 27, 2016
73%

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
Posted Oct 27, 2016
89%

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
Posted Oct 27, 2016
38%

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
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
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
Posted Oct 20, 2016
84%

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
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
Posted Oct 11, 2016
98%

Under The Shadow (2016)

"Quietly nerve-pricking ..." ‐New York Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
44%

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
Posted Oct 5, 2016
96%

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
Posted Sep 30, 2016
63%

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
Posted Sep 29, 2016
96%

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
Posted Sep 27, 2016
78%

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
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
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
Posted Sep 8, 2016
88%

Mia Madre (2016)

"Love, death, cinema - they're all there in "Mia Madre," bumping up against one another beautifully." ‐New York Times
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
Posted Aug 25, 2016
92%

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
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
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
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
Posted Jul 21, 2016
60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"A happily self-conscious feature-length goof." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
72%

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
Posted Jul 10, 2016
36%

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"Two idiots need dates; they get them." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Mr. Mortensen, whose intensity has the sting of possession, has a way of making you believe his characters can do whatever they set their minds to: fly, leap over buildings, save the world." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
71%

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

"Has loads of twists and all the ritualistic pessimism you expect, but none of the political and moral outrage that might have elevated this genre story into a le Carré one." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"What makes it more enjoyable than other recycled stories of this type is that the filmmakers have given Tarzan a thoughtful, imperfect makeover." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"The results are predictably predictable if rarely entertainingly risible, with swaths of exposition and dialogue that sounds like ads ("one people, one world")." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 24, 2016
19%

The Duel (2016)

""The Duel" has a few ideas and a glint of politics but is largely characterized by its perplexing shifts in tone and unpersuasive story turns." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
98%

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

""Hunt for the Wilderpeople" takes a troika of familiar story types - the plucky kid, the crusty geezer, the nurturing bosom - and strips them of cliché." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
95%

Tickled (2016)

"A terrifically entertaining documentary about a strange, murky corner of the adult tickling world." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
89%

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016)

"It soon starts to feel like self-promotion." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
64%

Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) (2016)

"It has little bite and not nearly enough laughs or thought." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
28%

Warcraft (2016)

"Jones ... against the odds, has mined a watchable movie out of an entertainment franchise that started with a video game and now includes novels, comics and assorted schlock (toys, costumes, a mah-jongg set)." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
97%

The Fits (2016)

"A singular first feature from the young director Anna Rose Holmer, who's made a movie that can feel like a memory." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
90%

A Bigger Splash (2016)

"Mr. Guadagnino excels at creating lifestyle pornography of an especially rarefied kind, although in classic European style, he gilds the pleasure with some political guilt." ‐New York Times
Posted May 3, 2016
70%

Sin Alas (2015)

"Mr. Chace does his finest work with Mr. Padrón, and together director and actor create a portrayal of a man who, even as he's stirred to action, seems increasingly burdened by his sentimental education." ‐New York Times
Posted May 3, 2016
80%

The Family Fang (2016)

"Mr. Bateman's direction of the actors is especially sensitive in this and other tricky scenes, showing a delicacy with emotional textures that isn't always matched by the story." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
100%

Los Sures (2016)

"White Adidas kicks, boomboxes, break dancing - the 1984 documentary Los Sures is an eye-popping New York time capsule." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
76%

Keanu (2016)

"As the genre machinery chugs along, the bang-bang begins to overwhelm the movie, and the underlying critique gives way to a what-me-worry shrug." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
84%

The Meddler (2016)

""The Meddler" is agreeably (unusually) optimistic about human relationships, despite the melancholy edging its comedy." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
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