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Manohla Dargis

Manohla Dargis

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Lamb (2016) "In the novel, Lamb is a fantasist who uses Tommie as a blank (pure) slate on which to write a new life story. Mr. Partridge never figures out how to complicate his version and its voices, or maybe doesn't want to." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
92% Anomalisa (2015) "While "Anomalisa" is filled with uncomfortably, at times sourly humorous moments, it's also a horror movie about the agonizing, banal surrealism of everyday life." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 29, 2015
61% Concussion (2015) "While "Concussion" has some fine things going for it, notably science and Will Smith, it lacks the exciting, committed filmmaking that rises to the level of its outrageous topic." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 25, 2015
82% The Revenant (2015) "It features a battalion of very fine, hardworking actors, none more diligently committed than Mr. DiCaprio, and some of the most beautiful natural tableaus you're likely to see in a movie this year." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "It has the usual toy-store-ready gizmos and critters, but it also has appealingly imperfect men and women whose blunders and victories, decency and goofiness remind you that a pop mythology like Star Wars needs more than old gods to sustain it." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 16, 2015
43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "The biggest mistake here ... is a misbegotten decorousness that sinks the movie, stoving it as calamitously as an enraged whale." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
80% Macbeth (2015) "Mr. Fassbender gives you a reason to see this "Macbeth," although the writing isn't bad, either." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
81% Chi-Raq (2015) "Urgent, surreal, furious, funny and wildly messy, the movie sounds like an invitation to defeat, but it's an improbable triumph that finds Mr. Lee doing some of his best work in years." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "Thin as a halfpenny, "Victor Frankenstein" has nothing to offer on science and the mysteries of creation, but it does reaffirm the grip that Shelley's story retains on the imagination, no matter how far afield it's taken." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 25, 2015
77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) ""The Good Dinosaur" is charmingly different, but its oddness sneaks up on you only after the filmmakers lay out some storybook bona fides." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 24, 2015
61% Legend (2015) "As a character study, it proves about as deep as Goofus and Gallant in the British underworld, but it's also consistently fun to watch." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "What makes the material still feel personal - other than the yearslong investment and love that transform entertainments into fan communities - is the combination of Katniss and Ms. Lawrence, who have become a perfect fit." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
33% By The Sea (2015) "A knowing or at least a ticklishly amusing demonstration of celebrity and its relay of gazes from one of the most looked-at women in the world. Take, watch, she seems to say, this is my body." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) "Cinephile catnip." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
74% Trumbo (2015) "Part biopic, part historical gloss, "Trumbo" tells a great-man story with a patchwork of fact and fiction, mixing in the odd bit of newsreel with a great many dull, visually flat and poorly lighted dramatic scenes." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
95% In Jackson Heights (2015) "As the movie returns to specific spaces, touching on human rights and gentrification along the way, it develops into a deeply stirring ode to the immigrant experience and American identity." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 3, 2015
95% The Wonders (2015) "Ms. Rohrwacher's strengths here are the tender intimacy of the performances, particularly those of the older child actors, and her gentle meandering, both narrative and cinematographic." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
34% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "You want to know how the Janes of the world happen. Is it money? Power? Ideology? You never find out." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
No Score Yet Insiang (1976) ""Insiang" is as much a national captivity narrative as it is a very specific suffering-woman saga (with shades of the classic maternal melodrama)." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 27, 2015
8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "Clichéd, enervating, insulting - it's tough to settle on a single pejorative for "Rock the Kasbah," though abysmal might do." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
97% Heart of a Dog (2015) "It's a home movie of a type, if one that, like a stone skipped across a still lake, leaves expanding rings in its path." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 20, 2015
94% Room (2015) "While it flickers with grace and imagination during its initial half, largely because of Jack, it devolves into a dreary, platitudinous therapy movie in its second ..." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
89% Experimenter (2015) "Despite the story's freight, the laboratory shocks and Milgram's insistent melancholia, "Experimenter" is a nimble, low-frequency high." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) ""Bridge of Spies" is, like most of Mr. Spielberg's films, a consummate entertainment that sweeps you up with pure cinema." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
48% Freeheld (2015) "A television movie of the week gone uninterestingly wrong ..." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) "What makes this epic personal is Mr. Scott's filmmaking, in which every soaring aerial shot of the red planet is answered by the intimate landscape of a face." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
80% Incompresa (Misunderstood) (2015) "Ms. Argento has a florid visual style, and she likes turning up the heat." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
62% The Intern (2015) "Mr. De Niro owns the movie from the moment he opens his mouth, and is staring into the camera and right at you. (Oh, yes, he's lookin' at you.) You can't look away, and soon you don't want to." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
88% Office (Hua li shang ban zu) (2015) "If Mr. To were an American, his name would fall from lips as easily as Martin Scorsese's, another artist alive to cinema's past as well as its present." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
92% Prophet's Prey (2015) "For the most part ... Ms. Berg gets it right, burying Mr. Jeffs with persuasive witness testimony and documentation." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) "Ms. Headland has a concept for a latter-day screwball comedy ... but she doesn't have the jokes or the emotionally textured characters that can fill in that conceit." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
64% The Visit (2015) "The director M. Night Shyamalan has a fine eye and a nice, natural way with actors, and he has a talent for gently rap-rap-rapping on your nerves." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
35% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015) "The least interesting question to ask about a movie like "Dragon Blade" is whether it's any good. Of course it isn't, not especially, but questions of quality pale next to the greater headscratcher: What is it?" ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
45% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "It is unexpectedly moving and occasionally delightful to spend time with these titans of cinema as they walk and sometimes wobble, delivering words that become meaningful because they're lucky enough to be spoken by Mr. Redford and Mr. Nolte." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 1, 2015
92% Queen of Earth (2015) "Ms. Waterston, a Modigliani in motion and often in black, easily holds your attention, but it is Ms. Moss, with her intimate expressivity, who annihilates you from first tear to last crushing laugh." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 25, 2015
67% The Great Man (2015) "Swells of emotion seep in like low-rolling fog and suddenly you are watching a drama about real people wrestling with life blow by blow." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Guy Ritchie makes the kind of enjoyably disreputable movies that are fun to watch until they're not." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "It's a story driven by classic tensions: struggle and triumph, division and conquest, group and individual." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
79% Cop Car (2015) "Part of what makes "Cop Car" such easy viewing is that it doesn't ask much of you narratively or ethically." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "The novel is life-specific, but what makes Minnie - on the page and now on the screen - greater than any one girl is how she tells her own story in her own soaringly alive voice." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
75% Counting (2015) "As Mr. Cohen shifts from one space and time to the next in "Counting," the filmmaker - who has long been "writing" from the world of appearances with his camera - expresses the melancholy and longing embedded in that impossibility." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) ""Rogue Nation" is pretty much like most of the "Impossible" movies in that it's an immense machine that Mr. McQuarrie, after tinkering and oiling, has cranked up again and set humming ..." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "Whatever the motivations, the movie gives you the opportunity for its loquacious title subject to pour his thoughts into your ears for some 100 babbling minutes." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 28, 2015
56% Paper Towns (2015) "A serenely bland adaptation of the John Green young-adult novel about a regular boy in love with the mystery girl next door." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015) "The movie isn't especially well made, yet because Tucker is such a gloriously rich figure - immigrant turned runaway mother turned vaudevillian turned superstar - she renders its formal and aesthetic shortcomings (mostly) irrelevant." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
81% A Hard Day (2015) "A kinetically visceral, enjoyable nasty joy ride, "A Hard Day" is pretty much as advertised." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2015
44% Irrational Man (2015) "A film that goes dark without going deep and keeps you wondering just how personal the title "Irrational Man" is or if it's more of an existential shrug." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "Often extremely funny, even if it never approaches the radicalness of [Schumer's] greatest, most dangerous work." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
56% Minions (2015) "While "Minions" explores nominally new narrative ground, it folds neatly into a series that now includes two features, various shorts, books, video games, sheet music and a theme park attraction. So, you know, different but also the same." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
97% Tangerine (2015) "Little is as it seems in "Tangerine," a fast, raucously funny comedy about love and other misadventures." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
89% Cartel Land (2015) "What's missing is a directorial point of view, including about vigilante groups, the so-called war on drugs, and Mexican and American policies and politics." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
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