Manohla Dargis Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Dark Money (2018) A documentary that is by turns engaging, exasperating and confusing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
98% Eighth Grade (2018) "Eighth Grade" is a simple story of an unremarkable girl, tenderly and movingly told.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
49% Skyscraper (2018) Mr. Johnson... doesn't have to do all that much here, but as one of the last authentic monuments to he-man masculinity, he easily holds you rapt.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) An engaging goof that resists bludgeoning you with bigness and instead settles for good vibes and jokes. Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! [Squints.] It's a surprisingly enjoyable summer romp!‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Engrossing, and sometimes enraging...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Debra Granik has a gift for cinematic spaces that are vibrantly, palpably alive, and for putting you in places, whether modest homes or the great outdoors, that make you feel as if you're standing right alongside her characters. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
70% The King (2018) The journey is the destination in a movie that gives you plenty to think about and argue with, as it racks up the miles and people clamber in and out of both the Rolls and the movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) Working with the cinematographer Yunus Pasolang, Ms. Surya gives "Marlina" a stark, steady, captivating look that keeps you largely engaged even when the story and your attention drift.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Like his superheroes, Mr. Bird is extraordinarily good at destruction, which is very much in evidence in the virtuosic, often delightful "Incredibles 2," which picks up narratively where the last movie left off.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
76% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) She can be as off-putting and frustrating as she is fascinating.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
67% Ocean's 8 (2018) A lot of this is fun to watch but would have been more breezily enjoyable if the movie played as lightly (and seriously) with gender as much as it does with genre.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
74% Breath (2018) Mr. Baker does nice work with the actors - his open-faced young leads are sincere, appealing, believable - and there's a lot to like about "Breath," including its attention to natural beauty and to how surfing can become a bridge to that splendor.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
87% Tully (2018) Ms. Theron and Ms. Davis make a pleasurable, watchable pair - Ms. Davis is obviously happy to be the moon to Ms. Theron's sun - but "Tully" isn't really interested in the sustaining joys of female bonding.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
55% Duck Butter (2018) A movie that reminds you that sometimes all you need in realist fiction is a glimpse into another person's being - but with heart and intelligence, good craft and technique.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) You notice the visual design but have no sense of - or feeling for - the faith binding these mourners.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
32% I Feel Pretty (2018) It's clear that Ms. Schumer knows a thing or two about sexist ideologies, real power struggles and all the deeply unfunny, unpretty rest. She can go more than skin deep.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
95% Zama (2018) Mr. Giménez Cacho, who appears in nearly every scene, anchors "Zama" beautifully in an expressive yet reserved performance that pulls you in intellectually rather than emotionally.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
78% Beirut (2018) The absence of Arab voices beyond those of the terrorists further flattens a movie that never fully takes satisfying shape.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) It's passably diverting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
92% Lean on Pete (2018) A very fine movie that I haven't stopped thinking about since I saw it, partly because stories about forgotten and mistreated children tend to be reserved for documentaries and foreign-language art cinema.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
77% Gemini (2018) A pleasurably drifty, low-wattage mystery ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Despite some teasing it's obvious who's who and what's what; but if the story holds next to no surprises, it does unload some brutally ugly shocks.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Time and again, Mr. Anderson pulls you hard into "Isle of Dogs."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) [A] lucid, focused and adamant documentary ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) Ms. Vikander certainly looks the role, with flowing hair and a washboard stomach you could play the blues on. She runs, jumps and leaps into this yawning void with grim determination.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) For all the chatter and intrigue, Mr. Finley never settles on a point or theme.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) "The Death of Stalin" is by turns entertaining and unsettling, with laughs that morph into gasps and uneasy gasps that erupt into queasy, choking laughs.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Ms. Lawrence goes all in, seamlessly meeting the movie's physical demands - whether she's dancing onstage or crawling in blood - while turning Dominika into a character who grows more real with each unreal scene.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
100% Oh Lucy! (2018) Hirayanagi isn't selling a packaged idea about what it means to be human; she does something trickier and more honest here, merely by tracing the ordinary absurdities and agonies of one woman's life.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
54% The Lodgers (2018) For all the genre exertions, none of this feels the least bit spooky, including the digital ghouls that float in and the cobwebs that look as if they originated in a spray can.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Mr. Garland has a talent for unnerving you with quietly dissonant notes and an occasional grotesque flourish.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
81% The Party (2018) A 71-minute black-and-white movie that mostly comes off like a futile filmmaking exercise in how to move bodies inside a (largely) confined space.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
67% Golden Exits (2018) Mr. Perry is such a good filmmaker that he can make the embarrassing and the unbearable insistently, fascinatingly engrossing (and often funny).‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Most big studio fantasies take you out for a joy ride only to hit the same exhausted story and franchise-expanding beats. Not this one.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
95% 24 Frames (2018) "24 Frames" can't help but be affecting because it is Kiarostami's final movie. But it's intellectually uninvolving, and its technical limitations prove frustrating.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
100% Legend of the Mountain (2001) You can get lost in these pictorial reveries as you trace the rays of light piercing the trees, brightening the dark waters and the reality-softening haze.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) For devotees of cinematic blowouts and dedicated students of screen masculinity (like me), "12 Strong" is premium, Grade A catnip.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
77% Small Town Crime (2018) Mr. Hawkes keeps you tethered, whether he's navigating the movie's uneven tones or peeling down one of cinema's lonely highways in a muscle car so lovingly shot it deserves a co-star credit.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
83% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) There are times when the characters - and their director - surprise and genuinely delight.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
86% Vazante (2018) It's an austere, pitiless world and might be a near-unbearable, unwatchable one if the director Daniela Thomas didn't hook you early. But she does ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
No Score Yet Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer (2018) The artistry is unassailable.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Despite Ms. Chastain's charisma and gift for delivering Mr. Sorkin's fast talk, Molly isn't interesting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
77% All the Money in the World (2017) "All the Money in the World" is a story of towering greed and the absence of mercy, and an ideal 21st century morality tale.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
87% The Post (2018) Mr. Spielberg, a shrewd entertainer who can be waylaid by moralism, rarely lets virtue drag this movie down.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
78% The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) Mr. Pullman, his good looks obscured by chiaroscuro shadows and mutton chops, keeps you tethered to Lefty even when the rambling turns to drift. Mr. Moshé knows his genre.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It is a satisfying, at times transporting entertainment. Remarkably, it has visual wit and a human touch, no small achievement for a seemingly indestructible machine that revved up 40 years ago and shows no signs of sputtering out (ever).‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
96% Foxtrot (2018) A movie that builds into a devastating indictment of a nation, shock by shock, brutal moment by brutal moment.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) As "I, Tonya" skips here and there and thickens the plot, it becomes increasingly baffling why the filmmakers decided to put a comic spin on this pathetic, dispiriting story.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Mr. Franco recreates the production of "The Room" - and the escalating behind-the-scenes nuttiness - with an assured, energetic touch ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Mr. Allen certainly keeps you busy with all these colors, tones, influences, complications, stereotypes and histrionics, but to little end.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017