Manohla Dargis Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% 22 July (2018) Fiction that hews close to fact, the movie is serious and meticulous, yet hollow.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Like its finest antecedents, it wrings tears from its romance and thrills from a steadfast belief in old-fashioned, big-feeling cinema. That it's also a perverse fantasy about men, women, love and sacrifice makes it all the better.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
88% All About Nina (2018) Ms. Winstead is so good that she even shows you the movie that could have been, one without the clichés and therapy talk.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
68% Hold the Dark (2018) A thriller that aspires to something deeper but never figures out what.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
86% Colette (2018) Takes a light, enjoyably fizzy approach to its subject.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A great deal of the movie's enjoyment comes from its four principals, who work well when paired off but are particularly appealing in a group.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) Sly and sweet with an acid finish, "A Simple Favor" is a female-friendship comedy with neo-noir ambitions.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) Mr. Demange can convey mood and feeling with his filmmaking, but he can't turn Rick Jr. into a viable character and neither can the inexpert Mr. Merritt.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
92% Hal (2018) It's a consistently engaging trip.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) These directors are so in love with their own image-making that there's no room for the viewer.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
92% Support the Girls (2018) As the details gather, thickening the story, what seemed like drift is revealed as textured realism. Mr. Bujalski's touch is so light that it can be easy to miss what he's doing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
53% Papillon (2018) Working from a script by Aaron Guzikowski, the director Michael Noer generally puts the camera where it should go and adds a sterile Parisian interlude but nothing much else of note.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The movie is propelled by action scenes that transmit a little something about the characters while nudging the story forward, much like the song-and-dance numbers in a musical.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Like all great actors, Mr. Washington commits to the performance, but every so often he also breathes fire, imbuing a scene with such shocking ferocity and bone-deep moral certitude that everything else falls blissfully away.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
84% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) The back and forths between accused and lawyer are among the movie's most enthralling scenes, largely because the soft-featured Mr. Yakusho - lips lightly curling - can make a nice smile seem positively terrifying.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
94% Dark Money (2018) A documentary that is by turns engaging, exasperating and confusing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
99% 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
46% 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
88% 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
77% 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
79% 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
68% 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
78% 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
86% 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
56% 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
85% 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
34% 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
96% 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
83% 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
75% 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
89% 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
51% 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
55% 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
88% 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
68% 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
94% 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