Manohla Dargis Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
92% 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
82% Blockers (2018) It's passably diverting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
90% 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
78% Gemini (2018) A pleasurably drifty, low-wattage mystery ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
79% 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
52% 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
69% 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
96% 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 (1979) 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
85% 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
78% 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
90% 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
31% 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
96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Ms. Dean relates Lamarr's ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap, fluidly marshaling a mix of original interviews and archival material that includes film clips, home movies and other footage.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) You don't just watch Luca Guadagnino's movies, you swoon into them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
97% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) Is Mr. Carrey smiling at his words or his memories (or at us)? It can be hard to know, an uncertainty that fits the movie's exploration of reality and its simulations.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) The story is a confusion of noise, visual clutter and murderous digital gnats, but every so often a glimmer of life flickers through.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
93% Thelma (2017) Mostly, and most satisfyingly, it plays with the female Gothic, those unnerving tales - churning with desires and dread, and quivering with anxiety and suspicion - in which women are at once the victims and agents of change.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Everything fits together too neatly in "Three Billboards," even when chaos descends, but the performers add enough rough texture so that it doesn't always feel so worked.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
54% LBJ (2017) "LBJ" is a frustratingly underdeveloped vehicle for Mr. Harrelson's talents as well as an unfortunate missed opportunity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Mr. Hemsworth looks happier and far more relaxed in "Ragnarok" than he did in the previous Thor vehicles, which is perhaps Mr. Waititi's truest achievement here.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) By the time Oscar Isaac swoops in with a fedora and a wolfish grin, the movie has become a bludgeoning pastiche.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) A leaden, clotted, exasperating mess.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
67% Wonderstruck (2017) Even as he follows Mr. Selznick's narrative lead, Mr. Haynes quietly and touchingly makes "Wonderstruck" his own because the wonder of the film isn't in its story but in its telling.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
91% Human Flow (2017) Mr. Ai's ambition in "Human Flow" is as expansive as his reach and his apparently deep-pocketed resources.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) A sly and thoroughly charming Trojan horse of a movie, "Professor Marston" tells the story of the man who created Wonder Woman and the women who inspired him, both in and out of bed.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) Like his character, Mr. Boseman is the star of this show, while Mr. Gad is the second banana and often comic relief. Both performers are natural showmen who never step on each other's moment; they're fun to watch.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
86% American Made (2017) "American Made" goes down easily, especially if you don't let the historical record with its real-world stakes bother you.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017