Manohla Dargis Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% 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
84% 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
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
74% 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
82% 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
83% 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
88% 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
77% 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
100% 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
97% 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
96% 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
100% 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
92% 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
93% 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
29% 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
7% The Snowman (2017) A leaden, clotted, exasperating mess.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
69% 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
93% 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
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It was personal and it was political, which "Battle of the Sexes" gets. It was also entertainment, which is where the movie really excels.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
92% The Force (2017) The movie may offer an incriminatory catalog of organizational failure, but it also repeatedly shows people trying to make the system work.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) One of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman's extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
32% Home Again (2017) For her directorial debut, "Home Again," Hallie Meyers-Shyer, Nancy Meyers's daughter, has made a shabby copy of a Nancy Meyers romantic comedy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
95% Spettacolo (2017) It feels wrong, almost insulting, to call "Spettacolo" charming, even if the movie is often delightful.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
100% Free in Deed (2017) The results occasionally feel coy, but each time the movie edges into mannerism Mr. Harewood and Ms. Dickerson pull you close enough to make it hurt.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) About the only thing holding it together is Idris Elba, whose irrepressible magnetism and man-of-stone solidity anchors this mess but can't redeem it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
81% Brigsby Bear (2017) Mostly it's a sweet and sometimes delightful melancholic story of a lonely man saved by imagination and love.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Lorraine punches and is punched, and her body is soon mapped by bruises and abrasions. It's a lot of abuse for such puny returns, even if the fights are the best parts of "Atomic Blonde."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
94% Escapes (2017) Mr. Fancher turns every walk down memory lane into a leisurely, surprise-filled stroll through a labyrinth, taking us right and then left and then down apparent dead ends before guiding us home.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
74% Amnesia (2017) Alas, Mr. Schroeder ... has tethered both his actress and this natural glory to an awkward, unpersuasive story, largely set in the early 1990s, that coalesces around the lingering effects of World War II on the German soul.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) "Dunkirk" is a tour de force of cinematic craft and technique, but one that is unambiguously in the service of a sober, sincere, profoundly moral story that closes the distance between yesterday's fights and today's.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
90% Girls Trip (2017) Consistently manages to rework and even reinvigorate some severely worn-out conceits, setups and character types, mostly by complicating gender roles with class issues.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
19% False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017) There is little to recommend here, even for Huppert completists who follow her anywhere.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017