Manohla Dargis Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Knives Out (2019) A genre savant, Johnson understands that one of the pleasures of mystery stories is how they turn viewers into detectives, eager amateur sleuths who also sift through the clues, false and not.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
100% 63 Up (2019) There's great pleasure in revisiting this series, seeing who turned out just fine and sometimes better than you might have expected or hoped.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
94% Dark Waters (2019) It's exceedingly well executed and technically impeccable...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
76% Frozen II (2019) It's never surprising, yet its bursts of pictorial imagination - snowflakes that streak like shooting stars - keep you engaged, as do Elsa and Anna, who still aren't waiting for life to happen.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
87% Waves (2019) All of Shults's stylistic brio and formal inventiveness is finally in the service of a story about love, its mutability and fragility.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
53% Charlie's Angels (2019) The writer-director Elizabeth Banks has chucked the bikinis, but not the foundational fairy tale that women's power is a matter of low stakes, cute outfits and sassy you-go-girl attitude.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
47% Last Christmas (2019) The pairing of Clarke and Golding proves an impossible hurdle, making even the seemingly simplest moments - an intimate walk, a heartfelt talk - feel badly labored.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
93% The Kingmaker (2019) It's an ugly story shrewdly told, with a sense of humor and also a deeper feeling for history.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
87% Get Shorty (1995) Like the Elmore Leonard novel it adapts, Get Shorty is fast, very funny, minorly caustic, and about as consequential and lasting as the movies Chili himself tries to green-light.‐ Spin
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
56% Mallrats (1995) Thin yet enticing.‐ Spin
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Furious, brilliant, exhausting...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
62% Paradise Hills (2019) Despite her shaky handle on the movie's ideas and the appealing if uneven performances, Waddington holds your attention with visual beauty and humor.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficent is back and so is Jolie, who, with her augmented cheekbones and perfectly calibrated hauteur, remains the only reason to bother with it. Much else has changed and not for the better, whatever this hash insists.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers meticulously sets the scene, adds texture and builds tension and mystery from men locked in battle and sometimes in embrace.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
70% The King (2019) What Michôd never manages to make clear is what we are to make of this version's nationalism, its glorification of war, its ambivalence toward corrupting power and its selective, finally misguided attempt to brush off Shakespeare.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong has some ideas in "Parasite," but the movie's greatness isn't a matter of his apparent ethics or ethos... but of how he delivers truths, often perversely and without an iota of self-serving cant.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) It's a dispiriting mess and waste of talent, sunk by a lack of focus, misguided choices and insistently unproductive, at times incoherent clashing tones.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) "Pain and Glory" can be achingly sad, but its pleasures, rainbow hues and humor keep it (and you) aloft.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Wholly embracing Garland's freneticism at its rawest might have registered as excessive or campy, but it would have deepened the portrait. So would Garland's voice.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) For the most part, the film's heaviness is a virtue, even when its director, James Gray, slips into grandiosity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) What largely distinguishes "Midnight Traveler" is its anxious intimacy, a sense of uneasy closeness that pulls you into a family circle that at times gets very small, creating a sense of appropriate claustrophobia.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Engel gives "Raise Hell" such momentum - it's a whoosh of a movie - that you are quickly swept up in its sights and sounds. There's a lot to take in.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
95% Ága (2019) [The final stretch] shifts this textbook exercise in art cinema... into kitsch.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) [Estes] has a fine cast and a good sense of place, including a feel for the spookiness of emptied-out spaces, and he makes his conspicuously low budget work for the near-claustrophobic intimacy. More important, he has Oyelowo.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
83% Official Secrets (2019) The characters are malnourished and Hood's attempts to build suspense often fall flat because he leans hard on genre conventions, on dark shadows, ominous music and abrupt sounds straight from a horror flick.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) Complex, stirring, timely and beautifully shaped...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) It banks on your cruelty, which might be interesting if the movie acknowledged its meanness and didn't smother it in the requisite late-act sentimental blather about friendship, family and so on.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Linklater's visuals are... unfussy, direct; as always, he creates felt intimacy among people.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
98% One Child Nation (2019) Soul-baring and furious, the documentary "One Child Nation" takes a powerful, unflinching look at China's present through its past.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) An offense against feminism, narrative logic and Fleetwood Mac, "The Kitchen" is a terrible, witless mess.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) "Stuber" squeaks by on the charm of its two male stars, who handle the nonsense capably. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) It's a brutal trip, though Naishtat smartly balances the heaviness with moments of levity and absurd comedy. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) Even Clive Owen has a rough time delivering the persuasive goods, and the most notable aspect of his performance as Claudius, alas, is the character's tragic hair.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) [Its] political narrative arc is what distinguishes "Maiden," which draws you in even when the predigital images prove less than lovely.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
87% Ever After (Endzeit) (2019) "Endzeit" modestly deepens into beguiling mystery.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The animation is striking, the jokes amusing and the story sweet, though this being Pixar, the tale is also melancholic enough that the whole thing feels deeper than it is.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) Nearly everything here reminds you of something else, often better, cleverer, funnier.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) It's stirring how Dylan keeps coming back to film, with its beautiful masks and lies, and it is a gift that Scorsese has been there ready to meet him.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The role is an unfortunately bad fit for Turner, who receives no help from Kinberg. She looks comfy in midair, but can't fill in the character with the necessary nuances and mood changes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
60% Charlie Says (2019) In her powerful and deeply affecting "Charlie Says," Mary Harron revisits the Manson cult in a dramatization largely told from the perspective of his female followers.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
67% Wine Country (2019) The scripted lines rarely zing, sing or sting (some seem improvised), but when the performers fall down or screw up their faces, you get to watch them fill in their characters with something like real feeling...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) "Long Shot" isn't going to save the romantic comedy, but it's an adrenaline shot of pure pleasure to the genre's failing heart.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) Ocasio-Cortez quickly, and unsurprisingly, emerges as the focus. She's a ready-made camera presence: sharp, young, emphatic and a tremendous, blazingly confident public speaker.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Anchored by its two excellent leads, the movie is sympathetic and, for the most part, unsentimental.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) If you didn't know why he was considered a transcendent dancer or a transformational figure, you still won't know after the final credits roll.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The scares are plentiful and sometimes ticklishly funny in "The Curse of La Llorona," an enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) At some point during this logy 2-hour-and-21-minute exercise you want something more substantial than even Hemsworth's admittedly mesmerizing snaky hips.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) Tessa Thompson emotionally expands "Little Woods," turning a small movie into something more than its textured parts.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
84% Dogman (2019) Garrone is a virtuoso of pain and terror, which can be overwhelming, despite the flourishes of comedy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
68% Stockholm (2019) Drowsy in feel and muted in color, "Stockholm" is lightly amusing and watchable - mostly thanks to Hawke - but never makes the case that this is a story that needed to be told, with or without laughs.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019