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Manohla Dargis, New York Times

  1. Big Bad Wolves 2014 All the filmmakers seem interested in is the ugliness of the main Israeli characters, each of whom proves a virtuoso of violence. full review
  2. Child's Pose 2014 A drama with a story as cold, merciless and inevitable as a tomb ... full review
  3. Like Father, Like Son 2014 Mr. Hirokazu again creates a pair of irresistible charmers whose lives are, with increasing emotional violence, upended ... by the very adults meant to take care of them. full review
  4. The Missing Picture 2014 The audacity of "The Missing Picture" - a brilliant documentary about a child who held on to life in Cambodia's killing fields - is equaled only by its soulfulness. full review
  5. The Attack 2013 [An] intelligent, involving movie that's by turns a murder mystery and a politically charged argument about contemporary Palestinian identity. full review
  6. Bettie Page Reveals All 2013 It tends to lurch distractingly, as if Mr. Mori were still trying to figure out how to piece the whole thing together. full review
  7. Caesar Must Die 2013 You can only guess what the lines mean to the inmates, who register as atmospheric blanks at best and brutal exotics at worst, even if the tale that they enact with such earnest vigor works because the original tragedy does. full review
  8. Dead Man Down 2013 The movie might have been better if its Swedish director, Niels Arden Oplev, had played with the genre cliches stuffed in this turkey instead of going for straight-up action. full review
  9. Diana 2013 [Hirschbiegel] nicely conveys an intimate restlessness, only to blow the mood with ominous tidings. full review
  10. Don Jon 2013 [A] deceptively sincere movie about masculinity and its discontents that Mr. Gordon-Levitt, making a fine feature directing debut, shapes into a story about a young man's moral education. full review
  11. Drug War 2013 While Mr. To may not fill the movie with rousing speeches, either by inclination or out of political necessity, the brilliant, unsettling action scenes - ugly, savage, dehumanizing - speak volumes. full review
  12. Girl Most Likely 2013 It's impossible not to root for Kristen Wiig, even while you wait in vain for the funny to pop in her latest. full review
  13. The Guillotines 2013 The blades fly as do the heads, but the movie remains disappointingly aground. full review
  14. The Host 2013 Dopey, derivative and dull, "The Host" is a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes, young-adult pandering and bottom-line calculation. full review
  15. In the Fog 2013 The world and its choices are often cruel, but for all the devastations visited on the characters, Mr. Loznitsa is searching for the human good amid a human catastrophe. full review
  16. Interior. Leather Bar. 2013 Simultaneously an act of creation and deconstruction. full review
  17. It's a Disaster 2013 An underbaked comedy about eight people facing their mortality. full review
  18. Jobs 2013 After a while, you don't care. full review
  19. Like Someone in Love 2013 Every shot - everything you see, and everything you don't - imparts a disturbing and thrilling sense of discovery. full review
  20. Lovelace 2013 There's a lot in this story about victimization and agency that Mr. Epstein and Mr. Friedman never satisfactorily address. full review
  21. Man of Tai Chi 2013 Keanu Reeves's down-and-dirty and generally diverting directing debut. full review
  22. Pandora's Promise 2013 You need to make an argument. A parade of like-minded nuclear-power advocates who assure us that everything will be all right just doesn't cut it. full review
  23. The Prey 2013 It's no insult to say that it doesn't aspire to art-house significance, just to white-knuckled entertainment. full review
  24. The Rocket 2013 A pretty, somewhat sleepy and finally strange once-upon-a-time tale... full review
  25. Sightseers 2013 Working from a script by Ms. Lowe and Mr. Oram, Mr. Wheatley continues in the same bludgeoning, amusingly if dubiously deadpan fashion for what soon feels like an overextended joke. full review
  26. A Teacher 2013 Ms. Fidell ... has a fine eye but not the makings of a feature-length movie here and, it quickly becomes clear, isn't interested in this relationship or the moral, ethical and legal issues it raises. full review
  27. A Touch of Sin 2013 A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, "A Touch of Sin" is at once monumental and human scale. full review
  28. Upstream Color 2013 A deeply sincere, elliptical movie about being and nature, men and women, self and other, worms and pigs ... full review
  29. 360 2012 Mr. Morgan has written some good movies, notably "The Queen," and Mr. Meirelles has won fans for neo-exploitation titles like "City of God." There's no way to know what went wrong with "360" and whether it was this uninvolving and shallow from the start. full review
  30. 56 Up 2012 These are moving images of touchingly vibrant lives at certain moments in time and space. full review
  31. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 2012 The fluidity and convenience of digital moviemaking tools explain some of its freshness, as does Ms. Klayman's history as a budding documentarian. full review
  32. Arbitrage 2012 Mr. Gere is one of cinema's great walkers, graced with a suggestively predatory physical suppleness, and he slips through the movie like a panther. He's the film's most deluxe item. full review
  33. Arcadia 2012 Ms. Silver's ability to translate the liminal into cinematic terms, to catch those moments between innocence and knowing, childhood and adulthood, unforgiving and forgiving, makes her someone to watch. full review
  34. Atlas Shrugged: Part II 2012 The producers are going to have to hire a better director if they want moviegoers to be curious enough about this Galt guy to buy a ticket for the presumptive third and final chapter. full review
  35. Barbara 2012 "Barbara" is a film about the old Germany from one of the best directors working in the new: Christian Petzold. full review
  36. Barrymore 2012 Mr. Plummer stumbles beautifully, poignantly and often, leering and searching through a haze of memory or, with concern edged with panic, calling for "a line, a line" much as Richard III calls for a horse. full review
  37. Brooklyn Castle 2012 It's deeply satisfying watching these public school, hard-knock kids win, and Ms. Dellamaggiore knows it. full review
  38. A Burning Hot Summer 2012 Here and elsewhere you linger in moments that, like memories and dreams, can feel severed from storybook time. full review
  39. Casa de mi padre 2012 "Casa de Mi Padre" demands that you not take it seriously, and for the most part that's easy to do. full review
  40. Cosmopolis 2012 Mr. Cronenberg's direction throughout "Cosmopolis" is impeccable, both inside the limo and out. full review
  41. Dangerous Liaisons 2012 Schadenfreude carries a delectable tang no matter the language, and as the history of Hollywood shows, stories about pretty people behaving badly remain reliably alluring. full review
  42. Deadfall 2012 "Deadfall" brings to mind those dark, old-fashioned entertainments in rotation on Turner Classic Movies that suck you in with their genre machinery, sullen beauties and despair. full review
  43. Dredd 2012 Every so often there's a suggestion that a police state may actually be a lousy idea, but this thought dies even faster than the disposable characters. full review
  44. End of Watch 2012 A muscular, maddening exploitation movie embellished with art-house style and anchored by solid performances. full review
  45. Fightville 2012 Ms. Epperlein and Mr. Tucker have talent and resolve - they spent months shooting "Fightville," a commitment that's scarcely evident - which makes the movie's superficiality all the more frustrating. full review
  46. The Forgiveness of Blood 2012 The Albanian tradition of blood feuds partly inspired Mr. Marston to make this story, yet what gives it shape are the more familiar conventions of the classic art film, including narrative ambiguity, ellipses and silence. full review
  47. Headshot 2012 A dreamy, elliptical neo-noir about a cop turned killer turned something else altogether. full review
  48. The House I Live In 2012 A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake. full review
  49. The Hunger Games 2012 Again and again Katniss rescues herself with resourcefulness, guts and true aim, a combination that makes her insistently watchable, despite Mr. Ross's soft touch and Ms. Lawrence's bland performance. full review
  50. I Wish 2012 Whenever its children are on screen, lighted up with joy or dimmed by hard adult truths, the film burns bright. full review
  51. Last Ride 2012 Mr. Ivin doesn't have a strong narrative line to play with or become distracted by, but he takes off on some lovely detours, whether he's narrowing in on Chook or going wide to take in the world that waits beyond. full review
  52. A Little Bit Of Heaven 2012 A cringe-inducing romantic comedy turned cancer tragedy turned inspirational hosanna about living in the moment, embracing your bliss and other cliches. full review
  53. Loosies 2012 An amorphous, laugh-flecked drama about a New York City pickpocket that mostly comes across as a feature-length advertisement for its likable star and writer, Peter Facinelli. full review
  54. Meet the Fokkens 2012 "Meet the Fokkens" holds your interest, mostly because the sisters (who turned 70 in May) are good company, no matter who they are. full review
  55. The Pact 2012 In the end, like a lot of genre movies, this one pulls from different inspirations, and so weighs in, by turns, as overly predictable and satisfyingly recognizable (part of genre cinema's one-two punch). full review
  56. ParaNorman 2012 The story, an amusing if not especially fresh tale involving a witch and some Puritans, is principally a vehicle for the movie's meticulously detailed pictorial beauty, which turns each scene into an occasion for discovery and sometimes delight. full review
  57. Playing for Keeps 2012 None of it is especially credible or engaging. full review
  58. Post Tenebras Lux 2012 Life and death, nature and culture, sex and money, man and beast, God and the Devil - "Post Tenebras Lux" embraces the world even if it doesn't open itself up to ready interpretation. full review
  59. Pusher 2012 There's an ugly, jittery beauty to "Pusher," a very fine British redo of a 1996 Danish movie of the same title. full review
  60. Red Dawn 2012 Bradley ... handles the low-fi action well, which helps divert attention from the bargain-bin special effects, bad acting and politics. full review
  61. Solomon Kane 2012 Mr. Basset is too enamored of the usual action film cliches ... But he has a graphic visual style that suits the simplistic material and he keeps you watching even as the wet, sucking sounds of skewered flesh grows tedious. full review
  62. Starlet 2012 A thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening ... full review
  63. Teddy Bear 2012 A largely likable tale about a 38-year-old man-child trying finally to grow up. full review
  64. We Have a Pope 2012 Mr. Moretti finds broad comedy in the antics of some clerics, who can seem as sweet as children, but in Melville there is pathos and there is tragedy, and not his alone. full review
  65. The Woman in the Fifth 2012 Although Mr. Pawlikowski often shows Mr. Hawke in medium and long shots, the actor draws you close. full review
  66. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu 2011 A cinematic tour de force that tracks the rise, reign and grim fall of its subject. full review
  67. Bellflower 2011 There's more here than initially meets and sometimes assaults the eye, including the hyperbolic dudeness of it all. full review
  68. Buck 2011 Holds your attention and heart for a tight 88 minutes. full review
  69. First Position 2011 An appealing, largely upbeat documentary about young ballet dancers duking it out, sometimes on point and in tulle, for top honors at the Youth America Grand Prix. full review
  70. Ironclad 2011 The action is cluttered and the story overly compressed, with a lot of yammering about who's aligned with whom and why (no wonder Mr. Giamatti's eyes keep rolling) in between the geysers of red. full review
  71. The Kid with a Bike 2011 A quietly rapturous film about love and redemption from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne... full review
  72. Knuckle 2011 While it's frustrating that Mr. Palmer doesn't dig deep into the complexities of the fights, one of the movie's strengths is the honesty with which he confesses his doubts about them. full review
  73. One Lucky Elephant 2011 Happily, while this movie's head may not always be in the right place, its heart is... full review
  74. Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow 2011 The camera movements are graceful, almost ethereal, yet the objects themselves - with their impastos of organic and inorganic materials, their metaphoric resonances, historical allusions and intimations of war - feel unmistakably weighty. full review
  75. Peep World 2011 A a family circus of dysfunction that's so familiar you may feel tempted to place bets on how everything will shake out, and painless enough that you might not resent doing so. full review
  76. Rapt 2011 A solid yet fleet French thriller about a society kidnapping and its shockwaves. full review
  77. Sanctum 2011 The director Alister Grierson, not grasping that bad dialogue is sometimes best delivered quietly, encourages his actors to shout and thrash about, and so they do, like fish out of water and performers out of their depth. full review
  78. Surviving Progress 2011 Zippily edited and nicely photographed, "Surviving Progress" is a fine summary of a hot ugly mess. But like too many short documentaries, it can't do justice to its complex topic or finally to those of us watching. full review
  79. Trishna 2011 Life is suffering, as the Buddha said (including in Hardy's emotionally grinding novels), but it's more complex and contradictory than the ginned-up realism Mr. Winterbottom delivers here. full review
  80. Undefeated 2011 While "Undefeated" travels well-tilled inspirational ground, it's also an irresistible story of football, faith and the lust for happily-ever-after black-and-white endings. full review
  81. The Women on the 6th Floor 2011 Lighter than a meringue and as insubstantial, the French boulevard comedy "The Women on the 6th Floor" was designed for the gentle laughter it easily earns. full review
  82. All Good Things 2010 It's a pretty picture or would be if the ominous music and camera position didn't seem directed at the man portentously lurking in the background. full review
  83. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2010 What a gift Werner Herzog offers with "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," an inside look at the astonishing Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc - and in 3-D too. full review
  84. City of Life and Death 2010 The horrors it represents can be almost too difficult to watch, yet you keep watching because Mr. Lu makes the case that you must. full review
  85. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 2010 The good stuff, as far as Mr. Gibney's movie and Mr. Elkind's book theorize, involves the power brokers who...might have had something to do with his downfall. full review
  86. Henry's Crime 2010 Its mood is so muffled and point so submerged, it's difficult to see why Mr. Reeves and the rest of the cast pooled their talents to make a movie about a nowhere man going no place in particular in Buffalo. full review
  87. Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work 2010 To their credit, the filmmakers don't try to make her look good, and while they omit some of her uglier routines, they don't (perhaps can't) ask you to love her. That's a wise move.
  88. Rubber 2010 By embracing irrationality as his operating principle (or at least by pretending to), Mr. Dupieux lets himself off the narrative hook. full review
  89. Tiny Furniture 2010 By playing a version of herself (and asking her family to go along for the ride), and by closing the distance between art and life, she has gotten at something real. full review
  90. Vanishing On 7th Street 2010 Working from a script with diminishing returns by Anthony Jaswinski, Mr. Anderson smartly frontloads the movie, drawing you in with long shots of deserted cityscapes, the quiet punctured by periodic bird calls and dog barks. full review
  91. The Proposal 2009 Like most Hollywood romantic comedies these days, The Proposal is all about bringing a woman to her knees. full review
  92. The Art Of The Steal 2009 A hard-hitting documentary about a high-cultural brawl.
  93. Extract 2009 Fitfully funny with a low joke-to-minute ratio, Extract plays like two irreconcilable and unfinished sketches, neither particularly fertile comedic terrain.
  94. Five Minutes of Heaven 2009 A feature-length talkathon built on a sketchy premise and strong star turns from Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt.
  95. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 2009 Feels like the concluding chapter it is, with neatly tied loose ends and closing remarks, though it unfolds as something of a secular passion play. full review
  96. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009 Noomi Rapace more or less looks the part that the filmmakers don't let her fully play. full review
  97. The House of the Devil 2009 After years of vivisectionist splatter, here is a horror movie with real shivers.
  98. The Limits of Control 2009 A nondramatic work best appreciated as a pure image-and-sound event.
  99. Ondine 2009 In Ondine, a film about a fisherman and a mythical sea creature, Neil Jordan shows his fondness for fantasy worlds. full review
  100. Diminished Capacity 2008 The actors look as if they're having a reasonably fine time, but there's no sense of commitment here, no sense that this was a movie that absolutely, passionately had to be made.
  101. Downloading Nancy 2008 Downloading Nancy is a nasty exploitation flick tarted up with art-house actors and psychobabble.
  102. I Sell the Dead 2008 A fine pair of grave robbers, (director) Mr. McQuaid and (producer) Mr. Fessenden plunder freely from the movie crypt, unearthing other chomping, glowing mysteries and monstrosities.
  103. Momma's Man 2008 A touchingly true film, part weepie, part comedy, about the agonies of navigating that slippery slope called adulthood.
  104. Sex Drive 2008 The most notable thing about Sex Drive is that it reserves all its creativity for ways to revolt and ostensibly delight its target audience. full review
  105. The Tale of Despereaux 2008 Despereaux is a pleasantly immersive, beautifully animated, occasionally sleepy tale. full review
  106. Valkyrie 2008 Valkyrie transforms World War II into a boy's adventure. full review
  107. Crazy Love 2007 Far too readily tends to play this pathetic story for laughs.
  108. The Devil Came on Horseback 2007 Brutal, urgent, devastating -- the documentary The Devil Came on Horseback demands to be seen as soon as possible and by as many viewers as possible.
  109. Evening 2007 Proves that not every book deserves its own film.
  110. The Order of Myths 2007 Wise and soberly affecting documentary about the separate but unequal Mardi Gras festivities that take place each year in Mobile, Ala.
  111. Surfwise 2007 Surfwise has a bohemian vibe and a cool sheen, but it's an eager-to-please, pleasing commercial enterprise with a reassuring narrative arc. full review
  112. The Benchwarmers 2006 Filled with sprays of vomit, fountains of spit and enough hot body air to launch a flotilla of passenger balloons, The Benchwarmers is the sort of trash that Hollywood does really well.
  113. Colma: The Musical 2006 An itty-bitty movie with a great big heart, Colma: The Musical is about how we learn to give voice -- joyfully, honestly, loudly -- to the truest parts of ourselves.
  114. Fido 2006 In the ticklishly amusing satire Fido, the undead stagger along like stunned toddlers.
  115. Mission: Impossible III 2006 Although he slams into stationary objects with his customary zeal, Tom Cruise is off his game here, sabotaged by a misguided attempt to shade his character with gray.
  116. This Is England 2006 A modest, near-flawless gem, This Is England is a humbly, if insistently political, autobiographical homage to a lost world of youth.
  117. The Treatment 2006 The Treatment is a movie with its heart and head in the right place. Too bad its aesthetic sensibilities and technical coordinates are not as well situated.
  118. The Ice Harvest 2005 Crammed with barflies, strippers and assorted reprobates, The Ice Harvest easily takes the honors as this holiday season's biggest and dirtiest lump of coal.
  119. CSA: Confederate States of America 2003 Satire via sledgehammer, Kevin Willmott's fake documentary imagines an alternative American history in which the South won the Civil War.
  120. /titles/197111 The filmmakers don't settle for palliatives. Each side is wrong, each side is right, and both have their brutalities. full review

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