Manohla Dargis

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Manohla Dargis (born 1961) is one of the chief film critics for The New York Times, along with A. O. Scott.[1]


Prior to being a film critic for The New York Times, Dargis was a chief film critic for the Los Angeles Times, the film editor at the LA Weekly, and a film critic at The Village Voice, where she had two columns on avant-garde cinema (CounterCurrents and Shock Corridor). Her work has been included in a number of books, including Women and Film: A Sight and Sound Reader and American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now, published by the Library of America. She wrote a monograph on Curtis Hanson's film L.A. Confidential for the British Film Institute and has served as the president and vice-president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

In 2012, Dargis received a Nelson A. Rockefeller Award from Purchase College; the award is, according to the college, "presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the arts."[2] In 2013, Matt Barone of Complex named her the eighth-greatest film critic of all time.[3] She was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2013,[4] 2015,[5] and 2016.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Dargis grew up in Manhattan's East Village, evincing an early love of film through regular attendance at St. Mark's Cinema and Theater 80.[1] She graduated from Hunter College High School and received her BA in literature from Purchase College State University of New York in January 1985.[7][8] She received a master of arts in cinema studies in 1988 from the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. Dargis is married to the wine expert Lou Amdur.[9]

Top ten lists[edit]

2015[10] 2016[11] 2017[12]
1 The Assassin, Mad Max: Fury Road No Home Movie Dunkirk
2 Luminous Intimacy: The Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler Toni Erdmann Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
3 Bridge of Spies Moonlight Faces, Places
4 Carol O.J.: Made in America The Florida Project
5 In Jackson Heights My Golden Days Get Out
6 The Martian I Am Not Your Negro Lady Bird
7 The Kindergarten Teacher Arrival Okja
8 The Diary of a Teenage Girl The Handmaiden Phantom Thread
9 The Big Short 13th A Quiet Passion
10 Sixty Six From the Notebook of...
Wonder Woman


  1. ^ a b "Film Critic Biography: Manohla Dargis". The New York Times. December 7, 2004. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nelson A. Rockefeller Awards". Archived from the original on April 21, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ Barone, Matt (February 8, 2013). "The 25 Best Movie Critics of All Time". Complex. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners Criticism". Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners Criticism". Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners Criticism". Retrieved April 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rockefeller Award past recipients". Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ Purchase College, SUNY Institutional Advancement (914)-251-7909
  9. ^ "Manohla Dargis". University of Southern California. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ Dargis, Manohla; Scott, A. O.; Holden, Stephen (December 9, 2015). "The Best Movies of 2015". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2017. 
  11. ^ Dargis, Manohla; Scott, A. O.; Holden, Stephen (December 7, 2016). "The Best Movies of 2016". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2017. 
  12. ^ Dargis, Manohla; Scott, A.O. (December 6, 2017). "The Best Movies of 2017". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 

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