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Manohla June Dargis (/ˈdɑːrɡɪs/; born April 7, 1961) is an American film critic. She is one of the chief film critics for The New York Times, along with A. O. Scott.[1] She is a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.



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 the 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] 2016,[6] and 2018.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[8][9] She received a master of arts in cinema studies in 1988 from the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. Dargis married wine expert Lou Amdur in 1994.[10][11]


  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. ^ "2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners & Finalists". Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Rockefeller Award past recipients". Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  9. ^ Purchase College, SUNY Institutional Advancement (914)-251-7909
  10. ^ Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005
  11. ^ "Manohla Dargis". University of Southern California. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.

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