Manohla Dargis (born 1961) is a chief film critic for The New York Times, along with A.O. Scott. She was formerly a chief film critic for the Los Angeles Times, the film editor at the LA Weekly, and a film critic at The Village Voice. She has written for a variety of publications, including Film Comment and Sight and Sound. She wrote the monograph on Curtis Hanson's film L.A. Confidential for the British Film Institute and is featured in American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now, edited by Phillip Lopate and published by the Library of America.
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. She is married to restaurateur Lou Amdur.
Dargis graduated from the Purchase College State University of New York in 1984 and majored in Literature.