a shielded quality", Also in 2006, Johansson starred in the short film 'When The Deal Goes Down, directed by Bennett Miller, set to Bob Dylan's "When the Deal Goes Down...", released to promote Dylan's album, Modern Times.
Writing for Rolling Stone, Pete Travers criticized the film for "[moving] in frustrating herks and jerks", but was more positive in his assessment of Johansson and Portman, and wrote, "What works is the combustible teaming of Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, who give the Boleyn hotties a tough core of intelligence and wit, swinging the film's sixteenth-century protofeminist issues handily into this one." and appeared on many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008.
Johansson is considered one of Hollywood's modern sex symbols, and has frequently appeared in published lists of the sexiest women in the world, including when she was named the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire magazine in both 20 (the only woman to be chosen for the title twice), Following minor roles in the 1995 film Just Cause, as the daughter of Sean Connery and Kate Capshaw, and If Lucy Fell in 1996, she played the role of Amanda in Manny & Lo (1996).Her performance in Manny & Lo garnered a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female, and the New York Times said, "At 18, the actress gets away with playing a 25-year-old woman by using her husky voice to test the level of acidity in the air ... Johansson is not nearly as accomplished a performer as Mr. Coppola gets around this by using Charlotte's simplicity and curiosity as keys to her character." At age 18, Johansson played Griet in Peter Webber's Girl with a Pearl Earring.