For 2,766 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Artist
Lowest review score: 0 Swept Away
Score distribution:
2766 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Heartfelt but interminable movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Here Balasko, best known as a comedian, is particularly satisfying. But the reward is too small on the investment, and the film's resolution is downright irritating - not just a waste of time, but a waste of time with attitude.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Worst of all, in promoting its hero's eccentric journey as a voyage of healing, the movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence. It turns boring and cute and begs us to love it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Only in the movie business could someone sell such shoddy merchandise and expect people to buy it. If The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 were an appliance, it would be a broken toaster that people would toss in the garbage. Except that analogy is too kind, in that “Mockingjay” would be half a toaster.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Everything about the idea of Mr. Popper's Penguins sounds lovely, and everything about the actual movie is ugly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Logan Lucky is not a contemptible piece of work. It’s a genuine effort by talented people that never quite comes off.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    What makes Aloft better than dismissible is that it’s a sincere failure, not a cynical one, and the cinematography is arresting. In fact, for scattered seconds throughout the movie, Aloft is beautiful to look at.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's a strange thing, this type of whimsy. Kari offers us ideas in place of characters, and yet he expects us to see through these ideas to the real-life conditions they represent - and then to respond to them in kind.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    As far as formulaic, empty and disappointing comedies go, The Watch is far from the worst. About every seven or eight minutes, perhaps a dozen times over the course of the picture, the movie generates a medium-size laugh. Not a big laugh.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    More than the usual bad or even numbingly horrible movie. It's an amalgam of many of the modern cinema's worst tendencies and modern filmmaking's most unfortunate misconceptions.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A single 125-minute monstrosity of a cop movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Could hardly be called a success -- it's rather a likable disaster.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    In the long history of bad movies about bad illnesses, A Little Bit of Heaven just might be the worst.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Michael can't be killed, and so a ''Halloween'' picture can never really end. It can only stop. And since it can stop anywhere, it may as well stop sooner than later. This one stops later, and by the time it does it's hard to care. [17 Oct 1989, p.E4]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    This makes Hostiles something of a slog, but a movie-literate slog containing some impressive scenes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    You can almost say it simulates an experience of brain injury in the audience: Nothing adheres, nothing connects. It's just nonstop cuteness, poses and emptiness - with nothing logically following from one moment to the next. It would be exaggerating to call it torture, and yet why split hairs?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Happy End is the latest from Michael Haneke, an uncompromising filmmaker whose work is sometimes brilliant and sometimes hard to watch, and sometimes both, but not this time. Happy End is just hard to watch.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Going after one innocent man was bad enough. Going after another constitutes a pattern. This marshal isn't a hero. He's a menace.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Everything connected with the lovers, who are the point of the movie, is either ordinary or unwittingly funny, and the laughs come early.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Wonderstruck should not be confused for a brilliant but challenging film. Rather, it’s narratively deprived and with entire sections that are completely charmless.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The film occupies that peculiar space that many of us would prefer to believe doesn’t exist, a movie that’s worthy but often inert, by turns enriching and enervating: a good boring movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    You can’t make a raunchy comedy and a sentimental paean to motherhood at the same time. You have to choose either one or the other. Raunchiness or sincerity. Try to do both, and you end up with a flailing, unfunny wreck, like the mix of contradictory and self-defeating impulses that we find here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Perfunctory, thrill- free sequel.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The character motivations are weak, and the story is poorly structured. But its camera work, possibly intended to distract audiences from the movie’s flaws, only compounds its problems. It distances the audience and makes Jason Bourne a chore to sit through.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's a tepid, quiet and uneventful film, directed almost in slow motion, with no narrative propulsion and with a succession of very similar scenes. The actors speak softly and pause a lot. And in the background is the steady hum of the soundtrack.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Serious intent may be lurking somewhere in there, but it's buried under layers of stupidity - not just stupid jokes, which is what you want from Sandler, but also stupid, shallow thinking.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    One of those comedies in which almost everything good about it is extraneous. There are funny lines and quirky bits, but in terms of story and character, the movie is empty and pointless.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The problem comes down to this: If you take the spirituality out of Ben-Hur, you take the Ben-Hur out of Ben-Hur.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The strain and desperation are apparent from the first scene.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A wretched comedy about middle-aged romance.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Floats is corny and false, with a script by Steven Rogers that's almost 100 percent artificial sweetener.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A great role becomes an unenviable chore, in which a superb comic actress finds herself trying to sell a series of unfunny comic situations by mugging and pushing with all her might. It's an unflattering spectacle for all concerned.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    An agony of bad plotting and whimsical, lifeless scenes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    These people are so stupid that they make us think, well, wait a second: Maybe those livers and kidneys could be put to better use.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The film is intended to be light and whimsical, but with a core of sincere emotion. But it's as if the thing were made by Martian anthropologists who assume that human audiences are as twisted as the people onscreen.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    But Congo leads to nothing but a fierce battle with the gray gorillas, a kind of guns vs. fangs scene; and a convenient and incongruous volcano eruption that looks as artificial as a video game.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Falls apart immediately, then limps on for 45 minutes more.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It’s just bad. It’s boring, folks.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    For all it does right, there's something seriously wrong.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    You know there is something seriously wrong with Anna Karenina when you start rooting for the train.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A mix of the powerful and the ridiculous, and eventually the ridiculous wins. The movie deals with a big subject that has received scant treatment in movies - the genocide in Bosnia in the 1990s - giving voice and testimony to what happened there. But the ill-conceived fictional elements take the picture right off the rails.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    If the first "Hangover" movie were this awful, there never would have been a Part Two. This is a joyless, unfunny mix of comedy and drama, a complete waste of time, with exactly one good joke in the entire movie. It comes in the first minute. After that, you can leave.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    “Batman v Superman” is an insanely long and convoluted action movie, made worse by an air of importance. It’s dispiriting and visually bland.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    This is anti-funny, where every attempt at a joke is like a little rock thrown at your face.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Holes in the script, overwrought camera work, dialogue that's embarrassing, and a plot device that's obvious 10 minutes into the movie - all these are major problems.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Maybe there's a metaphor here, but figuring it out wouldn't make Trouble Every Day any better.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Has no narrative throughline, no emotional spine. It's a mess.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Two awful things about Push are at least interesting: The first is the way in which the story is confused. The second is that the story makes no sense.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Ritchie aspires to be a great British director, but his working his way through British icons — Sherlock Holmes wasn’t even safe — does no one any good. He just reduces them to his own vernacular, his own level, and he ends up revealing nothing about them and everything about his own narrow vision.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Neither funny nor exciting. It’s at best incongruous, the kind of incongruity that seems delightful on the page but not in practice.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's as close to nothing as anything could be while still being something.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A romantic comedy and an adventure story, but in this case that just means it bombs in two distinct ways.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    There's just the matter of facing it: that The Perfect Man is just something slapped together -- by people who don't care, for an audience they figure will care even less.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    This is not one of the good Altmans. This isn't even one of the mediocre Altmans.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The worst action movies, and this is one of them, are all about stretching out the action.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The overall premise, involving mental illness and suicide, isn't all that funny, at least not in practice, and the picture begins to seem labored and long.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The Bourne series ended with the last installment, and now comes a 135-minute death rattle called The Bourne Legacy. It's a peculiar movie, both over-plotted and under-plotted, encumbered by layers of detail and yet with no details invested in or developed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Drama is as much about perspective as it is about events, and the angle provided by How I Live Now turns out to be self-defeating.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Has a vacant, inept, why-oh-why feeling from its opening minutes and only gets worse.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    There's not a single moment here in which Nixon is admirable, decisive or appealing. Nixon doesn't work as a drama, but with a little push it might have been a great comedy.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    There might be a lot of guts scattered around in Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, but it's a completely gutless movie, without the wit to be a comedy or the nerve to stand on its own as a straight horror picture. It just floats around at its own dull pace, trying this out and that out, as it slowly sinks. [13 Jan 1990, p.C30]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The action comes so fast and furious in Furious 7 that, for all the explosions and overturned cars and missiles fired on downtown Los Angeles, it becomes a dull muddle. Here and there, we get the imaginative and outrageous stunts this series is famous for, but mostly the movie plods along, muscling through without much life or spirit.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Faced with a story that doesn't make much sense, the filmmakers switch gears and try for a sociological statement - something about the marginalized and the neglected. This makes for a funny last five minutes, but sad, too, because Walker was better than this, even if his movies sometimes weren't.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Every so often he inflicts something like Irrational Man on the world, which is so awful you have to wonder if Allen wrote it himself or farmed it out to some look-alike cousin out to destroy him.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The To Do List is a romantic comedy with no romance and little comedy, but with an ugliness of spirit that's surprising and unrelenting.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    How many doubts can Lee possibly cram into one motion picture? Red Hook Summer has almost too many to count: moments that go clunk, followed by others that go clang; actors who talk as if reading their lines off cue cards or rehearsing them for the first time; and set pieces that lie there.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The picture, which marks the debut of Mexican film maker Guillermo del Toro, is a dull hybrid - a ponderous art film crossed with a vampire story. [06 May 1994]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's a romantic comedy with insights into sex and relationships that are old and obvious.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Jack is a warm, heartfelt disaster that shows that life is fleeting but movies can be very long indeed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Hesher is about as awful as independent films get, a mix of ugliness and unearned sentiment, with a flat story, repellent and pathetic characters and dialogue that consists of lots of stammering and cursing.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    110 minutes of Euro silliness mitigated only by the presence of Huppert and the striking ability of the actors to keep a straight face throughout this mess.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The picture, for all its slickness and style, is empty, empty-headed and emotionally false… [It] has no more depth than "Pretty Woman" and occupies the same moral landscape. [5 Apr 1991, Daily Datebook, p.E11]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Ugly, gore-strewn and, ultimately, ridiculous.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A repellent, stupid film.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's a gorefest, a borefest and a snorefest.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Has that title going for it, which might annoy or provoke you. It makes me suspicious. It's the kind of flashy, meaningless title that's usually given to drab, pointless films.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    There's a lot of bad hair and incoherent, drug-addled remarks, but inside a minute we get the joke, and it isn't much.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Unfortunately, Sucka falls apart after the first half-hour. The action sequences are confusing and senseless. The setups for the action scenes are long and pointless. You know where the movie is heading, and there are no surprises along the way. It's one joke, over and over. [17 Feb 1989, p.E7]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Another dreadful, not-funny Owen Wilson movie, in which Wilson is the best thing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The Losers is boring. It's predictable. It's so, so active, and yet so, so dead.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    As a first-time director, Falcone has trouble maintaining a specific tone - the movie wobbles back and forth between sentimentality and silliness, sometimes even within the same scene.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A bleak, tedious enterprise, shot in earth tones and Gothic gray and blue.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Inside 10 minutes, at most 15, Be Kind Rewind reveals itself as an awful mess, and it only gets worse.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Not surprisingly, only Samuel L. Jackson seems fully to understand that he's in a bad movie, and he makes a virtue of it, using it as an excuse to hang loose, overact and ride the scenes for wherever they might go.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    To take such a subject and render it without focus, interest, or joy—to make a long, dull movie from it — qualified as some perverse sort of achievement.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A disgrace to the talents of Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy, but it's not enough just to say that. It's also a disgrace to the talents of Rene Russo and whoever drove the coffee truck to the set every day.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A resoundingly unlovable movie that almost resists being watched.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A thriller without thrills. It's also a thriller that cheats. The story is stretched to feature length only by having the film's incidents arranged in such a way as to reveal as little as possible.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    An adventure in mediocrity that brings together some of the worst current techniques and trends.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Hoodlum is an overlong gangster movie, a bloated and often laughable attempt at an epic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's as if there's a barrier between the viewer and the story that never comes down.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Everything about it is manufactured -- the emotions are false, the sentiments are phony, and the story is a construction of mirthless silliness. It's a product, not a creative expression.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    There’s beauty here — Virzi is too humane to make a movie without beautiful moments. But a scattered eight or 10 minutes of splendor just isn’t worth an almost two-hour investment of time.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    That was probably writer-director Roman Coppola's main responsibility in "Charles Swan," to give the audience a character worth watching. Get that right, and everything else falls into place. Get that wrong, and the audience finds out just how long 84 minutes can be. The answer: really long.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A complete bust, but the ways in which it fails are interesting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The effect of the 2 1/2-hour film is deadening.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    This is a story that should have been, at the absolute most, 20 minutes long.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    What we have is the case of a movie with a straight man (Jason Lee) who really is funny, but with a comic (Tom Green) who sadly isn't.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    [Pedro Almodovar] gives it a nice try, but his approach turns out to be completely wrong for the material he's working with here. [25 May 1990]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Kurzel and three screenwriters have figured out a way to make Macbeth boring. Now that they proved it can be done, no one need ever do it again.

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