For 2,301 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Queen and Country
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
2,301 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    In many ways - in all ways - The Artist is a profound achievement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An extraordinary and effective film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A movie of intelligence and power, of beauty, universality and largeness of spirit.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Rarely does a movie come along that captures an aspect of everyday consciousness that has not yet made it onto film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The films never lose sight of Mesrine the man, a fascinating character in that he's brutal yet extremely intelligent, has a skewed but discernible conscience, and, under the right circumstances, can be warm and generous.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Die Hard 2 is a huge movie done right. [3 July 1990, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The documentary shows the stranglehold that the teachers union has on politicians, particularly Democratic politicians. The arrogance and ignorance of some of these politicians is galling.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Payback has a completely different spirit from "L.A. Confidential'' -- more wild, more silly -- but it has the same attention to the fine points of plot and character.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Just in physical terms, Eddie Redmayne transformation’s into Stephen Hawking is something remarkable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Dan in Real Life fires on so many circuits that at times it's actually shocking how good it is.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A very smart, very shrewd movie, and the smartest, shrewdest thing about it is the way it masquerades as just a fluffy comedy, a diversion, a trifle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A masterpiece.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    You leave Cinema Paradiso with that feeling that's kind of like getting kicked in the stomach, but nice. It's one of those breathless, swept-away-by-a-movie experiences that you might have once a year, if you're lucky. [16 February 1990, Daily Notebook, p.E-1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's extremely funny, one of the funniest films of 2012, with a particularly winning style - far-fetched, extreme and nonstop.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    This is the kind of pure entertainment that, in its fullness and generosity, feels almost classic.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    12 Years a Slave has some of the awkwardness and inauthenticity of a foreign-made film about the United States. The dialogue of the Washington, D.C., slave traders sounds as if it were written for "Lord of the Rings." White plantation workers speak in standard redneck cliches. And yet the ways in which this film is true are much more important than the ways it's false.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Make no mistake, Blue Is the Warmest Color constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An exquisite and powerful documentary -- one whose elegance only heightens its devastating impact.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Qualifies as director Giuseppe Tornatore's second full-fledged masterpiece. His first: "Cinema Paradiso."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    There is no turning away from the screen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Original, truthful and moving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    They are naturals at acting, not because they're good at lying but because they can't be phony.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The movie is a total blast, and what a surprise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Powerful and outrageous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The Past makes conventional movies feel artificial. Watching the characters interact in this movie feels like "Here is real life," and real life just happens to be strangely compelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An ideal introduction to Toback's output as well as a welcome elucidation for longtime fans. Apart from those worthy functions, The Outsider is also shrewdly made, illuminating its subject in a variety of settings and, at times, subtly assuming the style of Toback's films.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Extraordinary and beautiful.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's not enough to say that Inglourious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino's best movie. It's the first movie of his artistic maturity, the film his talent has been promising for more than 15 years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Not a heist film, a thriller, a twisted romance, a film noir or a character study, but a unique concoction that bends all these genres to its vision.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It is an exhilaration from beginning to end. It's the movie equivalent of that rare sort of novel where you find yourself checking to see how many pages are left and hoping there are more, not fewer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Two hours of nonstop, nail-biting tension and anxiety.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    At its best, Fury examines the psychological experience of warfare.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An intriguing document, and the first significant film ever made about a former U.S. president.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Unique and courageous. It may be counted as one of the year's few steps forward in cinema.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A seriously good movie, a challenge to viewers, a rebuke of the way many Americans live their lives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Dumont makes movies that almost nobody wants to see. That doesn't make him a great filmmaker, but he's a great filmmaker all the same.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Forestier's performance is a tour de force of comic acting, maintaining astonishing alertness and energy from shot to shot and scene to scene.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    I'm as reluctant to stop writing about this movie as I was to stop watching it: At 166 minutes, it flies by, and you don't want to leave that world. But one thing is certain: This isn't the last word. People will be writing about this film for years - and looking at it to discover the lost history of our time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    You should have the opportunity to experience the movie the way I did, in complete ignorance, enjoying its every weird turn.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    There's nothing like a good story, and The Galapagos Affair: Satan Comes to Eden has a great one that grabs viewers from the first minute and holds on for two solid hours.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Mischievous, singular and profound.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Won the Golden Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival a few years back, and now, finally, the documentary is being released into theaters. It's a film with distinct virtues: It tells a fascinating story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Let It Rain touches on class issues, feminism, immigration and the particular challenges facing a single, driven career woman in her 40s. But it's graceful in presenting its ideas, and what emerges is not a polemic but a kind of snapshot of modern-day concerns.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Feels positively Greek in its magnitude, a lament about fate, age, time and life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Rachel Weisz - in what has to be the performance of her career, and there have been lots of good ones - plays an intelligent woman in the grip of a lust that's too big to handle or suppress. She can either ride the tiger or be devoured.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Morgan finds the right elements of action and character through which to make history leap off the page.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    One of the smartest and most impassioned films about Christianity in recent memory, though to say that might give the wrong impression. In tone and strategy, the film is low-key and subtle; and the story can be appreciated both for its surface qualities and its deeper intentions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A dark comedy that confirms Diablo Cody as a screenwriter of importance, eliminates the last shred of doubt that Jason Reitman is a major director and gives Charlize Theron her best showcase since "Monster."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The goal of this review - why not just say it? - is to disclose as little about the story as possible while instilling a ravenous and even rabid desire to see Love Crime immediately.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A disturbing film about grim subject matter, but the overall experience is more exhilarating than saddening. There's just something satisfying about seeing a movie so well made.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An intelligent, well-made film about a seemingly well-adjusted, likable and loquacious woman.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Anyone with any doubt as to the importance, in a functioning democracy, of American newspapers - with working newsrooms full of professional, paid journalists - needs to see this movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Lindon is a strong, sensitive actor, heir to the stoic French working-class tradition of Jean Gabin and Lino Ventura. And not enough can be said for Kiberlain, an actress willing to be seen in all her ranges.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Director Bernard Rose has created a committed, intelligent and fascinating piece of work with no irony about it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Christian McKay who, as Orson Welles in Me and Orson Welles"gives what I believe is the most exact and uncanny screen portrayal of an historical figure, ever.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A film of audacity and total gut-level appeal.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    In this small and very smart film, Cronenberg does several things at once and makes them all look effortless, capturing various shadings of consciousness and versions of reality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The story is minimal, just a series of events in the life of a young man and his circle, but every scene is rendered with such authenticity that it’s riveting, almost like it’s a privilege to be stepping back in time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    There's such a thing as smart angry, and such a thing as stupid angry, and after seeing Inside Job, audiences will be smart angry.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    One of the best films to open in the Bay Area in 2007.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The movie's satisfactions are subtle, but they run deep, and there are many.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    What's much more fascinating and enriching is Eastwood's Olympian vision, the sympathetic and all-encompassing understanding of the pain and grandeur of life on earth.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    More than a high concept stretched to feature length. This is a funny and extremely satisfying comedy, the best in a while.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Virtually everyone who sees this movie will be galvanized to do something about global warming -- and everyone should see this movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Here's another thought: This old man who can't leave the house has just made the first important film of 2010.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    This is an acerbic examination of erotic obsession, told from different perspectives, with wit, suspense and cold-blooded detachment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's a lovely and wistful celebration of youth, time and moments of connection -- and about the experience of living in the midst of a simple, perfect day that you know you'll remember for the rest of your life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    With its dry, throwaway humor and constant stream of chuckles, it creates its own category of stealth comedy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A film of real beauty, which is surprising, since it's not a movie of beautiful sentiments or settings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    For pure laughs, for the experience of just sitting in a chair and breaking up every minute or so, Superbad is 2007's most successful comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Ages well in memory because it gradually seems to mean more. Its meaning can't be summed up in a sentence, but it has to do with a view of life as inexpressibly sad and yet always right.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    One of the best crime dramas to come along in years.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The submarine drama, which opens today, has everything you could want from an action thriller and a few other things you usually can't hope to expect: an excellent script, first-rate performances and a story that has more to do with individuals than explosions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The smartest thing director Steven Soderbergh did in the making of The Girlfriend Experience was to cast Sasha Grey.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    So in-depth, so appealing, so easy to sit through and so anomalously grand scale that few who see it will ever forget it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Chef is the best thing he (Favreau) has ever done, as writer or director or actor. It's the sort of thing of beauty that filmmakers are ultimately remembered for.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A few times every year, Hollywood makes a mistake, violates formula and actually makes a great picture. Falling Down is one of the great mistakes of 1993, a film too good and too original to win any Oscars but one bound to be remembered in years to come as a true and ironic statement about life in our time. [26 Feb 1993, p.D1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The best American film of 2008.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A completely appealing, beautifully preserved memory piece - a grand, colorful coming-of-age story with a candy box color palette and a standout performance by Renée Zellweger. It's a great story and a great crowd-pleaser.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Perfect pitch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    With Milk, a great San Francisco story becomes a great American story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Kristin Scott Thomas' performance in I've Loved You So Long is one of a small handful of highlights by which people will remember this year in movies. This is acting at its most exalted.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Assessing the merits of a political film is a tricky business. Obviously, its quality is partly a function of its power to persuade, but its persuasiveness is in the eye of the beholder.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Shows how a documentary can be as moving and suspenseful as the best narrative feature.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    RoboCop is no canned remake of the 1987 action film. It's a reimagining that responds to everything that has changed in American life over the past 27 years, addressing new threats and exploiting new anxieties.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Its deeply anarchic sensibility has kept Taxi Driver fresh all these years. (Review twenty years after release).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The kind of picture to whip out the clichés for: Surprisingly original. Delightful. Brilliant. Funny as all heck. When 1989 is through, sex, lies, and videotape may well be remembered as the best film of the year. [11 Aug 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Why such a structurally scattered movie should hang together at all is a mystery. That it does more than that, that it works brilliantly, is a miracle, or at the very least the product of unquantifiable causes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Flows in a way that seems effortless, following its own path, arriving at its own place. Only after the movie is over are the outlines of its story apparent. I found it impossible to outguess it. [12 July 1991]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    From the outside, Sunshine sounds like the most boring film on Earth. In fact, it's glorious.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Sicko will scare people, and it probably should.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Presented without preachiness or affectation, Kandahar is a short, matter-of-fact visit to hell.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    But make no mistake, whether the movie is fair or horribly unfair - I know nothing of the actual facts and can't make that determination - its portrait of Zuckerberg is a hatchet job of epic and perhaps lasting proportions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Part conscious and part unconscious, Watchmen tells us of a world without hope and then makes us wonder if we're already living in it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The effect is like watching an opera without music. Or a musical drama in which no one sings. These departures from a realistic convention never feel like static set pieces - that's the great success of the film and of the poems themselves.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A different kind of Harry Potter movie, a better kind... It's where this fantasy series has wanted to go all along.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The alien attack, taking place in several cities at once, is breathtaking...All the same, Independence Day is consistently funny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A tense, concise and elegantly shot film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Terminator 2 imagines things you wouldn't even be likely to dream and gets these visions onto the screen with a seamlessness that's mind-boggling. [3 July 1991, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle

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