For 2,131 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 My Week with Marilyn
Lowest review score: 0 Gigantic
Score distribution:
2,131 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Some people may be put off that For Your Consideration lands in a serious place. But I see it as evidence of an expanding vision, of continued artistic growth.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    By grounding everything that went before in an earthy realism, Hardwicke earns the elevation of the nativity sequence, one of the more beautiful scenes in this year's cinema.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Indeed, without Hudson's magic, without that extra feeling that comes from seeing the launch of something extraordinary, Dreamgirls might have been a break-even affair. The film has strong roles, good actors and a compelling story that takes place over the course of 10 or 15 years. But it has, with only a couple of exceptions, a pedestrian score that sounds like generic show-music schlock and lyrics that are not distinctive.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Dreamland has vitality and emotional truth underlying all its interactions. And the young women, Agnes Bruckner and Kelli Garner, are superb.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Will Smith has the right quality for the role -- he's an easy man to root for -- but he augments this by channeling some inner quality of desperation and need.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is a movie about power, and its spectacle is that of a woman losing all of it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    In many ways a meandering film, a collection of good scenes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Even more nihilistic and confused than "Narc," and yet a lot better. It's better for some specific and interesting reasons.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Those who love Nader will appreciate the respect and attention given his career. Yet others, even those for whom the mere sight of Nader's face is enough to cause a spike in blood pressure, will appreciate the film's evenhanded elucidation of Nader's faults.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    If Eddie Murphy gets an Oscar for "Dreamgirls" later this month, the deciding factor with voters may be his performance in Norbit. It's much more impressive than anything he does in "Dreamgirls."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Lawrence's take on pop music success is exactly right, satiric without being absurdist, and therefore a prize worth the effort.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Anyone who has ever felt morally right and completely in the minority will have a point of entry into this movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The Rodriguez segment is terrific; the Tarantino one long-winded and juvenile.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A personal story with broad implications for the culture as a whole.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    To see Perfect Stranger is to wish for a more sophisticated vehicle for a film actress this good, but actors -- and audiences -- take what they can get. This is better than most.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    What audiences want when they go to a suspense thriller.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An enjoyable farce, with lots of laughs and a strong cast. At 80 minutes long, it's that rare case of a short film that should have been longer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The result is that after two hours one gets the sense of having seen a panorama of human experience, of having witnessed a moment of time in all its true fullness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Gets back the mood, the pleasure and even some of the freshness of its first installment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An entertaining film that's true to its world.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Underneath the seeming blandness of its presentation -- the sparse dialogue, the affectless characters -- there's a ferocious and caustic view of humanity.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The overall experience of the movie is of something fresh.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's not a film for children, and it's not even something children would like. It's challenging and disturbing and uncanny in the ways it captures the nature of dreams -- their odd logic, mutability and capacity to hint at deepest terrors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The appeal of Mr. Brooks is as obvious as it is hard to resist: Kevin Costner as a serial killer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A satisfying story of a grand-scale swindle, but it also retains the impishness and charm of "Ocean's Twelve." Even better, it solves the Roberts problem in the most thorough and economical way possible: She's not in the movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    One of the most enjoyable pictures of the season.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is the old stuff, the good stuff, the tried-and-true stuff of shrewdly accomplished audience manipulation.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The constant shifting between today and years ago is, in and of itself, powerful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Despite the fact that both protagonists are equally appalling, the screenplay seems to have a soft spot for the woman. However, this doesn't take away from the fun of watching the two characters tear each other to pieces.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Along the way, My Best Friend offers insights into the emotional and psychological components of both friendliness and friendship. They're not synonymous, though both have value.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An oddly structured tale about Francisco Goya and the Spain that he lived and worked in.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Perhaps the most promising thing in 2 Days in Paris is that Delpy shows that she can direct herself.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Unlike "Pirates," Stardust is anything but a wretched mess. It's a charming and smartly plotted fantasy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's the complexity of Lurie's moral universe that makes it linger in the mind.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Connects on a gut level in two ways, political and existential.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A thoroughly entertaining film by a director at the height of his ability.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Stylized and visually arresting, with intense sex scenes that earned the film an NC-17 rating, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution is an immersion into another time, place and mentality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Has a slow build and a strong payoff, but George Clooney is the element that holds it together.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A story so good that maybe anybody could have turned out something decent.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A maddening film, maddening in a good way, but maddening nonetheless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A gentle comedy, offbeat but never cute, never lewd and never going for shortcut laughs that might diminish character.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Ridley Scott gives it the grand treatment, 157 minutes worth, but in the end, it doesn't stack up as the portrait of an era (the 1970s, in this case) or an important tale of a criminal mastermind.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is responsive, engaged filmmaking, the kind of movie they say Americans don't make.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Flawless is a fictional tale, but something in director Michael Radford's conscientious, methodical presentation gives it the feeling of true history.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is Baumbach's best yet.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It isn't elegiac, but enraged. It doesn't look back with sorrow, but forward in dread. And it's made with a clear intention - to stop the Iraq war.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Clever and enjoyable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    In thematic terms, Cassandra's Dream could be looked at as a rebuttal to "Crimes and Misdemeanors."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The subtlety is the beauty of it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Though the movie has a handful of shots that are downright gross to witness, what makes The Orphanage scary is not what it threatens to show but what it suggests about life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    For pure, uncomplicated enjoyment, it's the movie to see right now.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Witty and lively, with a soul to it, as well.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A sophisticated story of disappointment and accommodation.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An enjoyable movie with an entertaining angle on a hard-to-resist period of history.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's a drama with elements of black comedy and suspense, European in feeling but American in attitude. Just for fun, it's set in 1949, an era of glamour, of Hitchcock and of husbands even more clueless than they are today.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Stop laughing long enough, and you'll see that it's a picture about compromised lives and love for sale. But no one who watches Priceless will stop laughing for that long.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Clearly, Peirce's motives are pure. She's not using the "stop-loss" issue as a wedge to make the government or the administration look bad. She's using it to dramatize an injustice and to advocate on behalf of the soldiers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Wildly romantic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Everything in Water Lilies is more guarded, more complex and far more interesting than it seems.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There's a lot to appreciate in Street Kings, a tight, propulsive action thriller, but there's one thing to marvel at, and that's James Ellroy's command of story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Deserves to ride the wave of the latest, hottest micro-trend in pictures: the romantic comedy for guys.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Reveals one mystery, only to reveal another that it can't quite penetrate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The movie moves. It has action sequences that are so enormous that they won't just wow audiences, but rock them back in their seats and make them laugh at the audacity of it all.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably the best movie so far this year about a kung-fu fighting panda.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Embraces its identity as a sci-fi-summer-action-blockbuster extravaganza. Along the way, it actually comes close to finding the balance that Lee was looking for.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A legit action movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Mamma Mia! is fun, the music's terrific and the cast is appealing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Knowing nothing about "X-Files" is no impediment to appreciating this for the well-acted, adult piece of work that it is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The film is thorough and entertaining. It's enthusiastic about his contributions, but it's no hagiography, and it serves as both a celebration and a cautionary tale.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    After the heights of "Casino Royale," the series falls back into routine with this above-average thriller, filled with over-the-top action, familiar Bond atmosphere and a story that's impossible to follow - and why bother anyway? Daniel Craig is still the coolest man in the universe. That definitely helps.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The mix of comedy and drama is winning; Costner couldn't be better, and the little girl is a find.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An amusing bauble.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    W.
    In the end, W. makes up in immediacy what it lacks in objectivity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's a delicate, intelligent movie about modern parenthood and the pressures that children face, and it features a cast of talented actors who were clearly committed to the movie's message.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A conventional suspense thriller, but the details kick it up a notch.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    At times almost unbearably ugly, but by the time you walk out of the theater, you know you've seen something.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An impressive and imaginative fantasy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A shrewd satire about stardom and the cult of celebrity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Told from a different angle than any other Holocaust film I've seen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    With Desplechin, it doesn't ever feel as though he's straining to show us things. It's more like we're just hanging out. We're in this house, and by some strange coincidence, every time we turn around, something interesting is happening.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A satisfying combination of great songs and strong dramatic performances.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There seems to be something about the story itself that's better suited to the stage than the screen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A film that might have seemed faintly academic six months ago becomes an anxious expression of its historical moment.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A spiritual successor to "The Pursuit of Happyness," but darker and more oblique.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Under the subdued, dignified surface, this movie - about the 24 hours after a one-night stand - churns with a filmmaker's fascination and wonder, sadness and longing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Never soars, but it never flags. It remains brisk, engaging and pleasant throughout, and face it: If a movie this well made had Spanish or French subtitles, we'd all be talking about it as a searing examination of sexual politics.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Won't go down as an action thriller for the record books, but it's a pretty good one for right now. First of all, the villain is a bank. How's that for timing?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Funnier than the silliest comedy because it's surprisingly real.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Often silly but it's an honest, unselfconscious exploration of the conflict between a man's physical and psychological age.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    We see the tormented, limited and potentially dangerous man underneath.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Goes to all the places a sensitive character study might have gone, but more dramatically, convincingly and vividly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is a movie made by and for adults, and adults should consider seeing it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Has all the usual virtues of a good action suspense drama, but it lacks that extra something - that context, that vital interchange - that made the original "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" such a memorable experience in 1974.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Year One has one joke, but it's a good one, played for many variations over the course of an often very funny comedy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Gets better as it goes along.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The movie is alive from beginning to end, and it's a pleasure to see at least one big-name director get out of the prison of his own reputation.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A notable, worthwhile picture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Ultimately, this is not one of the Dardennes' masterpieces. They've made a few of those, but the effect of Lorna's Silence is more modest. It leaves the audience with neither a sense of uplift nor devastation, but, rather, with something more akin to intellectual appreciation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    For a thoroughly fascinating, true glimpse into the horrors that vanity and self-delusion can wreak, take some time to see The Baader Meinhof Complex.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be there - to actually be there, man - this movie gets it.