For 2,689 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: 61
Highest review score: 100 Fury
Lowest review score: 0 Pumpkin
Score distribution:
2689 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An appealing Hollywood satire.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Bogdanovich takes a tale of old Hollywood and infuses it with velocity and enthusiasm.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The best teenage werewolf movie ever made.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    At 80 minutes, this might have been a delight. At more than two hours, it's so much of a good thing that it starts to become a bad thing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's a movie to feel. Even when the thinking isn't all there, the emotions are, all the way to the film's poignant last seconds.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Clearly a minor classic, mainly for reasons besides its crime story plot -- namely, the urbane fatalism of its cast and the overall mood of inevitability that hangs over every scene.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Darkly comic tone of heroin-addiction film sets it apart
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    You don't walk out thinking or feeling anything in particular, except satisfied that you got your money's worth and maybe even got a little tired from laughing so hard. [2 Dec 1988]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Little gem.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Like every other action movie, it's designed for a 14-year-old boy's mentality, but it's enjoyable enough to turn most people into 14-year-old boys.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The movie gradually works its way, with quiet intelligence and apparent conviction, until there's no turning from it. An hour in, and we're on that boat.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Martin Lawrence finally gets to show what he can do as a screen comedian.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    While Dark Blue may not be easy to watch, it's exceptionally well made.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The most refreshing thing about Summer of Sam is that it doesn't try to impose a moral or define the limits of its story.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is a shrewd and effective film from a director who understands how to create and sustain a mood.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Cage's great performance is matched by Shue, who becomes the focus by the middle of the picture.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An irresistible movie about a guy who goes on a journey, the kind an audience can't wait to take with him.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Though the storytelling is a bit lopsided, the slapdash quality is charming overall, and the movie benefits from colorful characters and a couple of hilarious scenes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Big as it is, Blade' is meticulous and subtle, not just in its camera technique but in the way it works its themes and creates a mood.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    At 2 1/2 hours, Gladiator is a long ride, but it doesn't drag.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is an excellent comedy, and the fact that it's made by a filmmaker with even better movies on his resume is nothing to hold against it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    On its own terms, the movie succeeds. Like a fable, its meanings are unspecific but haunting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The result is not only entertaining but also refreshing, a shameless crowd-pleaser with a healthy cynicism about itself.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Something special about it. It's a formula movie, to be sure, but it's Formula One.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Like all Shelton's movies, Hollywood Homicide rambles and shambles, and like most of them, it ultimately settles into its own appealing rhythm.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is Almodovar's stab at serious drama, and the result is bizarre and affecting but also unsettling in ways that the filmmaker may not have intended.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is a heartfelt piece, and while passion alone can't carry a movie, it sure helps. Ararat is uneven because Egoyan couldn't tell it smoothly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's a generous tale, told through big performances by a talented cast, presenting a range of colorful characters that only Dickens could have created.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A smart and literate effort with a few weaknesses.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The movie is really a sexy, emotionally true portrait of a handful of people wrestling with their impulses and trying to find their way to happiness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The saving grace of this French film is that it's anything but a sentimental story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An extraordinary and heartfelt film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Haunting psychological drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Jodie Foster stars, and it's a pleasure, for once, to see her in something entertaining and mindless.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    As the man who made the monster and now has to live with it, Pacino's a blast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is pure entertainment but smart entertainment, plotted and executed with invention and humor and acted by a winning cast radiating good-movie energy.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Neither a masterpiece nor a remake of one, but its wistfulness is infectious, and its melancholy mood lingers for days.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Has a shameless B-movie exuberance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Shrewd, highly controlled little film from Belgium that builds to an unexpected emotional climax.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The script is full of off-the-wall lines that take you by surprise but are perfect. [21 Aug 1987]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    With his crisp intelligence always a step away from collapsing into paralyzing self-consciousness, and his polished good-boy veneer often giving way to hysteria and vulgarity, Grant is a delight. [18 March 1994, Daily Notebook, p.C-3]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Ultimately lacks the narrative muscle that could have made it great. But it does have McDormand, who is great in this, her best showcase since "Fargo."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Entertaining and pleasing for children and parents, and not in the schizophrenic way of most kid's movies, which toss naughty in-jokes over the kiddies' heads.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    As innocent as a Disney movie -- and a lot more entertaining.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Both curious from a cultural perspective and refreshing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Nonstop crudeness, vulgarity and unpleasantness. It's without any redeeming social value whatsoever. And it's funny from beginning to end.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It eschews obvious effects, but even more impressively, it tells a story without an obvious moral. It assumes that kids can wrestle with a fairly complicated narrative and draw their own conclusions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Taps into the same emotional current that sustains the entire "buddy picture" genre, but does so with feeling and unmistakable insight.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    If this isn't the single best performance ever by a preadolescent male (Osment) in a motion picture, then it's tied for whatever is first.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's more interesting than it sounds. Besides the sheer spectacle, which is notable.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    One of the smartest action thrillers to come along in the past few years. It's also one of the freshest.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Mamet finds an angle just new enough to be fresh.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    By the finish, the movie is getting by on little but adrenaline and audience goodwill. Still, that goodwill runs fairly deep, because, taken all in all, 28 Days Later is a superior motion picture.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Snags on the fact that neither story depicted -- not Kaufman's and especially not Orlean's -- is enough to sustain more than an incidental interest.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This summer's comic gem.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Lacks one thing -- an epic grandeur.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    With skill and also with love, writer-director Eric Mendelsohn creates a delicate and airy mood, a kind of cinematic haiku.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Does a beautiful job of capturing that mood -- the exuberance and wistfulness of one man's last year of youthful irresponsibility before joining the rat race.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There's a case to be made for The Real Cancun as a document of the mating dance as well as an unintentionally poignant film about the brevity of youth.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Unlike many documentaries about movies, it's neither underfunded nor perfunctory, but thoughtful and bracing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Takes the financially successful formula of "Legally Blonde," the Reese Witherspoon hit from two years ago, and does something unexpected. It fiddles with it, changes it and actually fixes it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    If it's ultimately a failure -- and I think it is -- it's still worth seeing, because it's the most ambitious and magnificent failure in recent memory. That, in a sense, qualifies it as a certain kind of "good movie."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's about as close to French farce as romantic comedies get, and the closer the better.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Witty, adult treatment of an offbeat subject: a pubescent boy's infatuation with an older woman.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's refreshing to see a film about nothing but human emotion.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Comes closer than any other recent animated film to the Looney Tunes ideal. Just as Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny entertained without either condescending to kids or lobbing adult jokes over their heads.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It feels both big and little, concentrating as it does on the small movements in people's lives and the huge tides of history.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The result is a movie that combines a seriousness of purpose with an impish delight in craft, in a way Hitchcock would have appreciated.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Ross surrendered himself to the tale, lavishing time on the characters, getting the period details right and making the races look authentic. The result is a faithful, loving piece of work, and the love shows.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    One could argue about which "Lethal Weapon'' is the best, but No. 4 is certainly the funniest, warmest and most idiosyncratic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A warm comic story that's fairly engaging even when no one is singing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The action sequences are novel, the performances are slightly askew, and the camera work is vigorous and mostly effective.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Chalk it all up to prettiness, if you like, but Lane's case has more to do with spirit -- with warmth and emotional readiness, plus a kind of open-book quality that makes her both lovely and comical, usually at the same time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Though Craven satirizes horror cliches, he also knows how to cut through them and do new things. Throughout, the action comes unexpectedly and quickly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A shrewd thriller that takes the time-honored plot about an innocent man wrongfully accused and gives it a film-noir twist.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    That rare thing, an American romantic film that's not a comedy and that's more about love than sex.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A courtroom drama with a compelling story and something peculiar about it, too: For most of its running time, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of a rooting interest. The audience isn't quite sure who it's for or against.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Elf
    Funny and intelligently made, a film for kids and adults that's both sweet and sardonic...Elf stays perfectly in balance, a pleasure throughout.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Strange, compelling and hard to classify, it's both a romance and a character study, and it's set against a historical backdrop.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's a film of sensitivity, observation and humor - a must-see for Fellini enthusiasts and a worthwhile investment for everyone else.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The treatment of the subject isn't maudlin, thanks to a witty script and an enormously likable lead character, Remy (Remy Girard), who remains bullheaded and lusty to the finish.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An odd hybrid but a successful one. It marries the lyricism and heavy atmosphere of a European art film with the soaring spirit of a Hollywood love story.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Brought off with such skill and commitment that there isn't any time to snicker at its obviousness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Dead-on hilarious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Cruise's undeniable star voltage makes it all palatable, and the film is gorgeous to behold and even to listen to, from the rolling green hills to the galloping horses to the "Lohengrin"-like theme music on the sound track.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It has nothing going for it but a terrific story and an amazing performance by Judith Ivey, who plays an enigmatic Good Samaritan.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    People take comedy for granted, but to step back and think about Stuck on You is to be impressed by the invention and sheer exuberance of the picture, which isn't great but sure is enjoyable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Though an estimable success overall, The Return of the King has several scenes too many and too great a concentration on battles.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is what makes the distinctly unromantic Cold Mountain' such a breath of fresh air. Its battles are hideous bloodbaths.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    What's immediately apparent -- and refreshing -- about Chasing Liberty is that it doesn't play cute with its premise.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Its story is paint-by- numbers...But it's funny, and funny covers a lot of sins.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There's great pleasure in watching a movie in which the director has thought out everything beforehand.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Funny throughout, but with a handful of really hilarious moments.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    After a slow start, it moves.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Huppert shows everything to us, and it's fascinating.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Even if a certain glibness in the plotting deflates its impact somewhat at the finish, it remains an eerie, playful thriller and an all-around entertaining time at the movies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Object to the picture on ideological grounds, if you like, but that's no way to watch movies. Better to appreciate the rare spectacle of a filmmaker leading from his gut.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The thinking is shallow. The emotions are tepid. But the creativity is dazzling. If that sounds like a slam, consider that most Hollywood screenplays are predictable, rote and functional -- and those are the good ones, folks.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's silly, witty and good-natured, not scary so much as icky, and not horrifying or horrible but consistently amusing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    One
    Visceral and strong.

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