For 2,470 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 American Splendor
Lowest review score: 0 20 Dates
Score distribution:
2470 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    This latest from director Wayne Wang, about the friendship of two young women, travels from 2011 to 1997 to 1829 to 1838, in search of a reason for the audience to keep watching and start caring. That reason is never found.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    In an attempt to be complex and fair-minded, a simple story becomes a jumble of confused motivations.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    To call this effort misguided would be kind. The job this "prequel" does on the original Dumb and Dumber is the movie equivalent of surgery that removes all the vital organs and then gives the patient a prosthetic third arm. What's needed isn't there, and what's here we don't need.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's just horsing around that comes to nothing. No, it's worse. It's horsing around designed to disguise nothing as something.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    If, while watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you start wondering why Ben Stiller is acting strange, the answer comes during the closing credits: "Directed by Ben Stiller."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The Dutch thriller Borgman gets credit for being original, but not for being original in a compelling way.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    As for Fraser, his clumsy humanity is endearing, but by now, assuming he has invested wisely, he should have enough money saved so as to not have to waste his talent anymore.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    There's no point complaining that Honey is a tired reworking of an old formula, because it's intended for a young audience that doesn't know the formula.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Witless banter might have won Ginger Rogers for Fred Astaire, but Thompson is too smart for that.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The bad outweighs the good and the cringes outnumber the laughs in Brüno, a disappointment from Sacha Baron Cohen, whose "Borat" was one of the funniest movies of the decade.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    No longer fresh -- though that's to be expected in a sequel -- it contains none of the virtues that made the first one anarchic and original.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Cmera work can't do anything about the barrenness of the screenplay, nor the sense of fundamental insincerity at the core of the film. [03 Sep 1993]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Hellion is so sincere and so dull that some might mistake it for a true work of art.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The movie is a mess.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    In King Arthur, everything goes wrong. The film combines the plodding sincerity of a Ph.D. dissertation with the brains of a high-concept Jerry Bruckheimer- produced blockbuster (which it is), and no one benefits.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Surprisingly, the results are embarrassing. As puppetry, Team America is stilted. As satire, it's gutless and lazy. And as comedy, it barely delivers laughs.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Morgan Freeman's voice is heard as the narrator, which is in itself the stuff of parody. Then we listen and get lost within two sentences, because the narration is so poorly written that Freeman himself probably didn't know what he was talking about.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's a bomb - not the usual bomb, but a time bomb, despite a 20-minute stretch at the beginning that goes along nicely. [17 May 1991]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 70 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The movie's excruciating length is without dramatic or thematic justification.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Not only not funny, it's unfunny. It kills humor. Sit in a room by yourself, look at a blank screen for 90 minutes, and you'll have more of a chance of laughing at your own thoughts than you will at this movie.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Just awful. But uniquely awful -- awful in a way that might just attract a cult audience. [3 Sept 1993]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Has many grotesque sex scenes, interspersed with sights of Chong rambling in a dissociated way as she sits in her squalid apartment.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    All the movie's narrative gymnastics can't disguise the fact that it's inauthentic at its core and that its story just isn't worth telling.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A mess.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Harmon proves that he can act stupid, and that's not enough to make the movie funny… You're supposed to like Freddy (Harmon), and you're supposed to like his brainless students… But you hate everybody. [24 July 1987]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Someone should steal this concept and make a decent movie out of it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    In essence, everything good in Self/less was derived from “Seconds,” and everything bad the writers and the director came up with on their own.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A frustrating movie, a work of immaturity from a director who should be past the empty gestures and self-protective distance of his early work.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A movie like this depends on clever bits and incidents, but there's little invention here to disguise the film's formulaic nature.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The movie suffers from two fatal ailments -- a dearth of vitality and a story that's shapeless and uninflected.

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