For 2,545 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 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Capote
Lowest review score: 0 xXx: State of the Union
Score distribution:
2545 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It is a mess of a film, botched but also misconceived, with a central performance by Natalie Portman that evokes nothing about Jackie Kennedy, beyond the stylish clothes and the secret smoking.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The bottom line is that the filmmakers are working with nothing here — no characters to speak of, no interpersonal relationships, no story with any suspense or capacity to engage, and no script with any humor or wit. What can they do?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The Road Within is never good. The presentation of Tourette’s syndrome may be authentic, but everything else about the movie — the emotions, the characters, the situations — rings false.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The movie's most inexcusable failing is that, despite all the flashbacks, we never get a sense of what this relationship was like when it worked.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Neither original nor presented in a convincing way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    This picture is disgusting. [15 Aug 1986]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Rarely do two lines go by without Fellowes changing something, always for the worse.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It will bring joy in a way certainly not intended, as one of the most gloriously and unwittingly silly films ever devised by a major American filmmaker.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Nothing but a showcase for the inherent comedic gifts of Cameron Diaz. The problem is she doesn't have any.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    What we have in this film is a whole lot of nothing, and the little that's there is irritating.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Another inert, soul-dead action drama that turns actors into zombies...It's garbage.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Lucas Black, who looks as much like a high school kid as George Bernard Shaw, speaks in a thick Southern accent that hasn't been heard on any leading man since the second act of "Our American Cousin."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The moments of action are interspersed with lengthy plot developments that are hard to follow.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Saint John of Las Vegas was a bad script that somehow got made into a bad movie with good people in it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Behind Enemy Lines has a wretched script and a director (first-timer John Moore) who either has no taste or doesn't know what he's doing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Results are all that matter, and the result here is that The Desolation of Smaug fails in almost every way, as a story, as an adventure, as a piece of art direction and as a visual spectacle.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    With Hard Candy, the innocent are tortured along with the guilty -- the innocent, in this case, being the audience.

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