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 Hadewijch
Lowest review score: 0 Reign of Fire
Score distribution:
2545 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Coppola has no trouble convincing viewers that Marie Antoinette is an interesting historical subject, but there's a big distance between that and creating a fascinating personality or fashioning a compelling narrative.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Heartfelt but interminable movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Here Balasko, best known as a comedian, is particularly satisfying. But the reward is too small on the investment, and the film's resolution is downright irritating - not just a waste of time, but a waste of time with attitude.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Worst of all, in promoting its hero's eccentric journey as a voyage of healing, the movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence. It turns boring and cute and begs us to love it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Only in the movie business could someone sell such shoddy merchandise and expect people to buy it. If The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 were an appliance, it would be a broken toaster that people would toss in the garbage. Except that analogy is too kind, in that “Mockingjay” would be half a toaster.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Everything about the idea of Mr. Popper's Penguins sounds lovely, and everything about the actual movie is ugly.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    What makes Aloft better than dismissible is that it’s a sincere failure, not a cynical one, and the cinematography is arresting. In fact, for scattered seconds throughout the movie, Aloft is beautiful to look at.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's a strange thing, this type of whimsy. Kari offers us ideas in place of characters, and yet he expects us to see through these ideas to the real-life conditions they represent - and then to respond to them in kind.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    As far as formulaic, empty and disappointing comedies go, The Watch is far from the worst. About every seven or eight minutes, perhaps a dozen times over the course of the picture, the movie generates a medium-size laugh. Not a big laugh.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    More than the usual bad or even numbingly horrible movie. It's an amalgam of many of the modern cinema's worst tendencies and modern filmmaking's most unfortunate misconceptions.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A single 125-minute monstrosity of a cop movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Could hardly be called a success -- it's rather a likable disaster.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    In the long history of bad movies about bad illnesses, A Little Bit of Heaven just might be the worst.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Michael can't be killed, and so a ''Halloween'' picture can never really end. It can only stop. And since it can stop anywhere, it may as well stop sooner than later. This one stops later, and by the time it does it's hard to care. [17 Oct 1989, p.E4]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    You can almost say it simulates an experience of brain injury in the audience: Nothing adheres, nothing connects. It's just nonstop cuteness, poses and emptiness - with nothing logically following from one moment to the next. It would be exaggerating to call it torture, and yet why split hairs?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Going after one innocent man was bad enough. Going after another constitutes a pattern. This marshal isn't a hero. He's a menace.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Everything connected with the lovers, who are the point of the movie, is either ordinary or unwittingly funny, and the laughs come early.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The film occupies that peculiar space that many of us would prefer to believe doesn’t exist, a movie that’s worthy but often inert, by turns enriching and enervating: a good boring movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    You can’t make a raunchy comedy and a sentimental paean to motherhood at the same time. You have to choose either one or the other. Raunchiness or sincerity. Try to do both, and you end up with a flailing, unfunny wreck, like the mix of contradictory and self-defeating impulses that we find here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Perfunctory, thrill- free sequel.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The character motivations are weak, and the story is poorly structured. But its camera work, possibly intended to distract audiences from the movie’s flaws, only compounds its problems. It distances the audience and makes Jason Bourne a chore to sit through.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's a tepid, quiet and uneventful film, directed almost in slow motion, with no narrative propulsion and with a succession of very similar scenes. The actors speak softly and pause a lot. And in the background is the steady hum of the soundtrack.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Serious intent may be lurking somewhere in there, but it's buried under layers of stupidity - not just stupid jokes, which is what you want from Sandler, but also stupid, shallow thinking.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    One of those comedies in which almost everything good about it is extraneous. There are funny lines and quirky bits, but in terms of story and character, the movie is empty and pointless.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The problem comes down to this: If you take the spirituality out of Ben-Hur, you take the Ben-Hur out of Ben-Hur.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The strain and desperation are apparent from the first scene.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A wretched comedy about middle-aged romance.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Floats is corny and false, with a script by Steven Rogers that's almost 100 percent artificial sweetener.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A great role becomes an unenviable chore, in which a superb comic actress finds herself trying to sell a series of unfunny comic situations by mugging and pushing with all her might. It's an unflattering spectacle for all concerned.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    An agony of bad plotting and whimsical, lifeless scenes.

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