For 2,178 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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 0 The Three Stooges
Score distribution:
2,178 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Suffers from some of the deficiencies common to first features. It is sincere and earnest but the product of an assumption that the milieu itself is compelling enough to command an audience's attention.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The comedy never really takes off because it's phony.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    There's nothing here but a concept and a marketing and merchandising strategy, at the center of which somebody - oh, no - had to come up with an actual movie.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Sometimes it's unpleasant, sometimes it's insincere, and for long stretches it's boring.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Hesher is about as awful as independent films get, a mix of ugliness and unearned sentiment, with a flat story, repellent and pathetic characters and dialogue that consists of lots of stammering and cursing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    This isn't absurdity. This is nonsense - and it's as boring as nonsense.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A ghastly sequel to a charming animated film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Everything about the idea of Mr. Popper's Penguins sounds lovely, and everything about the actual movie is ugly.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's unpleasant where it should be pleasant, convoluted where it should be streamlined, anxiety provoking where it should be easy, and long, long, long - at least 20 minutes longer than it has a right to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Wexler gets tired of his own movie near the end of it. The viewer will get tired in 15 minutes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    With The Way, writer-director Emilio Estevez has made a respectable failure. What's respectable - and undeniable - is that this is a sincere effort to make a film of sensitivity and spiritual richness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Martha Marcy May Marlene is a strange case, a drama that's disturbing and yet inert. Writer-director Sean Durkin builds an atmosphere of dread, which means that he persuades us to believe in the characters and in the central situation. But he doesn't build interest.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The movie's bereftness of invention can be measured by how no story element builds on another. Instead, Happy Feet Two is plotted so that a bunch of disparate things happen, until it's time to end the movie.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The movie is a mess.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Innocuous and dull.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A mix of the powerful and the ridiculous, and eventually the ridiculous wins. The movie deals with a big subject that has received scant treatment in movies - the genocide in Bosnia in the 1990s - giving voice and testimony to what happened there. But the ill-conceived fictional elements take the picture right off the rails.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Safe House is an idea for a movie. It's a few blustery gestures in the direction of a story, with five good actors doing their best, trying to hold up the barest frame of an idea, while investing the surrounding emptiness with all the truth they can muster.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Whatever else W.E. may be (lousy, a waste of time, tin-eared, sleep-inducing, occasionally laughable, etc.), it's sincere and ambitious.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It plays like a string of cliches linked together to form a movie with not a single moment of surprise or originality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It is a very good performance in a very bad movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The opening to John Carter is a dud, a battle between airships made of woven bamboo, bursting into computer-generated flame over a sandy terrain. There's nothing to see, nothing to think about, nothing to care about, and nothing to feel, just emptiness. The emptiness is never filled over the course of 132 long, barren minutes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A handful of acting moments aside, Being Flynn is a drama without much in the way of rewards.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A useless film in every possible way.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    So you get comments from the likes of Paul Rudd, Adam Carolla and Judd Apatow, all trying to be funny, but not one says anything remotely amusing or worth hearing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Suffers from a problem in its rhythm. It's not that its pace is too slow, but that it's too regular, and this lack of syncopation makes it feel slow.