For 2,614 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 I've Loved You So Long
Lowest review score: 0 Men Cry Bullets
Score distribution:
2614 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    So what's wrong with Joshua? Two things: The audience is ahead of the movie, and the movie never catches up.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It doesn’t help matters that the movie seems to end three times before it ends, and none of those ends are satisfying.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It's a gallant battle against flawed material, and Hirschbiegel fights it to a draw.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    A boxing movie that exists in that gray area between prototypical and typical, the quintessential and run-of-the-mill.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    30 Minutes or Less is a strange case. Either it goes for a particular tone and doesn't achieve it. Or it does achieve a tone that's not really worth striving for.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Entrapment is an adventure movie without two brain cells to rub together.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    A nice idea for a movie, but has a mostly silly script and some of the craziest and most laughable casting imaginable. But the movie's main challenge is a simple one: It is very difficult, next to impossible, to build a movie around an inert, inactive character.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The musical numbers are the only real drag on this otherwise odd and appealing picture.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    5x2
    The film is bleak, not particularly compelling, and the characters are frustrating, the enemies of their own happiness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The result is a reminder that, with weak material, it’s often worse to have a really good actor. The weaknesses just stands out in sharper relief.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Admiring The Singing Detective is easy, and so is appreciating the originality of the story's conceit, the artistry of the actors and the directorial intelligence of Keith Gordon. But loving it would take an act of will.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    A weird mix of the refreshing and the dispiriting, Kick-Ass 2 is appealing in its brutal honesty and repellent in its honest brutality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Most viewers will have no more fun watching this story than the characters do living it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The kind of horror movie that's not a bit scary and quite a bit gross.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The result is a movie that's kinetic yet slow, whose joys are architectural more than spiritual.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Feels forgettable, even though, in the moment, it's often very funny.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    At its best, it's a good picture, and at its worst, it's almost good.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Open Range veers wildly. It's a movie of beauty and sensitivity, and tedium and absurdity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Not entirely successful or appealing - not exactly a delightful evening in the company of scintillating characters - but interesting all the same.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    This is win-win for everybody, but it's too win-win - a setup that short-circuits drama, that shoehorns a situation into a precooked formulation: He's a real prisoner and she's an emotional prisoner, and each offers the other the possibility of freedom.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The Promise is hardly grotesque; and it has good things in it, but by the end, it just feels like a failed manipulation.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The movie has a certain integrity and creates an interesting atmosphere, largely thanks to the soundtrack, of all things, which gives most moments a dreamy undertone.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Feels more like an earnest commercial for music education than successful entertainment.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Murphy seems committed to pushing his hostile vision, and that in itself is interesting. [01 Jul 1992]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Lone Survivor, from start to finish, is a tale of disaster, of bad luck and bad communication, perhaps even faulty planning, though that's hard to say. So the movie loses the common touch of average folk trying to get by, while also losing some of the pleasure of watching a crack unit at work.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Not a mediocre film. It is, by turns, a great and awful film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The problem is the script, which, in scene after scene, contains no surprises.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Its impression lingers in the mind, giving the film a longer half-life than it would otherwise deserve.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Wallows in bleakness and settles for sentimental gestures.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Maybe it’s unfair, but I came away feeling cheated by Eddie the Eagle. It’s a jolly real-life tale about an underdog who made a splash at the 1988 Winter Olympics, and it does make you feel good, but it turns out that the film’s story is 90 percent fiction.

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