For 2,524 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 Sur mes lèvres
Lowest review score: 0 Why Him?
Score distribution:
2524 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The kind of picture to whip out the clichés for: Surprisingly original. Delightful. Brilliant. Funny as all heck. When 1989 is through, sex, lies, and videotape may well be remembered as the best film of the year. [11 Aug 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Why such a structurally scattered movie should hang together at all is a mystery. That it does more than that, that it works brilliantly, is a miracle, or at the very least the product of unquantifiable causes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Flows in a way that seems effortless, following its own path, arriving at its own place. Only after the movie is over are the outlines of its story apparent. I found it impossible to outguess it. [12 July 1991]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    From the outside, Sunshine sounds like the most boring film on Earth. In fact, it's glorious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Washington delivers not only one of the year’s best performances, but one of the best self-directed performances in cinema history.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Sicko will scare people, and it probably should.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Presented without preachiness or affectation, Kandahar is a short, matter-of-fact visit to hell.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    But make no mistake, whether the movie is fair or horribly unfair - I know nothing of the actual facts and can't make that determination - its portrait of Zuckerberg is a hatchet job of epic and perhaps lasting proportions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    One of the great satisfactions of Spectre is that, in addition to all the stirring action, and all the timely references to a secret organization out to steal everyone’s personal information, we get to believe in Bond as a person.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Part conscious and part unconscious, Watchmen tells us of a world without hope and then makes us wonder if we're already living in it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The effect is like watching an opera without music. Or a musical drama in which no one sings. These departures from a realistic convention never feel like static set pieces - that's the great success of the film and of the poems themselves.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A different kind of Harry Potter movie, a better kind... It's where this fantasy series has wanted to go all along.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The alien attack, taking place in several cities at once, is breathtaking...All the same, Independence Day is consistently funny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A tense, concise and elegantly shot film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Terminator 2 imagines things you wouldn't even be likely to dream and gets these visions onto the screen with a seamlessness that's mind-boggling. [3 July 1991, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    More than one joke or one idea. It's a thoroughly satisfying comedy --and a respectable space adventure, as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Masterful documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Directed with playful wit and energy, with steamy sex scenes played as much for laughs as anything else.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Midnight Run has thrills, excellent performances, touching moments, slick plotting, lively dialogue, plenty of laughs, beautiful locations and finely detailed direction. It's an across-the-board success, the best new movie I've seen in years. [20 July 1988]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Not only more crazy than “Reservoir Dogs,'' but it also feels more real. [1 Jan 1993, Daily Notebook, p.D1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The experience of watching Daniel Day-Lewis in this role is nothing less than thrilling. This is Lincoln. No need for a time machine, there he is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A brilliant piece of construction, and talking too much about its specifics would only spoil the overall experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A triumph that goes well beyond Hoffman's tour de force performance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Fascinating in its depiction of presidential leadership in action.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It brings together several popular strains of contemporary moviemaking and combines them into one big, shameless, audacious, compulsively watchable, irresistibly likable piece of pure entertainment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's a humane and witty treatment of an average life that, incidentally, speaks to the worth and inherent drama of average lives.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An absolute delight, combining the cheap thrills of a biopic with the gentler, but more lasting, pleasures of a brilliant character study.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    In "Fatal Attraction" [Close] was a woman out of control. Here she's in control of her emotions, too much in control. When Merteuil finally lets loose and gives way to complete animal despair, Close is horrifying. [13 Jan 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 41 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's a pumped-up, intricate and fast-moving yarn that never flags and continues to play out in unexpected ways as it unravels.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Almost too much to bear. But brace yourself and see it anyway. It’s worth it.

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