For 2,798 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Lowest review score: 0 Pathfinder
Score distribution:
2798 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's hard to tell if Cage's performance is a grand stab at all-out, no-holds-barred comic acting or one of the worst dramatic performances in a film this year. [2 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E8]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Witless banter might have won Ginger Rogers for Fred Astaire, but Thompson is too smart for that.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    In the important things, in all the ways that really count, Caché is a handsome fraud.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    In King Arthur, everything goes wrong. The film combines the plodding sincerity of a Ph.D. dissertation with the brains of a high-concept Jerry Bruckheimer- produced blockbuster (which it is), and no one benefits.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    As for Fraser, his clumsy humanity is endearing, but by now, assuming he has invested wisely, he should have enough money saved so as to not have to waste his talent anymore.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A complete bust, but the ways in which it fails are interesting.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    On its own terms, the film is overlong, repetitive and lacks impact. Even if this were the first gorilla-in-love movie ever made, audiences would come away vaguely dissatisfied, suspecting there was an intriguing idea buried somewhere in here, but it didn't quite come off.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    [Pedro Almodovar] gives it a nice try, but his approach turns out to be completely wrong for the material he's working with here. [25 May 1990]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    This picture is disgusting. [15 Aug 1986]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Thinking people also like a little drama with their science fiction. On that score, Annihilation comes up short.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Still, when you’re making a Christian epic and the best thing about it is the guy playing the inquisitor, you have a serious problem.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Only Lovers Left Alive is simply dead, an exercise in style, bland humor and vague gesture that yet seems to have been made in the naive expectation of a conventional response - that is, of an audience's actually caring.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    There’s just one big problem here: It Comes at Night is about as enjoyable for the audience as it is for the people in the movie. On both sides of the screen, misery reigns.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Logan Lucky is not a contemptible piece of work. It’s a genuine effort by talented people that never quite comes off.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The comedy, to the extent there is any, consists mainly of Carrey's verbal asides and strained reactions to people. The script gives him very little to work with.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Depictions of an aide talking about her hospital vigil and her words of comfort to a distraught Laura Bush are creepy and exploitative -- and borderline disgusting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Film anybody's trip to Italy, and it would be more interesting than this, or at least equally boring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 0 Mick LaSalle
    Attack the Block is the other alien-invasion movie opening today, the lousy one, the one from Britain. In Britain, it's probably just a regular bad movie, but here - with accents that are barely comprehensible and in-jokes about council flats, not to mention a swerving handheld camera and some of the cheapest effects since "Night of the Lepus" - it's surprising this thing ever got released.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    No, this is not good. This is just not good.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    This is not one of the good Altmans. This isn't even one of the mediocre Altmans.
    • 75 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Great to look at but not much fun to watch… An emotionally uncommitted picture that's smirky and mawkish, by turns, and at heart, empty. [14 Dec 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Here's a tiresome feature that could be made into a wonderful 20-minute film -- or, with a few adjustments, into two or three 10-minute shorts.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Anyone can make a bad movie, but it takes a good filmmaker to make one as bad as I'm Not There.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The movie suffers from two fatal ailments -- a dearth of vitality and a story that's shapeless and uninflected.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The movie’s stylistic idea gets in the way of its story, and the story is too slim to sustain a full-length feature. And as the political ideas become as self-conscious as the style, Where Is Kyra? starts to feel a little like poverty porn.

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