For 2,534 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Jung (War) in the Land of the Mujaheddin
Lowest review score: 0 Van Helsing
Score distribution:
2534 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Witless banter might have won Ginger Rogers for Fred Astaire, but Thompson is too smart for that.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    This isn't pleasant to watch. Neither is it amusing, intellectually engaging, whimsically fascinating, coldly satirical or painfully poignant, though at any given moment in this erratic film director Tom Tykwer might be trying for one of these conflicting tones.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The picture, for all its slickness and style, is empty, empty-headed and emotionally false… [It] has no more depth than "Pretty Woman" and occupies the same moral landscape. [5 Apr 1991, Daily Datebook, p.E11]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Bezucha made something perverse, a feel-bad holiday film about a repellent family, with a milquetoast dad and a smug, devious harpy of a mom.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The emotional core of the movie, the relationship between Nicky and Jess, lacks impact, mostly because you can’t believe a word that they say, but also because Smith is not a strong leading man.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The bottom line is that the filmmakers are working with nothing here — no characters to speak of, no interpersonal relationships, no story with any suspense or capacity to engage, and no script with any humor or wit. What can they do?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 12 Mick LaSalle
    The best thing in the movie is Peter MacNicol as Dana's boss at the museum, a slippery character with an incomprehensible accent. [16 Jun 1989, p. E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 56 Metascore
    • 0 Mick LaSalle
    It's just not enough to say that The Three Stooges is the death of comedy. Rather, it's the death, burial, putrefaction and decomposition of comedy. It is where comedy, once alive, ends up as dust blowing in the wind, like something out of a really bad Kansas song.
    • 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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A Tale of Love and Darkness is a dead film, an eminently worthy corpse.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The production values are first rate. But you will wait in vain to hear a good reason for this movie's existence.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Yes
    Mostly unbearable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Hellion is so sincere and so dull that some might mistake it for a true work of art.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It's a complete mess, the spectacle of filmmakers blowing up their movie and everything in it, because they can't think of anything else to do.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    To take such a subject and render it without focus, interest, or joy—to make a long, dull movie from it — qualified as some perverse sort of achievement.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The film is glossy, but awful. Frenetic, but awful. Expensive, but awful. ... And awful.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Higher Learning says nothing new or challenging and is too naive to inspire controversy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Neither funny nor outrageous nor horrifying nor conventionally affecting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    If, while watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you start wondering why Ben Stiller is acting strange, the answer comes during the closing credits: "Directed by Ben Stiller."
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A complete bust, but the ways in which it fails are interesting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The movie equivalent of an idiot who, to avoid scorn, starts acting like an even bigger idiot, so as to get in on the joke, too...It takes everything and nothing seriously, depending on what the filmmakers think they can get away with at any given moment, and the result, while not painful to watch, is ridiculous.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The effect of the 2 1/2-hour film is deadening.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It takes about 20 minutes to catch on that Friday is without narrative drive - and about as long to figure out that the film offers nothing better in place of it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    The bad outweighs the good and the cringes outnumber the laughs in Brüno, a disappointment from Sacha Baron Cohen, whose "Borat" was one of the funniest movies of the decade.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Remaking Get Smart for the big screen might have sounded like a bad idea, but the movie shows it to have been something else: a REALLY bad idea.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    A cute movie, a little too cute and a little too aware of its own cuteness.

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