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 In the Loop
Lowest review score: 0 Summer Catch
Score distribution:
2614 movie reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Anderson almost brings off a picture worthy of his grandiose ambition.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It's an endurance test. Though never boring, the movie is a fairly long slog through the snow.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Her
    The story is too slender for its two-hour running time, and the pace is lugubrious, as though everyone in front and behind the camera were depressed. But the biggest obstacle is the protagonist (Joaquin Phoenix), who is almost without definition.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Yet all this wit and effort and occasional beauty is in the service of a movie that is little more than a two-hour chase scene, one that seems founded on the assumption that if you show one set of people chasing another, that’s enough to get an audience excited: Oh, no, let’s hope they don’t get caught!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It’s sincere and intelligent — but it’s weak as a social statement and even weaker as drama.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    In the end, the film shakes down as a kind of eat-your-spinach exercise, a movie that’s worthy and perhaps good for you, but is labored and only enjoyable intermittently.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Doesn't hit its stride until the last 30 minutes, and by then, it's just a little too late.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    If it were just a middling effort, The Master would be a lot less frustrating. But the latest from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has greatness in it - two extraordinary performances, intuitive and revealing photography and scene setting, and a distinct directorial sensibility that hovers between sobriety and satire. Yet all those virtues are undermined by a narrative that goes all but dead for the last hour.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Take Shelter has a problem, the simplest of all problems but no less serious for its being simple. It's a film without suspense and with a slow-moving story that unfolds without surprise or embellishment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The result is a movie that's kinetic yet slow, whose joys are architectural more than spiritual.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    A corny, overblown romance, and while it eventually wins you over with its atmosphere and good nature, it's far from the masterpiece you've been hearing about. [15 Jan 1988]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The result is a beautiful void, a structureless emptiness buoyed by some good scenes and performances.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    As for the movie’s ultimate resolution, nothing specific can be said here, except that it borders on inexcusable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Though the movie is riddled with memorable scenes of violence, its pace is slow -- too slow. It has an epic sprawl, but it's not an epic. It's more like a bloated fairy tale. [7 Aug 1992]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    127 Hours, about an unimaginably unbearable experience, is pretty much an unbearable experience of its own. And yet, it must be said, it's exceptionally well made.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It is probably unlike any movie you've ever seen, and in ways both bad and good. It is, by turns, inept and brilliant, shockingly amateurish and inspired. To see it is to sit there for long stretches amazed at how clumsy, fake and misguided it is. But then, five minutes later you might easily be riveted and moved by its awkward brilliance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    There is no diverting from strict chronology, no point the documentary wants to make that requires moving forward and back through time. It just inches ahead, one year to another, sometimes one day to another. By the middle, each time a year changes, it's a relief.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    A fine ensemble piece, but a maddening and unjustified length.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    We end up with a movie in which it becomes very possible to respect the intent and yet be frustrated by the result.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The story here isn't much, and the truth it reveals, to them and us, isn't earthshaking, just quiet and somber.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    If we're going to be honest, we need to look inside and ask ourselves: Do we really want to see a listless movie about a woman whose dream is to move into a double-wide trailer?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Leaves an impression, while its specifics fade almost immediately.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is boring, but not in the usual way of boring movies. It is colossally, memorably and audaciously boring.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Stranger by the Lake has no rating, but if it had, it would earn an NC-17 ten times over.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It's dull in the precise way that life can be dull. To watch it is like sitting in on a staff meeting, listening to people talk on and on and on. Professors are used to talking nonstop, and in a few cases in At Berkeley it's rather astonishing to hear them repeating the same ideas over and over, instead of just coming to a point and stopping.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    For all the movie's coarse grandeur -- for all the blood in its battle scenes and the grim historical accuracy of its depiction of antediluvian medical procedures -- the story of Master and Commander feels like something intended not for adults but for children.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The experience of watching Foxcatcher is of constantly waiting for something to happen — and of giving up, long before something actually does.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Even as it stands, Fish Tank is a valuable movie, though it aspires to a social insight it doesn't attain and a psychological penetration it won't maintain.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    A fascinating look at a bizarre man and a brilliant talent. But a good deal of the movie is described by its subtitle -- "A Son's Journey'' -- and to the extent it is, the movie sags.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    As a movie about mental illness, Silver Linings Playbook is more lightweight than lighthearted. But thanks to Lawrence, it does one good thing most movies don't do. It actually gets better as it goes along.

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