For 2,541 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 For Colored Girls
Lowest review score: 0 Summer Catch
Score distribution:
2541 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The curious thing about this new Cinderella is that every old and familiar element is done beautifully.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Stone does everything he can to do justice to the real-life people he's depicting, and yet nothing he does can cover up the film's single but overarching weakness: The personal story he uses to portray the larger event is limited in scope and impact.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    In making the movie, writer-director John Ridley had to negotiate with the Hendrix legend — that is, reality had to accommodate audience expectation. In that sense, Jimi: All Is by My Side does a reasonable job.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Has its moments, and Schwarzenegger is as buff and tough as ever. But there's a flat feeling about this effort that's unmistakable and inescapable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    An elegant-looking picture, carefully made and beautifully put together, but when the gloss wears off, you're left with an experience that doesn’t quite satisfy. [5 Oct 1990, Daily Datebook, E10]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The subtle ironies of Austen's novel are rendered obvious, and the book's social satire gives way here to more straightforward romantic comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Even those who despised the original novel should not have trouble stomaching Bridges, while the novel's fans will find the film -- despite some additions -- generally true to what they perceive to be the book's spirit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Compared with other movies, Seven Psychopaths is clever and inventive enough to be considered a weak success or a modest failure, the kind of effort that usually gets damned with the faint praise of "not bad."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Routine, genial sports movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    A hit- and-miss affair, consistently amusing but not as outrageous or funny as Cho may have intended or as imaginative as one might have hoped.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    For all its surface seriousness, Splice is a regulation monster movie. So however somber it gets, it's never truly thought-provoking, and however outrageous it gets, it's still always 20 minutes behind the audience. It's just too dumb to be serious and too slow to be entertaining. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/03/MVKJ1DOO26.DTL#ixzz0pqYvhKuF
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Eye-catching and entertaining but less inspired than the original.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Even a mediocre David Mamet movie is still a David Mamet movie. That means there are lines to savor, partly because the lines are so good, partly because they are so Mamet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    A smirky cleverness infects much of the picture, yet some scenes are so skillfully created that it's hard not to admire them, and Dominique Pinon's sensitive performance as a retired circus man gives the movie a soul. [10 Apr 1992]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Inventive and intermittently amusing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It’s not a bad film, just, strangely, not a good one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Whenever Roberts is onscreen, Closer freezes and starts to atrophy. And when she's off, tender shoots of life begin to sprout.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Jindabyne suffers from too many extraneous elements and from a story that doesn't land with enough force or purpose.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Though the film seems less like a theatrical release and more like something that might play on an obscure PBS station at 2 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, it's reasonably interesting as a personality study.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It's the supporting players who stand out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The film is mired in gloom, not just sadness, but heaviness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Patrik Age 1.5 has a single drawback that can't be overlooked, at least from the standpoint of an American viewer. It's predictable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Despite its general intelligence and worthy performances, Kill Your Darlings makes it difficult to see how the Beats ever caught on.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Its impression lingers in the mind, giving the film a longer half-life than it would otherwise deserve.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The film is too intelligent and well-crafted to dismiss and too good to hate. Some people will love it, and at worst, most people will like it a little.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Strives for an airy, merry amorality, but it never quite achieves liftoff, though at times it comes close.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    In a blind taste test, I couldn't possibly have identified this as a Linklater movie, and he's a filmmaker I generally like. If anything, Bad News Bears shows that Linklater can get in and out of a movie like a cat burglar, without leaving his fingerprints anywhere. OK, he's proven it. He need never do that again.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    This is the best disappointing movie you will see all year.

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