For 2,655 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 Tommy Boy
Lowest review score: 0 Maudie
Score distribution:
2655 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The pace is slow and the story neither takes off nor arrives anywhere.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The slow pace kills the sense of urgency, and the length and breadth of the film makes the story seem insignificant. Tarantino is still someone to watch, but Jackie Brown, before it's over, becomes a who-cares proposition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Has the three elements we've come to expect from Eastwood: the steady pace, the shadowy cinematography and, of course, the presence of the Big Guy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Another urban action thriller that's better than some, worse than most and so forgettable that it's possible to forget it while watching it?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Nobody Else But You takes a novel concept and a willing leading lady and squanders both through drab, lifeless storytelling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The film is long, empty and bogus.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The result is a film of passion and ambition, but one whose success is intermittent at best.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Fans of Les Misérables wouldn't have minded if the movie were different, but better, or just as effective. The screen version demanded some reconception, some vision to make sense of its existence. Instead, we're left with a film that is conscientious in all its particulars and yet strangely and mysteriously dead.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The result is schizophrenic, an uplifting film that's truly depressing, a movie about cruelty that tries to be fluffy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Feels like an extended skit stretched and stretched, maybe not to the breaking point, but to the sagging point.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Anyone who appreciates Sylvester Stallone or enjoys the "Rocky" movies will find moments to enjoy in Rocky Balboa and will leave the theater reasonably satisfied. It's just good to see the guy, and it's good to revisit the character. And that's everything good to be said for the experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Eventually the concept buckles under the heavy blockbuster treatment, becoming a monotonous, repetitive spectacle of endless shipboard sword fights and pirate ghosts in the moonlight.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Entertaining, but it's about one notch below being something anybody really needs to see.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Violent and nonsensical, with story elements in contradiction, it is lifted up by the efforts of the actors, who try to put a human face on the blockbuster machinery and almost succeed.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The film, actually, is a little like Reeves himself: It starts promisingly and trails off into indistinctness and mystery.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The film is always at least mildly interesting, because international arms dealing is a fairly compelling issue, but it's never as informative as a good documentary nor as engrossing as a good narrative. It's a hybrid that's frustrating in two distinct ways.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Law often looks angry and frazzled onscreen. This time he looks angry and sure of himself.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Has warmth and integrity, but it lacks the urgency of a story that had to be told.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    As a visit to a world and a way of life most of us will never experience, American History X is vivid, and it feels honest. At the very least, it's not typical.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The movie has finesse, and the actors have charm, but there are no surprises.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The film does have enough visual interest and occasional revelation to allow it to limp with dignity to its conclusion.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It’s original and idiosyncratic, but Swicord lets herself get away with things another director might not have allowed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    5x2
    The film is bleak, not particularly compelling, and the characters are frustrating, the enemies of their own happiness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Daring and gutless at the same time. It's daring in that it's a romantic movie that's willing to be coarse. It's gutless in that it refuses to paint any of its characters in a negative light, even temporarily.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Light entertainment that doesn't quite work. The film has too many scenes that meander, and the picture's offhandedness begins to seem less like clumsy charm and more like pointless vamping.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    A merry, wistful, tear-and-a-smile romp about the Holocaust, of all things.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    What's particularly weird about Godzilla is that for long stretches, all it shows is destruction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis, may be too long, too self-important and too "Gump"-like to be completely satisfying. But it contains elements that are so striking they pretty much redeem the film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The results are mixed. Many of the films are too long, and even worse, the collection as a whole doesn't come to grips with the human scale of the tragedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    In many ways a beautiful movie, and yet in other ways it’s not very good at all. As an achievement in stop-motion animation, it’s stunning — seamless and detailed, so perfectly done that it’s easy to forget that you’re witnessing skill and not magic.

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