For 2,130 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Bread and Tulips
Lowest review score: 0 Jawbreaker
Score distribution:
2,130 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It's a slow-moving fable, with enough story and substance to make for one amazing Imax short. Instead the material is stretched beyond its limits into a long, repetitive and often stagnant 127-minute feature film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    I Am Love casts no spell and creates no narrative urgency. It's as compelling as mildly interesting gossip about people you don't know.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's excessive and psychologically imprecise, coarse where it should be refined and too much like a David Cronenberg horror movie in places where restraint and intellectual rigor are called for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A new restoration takes a flawed bit of monster camp and turns it back into a strong, serious-minded and occasionally moving science-fiction film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Wallows in bleakness and settles for sentimental gestures.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Under the Skin can be confused for a movie that hides its meanings, when it's really a movie that hides its meaninglessness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Blanchett in Blue Jasmine is beyond brilliant, beyond analysis. This is jaw-dropping work, what we go to the movies hoping to see, and we do. Every few years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Though I wish Please Give were a little better, there aren't enough American movies like it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Unique and courageous. It may be counted as one of the year's few steps forward in cinema.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A brutal movie, brutal in all the right ways -- brutally stark, brutally funny, brutally brutal. [30 Oct 1992]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    One of the best films to open in the Bay Area in 2007.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Moments are stretched. Every recollection must be illustrated by a flashback. Character motivations shift on a dime, and if you understand even half of what's going on - not generally, but specifically - you'll be doing better than most.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Washington, no surprise, is terrific, his sensitivity offset with touches of knowing, self-deprecating humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Presents us with characters of such humanity and dignity that it begins to seem obscene that until now we haven't exactly given all that much thought to the Kurds.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Midnight Run has thrills, excellent performances, touching moments, slick plotting, lively dialogue, plenty of laughs, beautiful locations and finely detailed direction. It's an across-the-board success, the best new movie I've seen in years. [20 July 1988]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A rare film about the class and educational divide that can happen even within families.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    As a screenwriter, Lemmons is able to keep all the plot elements in place. But as a director, she is unable to keep things moving.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Breillat is inviting us to really look at sex as it occurs in life, and to engage with it mentally, as a driving mystery of human existence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Haunting psychological drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    By the end, it is clear just how much in control Sayles has been all along. The resolution, though typically restrained, forcefully puts over the movie's point, that we're all more connected than we think.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It is all thoroughly entertaining and even, at times, gripping.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Never takes off, but it never collapses. At times, it becomes frustrating -- for example, about 30 minutes are spent pursuing a lead that goes nowhere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The old saying, "It's hard to find good help nowadays" takes on a new meaning in Murderous Maids.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The actors do their best, particularly the impeccable Mirren, but Schepisi draws a shroud of chaste dullness over their scenes and lays on an energy- sapping score.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Strange, moody film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Not the kind of movie anyone will remember at Oscar time. But no one who sees it will forget it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The Aviator has a hole in its center, and Scorsese fills it the only way he can, with spectacle. He makes The Aviator colorful and entertaining from beginning to end. There are worse things.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's a lovely and wistful celebration of youth, time and moments of connection -- and about the experience of living in the midst of a simple, perfect day that you know you'll remember for the rest of your life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    For all Wong's energy and virtuosity, the relentless stylishness and whimsicality of Chungking Express become irritating. The cast is appealing -- particularly the forlorn young cops. But the velocity of Wong's attack seems out of proportion to the airy, lightweight quality of the stories.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Worthy but dull.