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 Jimmy Carter Man from Plains
Lowest review score: 0 The Lone Ranger
Score distribution:
2534 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    I'm as reluctant to stop writing about this movie as I was to stop watching it: At 166 minutes, it flies by, and you don't want to leave that world. But one thing is certain: This isn't the last word. People will be writing about this film for years - and looking at it to discover the lost history of our time.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A masterpiece.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Every year, we get only a few of these, movies that come out of nowhere, that are different, unexpected and wonderfully right. Moonlight is that kind of movie, one of the gems of 2016.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Everything Melville shows us, he shows us for a reason, and these reasons are never obscure but are rather pertinent to the action and to the moral movement of the world and the characters.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It turns out that Pepe Le Moko is even better than "Algiers."
    • 98 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Though the movie clocks in at just under three hours, it is -- aside from an occasional slow spot -- fascinating and exciting.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Seeing it is a time-bending experience, a way of visiting the past and glimpsing the past's idea of the future. A masterpiece of art direction, the movie has influenced our vision of the future ever since, with its imposing white monoliths and starched facades.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    First, this movie should be enjoyed. Later, marveled at. And then, once the excitement has faded, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days really should be studied, because director Cristian Mungiu creates scenes unlike any ever filmed.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    12 Years a Slave has some of the awkwardness and inauthenticity of a foreign-made film about the United States. The dialogue of the Washington, D.C., slave traders sounds as if it were written for "Lord of the Rings." White plantation workers speak in standard redneck cliches. And yet the ways in which this film is true are much more important than the ways it's false.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Affleck is magnificent, but the movie is something less than that, because it can’t completely overcome some built-in challenges.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    What keeps I Am Not Your Negro just short of greatness is, alas, the competition from Baldwin himself. Watching it, it’s hard not keep wanting to see more of Baldwin and hear less of Jackson.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    See Gravity in theaters, because on television something will be lost. Alfonso Cuarón has made a rare film whose mood, soul and profundity is bound up with its images. To see such images diminished would be to see a lesser film, perhaps even a pointless one.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An ungainly masterpiece, but Chaplin's ungainliness is something one can grow fond of.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Haynes elicits two great performances and provides the perfect frame for them, not just in terms of setting, but through smart casting and attention to the smallest of performances.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    But make no mistake, whether the movie is fair or horribly unfair - I know nothing of the actual facts and can't make that determination - its portrait of Zuckerberg is a hatchet job of epic and perhaps lasting proportions.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    One of the most innovative and best made films of the past year. Every now and then, even Dick Cheney gets to like a great movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The latest in the wonderful "Before" series does three important things: It breaks out of the courtship formula, yet retains the series' quality, and it moves the lives of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) forward in ways that are satisfying and believable. True, a romance you once envied might now be a relationship you'd not want to be in, but as long as Celine and Jesse are still talking, there's hope.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    45 Years is very much an English film and in the best sense. It’s subtle, understated and ultimately devastating, but only if you’re paying attention.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It is an exhilaration from beginning to end. It's the movie equivalent of that rare sort of novel where you find yourself checking to see how many pages are left and hoping there are more, not fewer.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A worthy, fascinating film..
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    This one enters the pantheon of great American war films.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    In the moment, it's intermittently transcendent, heartrending and beautiful ... and busy, repetitious and boring.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    There is no turning away from the screen.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Though an estimable success overall, The Return of the King has several scenes too many and too great a concentration on battles.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The not-as-good news is that, like “Wall-E” and “Up,” Inside Out has a great opening, a satisfying finish, and something of a sag in the middle. But this time it’s only a sag.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Amour is also unforgettable and one of a kind, two hours of torment that, in the end, you will probably not regret.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Spotlight one of the best movies about journalism ever made, at once gripping and accurate. It doesn’t just get the big things right, such as how news stories evolve, but the small things, such as what offices look like and how staff tends to react to a new boss.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It’s a beautiful and hopeful film, coming at a time when there isn’t much beauty or hope in our movies, and it’s the type of picture — a sprawling, exuberant musical drama — that hasn’t been seen in decades.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    In this one masterpiece, Federico Fellini achieved the ideal balance -- between social observation and unconscious imagery, between artistic discipline and freedom, and between the neo-realism of 1950s Italian cinema and the orgiastic flights of his later work.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Its deeply anarchic sensibility has kept Taxi Driver fresh all these years. (Review twenty years after release).

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