For 2,567 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 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Milk
Lowest review score: 0 Jawbreaker
Score distribution:
2567 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Snags on the fact that neither story depicted -- not Kaufman's and especially not Orlean's -- is enough to sustain more than an incidental interest.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Darkly comic tone of heroin-addiction film sets it apart
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The language is brilliant, and the laugh lines come so quickly that you'd probably have to watch the movie twice to get them all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Smart, fun entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    20th Century Women is not especially dramatic. At times, it eschews drama. Every time the story is on a knife edge and can drop deeper into turmoil or recede back to the normal flows and ebbs of life, Mills chooses the latter. But this time, the strategy works. It feels real.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The result is a movie that's kinetic yet slow, whose joys are architectural more than spiritual.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    This is an intense and complicated story, and the film doesn't rush it. It lets it unfold and build, methodically.
    • 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
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    In this small and very smart film, Cronenberg does several things at once and makes them all look effortless, capturing various shadings of consciousness and versions of reality.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Dumont makes movies that almost nobody wants to see. That doesn't make him a great filmmaker, but he's a great filmmaker all the same.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    In the end, that just might be the takeaway from the "Up" series, that a 28-year-old, say, has more in common with another 28-year-old than with his own incarnation at 70. Who knows? There are mysteries of life captured within the frames of this film that are eluding our grasp. We're still too close to it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    All [Tarantino] has to do is trim a full hour out of "Vol. 1" and a half hour out of Vol. 2, combine what's left and he'll have something not just amusing and idiosyncratic, but outstanding.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Expansive, but succinct. Leigh tells a small story and doesn't try to make something huge of it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    In the important things, in all the ways that really count, Caché is a handsome fraud.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A powerful document of cruelty and sadism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Toback has found a documentary subject as tragic and ridiculous, as bizarre and driven, as the heroes of his other films.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, sees the lives of these suburban students and teachers through a prism of absurdity that refracts more truth than any straightforward telling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Rocky might not be the brightest guy, but he knows things. He has his limitations, but he is, in his own way, extraordinary, and when we look at his/Stallone’s face, we can have no doubt that Rocky has gone through life and learned things. He has been awake all these years, and growing. With no exaggeration, this is a beautiful and moving thing to see.
    • 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
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    At its best, Ajami shows you things you never would have considered or imagined.
    • 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
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Rachel Weisz - in what has to be the performance of her career, and there have been lots of good ones - plays an intelligent woman in the grip of a lust that's too big to handle or suppress. She can either ride the tiger or be devoured.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Wallace’s 2008 suicide informs the film and Jason Segel’s performance. What Wallace wants to say, tries to say but can’t quite say is that, having reached the summit of success, he sees an even bigger mountain in front of him. His anxiety about holding it together in the face of newfound celebrity is no affectation. He’s frightened of it and probably has good reason to be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The details feel authentic: The empty Paris streets, the profanation of German anti-aircraft guns atop belle epoque buildings. And Devaivre's adventures provide high tension.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Cage's great performance is matched by Shue, who becomes the focus by the middle of the picture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's a love story only in passing. And yet the love story is what lingers in the mind and gives energy and meaning to everything that happens on-screen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Any director who sees Short Term 12 will want to cast Larson in something. This movie puts her on the map.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's the picture that proves action films don't have to be silly, that a few thrill sequences don't mean every other value has to be shot to pieces.

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