For 2,301 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Queen and Country
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
2,301 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A study of middle-class, middle-aged disappointment in its varying forms, a sober look at different life choices.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Kristin Scott Thomas' performance in I've Loved You So Long is one of a small handful of highlights by which people will remember this year in movies. This is acting at its most exalted.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    As painstaking as a documentary but without the satisfaction of a documentary or the impact of a drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    With "Flynt," Love does what Madonna has been trying to do for 12 years -- create a performance filled with humor, intelligence and soul.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The movie is funny, definitely funny. But underlying the humor is a vision so bleak, so despairing and so utterly hopeless as to make "No Country for Old Men" almost look cheerful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Ultimately, The Fighter loses its courage and betrays the terms of its own story by fashioning an interpretation designed to please the people it portrays. It does a switch on us, by changing its focus from Micky's character to Micky's career and then pretending it was really about the career all along.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    In The Five Obstructions, we meet the Danish filmmaker for an extended period, and he's exactly what a fan might hope and expect him to be like: impish, insightful, unpredictable, mildly sadistic and rigorously honest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An action sci-fi blockbuster extravaganza that provides cartoon thrills for thinking people. It's the best movie of its kind since the second "Spider-Man" movie four years ago.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Only Lovers Left Alive is simply dead, an exercise in style, bland humor and vague gesture that yet seems to have been made in the naive expectation of a conventional response - that is, of an audience's actually caring.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    For starters, it's a movie to make you happy to see the next movie written, directed and starring Lake Bell. She has an engaging presence and has a distinct comic sensibility.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    If you see the movie, notice how the ending is no ending, and the fact that it even feels like one is entirely a function of Michael Giacchino's musical score.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is an important movie, but it’s not a perfect one. It has one enormous flaw, and it’s a testament to the smartness of the writing and the inherent fascination of its viewpoint that it doesn’t wreck the experience: Director Justin Simien doesn’t know how to shape scenes or pull performances from his actors.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Much of the film is so wrenching there's no time for idle thoughts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    At its slowest, the film has value as a historical document. At its best, the film gives a human face to stories of unimaginable suffering and unexpected triumph.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Riveting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Powerful and outrageous.
    • 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
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Neither does it help that, despite the wit and literacy of Enough Sad, its form is straight out of a teen romance: A cool kid starts dating someone less cool, and then engages in some elaborate deception that, if found out, will threaten the progress of young love. The funny thing is, if Enough Said were converted wholesale into a high school romance, the characters' behavior might ring more true.
    • 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
    • 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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
    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.

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