For 2,654 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 point 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:
2654 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The most consistently entertaining movie of 2012. It's 165 minutes long and shouldn't be a minute shorter, a film of surprises, both in story and in casting, and of moments of agonizing, teased-out tension. The dialogue is dazzling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The result is something rare, especially considering how fine the novel is, a film that's fuller and deeper than the book.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Simply the most relentlessly entertaining film of the last few months.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The movie has the simplicity and confidence of a Johnny Cash song.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Skyfall is a different kind of Bond movie, one that works just fine on its own terms, but a steady diet of this might kill the franchise. One Skyfall is enough.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Movie magic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    On its own terms, the film is overlong, repetitive and lacks impact. Even if this were the first gorilla-in-love movie ever made, audiences would come away vaguely dissatisfied, suspecting there was an intriguing idea buried somewhere in here, but it didn't quite come off.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A movie that's loving and wistful and often hysterically funny.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A fable about women struggling to free themselves from that myth, and even at its most obvious, it's exhilarating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The result is an original picture, not entirely successful, but successful enough, and delightful in its ability to surprise viewers, and juggle tones and keep every ball in the air. The World's End has the aura - and this might only be an attractive illusion - of something imagined whole, in a burst of inspiration, rather than as something labored over.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The storytelling in The Force Awakens is masterful, in that it seems to be taking its time but is always moving relentlessly forward and coming up with surprises.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's not a film for children, and it's not even something children would like. It's challenging and disturbing and uncanny in the ways it captures the nature of dreams -- their odd logic, mutability and capacity to hint at deepest terrors.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    As a movie about mental illness, Silver Linings Playbook is more lightweight than lighthearted. But thanks to Lawrence, it does one good thing most movies don't do. It actually gets better as it goes along.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    All this is interesting, or interesting enough, depending on how you feel about Elaine Stritch. If you're a particular fan, this documentary is a must-see. But for everyone else, a little of Elaine's personality goes a long way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The new Ridley Scott movie is fascinating and charming and crammed and overstuffed, and it’s a curious case, too. It gets all the seemingly hard things wonderfully right, but then caves in at points that should have been easy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A film that might have seemed faintly academic six months ago becomes an anxious expression of its historical moment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Extraordinary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    If only Lars von Trier took into account that audiences might actually want to enjoy Melancholia, rather than endure it, or sift through it, or submit to the director's will, he might have made something extraordinary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    To think of how people thought and acted just 45 years ago is to realize that the women in this film were the advance guard of the modern era. That makes them important, and they make this documentary important.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Casino Royale is fresh, actually fresh.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    You leave Cinema Paradiso with that feeling that's kind of like getting kicked in the stomach, but nice. It's one of those breathless, swept-away-by-a-movie experiences that you might have once a year, if you're lucky. [16 February 1990, Daily Notebook, p.E-1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Bergman has not gone soft, not emotionally, philosophically and certainly not artistically. This is as tough a film as he has ever made.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Wild Reeds is a sober, heartfelt piece of work, sensitively directed and lovingly photographed -- though slightly dull, if we're going to be perfectly honest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Love & Mercy captures with striking immediacy the unbound power of the artist in his element.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    If there's one big difference between this version and the old, it's in the attitude toward violence. The new version may be more graphic, but it doesn't present violence as inevitable or necessary, just ugly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    At times you may be moved as by no other foreign film this year - and then 10 minutes later be leaning forward in the seat just to stay awake.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    By the end, a sense settles in that Whale Rider could have accomplished as much -- and been considerably more powerful -- as a 25- minute short.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Few who see it will be sorry. Sometimes being humane means not being squeamish.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    What a shrewd achievement for writer-director Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas"), to have made a movie that everyone will acclaim as beautiful, when perhaps the most beautiful thing about it is the sheer ugliness of it all.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An entertaining slice of American political and cultural history.

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