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
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    For sure, this is a cause movie - sometimes it even feels that way - in favor of charter schools and against the teachers unions. Still, Won't Back Down is reasonably fair in its approach.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The mix of comedy and drama is winning; Costner couldn't be better, and the little girl is a find.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The series suddenly springs back to life. It's delightful and exciting, with good jokes and fun characters. While it might lack the freshness of the first installment, the formula isn't stale, just familiar. And familiar in a cozy and pleasant way. [25 May 1990, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An inventive and caustic comedy that really does look like the thing it's mocking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An extraordinary and heartfelt film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    If this isn't the single best performance ever by a preadolescent male (Osment) in a motion picture, then it's tied for whatever is first.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There's a case to be made for The Real Cancun as a document of the mating dance as well as an unintentionally poignant film about the brevity of youth.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's warm, spontaneous and heartfelt. Zeffirelli cared about his memories, and he's done justice to them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An Irish drama that's a lot more sly and a lot less straightforward than it appears on the surface.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Maleficent imparts a feeling of enchantment. Here is a world that's strange and beautiful.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It does provide audiences with the satisfaction of seeing and hearing an important truth expressed, and that's better than making you feel good. That's making you feel something.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The casting is carefully considered, as well, from Willis, whose Old Joe is even more dangerous than Young Joe, to Emily Blunt, who goes American this time and plays a young mother with a winning warmth and vulnerability.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's a generous tale, told through big performances by a talented cast, presenting a range of colorful characters that only Dickens could have created.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Brought off with such skill and commitment that there isn't any time to snicker at its obviousness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The action scenes are imaginative and elaborate without seeming fake. Nothing is belabored, and the stakes never stop escalating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This movie is not recommended for people who need to know what's going on. The Woman in the Fifth, an English and French language film from the Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, is watchable and enjoyable, but it's fairly impenetrable, and it gets more peculiar as it goes along.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A balanced examination of the reasons for the electric car's disappearance, reasons that include corporate collusion and greed, governmental spinelessness and oil company propaganda -- but also consumer indifference and the limitations of the vehicles themselves.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    What makes this film special and memorable is the character of Danny Green, who is not the usual neighborhood hoodlum you see in movies.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    What it means in practice is that, with a Dardennes movie, nothing much seems to be going on - until everything seems to be going on. We watch events at a remove, and then, at a certain magical point, we are in the story, and we don't quite know how they did it - again.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The Grand Seduction slowly brings its story into focus and then sneaks up and becomes quite funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The period footage shows all the principals, including Neal Cassady, who was only 38 but looked 52. Ken Kesey emerges as the film's hero - he is presented as a great American adventurer, the psychological equivalent of Lewis and Clark. Maybe that's not as ridiculous as it sounds.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Shrewd, highly controlled little film from Belgium that builds to an unexpected emotional climax.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Full of humor, some exciting scenes and some intelligent parallels between the world of the film and the political and moral issues facing us today.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Wildly imaginative, humane, playful and deflating of all pretense.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's funny, easily the funniest and least self-conscious movie that director Nora Ephron has made.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There seems to be something about the story itself that's better suited to the stage than the screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Don't be fooled by the casual style. There is nothing casual about these emotions, or about the talent of these two filmmakers.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Elusive and compelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Shaft has everything --smart writing, shrewd direction and a handful of performances that are first-rate by any standard.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Then there's the acting, particularly that of Sam Shepard, as an old ex-con without much in the way of limits.

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