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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's about as close to French farce as romantic comedies get, and the closer the better.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Elf
    Funny and intelligently made, a film for kids and adults that's both sweet and sardonic...Elf stays perfectly in balance, a pleasure throughout.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Beautiful Creatures has its metaphysical cosmology worked out, and it gives it to us in doses big enough that we understand its rules and believe in its world, but not so big that it starts to get cute or that we stop caring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Baadasssss! is the portrait of a visionary with a blind spot, a man starved for kindness who can no longer recognize the responsibility to be kind, even to his kids. But it's a portrait of a visionary nonetheless.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    In addition to Bana and Hall, Jim Broadbent is outstanding in a couple of scenes, as a government official, watching from the sidelines and offering warnings and advice. Broadbent is somehow menacing, pathetic and persuasive all at the same time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Noah is no silly action blockbuster with a Biblical pretext. Rather, it's the product of writer-director Darren Aronofsky's vigorous engagement with the Biblical story and what it might mean in our time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The strength and beauty of The Runaways are that it tells the truth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Still, the goodwill lingers, even though Mother and Child falls down, dies and is beginning to look a little green and stiff about 15 minutes before the finish line.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The movie is harsh, nasty and vulgar like you wouldn't believe. And often, it's hilarious.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The tone is balanced, reflective and reasonable. Avni is a major star in Israel, and he is an actor with world-class charm.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Go
    A nasty little picture with a lot of wit and impudence.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Like all Shelton's movies, Hollywood Homicide rambles and shambles, and like most of them, it ultimately settles into its own appealing rhythm.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    By the end, it is clear just how much in control Sayles has been all along. The resolution, though typically restrained, forcefully puts over the movie's point, that we're all more connected than we think.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A gutsy movie, in that Leigh says something about life that nobody really wants to believe, and he says it forcefully: There is such a thing as "too late."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The battle in Battle: Los Angeles is grab-the-armrest tense until the last seconds.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    For all the movie’s honesty, the reality of Alzheimer’s disease is a lot worse than what you see in Still Alice. Perhaps directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland made a calculation as to how much an audience can take. They were right.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    For about 115 minutes, State of Play tells an alarming, tightly constructed story, with serious things to say about journalism and the state of the country. The movie appears to be all but over - and likely to stand as one of the best films of 2009. And then the filmmakers add one last embellishment, and they blow it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    At 2 1/2 hours, Gladiator is a long ride, but it doesn't drag.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Faithful but not slavishly faithful to the source, the movie retains most of the songs but streamlines the story, particularly in the second half.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A one-joke documentary stretched, with surprising success, to full length.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A tense, intelligent and sober film.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The constant shifting between today and years ago is, in and of itself, powerful.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Actually, Mom is the essential difference between Wahlberg and Caan. Caan has the glow of mother love on him. Wahlberg plays Jim as having made the adjustment to a lack of love, but in a twisted way. He's gambling now to see if the universe loves him.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The funniest movie so far this year.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An old formula made fresh.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Never soars, but it never flags. It remains brisk, engaging and pleasant throughout, and face it: If a movie this well made had Spanish or French subtitles, we'd all be talking about it as a searing examination of sexual politics.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    By avoiding the usual animation cliches, by keeping the story moving, the pictures pretty and the characters consistently amusing, director and co- writer Rob Letterman cobbles together an entertaining 90 minutes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Viewers need only a willingness to have fun and not mind when they realize the movie was never intended to be profound. Full Frontal is merely human, funny and unusual -- and that's enough.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Eastwood and screenwriter Jason Hall have made as good a film as could be made from the substance of Kyle’s life and career. But greatness was never a possibility, not with a protagonist not all that interesting and with the surrounding circumstances making it impossible to go deeper and risk the movie’s critique of Kyle’s becoming overt.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Ray
    Foxx's complex performance and the filmmaker's willingness to look at the dark side place Ray safely out of the realm of typical Hollywood hagiography.

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