For 2,312 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Piano Teacher
Lowest review score: 0 20 Dates
Score distribution:
2,312 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Both Mastrantonio and Harris are terrific, never missing a beat, always convincing, even when playing the most extreme emotions. [9 Aug 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A powerful document of cruelty and sadism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Has a goofy enthusiasm for itself that's contagious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A melancholy, well-observed film.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It has a life and style that other buddy action movies lack
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    What The Banger Sisters offers in place of an eloquent statement is the charm of two actresses at the top of their game in flashy roles and a smart script that's decidedly more coarse than sentimental.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Subdued yet percolating with suppressed emotion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Might have been about the rise and fall of a family of gifted children. That would have been the typical way to approach the story. Instead, it's something rare -- a movie about people who have already fallen, whose best days are behind them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A moody picture that's filled from start to finish with camera tricks, unexpected angles and innovative flourishes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's a straight-ahead adventure with the usual number of thrills, but with the added virtue of being smarter and more sober than one might expect.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The violence and mayhem are constant, though the movie's style is refreshingly old-fashioned -- scream- and laughter-inducing, rather than coldly repulsive in the modern fashion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Fascinating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Wood is superb at delineating Tracy's slide into desperate incoherence, but equally impressive is Reed, who has to conceal her writer's intelligence in playing a character who's entirely instinctive and unreflective.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A romantic drama, a rare kind of film these days, even though romantic dramas were once a dominant genre in America.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The best of Jackie Chan's American movies, a pleasant little action comedy that makes one wonder how other filmmakers could ever get it wrong.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Modern film noir done with flair and commitment.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An outstanding effort that maintains the integrity and purpose that distinguished "The Fellowship of the Ring."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A culture-clash comedy that, in addition to being very funny, captures some of the discomfort and embarrassment of being a bumbling American in Europe.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Ultimately, the con we witness in the movie is almost as beautiful as the con that is the movie -- believable in the moment, too irresistible to question upon reflection and executed with invigorating confidence.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    What's exciting is that the Sprechers have delved into territory that is normally the domain of literature and have emerged with a film that's neither overly literary nor simplistic.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Cate Blanchett has the title role, and she does wonders with it, bringing a degree of passion but also suggesting something essentially unevolved in Charlotte's character.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A charmer, a movie whose embrace of cinema is so passionate it could be mistaken for an embrace of life.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Even when it's hard to follow, it looks good. The undersea action is visually convincing, and Ramius' submarine, with all its rooms and compartments, is always believable. The moonlit photography in the picture's final scene is stunning. [2 Mar 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The movie's biggest weakness is in the presentation of Caine's grandparents.... The attempt, it seems, is to show a potentially positive influence in Caine's life. But the grandparents come across as canned characters, corny and concocted. [26 May 1993, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Pacino and Crowe are at their best, but the supporting cast also shines.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Superior animated film from Japan.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A fine picture because it can still, without fail, make an entire audience of children shut up and fall in love with a little green alien with big eyes and a turtlelike body.

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