For 2,784 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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Lowest review score: 0 xXx: State of the Union
Score distribution:
2784 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It’s one of the best war films ever made, distinct in its look, in its approach and in the effect it has on viewers. There are movies — they are rare — that lift you out of your present circumstances and immerse you so fully in another experience that you watch in a state of jaw-dropped awe. Dunkirk is that kind of movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    David Lowery has made a movie that is as outside the pattern of our current popular filmmaking as can be possibly imagined. That takes more than vision alone. It takes courage.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The music links it all together, creating the sense of some overarching, unseen logic connecting all human activity and making everything inevitable. Indeed, it’s that last impression that elevates Dawson City: Frozen Time to the level of poetry. The story of the town is interesting, without being scintillating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    In the new film, War for the Planet of the Apes — the best of the series, by far — the series’ viewpoint comes into focus, and it’s a lot more intricate and enlightened than some unthinking death wish.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Funny and disturbing in the best way, the comedy-drama Austin Found captures something beyond its story of a woman’s obsession with making her little daughter a beauty pageant winner.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    This is one of the funniest movies of the year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It’s written by six screenwriters, and it feels like it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    So this is fairly interesting history, not as interesting as we’d like it to be, but interesting all the same.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    No film biography can capture or explain or add to the magic of Chaplin at his best, because these screen moments are perfect in themselves. But Chaplin, with dignity and some vitality, does what it can -- it holds up a light and points the way. [08 Jan 1993, p.D1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Best of all is Richard Harris as Paddy O'Neil, an IRA spokesman. With his deeply lined and very Irish face, Harris has a wonderful look for the part. [5 June 1992, p.D1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    This laugh-out-loud comedy is set in the world of daytime television and is reminiscent of the sex farces that were popular in the early and mid-'60s -- except that Soapdish, unhampered by a desire to be perceived as sophisticated, is actually more sophisticated and much funnier than the movies that were around then. [31 May 1991, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Nanjiani is engaging throughout, though the scenes of his standup routine are a little confusing. He’s not funny, not even slightly. Is he supposed to be? That’s not clear.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Having hooked us with style, Wright knows he has to deliver on the story, and he does. His plotting is tight and fluid, wild and ultimately satisfying. It’s the ultimate cliche to compare a movie to a thrill ride, but sometimes the cliche applies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 0 Mick LaSalle
    Frankly, we are left with nothing, except with a movie that insists that we love it — or worse, assumes we will — because its subject is so worthy. Even on that score, that of convincing us of the worthiness of its subject, Maudie falls down.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    It’s all about as exciting as watching two drawings fight each other on a computer monitor.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    In The Hero, as elsewhere, Haley really is dealing with the subject of heroism, but the kind of heroism not usually found in movies, the heroism of daily life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Intermittently entertaining.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The magnificence of Weisz’s performance — yes, it’s another magnificent performance from Rachel Weisz — is that she is never hiding anything, beyond what a 19th century woman might conceal out of polite reserve. In her every moment on screen, she is an open book. We’re just not seeing all her pages.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    There’s just one big problem here: It Comes at Night is about as enjoyable for the audience as it is for the people in the movie. On both sides of the screen, misery reigns.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Band Aid is her (Zoe Lister-Jones) first film as a director — she also wrote and stars in it — and something about her and this film is really appealing.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The Mummy is the rare Cruise film that doesn’t quite give audiences their money’s worth.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    One-half of an unremarkable war movie, followed by a touching story about the importance of animals in people’s lives. Fortunately, the stronger part is saved for last.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Cox does a better than average job — almost everybody bombs when playing Churchill — capturing the leader’s seriousness of purpose and the weight of his responsibility. He gives us Churchill’s irascibility, but he doesn’t convey Churchill’s twinkle, his charm or his wit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Johns is terrific, the heart and soul of the movie, playing the kind of guy that’s the heart and soul of any industrialized country on the planet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Wonder Woman achieves touching and powerful moments that are unusual for a movie of this kind.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It’s original and idiosyncratic, but Swicord lets herself get away with things another director might not have allowed.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Baywatch should have been a lot more fun.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    “Dead Men” is a jumble of half-baked impulses.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Its cinematic stylishness and its attention to modern-day anxiety raise it to something out of the ordinary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    This is a movie that can be enjoyed in different ways and for lots of reasons. It’s dramatic and it’s funny, and it has a warm humanity at its center.

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