For 2,131 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Chaos
Lowest review score: 0 Swept Away
Score distribution:
2,131 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An extraordinary and effective film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's the picture that proves action films don't have to be silly, that a few thrill sequences don't mean every other value has to be shot to pieces.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The submarine drama, which opens today, has everything you could want from an action thriller and a few other things you usually can't hope to expect: an excellent script, first-rate performances and a story that has more to do with individuals than explosions.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's a complex, satisfying piece of entertainment, a succession of unexpected, outrageous scenes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Home for the Holidays strikes such a perfect note that it's hard at first to realize what an impressive balancing act it is.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Freeway is rude in the way the truth is rude -- only funnier. The movie seduces with its humor, all the while presenting a realized vision of a harsh, absurd world.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Henry Fool is far and away writer-director Hal Hartley's best movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A few times every year, Hollywood makes a mistake, violates formula and actually makes a great picture. Falling Down is one of the great mistakes of 1993, a film too good and too original to win any Oscars but one bound to be remembered in years to come as a true and ironic statement about life in our time. [26 Feb 1993, p.D1]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Lindon is a strong, sensitive actor, heir to the stoic French working-class tradition of Jean Gabin and Lino Ventura. And not enough can be said for Kiberlain, an actress willing to be seen in all her ranges.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    So comically fertile and yet so grounded in the reality of its characters that it's really a kind of marvel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It's one of the best documentaries ever made about show business, about what it really consists of and what it demands.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Like her (Cholodenko) other movies, this one has vivid characters and strong performances and flows like a slice of life set in an appealing, interesting world. But this one also has a good story and, if you're paying attention, a distinct point of view.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It brings together several popular strains of contemporary moviemaking and combines them into one big, shameless, audacious, compulsively watchable, irresistibly likable piece of pure entertainment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Few who see it will be sorry. Sometimes being humane means not being squeamish.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Won the Golden Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival a few years back, and now, finally, the documentary is being released into theaters. It's a film with distinct virtues: It tells a fascinating story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An ideal introduction to Toback's output as well as a welcome elucidation for longtime fans. Apart from those worthy functions, The Outsider is also shrewdly made, illuminating its subject in a variety of settings and, at times, subtly assuming the style of Toback's films.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The movie's satisfactions are subtle, but they run deep, and there are many.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Shows how a documentary can be as moving and suspenseful as the best narrative feature.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A complicated family story that takes place in three distinct time periods, and that's handled with astonishing ease and fluidity by director Claude Miller.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A completely appealing, beautifully preserved memory piece - a grand, colorful coming-of-age story with a candy box color palette and a standout performance by Renée Zellweger. It's a great story and a great crowd-pleaser.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The films never lose sight of Mesrine the man, a fascinating character in that he's brutal yet extremely intelligent, has a skewed but discernible conscience, and, under the right circumstances, can be warm and generous.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The films never lose sight of Mesrine the man, a fascinating character in that he's brutal yet extremely intelligent, has a skewed but discernible conscience, and, under the right circumstances, can be warm and generous.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Anyone with any doubt as to the importance, in a functioning democracy, of American newspapers - with working newsrooms full of professional, paid journalists - needs to see this movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The Maid would have been worthwhile just as a showcase both for good acting and for the director's virtuosity. But the movie's ultimate virtue is its humanity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Here's another thought: This old man who can't leave the house has just made the first important film of 2010.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The main thing that keeps audiences glued throughout its running time is that it's a love story, easily one of the best American love stories of the past year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The documentary shows the stranglehold that the teachers union has on politicians, particularly Democratic politicians. The arrogance and ignorance of some of these politicians is galling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Let It Rain touches on class issues, feminism, immigration and the particular challenges facing a single, driven career woman in her 40s. But it's graceful in presenting its ideas, and what emerges is not a polemic but a kind of snapshot of modern-day concerns.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Toy Story 3 is a better film than "Wall-E" and "Up" in that it succeeds completely in conventional terms. For 103 minutes, it never takes audience interest for granted. It has action, horror and vivid characters, and it always keeps moving forward.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    By the way, The Tillman Story has an R rating because of language. Think about that one, too: Lies are rated G and can be heard around the clock on television, but try saying the truth with the proper force and you end up with a restricted audience.