For 2,200 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 Flightplan
Lowest review score: 0 Cabin Boy
Score distribution:
2,200 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Mick LaSalle
    There are lapses in character motivation, and at times the film takes on a cartoony feeling. But if you worry about those things, you shouldn't be watching action movies. For its genre, Broken Arrow is a class act.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Mick LaSalle
    Disclosure is a frankly adult picture. The seduction scene is protracted and genuinely sexy -- though what this woman sees in Douglas is a mystery. The talk in Disclosure is also frank -- and unusually explicit. People talk about sex in this picture as they would in life.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    At its best, the effect is like seeing life panoramically, past and future, simultaneous and magnificent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's never less than worthy and entertaining, but the importance of Invictus doesn't broaden as it goes along. It narrows.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    I don't see Edge of Darkness as a great movie, or a particularly exalted one, but I do see it as one made by people who know where the buttons are - and who know how to press them. Hard.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There are lots of cameos, as well, too many to count. However, it is worth mentioning that singer Taylor Swift shows up in a couple of scenes, playing a vapid Valley girl, and she's very funny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A dynamic story, sprinkled with some interesting ideas about the preciousness of culture and how societies might rebuild themselves.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Perhaps the idea of watching Jeff Bridges as a drunken, broken-down, down-on-his luck country music singer in Crazy Heart doesn't automatically sound appealing. But think this: "The Wrestler." With good songs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Hornby's humane and humorous screenplay is true to the film's title: In short order, young Jenny finds out important truths about identity, glamour and how adults really think and live.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's hard to sell people on a movie about grief, but A Single Man deserves recognition for being about something real that usually goes unexplored: The grief from which there really can be no return.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Tells the story of Leo Tolstoy's last year from a refreshing new perspective.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A worthy, fascinating film..
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A privileged glimpse into people's private pain, a drama shot with the simplicity and immediacy of a documentary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A lively experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    What it's really about - and this sounds so boring, and so nothing, when in fact it's really rather wonderful - is people. Just regular people, a mother and daughter, whose lives are observed with economy and precision, and with an eye for the telling detail and the tense, revealing moment.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Up
    Has some great movie moments but also boring stretches.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Ricky Gervais, instead of resting on formula and on a familiar persona, uses his first opportunity as a big-screen actor-director to make an original comedy that expresses some real thinking and feeling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Brothers has the careful observation, measured pace and lived-in feeling of a good European film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The funniest movie so far this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An action blockbuster extravaganza that's sadder than sad and never pretends otherwise.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is the most realistic film about teaching that you're ever likely to see.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Audiences watch Summer Hours and then, a week later, remember it as though they've lived it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    If Public Enemies lacks anything, it's something audiences can't legitimately expect to find: a certain EXTRA something.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This film makes you wonder why aren't there more young love movies?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It would really help to get into the right frame of mind before seeing The Time Traveler's Wife, because viewed from some angles - maybe most angles - the movie is ridiculous.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There's no attempt at greatness here, just a fabulously successful attempt at a good crime movie. The Oscar-bait self-consciousness of "Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator" is gone. In its place is a buoyancy, an impish delight in telling a harsh urban story in the most effective terms possible.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's a movie about a scrubwoman who paints - so don't expect lots of sex scenes or car chases. Just expect a great performance by Moreau, who will convince you that she painted every one of those paintings - and lived them all before she painted them.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Now comes this American version, which turns out to be the exception, an American remake that's better than the European original.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    By the end, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly achieves a victory over difficult material, but celebrating that fact doesn't preclude recognizing the story is not a natural for movies and remains an uneasy match.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This film is the closest we're going to get to anything new by Williams, and it's a respectable effort.