For 2,130 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Life Before Her Eyes
Lowest review score: 0 Sunshine
Score distribution:
2,130 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A two-hour nervous breakdown.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An action sci-fi blockbuster extravaganza that provides cartoon thrills for thinking people. It's the best movie of its kind since the second "Spider-Man" movie four years ago.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's striking how much emotion Satrapi is able to convey through blocky drawings.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Knocked Up has some rough edges, but it's a noteworthy film by a significant and blossoming talent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There are some brief minutes when the tension drops and the story starts to sag, but Fukunaga almost always fills the frame with something worth seeing, and the story has a built-in suspense.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Far superior to its companion piece, "Flags of Our Fathers," released earlier this year, "Letters" is a grim and humane film that has to be counted among the director's better efforts.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Though an estimable success overall, The Return of the King has several scenes too many and too great a concentration on battles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The right mix of humor and horror and with not even a shred of sentimentality.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A big leap forward for Penn as a director and deserves to be one of the most talked about films of the season.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There's just nothing artful about it, and it's Greengrass who deserves the credit. These nonactors don't act the way most people do when playing themselves. They act the way people do when they're being themselves.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A thoughtful, satisfying action thriller.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Has an air of detachment and sadness, enhanced by the movie's being set a full quarter century ago.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    At 2 1/2 hours, Gladiator is a long ride, but it doesn't drag.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    300
    Significantly, this hyper-stylization of 300 is limited to its visuals. The performances are played straight, and this combination -- straight performances and stylized visuals -- produces an uncanny effect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    But for director David Cronenberg and the commitment of his actors, A History of Violence might have been a cartoony action film. Its origins are in a cartoon, of sorts -- specifically, in a graphic novel, by John Wagner and Vince Locke.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    If you want to know years in advance what old-age nostalgia is going to look like for Baby Boomers, look no further than Pirate Radio, in which the sun always shines, the music is great and the sex is available, guilt-free and glorious.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    That Sunshine Cleaning was made by women is best revealed in the filmmakers' willingness to let the story breathe on its own terms, without bringing in anything extraneous, unwelcome and exciting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Coco Chanel is not the most lovable of heroines, but it's a strength of the film that director Anne Fontaine allows Tautou to make Coco as cold and ungiving as she does.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Matches a dingy urban setting with a compelling situation and throws in an ensemble of interesting characters who become even more interesting under stress. This emphasis on character -- in a sense, the movie's underlying humanity -- is what especially links it to the 1970s.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Does a fine job.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    It's instantly forgettable, but smooth fun most of the way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The best glimpse yet of what it's like to be in Iraq.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    More accomplished, adventurous and original. Instead of Allen's usual investigation into the nature of existence, this new film looks at the way stories are created, particularly comedies.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A lot of frivolous but genuine laughs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A Hungarian film -- an existential thriller, one might call it -- about an intelligent man who happens to have this lowly nuisance of a job.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A suspense thriller of rare intelligence.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Palindromes isn't a wise movie, or a particularly true movie, but it's an honest one and a singular experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Wildly imaginative, humane, playful and deflating of all pretense.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    An exceptionally perceptive film about what it's like to be 19 years old.