For 3,437 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mick LaSalle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 A Hologram for the King
Lowest review score: 0 Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Score distribution:
3437 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The acting is splendid. Fellowes’ dialogue may not be subtle, but the actors are so familiar and at home in these roles that they make up for whatever is lacking.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Senior Year is a just-OK movie, but it’s a very good Rebel Wilson movie, in that she has been funny in supporting roles, but this is the first time she has excelled as the name above the title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    If you haven’t been to the movies in a while, Top Gun: Maverick is a way to get back in. It’s pretty much what “going to the movies” is all about.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Hatching has the quality of a fable, and like the best fables, it has meanings that reverberate well beyond its story.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Still, despite Olsen and the appealing breeziness of Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is what it is, a superhero extravaganza with too many fight scenes. But director Sam Raimi doesn’t overplay them, and the creative visuals keep them from becoming monotonous.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Neeson also does a good job tracing his character’s cognitive deterioration over the course of the movie. As such, Memory is like a hybrid, mixing serious sections with Neeson’s usual action stuff. Call it a little bit of this and a little bit of that, or not enough of this and not enough of that.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Ultimately, The Duke tells an enjoyable real-life story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    As a Nicolas Cage movie — not just as a movie, but as a vehicle for what a specific actor can do onscreen — this is the most interesting thing Cage has done since “Face/Off.”
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Petite Maman immerses the viewer in all the things you might have forgotten about childhood — what’s funny to a child, what’s valued, what’s priceless, what will be remembered and valued in years to come. Just watching the almost-identical Sanz sisters play and interact becomes fascinating, like witnessing from the outside some lovely and enclosed world.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    At any given time, a different character will seem to be the movie’s focus. But as long as we recognize that love’s transformational power is the real subject, there can be no mystery about the movie’s intentions or how it’s unfolding.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    There are all kinds of dull movies. There’s check-your-watch (or phone) dull. There’s run-into-the-bathroom-to-splash-water-on-your-face dull. And then there’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which is standing-up dull.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    For almost half of the movie, you might wonder why Nicole Kidman chose to take such a lackluster role. The answer: Just wait — and brace yourself. Kidman is never happier than when she gets to go to extremes, and by that measure, Queen Gudrun is one of her happiest roles.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There’s enough variation and suspense, enough complication in the form of other characters with other concerns, that Ambulance stays fresh until the finish.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Looking back over All the Old Knives, it might be more accurate to call it a spy romance, except that makes it sound titillating. Better to say it’s a movie about the consequences of trying to stay human while working in the spy business.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Cow
    It doesn’t make cows into human beings. If anything, for some 90 minutes, it turns us into a cow. In doing so, it shows us — in a way that we actually feel it — how amazing it is to exist.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Think of The Bubble as part of a pattern we could have anticipated. Pandemic movies almost can’t be any good at this point. The pandemic won’t be funny, interesting or anything anybody wants to think about until we’re safely beyond it by a few years. So, filmmakers, set your watches for pandemic nostalgia to commence circa 2027, and between now and then, just put it out of your minds.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Against all odds, Morbius is an intelligent, human story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    It’s as if the film itself is suffering from a pandemic hangover and can’t believe there’s a reason to feel better, even when describing one of the greatest scientific and manufacturing achievements in human history.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Mothering Sunday is most likely a one-of-a-kind hybrid, a brilliant one-off.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Filmmakers can’t depend on funny actors to go out there cold and bring back laughs. They have to be given funny things to do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Without question, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a remarkable piece of work, one of the most original and creative films of the past couple of years.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    In the end, about the only thing that could have saved “Windfall” was a really good ending. But what we get is something gimmicky that makes no psychological sense and that the actors cannot make work.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Lyne has always gone the extra step, and Deep Water shows that he hasn’t lost his touch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    There are turns and twists and multiple dashes of the unexpected, and it is all impressively arranged and justified.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    A few things make The Adam Project a little better than bearable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The film documents how Lucy used her clout to get her husband cast as her co-star. It was a way for them to see each other. The rest is history, but a really interesting history.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 Mick LaSalle
    Nothing that works here adds up to anything worth a long slog in a movie theater, watching Pattinson punching guys and knocking guns out of their hands. From start to finish, The Batman is mostly just a collection of bad ideas.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Even if the idea of The Desperate Hour makes you uneasy, you will be engrossed by it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    In the end, the most valuable aspect of “Cyrano” is that it shows that Peter Dinklage can do anything.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    The truth is, Studio 666 really is just one joke, and so McDonnell had only one play that he could make here — to take that joke, to hit it hard and keep hitting it, and then get out fast, while the audience is still laughing. He doesn’t quite do that. At 106 minutes, Studio 666 overstays its welcome.

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