For 2,301 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 The Tree of Life
Lowest review score: 0 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Score distribution:
2,301 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    I'm as reluctant to stop writing about this movie as I was to stop watching it: At 166 minutes, it flies by, and you don't want to leave that world. But one thing is certain: This isn't the last word. People will be writing about this film for years - and looking at it to discover the lost history of our time.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    A masterpiece.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Everything Melville shows us, he shows us for a reason, and these reasons are never obscure but are rather pertinent to the action and to the moral movement of the world and the characters.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It turns out that Pepe Le Moko is even better than "Algiers."
    • 98 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Though the movie clocks in at just under three hours, it is -- aside from an occasional slow spot -- fascinating and exciting.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Seeing it is a time-bending experience, a way of visiting the past and glimpsing the past's idea of the future. A masterpiece of art direction, the movie has influenced our vision of the future ever since, with its imposing white monoliths and starched facades.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    First, this movie should be enjoyed. Later, marveled at. And then, once the excitement has faded, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days really should be studied, because director Cristian Mungiu creates scenes unlike any ever filmed.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    12 Years a Slave has some of the awkwardness and inauthenticity of a foreign-made film about the United States. The dialogue of the Washington, D.C., slave traders sounds as if it were written for "Lord of the Rings." White plantation workers speak in standard redneck cliches. And yet the ways in which this film is true are much more important than the ways it's false.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    See Gravity in theaters, because on television something will be lost. Alfonso Cuarón has made a rare film whose mood, soul and profundity is bound up with its images. To see such images diminished would be to see a lesser film, perhaps even a pointless one.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    An ungainly masterpiece, but Chaplin's ungainliness is something one can grow fond of.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    But make no mistake, whether the movie is fair or horribly unfair - I know nothing of the actual facts and can't make that determination - its portrait of Zuckerberg is a hatchet job of epic and perhaps lasting proportions.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    One of the most innovative and best made films of the past year. Every now and then, even Dick Cheney gets to like a great movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    The latest in the wonderful "Before" series does three important things: It breaks out of the courtship formula, yet retains the series' quality, and it moves the lives of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) forward in ways that are satisfying and believable. True, a romance you once envied might now be a relationship you'd not want to be in, but as long as Celine and Jesse are still talking, there's hope.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A fine picture because it can still, without fail, make an entire audience of children shut up and fall in love with a little green alien with big eyes and a turtlelike body.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    It is an exhilaration from beginning to end. It's the movie equivalent of that rare sort of novel where you find yourself checking to see how many pages are left and hoping there are more, not fewer.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    A worthy, fascinating film..
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    This one enters the pantheon of great American war films.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    In the moment, it's intermittently transcendent, heartrending and beautiful ... and busy, repetitious and boring.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    There is no turning away from the screen.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    Amour is also unforgettable and one of a kind, two hours of torment that, in the end, you will probably not regret.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    In this one masterpiece, Federico Fellini achieved the ideal balance -- between social observation and unconscious imagery, between artistic discipline and freedom, and between the neo-realism of 1950s Italian cinema and the orgiastic flights of his later work.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Its deeply anarchic sensibility has kept Taxi Driver fresh all these years. (Review twenty years after release).
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Perfect pitch.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    The Coens, with this film, are like people who fly all the way to Paris on vacation and then eat at McDonalds every night, because that's what they know. Why bother making the trip at all?
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Mick LaSalle
    This is the most realistic film about teaching that you're ever likely to see.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 50 Mick LaSalle
    Anderson almost brings off a picture worthy of his grandiose ambition.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Mick LaSalle
    Gets it right. It's a wonderful movie. Watching it, one can't help but get the impression that everyone involved was steeped in Tolkien's work, loved the book, treasured it and took care not to break a cherished thing in it.
    • 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.