Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Publications:
Hearst Newspapers , Houston Chronicle , San Francisco Chronicle , San Francisco Free Press
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
2501

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Previous | Next
Showing 1 - 50 of 2501
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 74% St. Vincent (2014) " One of these days, someone should make a movie about a really nasty old guy who, by the end of the story, is still a nasty old guy. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 17, 2014
4/4 80% Fury (2014) " A great movie lets you know you're in safe hands from the beginning. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/4 89% The Blue Room (2014) " "The Blue Room" feels like only two acts of a three-act story. With a whole other movement and 25 more minutes, this could have been an entirely satisfying picture. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 96% Whiplash (2014) " To watch J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash" is always to be wondering what it is you're seeing and what is going on in this man's mind. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 81% The Two Faces of January (2014) " It follows three people, all of them flawed and under pressure, and keeps the audience in sympathy with all three. It's some kind of feat to place three people in conflict and have the audience wish the best for each of them. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/4 93% The Guest (2014) " "The Guest" remains watchable through the finish, but all pretense that this is some kind of attempt at a good movie goes out the window after the first hour. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/4 75% Kill the Messenger (2014) " "Kill the Messenger" tells an interesting tale, but it's caught in an odd zone between too-Hollywood and not Hollywood enough. If only screenwriters got to choreograph real life. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/4 23% Dracula Untold (2014) " Here we have a vampire movie that brings together elements from other more popular movies. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/4 47% The Judge (2014) " The best thing about "The Judge" is watching Downey and Duvall, as actors, playing off each other. They listen and react and takes lines and moments to places that surprise us and seem to surprise them. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Director David Fincher lands a tone for Gone Girl that's broad and precise enough to encourage a series of witty performances within the thriller framework. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3/4 40% The Liberator (2014) " The emotions and desires that "The Liberator" dramatizes are such that anyone can feel them and understand. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2/4 85% Abuse of Weakness (2014) " "Abuse of Weakness" is 20 minutes of a great movie and another 85 minutes of nothing much. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2/4 32% Two Night Stand (2014) " "Two Night Stand" has its moments. But moments are all this movie has - and all its characters are likely to get. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2/4 73% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) " Think of a famous Hendrix song. For that matter, think of an obscure Hendrix song. Whatever you're thinking of, it's not in the movie. That's a little like making a film about Henry Ford without ever showing a car. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 25, 2014
62% The Equalizer (2014) " "The Equalizer" fulfills the first demand of a movie of this kind. It presents us with an evil so horrible so as to give us complete license to want to see it wiped off the face of the Earth. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2/4 74% The Boxtrolls (2014) " One gets the sense that directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable have their hearts in the action sequences and not in the characters, and that's a problem. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 33% Last Weekend (2014) " Clarkson embodies the longings, doubts and confusions of such a woman, without judgment or excess sympathy. She is just there, a fact, and completely believable. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 11, 2014
1/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " As we watch, the thought keeps returning, over and over: Why watch these people? What's the point? Film anybody's trip to Italy, and it would be more interesting than this, or at least equally boring. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/4 81% The One I Love (2014) " Moss' combination of surface sweetness and watchful coldness - of studied placidity and cutthroat honesty - is right in line with the movie's aura. And Duplass brings in the comedy, in a performance that ranges from slapstick to menace. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 35% The Giver (2014) " "The Giver" takes a tortured individual's dilemma and turns it into societal question: If our emotions make us human, but our emotions keep leading us into catastrophe, how much of our essence are we willing to give up just get some peace? " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Why should we care whether Sly or Mel wins? There's no good guy. There's no bad guy. There's just Mel and Sly, and they just disagree. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 69% What If (2014) " Radcliffe, who has been flirting with adulthood in his recent screen outings, arrives as a wry, unconventionally handsome leading man. And Kazan is radiant. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/4 89% Calvary (2014) " I imagine most people will watch the film and merely see the village as populated by vivid eccentrics. But a closer look at these odd, bitter, hostile characters will suggest something darker at work. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 20% Into The Storm (2014) " "Into the Storm" runs a brisk 89 minutes, and for every second of its running time finds ways to make tornadoes interesting. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " By the time "The Hundred-Foot Journey" ends, it has achieved an unexpected and rather powerful cumulative impact. I felt like I knew the people and wouldn't mind staying there. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " A slightly above average example of a kind of movie - and of a trend within movies - that needs to be encouraged. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " In place of wit, "Guardians" offers a sort of generalized willingness to be amusing, an atmosphere of high spirits that feels like lots of people pumping air into a tire that has a hole in it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) " A little too corny to endorse fully, but no one should be discouraged from seeing it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 52% I Origins (2014) " "I Origins" slows down the longer it goes on, and the last half hour drifts into vagueness. The climax is dramatically inert and depends on the soundtrack to convince us that it's actually happening. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Who will make these arrests and when? It's hard to develop an intense involvement around the question, and heading toward the who-cares resolution are lots of scenes paced with maddening slowness. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " With "Magic in the Moonlight," Woody Allen has made a good Woody Allen movie, in all that the phrase implies. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 66% Lucy (2014) " You can scoff at Besson's philosophies and hypotheses, but to do that would miss what's in front of you. "Lucy" is an impeccably realized vision of Besson's view of things. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " Few filmmakers ever make a great movie. Fewer still ever make a movie that expands what movies can express. Richard Linklater does both with Boyhood. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " The whole problem with "Sex Tape" in a sentence: After its first third, the two lead characters just run around trying to prevent something that the audience very much wants to see happen. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 21% A Long Way Down (2014) " As British comedy sometimes will, "A Long Way Down" has an occasional attack of the cutes, but the actors' commitment keeps the movie on the plus side. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Pay attention to the camera, and you will see that Polanski is a clinician. He is in the thrall of no one. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " When a movie is inconclusive, when it's heading nowhere, there's no telling what should be emphasized and what should be glossed over. Everything is of equal unimportance. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " Carney is on to something in "Begin Again," some handle on a particular truth he's exploring, and he remains faithful to it through the finish. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1/4 24% Tammy (2014) " As a first-time director, Falcone has trouble maintaining a specific tone - the movie wobbles back and forth between sentimentality and silliness, sometimes even within the same scene. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " It's as if there's a barrier between the viewer and the story that never comes down. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 83% Violette (2014) " A strong account of a literary friendship, a case of two opposites attracting, even if the nature of the attraction was different on each side. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/4 24% Third Person (2014) " "Third Person" is Paul Haggis' best movie, and the one he has been building toward for years. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " It's a film that, in its own peculiar way, forces viewers to question their values and ask themselves how much they're willing to sacrifice for a functioning society, and how much is too much. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/4 86% Borgman (2014) " "Borgman" might sound compelling in the abstract. But if you want to enjoy it and stay engaged by it for more than 10 minutes, you'll have to talk yourself into it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 66% The Rover (2014) " The movie's overall cast of gloom - no one here has cracked a smile in years - contributes to a leaden aura. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " We come away with a feeling for pop stardom as seen from the inside, the traveling and performing, the dealing with the same people all day and the worrying about the business end. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 18, 2014
1/4 56% The Signal (2014) " For a while, a little while, it seems like it just might be interesting. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 88% Obvious Child (2014) " The movie doesn't present itself as some kind of secular equivalent of a moral lesson. It's not callous or weepy or preachy - or self-consciously not those things. It's a naturally told story. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " "22 Jump Street" is exactly what comedy is today. It's coarse, free-flowing and playful. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " We watch before our eyes as Vidal goes from an impossibly handsome young man to a broken-down old one, and age does nothing for his mood. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
Previous | Next
Showing 1 - 50 of 2501