Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Mick LaSalle's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 18% Aloha (2015) "Crowe introduces a serious topic without really examining it, and even the romance feels off, with a pair of lovers who seem mismatched. To complete the picture, Crowe tags on an ending that's convenient but not convincing. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 28, 2015
1/4 7% Aloft (2015) "One problem with "Aloft" is that the audience is never made to care about Ivan. All we know is that he's repellent. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 28, 2015
4/4 68% The Connection (2015) "Riveting from its first moments, "The Connection" is fascinating in its presentation of character, as well as for its glimpse into the workings of an international drug empire and into the ways an imaginative cop found to chip at its power. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 28, 2015
3/4 49% San Andreas (2015) "Some movies are easy to mock, but hard to resist. This is one of them. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 28, 2015
2/4 87% Slow West (2015) "Like most genre manipulations, the film feels one step removed from inspiration - that is, more inspired by other movies than by direct experience. It also lives up to its name. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 21, 2015
49% Tomorrowland (2015) "Despite a first hour that sometimes seems as if the movie itself will never arrive anywhere, hold on. The future is bright. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 21, 2015
4/4 92% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "By keeping sentimentality out, "I'll See You in My Dreams" leaves space for real emotion. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 20, 2015
3/4 56% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) "The characters' intense desires are framed within a sedate, workaday context, so that even though the characters' passions drive the action, director Andre Techine lends the film an appealing illusion of calm. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 20, 2015
2/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Two hours of action scenes that are well crafted and entirely lacking in suspense, and with some clever but fake-looking special effects. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 14, 2015
3/4 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "As of today, this is the most delightful movie out there. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 14, 2015
1/4 55% Saint Laurent (2015) "Bonello might as well have shown him sleeping eight hours or using the toilet for all that says about the man and his work. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 14, 2015
1/4 7% Hot Pursuit (2015) "In a pairing of Witherspoon and Vergara, you might expect Vergara to be the funny one. But the script has Witherspoon playing for laughs, and Vergara acting as straight man. The balance is off. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 43% The D Train (2015) "It should be obvious by now that Black is much more than a funny fellow. This is a good actor with a particular strength at playing protected, disturbed personalities - secretly angry people trying with all their might to be something they're not. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 7, 2015
2/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "A "Far From the Madding Crowd" in which romance is a matter of audience indifference or benign mystification is an adaptation not firing on all cylinders. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 30, 2015
1/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) ""Avengers: Age of Ultron" is supercharged and lifeless, frenetic and stone-cold dead, a barrage of action scenes that look fake, yet make you wonder if fake is the new real. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 29, 2015
3/4 62% The Water Diviner (2015) "Crowe is not messing around here, not trying to dream up opportunities to throw himself another close-up. He's a genuine director. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 81% Dior and I (2015) "The documentary offers a privileged behind-the-scenes look at the workings of a business. It's also about the difficulties of the creative process, the running of an organization, and the adjustments that must be made when a new boss is in town. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1/4 33% The Road Within (2015) "The presentation of Tourette's syndrome may be authentic, but everything else about the movie - the emotions, the characters, the situations - rings false. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1/4 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "Someone should steal this concept and make a decent movie out of it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Stewart's relaxation in front of the camera is something to marvel at. She is always present in the moment and seems unable to fake a scene. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) "It's hard to imagine another director squeezing as many shades and colors from his screenplay as Garland did, and from now on, it would be understandable if he insisted on directing everything he writes. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/4 49% True Story (2015) "Every so often you will look at Franco and think what a fine job of acting he's doing. But you'll think that even as you are not believing a moment of it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 31% Desert Dancer (2015) "Movies about people trying to start dance companies tend to be as formulaic as sports movies, but "Desert Dancer" escapes the usual drawbacks - corniness and bad dancing - by the urgency of the context. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 23% Broken Horses (2015) "The film is fun and extreme, and though in the end rather pointless, there's a certain audacity here - a delight in extremity - that's appealing. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 28% The Longest Ride (2015) "Everything in the movie is suffused by a vision of life that is resoundingly and evidently false, but as this vision is not repulsive, but is intended to reassure, the lies don't produce anger or frustration. No, they bring on the laughs. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 67% 5 to 7 (2015) "It expresses a belief in love as something miraculous and transformational. It says that love makes people what they are and provides the experiences that reverberate for a lifetime. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 93% Man from Reno (2015) "Instead of building toward a climax, the film drifts off into nothingness, with a last scene that will send people shuffling out of the theater thinking, "Who cares?" " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 95% Girlhood (2015) ""Girlhood" is about as grim as movies get, but it's showing something real, and Sciamma has a feel for this period of life, the camaraderie, the jokes, the kinds of conflicts, the panic and the hope. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2/4 84% While We're Young (2015) ""While We're Young" is one step forward and two steps back for writer-director Noah Baumbach, whose movies are never less than intelligent but, at their worst, tend to settle for gestures instead of movements. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 2, 2015
1/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Here and there, we get the imaginative and outrageous stunts this series is famous for, but mostly the movie plods along, muscling through without much life or spirit. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 18% Serena (2015) "Funny how there are fans of Jennifer Lawrence who will never see her in "Serena." It's not her best film, but it contains one of her best performances, in a role that challenges her more than any other. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/4 78% Danny Collins (2015) "There's a nice fluidity and freedom to writer-director Dan Fogelman's storytelling, so things never become predictable. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/4 29% Get Hard (2015) "Subtly, not in a way anyone would notice without looking for it, the movie switches back and forth, giving each comedian a chance to be the funny one and the other to lend support. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/4 73% 3 Hearts (2015) "A French romantic drama directed as though it were a thriller. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 31% Insurgent (2015) ""Insurgent" would be a much worse movie if the good parts were all at the beginning. But they are saved for the end, and they leave the viewer with a feeling of, "Well, that was OK," even though most of it wasn't. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/4 100% Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) ""Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed" is subtle in the truest sense, in that it says and suggests much, and does so definitely, but through a minimum of means. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/4 16% The Gunman (2015) "It succeeds, partly because the moral climate it presents seems so confused, but mainly because of Penn's particular aura of irascible integrity. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/4 60% Run All Night (2015) "The sheer perversity of Neeson's thrillers is a big part of their delight. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/4 97% '71 (2015) "If you are in the mood for a confusing and thoroughly depressing immersion into Irish history, you can't do better. But that would be a very odd mood to be in. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/4 84% Cinderella (2015) "The movie grinds down ... in plot details that fatten the narrative while deflating the spirit. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 74% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) "If you have more time and want to get into Welles on your own, an afternoon watching YouTube videos followed by a few evenings of watching his best movies might be even better. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/4 11% Unfinished Business (2015) "What are we to say about a comedy that makes you walk out feeling lousy, that's like a parade of beaten virtue and (mostly) sadistic power? " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 30% Chappie (2015) "That you can't quite say exactly what "Chappie" means, but you know and feel that it means something, tells you that it's operating on a level beyond consciousness. It's what makes it a work of art. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/4 52% Road Hard (2015) "The movie has its own integrity. It's about something, a particular world, and Carolla knows what he's talking about. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1/4 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "This is an 83-minute movie that feels a half hour longer and, if it weren't for the loud crescendos, it would put people to sleep. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/4 83% Queen and Country (2015) "To watch "Queen and Country" is to get the impression of a man who has gone through life and actually learned something, which not everyone does. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 26, 2015
1/4 56% Focus (2015) ""Focus" is ridiculous in every detail. It's a movie with no truth, that teaches nothing and shows nothing, that has only its audacity to recommend it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 26, 2015
1/4 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "It's just bad. It's boring, folks. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) ""McFarland, USA" could have been a sentimental film, but it's not, because Caro and the screenwriters bothered to know what that they were talking about. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "It's funny because of the absurdity of vampires in this context. And it's funny because the context itself is hackneyed to begin with, even if we've never thought so until now. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 19, 2015
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