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 39% She's Funny That Way (2015) "If you still want to see it, I won't talk you out of it. But that's as far as I'll go. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 83% Mistress America (2015) "Gerwig is a delight in the titular role, but to see "Mistress America" is to feel protective of the character she plays, and a little annoyed at the way Baumbach treats her. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "It's work, but it's ultimately rewarding work. It tackles some truths that other movies wouldn't touch, not even with a stick and thick gloves. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Ritchie is a director with no instinct for the audience, and he can't hold things together for an entire film. He seems at a loss, from moment to moment, as to what he should emphasize. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 93% The Gift (2015) ""The Gift" stretches things a little too much for it to be a first-rate thriller. Still, among second-rate thrillers, it's one of the best. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/4 61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "If only Streep would have put down the microphone and let Springfield sing "Jessie's Girl," "Ricki and the Flash" might have had half a chance. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/4 56% Samba (2015) "Sy is terrific in this. As Samba, he just seems like a really good guy - honest, hardworking, ethical and also emotionally strong. He's someone you would want in your country. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/4 53% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) "Even the interesting parts of "A Lego Brickumentary" aren't that interesting, but are rather more like the best thing you might hear while being cornered by the most boring person at a party. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "McQuarrie devises a film that's a succession of riveting sequences, filmed in a way that's active and yet elegant. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 29, 2015
3/4 26% Vacation (2015) ""Vacation" is consistently funny from beginning to end, a piling on of dumb but inventive jokes and excruciating, awkward situations. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 28, 2015
4/4 60% Southpaw (2015) ""Southpaw" goes beyond the specifics of boxing and becomes a universal story about tragedy and grief. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2015
1/4 40% Irrational Man (2015) "The plotting is graceless and the dialogue ham-fisted. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3/4 84% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "That this was a controversial experiment, whose findings have been the subject of debate ever since, comes as no surprise. But history, before and since, suggests that it encapsulates an essential truth. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2015
2/4 17% Pixels (2015) "Though "Pixels" may be hard to respect or fully endorse, it's also impossible to dislike. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3/4 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) ""Mr. Holmes" plays out at one steady pace, without any alteration in velocity, but it always gives us something, some interplay of characters worth noting, some insight into the great detective's personality. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 16, 2015
1/4 51% Boulevard (2015) "Nolan is inconceivable as someone anybody would want to be married to, and it's impossible to believe he could maintain a friendship. In scene after scene, his co-stars put out energy and Williams absorbs it, reflects on it and gives back sadness. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Romantic comedies can go in all sorts of directions, but they depend on the audience's believing that a couple should get together and stay together. But in "Trainwreck," that belief is hard to come by. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "The best thing about "Ant-Man" is that, for much of its running time, it doesn't seem like a Marvel Comics superhero movie. The worst thing about it is that it eventually does. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 15, 2015
2/4 16% The Gallows (2015) "The filmmakers needed to set themselves free even more than the characters, but they never find the path out. They probably never realized they were trapped. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2015
4/4 82% 10,000 Km (2015) "Marques-Mercet and his actors establish an intimacy with the audience that's practically unique. Even if you love it only a little, not completely, you will probably remember "10,000 Km" for the rest of your life. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/4 83% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) "In essence, the real audience for this are Leon Russell aficionados, of which there are fewer today than in 1974. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1/4 54% Minions (2015) "The bottom line is that the filmmakers are working with nothing here - no characters to speak of, no interpersonal relationships, no story with any suspense or capacity to engage, and no script with any humor or wit. What can they do? " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1/4 20% Self/less (2015) "In essence, everything good in "Self/less" was derived from "Seconds," and everything bad the writers and the director came up with on their own. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1/4 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "This sequel goes beyond disappointment into a sublime realm of embarrassment that's beyond and yet better than merely bad, because it fascinates: What on Earth were they thinking? " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 30, 2015
93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) ""The Terminator 2" is movie-making on a massive scale, packed dense with spectacular touches that are too many to describe - escape scenes, helicopter stunts and huge explosions. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2/4 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "For all its weaknesses, "Terminator Genisys" is a "Terminator" movie that feels like a "Terminator" movie, more than did "Terminator 3," not to mention the ghastly "Terminator Salvation." " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/4 80% Batkid Begins (2015) "A fascinating look at how a true event can become a media event - and how courting the media can have good and bad results so mixed up that it's hard to know where the good influence stops and the corrupting influence starts. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 52% Gemma Bovery (2015) "Like Chabrol, Fontaine has a way of making you laugh, on an off, for 90 minutes, before leaving you feeling a little queasy from too much truth. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/4 80% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "The movie offers a situation more than a story. In fact, if it were less sincere, less honest and less tasteful, it could form the basis of a situation comedy. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) "MacFarlane is cynical, but he's not a cynic, and there are moments in "Ted 2" where you can sense a longing for the gentler and more upbeat entertainment of an earlier generation. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/4 84% The Wolfpack (2015) "We are presented with something peculiar, that's noteworthy mainly for it's just being weird. Frankly, it's not weird enough to completely engage viewers for more than 90 minutes. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/4 88% Dope (2015) "Shameik Moore is a forceful, sympathetic locus, with an appealing gentleness of spirit that in no way seems entirely innocent. There's a drive there. As for Zoe Kravitz, she is having one terrific year. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 17, 2015
3/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "In the course of the whole year, there will probably be no American movie so concerned with looking inside, and so interested in the components of a meaningful life, as "Inside Out." " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 17, 2015
2/4 85% Heaven Knows What (2015) "It's just a portrait of emptiness, but it feels a lot like the real thing. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "In World War I, a generation learned that war was not the answer. In World War II, another generation learned that pacifism was not the answer. It would seem that there just isn't an answer. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Gomez-Rejon matches the wit of the script with gently witty touches, such as the clever use of a fishbowl lens. He also relies on his actors for long takes, which give the movie a lived-in, naturalistic feeling. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "What ultimately makes "Jurassic World" so satisfying is that it doesn't buy into the grandeur of the human spirit, not one bit. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/4 93% Spy (2015) "Everyone involved seems to have had a good time with "Spy," and so will the audience. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 81% Results (2015) "There's an absurdist edge, but with nothing of the smart aleck about it. Rather than use wit as a way of bypassing thought and emotion, Bujalski's concerns are serious and his attitude toward his characters is warm without being indulgent. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) ""Love & Mercy" gets one thing right that most movies get wrong: The great artist isn't tormented in the creation of art. That's often the joy and the abandon. The torment is everything else. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 32% Entourage (2015) "Four years after its eight seasons as an HBO series, "Entourage" is back as a feature film, and the first thing that needs to be said is that you don't have to know the show to enjoy the movie. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 2, 2015
2/4 19% 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 13% 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 74% 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 50% 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 91% 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
50% 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 94% 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 52% 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 97% 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
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