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
1/4 64% 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 27% 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 77% 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 57% 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 89% 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 86% 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 82% 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 81% Me & Earl & 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 95% 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 31% 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 15% 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 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 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "As of today, this is the most delightful movie out there. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 14, 2015
1/4 52% 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 8% 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 91% 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 48% 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 21% 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 30% 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 77% 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
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