Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 91% 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 89% 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 33% 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 29% 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 62% 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 92% 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 92% 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 85% 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 82% 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 19% 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 85% 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 73% 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 82% 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
2/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "The mix of comedy and corpses in "Kingsman" becomes callous and clueless - in addition to seeming about 50 years behind the times. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "I'm not going to pretend I didn't like this movie, just as I can't pretend there's nothing wrong with it. But try thinking of it this way: It's an event movie that's also a relationship drama, and that's rare. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/4 96% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) "It's a useful documentary, and it needed to be made now. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Few will be sorry to have seen "Jupiter Ascending." The Wachowskis have devised a compelling universe, and if they want to continue exploring it for a sequel or two, well, for once that's probably a good idea. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3.5/4 91% Mommy (2015) "Dolan is only 25, and though he doesn't have Orson Welles beat, this has to be one of the best films ever written and directed by a 25-year-old. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2015
2/4 81% Black Sea (2015) "As the perils mount, a certain momentum takes hold, though never quite enough to justify taking up two hours' space in your life. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2015
2/4 37% Black or White (2015) "The movie is appealing enough to make you want to believe it, even when you don't. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 29, 2015
2/4 51% The Humbling (2015) "At times, "The Humbling" seems as though it's hovering in place, with little forward movement or variation. It is not at all times compelling, and sometimes it's dull. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 49% Cake (2015) "The good news of "Cake" is that it proves that Aniston can be appealing without being exalted or gorgeous, by simply being average. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "A shrewd and very well-made picture. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) ""A Most Violent Year," for all its other virtues, is a wise movie about leadership. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1/4 33% Blackhat (2015) ""Blackhat" is pretty much nonsense, which Mann directs with such misplaced energy and with such little natural instinct for the material that, for most of the running time, the movie's problems seem entirely his fault. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/4 89% Still Alice (2015) "For all the movie's honesty, the reality of Alzheimer's disease is a lot worse than what you see in "Still Alice." Perhaps directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland made a calculation as to how much an audience can take. They were right. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2/4 9% Taken 3 (2015) "If you love the other "Taken" movies, you will like this. But if you're determined to love it, you'll have to talk yourself into it - and even then, it might not work. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/4 71% The World Made Straight (2015) "Jeremy Irvine is the sympathetic focus, but it's Noah Wyle who holds the movie together, as a former teacher who lost his job through a malicious student's prank. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 8, 2015
3/4 99% Selma (2015) "To see "Selma" is to feel and appreciate anew the burden of greatness. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2.5/4 73% Oculus (2014) "Oculus is about one adjustment away from being a superior thriller. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 99% Gloria (2014) "We don't make movies in America like Gloria, so we have to import them. I wish we'd import more -- and make a few, as well. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 97% Life Itself (2014) "The film's core is footage shot during the last four months of Ebert's life, when he had lost most of his jaw and was unable to eat or speak. It's hard to see him in this state, which makes his frequent cheerfulness and humor all the more remarkable. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 5, 2015
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