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:
2425

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/4 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " This is a weak entry in the filmmaker's canon, a film that continues Jarmusch's rebellion against narrative while offering nothing in its place." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 84% Joe (2014) " If you've missed Nicolas Cage and the special qualities he brings to movies, "Joe" is a good place to get reacquainted." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " Even people who aren't football fans will appreciate the maneuvers and the high-stakes trading, the make-or-break strategies and the careers in the balance." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/4 76% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " Easily, this is the most irresistible movie of 2014, so far." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 85% Under the Skin (2014) " This becomes quite dull, even sleep-inducing, especially considering the movie's overall cast of slow-moving gloom." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 83% Rob the Mob (2014) " De Felitta has a feel for this world and its atmosphere, from the clutter and casual ugliness of the streets, to the insularity of the mentality, to the unexpected sweetness and vulnerability of the people." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
1/4 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " The "Nymphomaniac" films are an artistic dead-end for Von Trier. He is most certainly feeling something, but he's short-circuiting his own emotion, rather than digging into it." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 79% On My Way (2014) " "On My Way" finds Deneuve warm and natural, completely open and yet subtle, able to suggest much with little, allowing us to read her thoughts." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " In short bursts, Rumsfeld is an engaging, witty personality. For the first half hour, no matter what your politics are, you will find yourself liking him. He's good company ... until he's not." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has the usual overlong running time, the half-hearted feints in the direction of human feeling and the obligatory action sequences that are big without being either exciting or particularly legible." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/4 22% Sabotage (2014) " "Sabotage" cannot be called a good movie, not with a straight face. But as an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, it has something." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " The film is always a little bit at a distance, almost involving, always good enough to make us root for it, but rarely better than average." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " Unlike most action movies, it's the furthest thing from a cynical piece of work. It's a movie to wrestle with and talk about." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 63% Bad Words (2014) " At heart, Bad Words is a nice little concoction about a fellow walking around with a deep emotional wound, who heals it, not by confronting the source of his troubles, but by healing a similar wound in someone else." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
1/4 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " See it if you want to be put off of sex for a month - longer if you're older, and perhaps for years if you're very young." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) " It takes about 10 minutes to figure out that "Divergent" will not present a serious or intelligent vision of the future." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 —— Love And Demons " Now and then, in the second half, a scene might sag a bit, but Allen's moral inquisitiveness maintains interest." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " Really, the experience of "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is the experience of being in Stritch's company for 80 minutes, and that's fine. Still I doubt anyone will walk out of this film wishing it were 10 minutes longer." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 44% The Face of Love (2014) " "The Face of Love" is marred by false conflicts and by characters violating their own internal logic - the latter problem becomes particularly acute as the movie wears on." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The movie's sad undertone saves "The Grand Budapest Hotel" from its own zaniness - or better yet, elevates the zaniness, making it feel like an assertion of some right to be silly, or some fundamental human expression." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " Like a lot of movies, but especially foreign films, "The Lunchbox" has a central idea and winning characters, and it builds a compelling situation." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 79% Bethlehem (2014) " Director Yuval Adler has a big vision, one capable of looking upon unsympathetic characters with sympathy or at least humane comprehension." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2014
1/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Green is fun to watch - she always is - but there's a point at which the caricature becomes the career, and that point is drawing closer." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 48% Stalingrad (2014) " After a devastating opening, the movie gets sluggish here and there, but it remains interesting throughout, not just culturally, but as a piece of drama." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " I not only enjoyed "Non-Stop," but I'd watch it again. Particularly on a plane." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1/4 24% Pompeii (2014) " Pompeii is a fascinating mystery, with enormous possibilities that the movie utterlyignores." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 45% In Secret (2014) " Olsen makes good use of her delicate looks by playing against them, and so some of the best moments of "In Secret" come when the mask of propriety drops and Therese, dead-eyed and fierce, reveals what lurks beneath." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 70% About Last Night (2014) " There's no critique going on, no point of view, no right and no wrong, no innocent or guilty party - and no dramatic stakes." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " "Winter's Tale" has a magic white horse, and these days you just can't see enough of those." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " RoboCop is no canned remake of the 1987 action film. It's a reimagining that responds to everything that has changed in American life over the past 27 years, addressing new threats and exploiting new anxieties." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 11, 2014
2/4 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Movies must go somewhere, plots must always kick in, and when this one does, that's where "Stranger by the Lake" begins to contract into something less creative than its odd setting and compelling compositions would suggest." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " The actors skew a little bit older than the historical Monuments Men, but their lived-in humanity forms a nice contrast to the inhumane megalomania that they're trying to reverse." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2.5/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " The most truthful answer is friendly but unexciting: They're OK. They're pretty good." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 4, 2014
2/4 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " Though it ultimately leans too much on genre cliche, it reveals some of the tensions that today's young adults experience in their romantic lives - the impersonality of hook-up culture in collision with the human desire and need for intimacy." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " "Labor Day" is a film of many faults. Yet even if we never fully believe in Adele and Frank, we end up caring about them, and that's some kind of achievement." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/4 56% At Middleton (2014) " It's a lovely film that grows along with the characters. At first, it seems like a pleasing but inconsequential comedy. But it deepens as their connection deepens and opens up into a place of poignancy and insight." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 —— The Last Match (2014) " The characters of the men don't deepen. Instead, the movie loses its internal quality and becomes a fairly predictable thriller about being gay in Cuba." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/4 23% Gimme Shelter (2014) " Gimme Shelter is an attempt at something grand, and though it doesn't get halfway there, it covers some ground." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/4 100% The Girls in the Band (2013) " The movie meanders a bit in the beginning, though the information comes across. Then it gets into a chronological groove after about 30 minutes and finds its proper form." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " "The Invisible Woman" is a strong movie about a young woman who makes a choice and then lives with it, accepting the reality of knowing all and yet having to stayinvisible." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/4 92% Liv & Ingmar (2013) " It's for people who are fans enough to want to know what it was like to live on an austere Swedish island with Ingmar Bergman." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " We might look through the movie toward appreciating what the actual men went through, but that alone can't turn "Lone Survivor" into a satisfying movie experience." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " The problem was that director John Wells did not understand the play, or at the very least, he did not make his actors understand the play, even at its most basic level." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/4 9% Caught in the Web (2013) " Gao Yuanyuan makes for a sympathetic heroine, but the satire has little punch and not much wit, and too much of the film consists of people talking about how they feel about things." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 2, 2014
1/4 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " he opposite of a courageous piece of work, Stories We Tell goes out of its way to protect every single person it touches." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2.5/4 74% You're Next (2013) " By slasher standards, the writing is good, with interesting turns and surprises. And the acting isn't bad, either, though Vinson is the one to remember." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 30, 2013
4/4 94% The Past (2013) " "The Past" makes conventional movies feel artificial. Watching the characters interact in this movie feels like "Here is real life," and real life just happens to be strangely compelling." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 27, 2013
3/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Even those familiar with the history will be impressed and moved to see these events as Mandela experienced them, before the Nobel Prize and universal adulation recast the past in a glow of inevitability." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 26, 2013
1/4 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " It has little narrative interest and requires that the director latch onto a very specific airy tone of whimsy, lest the whole souffle collapse." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 26, 2013
2/4 94% Her (2014) " The best things in the movie aren't transporting or diverting but merely incite intellectual recognition: Yes. OK. That's amusing." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 26, 2013
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