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:
2466

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 2466
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 84% 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 20% 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 64% 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 75% 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 42% 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 95% 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 77% 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 41% 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 47% 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 59% 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 28% Pompeii (2014) " Pompeii is a fascinating mystery, with enormous possibilities that the movie utterlyignores." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 41% 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 68% 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 49% 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 94% 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 32% 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 22% 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 75% 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 50% 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 (2013) " 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
4/4 76% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Though "Raging Bull" must still go down as Martin Scorsese's greatest achievement, "The Wolf of Wall Street" makes the race for No. 2 a lot more interesting." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 26, 2013
2/4 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " John Sayles is too talented, too authentic and too original to make a flat-out bad movie, but he flirts with it in "Go for Sisters."" — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " It never becomes more than one scene, followed by the next, and then another. Yet those scenes are easy to watch, and they have the Coens' signature humor." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 18, 2013
4/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " Russell has always had a talent for harmonizing tragedy and comedy, seriousness and outlandishness, all within a precise tone that allows for a wide range of emotions and effects. But his hand has never been more sure." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 18, 2013
2/4 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Iron Man 3 has good things in it, enough to please the series' fans -- and yet too many drawbacks to win many converts." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " Even Redford bailing water for 106 minutes can be a bit much." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 16, 2013
1/4 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " In the ways that "The Last Days on Mars" is like a horror movies, it's typical, and in the ways it's different, it's mostly flat." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " If "Saving Mr. Banks" were 100 percent false and yet felt true, that would be fine. But this has the self-conscious whiff, if not of mendacity, then of public relations." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Tolkien is barely there, and Middle-earth lies in ruins." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 12, 2013
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