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:
2485

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 2485
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 93% 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 59% 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 77% 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 72% 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 80% 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
1/4 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " A long, grim exercise in garden-variety pointlessness, disguised as nihilism." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/4 74% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " Only when it makes the claim for Page as a pivotal figure in American culture does it overstate the case and become tiresome." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/4 86% At Berkeley (2013) " A film is not just about intent. It is also an experience, and this is where "At Berkeley" becomes an iffy proposition." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/4 92% Philomena (2013) " Go beyond the manner of its telling and you find a story of cruelty and evil, of shocking acts committed under a veneer of civility and sanctity." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/4 42% Homefront (2013) " "Homefront" is hard not to like and impossible to respect." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/4 48% Black Nativity (2013) " "Black Nativity" deepens into a rich experience once the scene shifts to the inside of a church, but it's a long time getting there." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/4 42% Oldboy (2013) " Oldboy is an immersion into pure twistedness. The purity of its twistedness is its saving grace." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " There's no lying or condescending from this director. "Nebraska" feels pure." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Catching Fire is best in its first hour, when it concentrates on the politics and the specific horrors of Panem. It becomes more conventional in the second half and loses steam, but it's always heading somewhere." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/4 46% The Book Thief (2013) " Has some wrong notes and touches of preciousness, but mostly it's a moving and effective presentation of life under Nazism, as seen from an unusual angle." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2013
1/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) " "How I Live Now" makes World War III seem boring, which would hardly seem possible." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2/4 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " The people in "The Best Man Holiday" - not just the actors, but the characters they play - deserved a better script than this." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/4 59% Running From Crazy (2013) " An artfully arranged account of Hemingway's current life, mixed with footage shot by her late sister Margaux for a 1983 documentary about the family." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " True, this sequel gets better as it goes along, but that's a very steep climb just to arrive at not bad." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/4 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " "Dallas Buyers Club" takes audiences back to the worst of the AIDS crisis, where the disease was a death sentence, and the public's terror and hostility were at its height." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 8, 2013
1/4 71% The Motel Life (2013) " As good as "The Motel Life" is for the actors, that's how bad it is for the viewer." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/4 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Ultimately ... two points of emphasis must be pared down to one, and this is where "Kill Your Darlings," arriving at the fork in the road, makes the wrong turn." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2/4 8% Diana (2013) " Despite the lackluster romance and the peculiarities of the casting, the subject of Diana's last years is so inherently compelling that the movie maintains interest throughout." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 47% Last Vegas (2013) " The comedy remains a presence throughout, but "Last Vegas" has a serious purpose, and the resolution of the men's journey of realization is anything but corny." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " It provokes recognition in us of the very heart of darkness. It makes the unimaginable imaginable." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/4 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Make no mistake, "Blue Is the Warmest Color" constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 89% Torn (2013) " It's a portrait of grief and devastation, and also of the ways in which the police and media can jump to conclusions and feed off of the public's anger and confusion." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 92% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) " There is history as it's remembered, and then there's history as it happened. This documentary gives us the latter, and it's a true education." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 24, 2013
1/4 34% The Counselor (2013) " It contains memorable dialogue, vivid characters and several superb scenes, and yet it still manages to be wrong, a complete miscalculation." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) " It's not a movie about two old guys who come back, but a straight-ahead action movie meant to be taken on its own terms." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " The movie can't quite decide what it thinks of [Assange] - or even if it should decide at all." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 63% Broadway Idiot (2013) " "Broadway Idiot" has the controlled quality of something created to showcase the work and its participants only in the best possible light." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 17, 2013
1/4 76% Concussion (2013) " This might sound, at the very least, titillating, but "Concussion" is anything but." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/4 49% Carrie (2013) " A well-made, highly satisfying and not particularly deep high school revenge movie." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " Not only is the movie just so-so, but the parts themselves aren't much." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 10, 2013
1/4 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " Viewers who go into "Romeo and Juliet" cold may be forgiven for coming away thinking Shakespeare was a really lousy writer." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 10, 2013
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