Mick LaSalle Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 38% Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) The script blasts through reams of plot with lightning dialogue, and even if you have a fast eye for subtitles you may come to the end of the movie with no clear idea what happened.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Chadwick Boseman commands every moment of this film, radiating probity and purpose, and it's only later on that you realize that, with another actor, this wouldn't have been a sure thing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
2.5/4 70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) If you don't like this one, you'll probably like the next one. And in the meantime, we have Ozon doing his Ozon thing, and that's not bad.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/4 11% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) I like these people. I'm rather sorry to see this series end.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1/4 72% Mom and Dad (2018) The movie's one and only idea renders itself boring, with still half the movie left for the audience to endure.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3/4 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) It's a fascinating job of acting, in that Karam seems to be opening up his soul even as he's not giving an inch.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
1/4 39% Den of Thieves (2018) First-time director Christian Gudegast also wrote the film, and you can tell, in the sense that there was clearly no one there to look at the script and say, "Come on."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2/4 54% 12 Strong (2018) It might be enough that "12 Strong" makes you feel good that the United States still produces guys like this. Too bad we didn't get to know about the real guys and their actual story.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/4 84% The Final Year (2018) It is, for what it's worth, a good documentary, though I imagine its true worth and true nature can only be revealed in time.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
3/4 57% The Commuter (2018) This is a winning formula, and if the ocean liner version of this movie were to open next week, I'd be happy to see it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2/4 78% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) There is no escaping the essential flaccidity of the story.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Whoever thought that watching Daniel Day-Lewis make a dress could be so interesting?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
3/4 88% The Post (2018) If the intention was to send audiences out feeling inspired about journalism and its function in a republic, consider that mission accomplished.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
1/4 73% Hostiles (2018) There's a thin line between depicting and inflicting misery, and "Hostiles" crosses the line with its dull characters, its almost-endless tedium and its nihilistic violence.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
1/4 69% Happy End (2017) It's not enough. It's not drama. It's not cinema. It's an endurance test, and there's no reason that anyone should take it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
2/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) At a certain point, everyone watching "Molly's Game" will form the question, "Why should I care about any of this?" It's a question Sorkin should have anticipated. He has no good answer.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4/4 77% All the Money in the World (2017) Plummer delivers brilliance in what had to be record time, and every person sharing a scene with Plummer - Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, in particular - comes in fresh and spontaneous, responding anew to another actor's completely different energy.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
1/4 51% Downsizing (2017) By the end, "Downsizing" is one of those great ideas that should have just stayed an idea.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) Who would have ever imagined Tonya Harding as the subject of a great movie?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
1/4 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Jackman is so good at selling this material that he ends up making its weakness stand out in sharper relief. In that way, he almost makes it worse by fully realizing it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/4 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) "Call Me By Your Name" is transcendent in its first hour, communicating much through the camera's evocation of nature and the screenplay's clear yet subtle dialogue.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) You don't see many sci-fi action extravaganzas that are about late middle-aged disappointment, about wondering what it's all about and whether any of it was worth it. It's this element that gives "The Last Jedi" an extra something ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) "The Shape of Water" is brilliant, but sick - or maybe it's sick, but brilliant. In any case, it's something to see.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4/4 86% Darkest Hour (2017) "Darkest Hour" is a persuasive window into history, and so arresting in its portrait of one of the 20th century's most important leaders that every minute of it is absorbing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/4 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Then again, there is something artificial, or at least heightened and operatic, about the entire movie - the sets, the colors, the situations, the performers. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist is funny from the beginning, but it becomes downright side-splitting once Tommy gets onto a film set. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3/4 92% Thelma (2017) Trier has found a new way to depict and talk about these emotions and experiences that most human beings know and can never really get over. His way is cold, deadpan, extreme, and very Scandinavian, and it's effective.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
2/4 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Watching "Roman J. Israel, Esq." is like watching a very long episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," only without the laughs, and without a lead character who even knows that he's annoying.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) "The Man Who Invented Christmas" ends up hitting most of the notes Dickens sounded so memorably in his classic: forgiveness, forbearance, generosity, charity, family feeling.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/4 85% Wonder (2017) "Wonder" hits a few moments too hard and flirts with corniness at times, but makes something active and compelling from the spectacle of nice people trying to do right, and it's a refreshing thing to see.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Like the best movies often do, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" leaves audiences with a complex set of emotions, and with a hard-to-define hint of the profound.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
1/4 40% Justice League (2017) "The stench of your fear is making my soldiers hungry!" Steppenwolf warns at one point, and we have to wonder: Are they trying to provide us all with wisecracks?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/4 82% The Square (2017) It's funny throughout - not to say that it inspires many laughs, but it's full of irony and absurdity and is very smart.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
87% Novitiate (2017) It says everything about the effective subtlety of Betts' writing and of the performances it inspired that much of what we know of the characters is rarely if ever stated.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/4 75% Last Flag Flying (2017) Linklater never finds a way to sustain a drama from these characters and their situation.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) This is simply beautiful work.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) This Branagh version makes an honest case for itself, with a flashy opening and an improved ending.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/4 86% Brimstone & Glory (2017) The problem with the movie is that you have to really, really be interested in the people of this town to see this as a serious culture.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 54% LBJ (2017) "LBJ" is a good story told badly, but a good story all the same.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It has confidence in its characters and in its own invention, and so it avoids repetition and stays fresh.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 99% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) "BPM" is a true and committed document, a worthy piece of filmmaking that keeps faith with the people it memorializes.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) The pleasures of "Suburbicon" are in the moment, and the moments fade before the next moment. There's no build, just flashes of virtuosity - flashes ultimately in the service of nothing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1/4 69% Wonderstruck (2017) Gradually it begins to dawn that the movie's beauty is in itself an attempt to distract from the film's basic barrenness.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1/4 7% The Snowman (2017) "The Snowman" is ugly and nasty, but that's not the worst of it. The worst is that it's boring and makes no sense.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 66% Breathe (2017) In the end, it really does seem these people were worth a movie, but that the movie is giving us only part of the story.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) "Goodbye Christopher Robin" touches something bigger than its own ambitions. It touches, in a way movies rarely do, on some essential current of life.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/4 62% The Foreigner (2017) Someone has finally figured out what to do with Jackie Chan in America. This formula is the right one.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 83% Marshall (2017) "Marshall" revisits such serious history that it feels almost disrespectful to talk about it as a fun movie, but it is.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
3/4 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" is a story of courage and sacrifice, as well as a moving love story that's really three love stories in one.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
3/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) As it stands, there's a greatness in it, but also stretches of emptiness. Still, this is an original piece of work, and no one who sees it will forget it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017