Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/4 71% The Gentlemen (2020) "The Gentleman" isn't offensive, and it's not even good enough to qualify as coarse. If it weren't mildly annoying, it would be as close to nothing as an experience can be. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/4 93% Clemency (2019) The real question isn't whether this person or that person will be executed, but whether Bernardine will go to pieces, and yet with a performance like Woodard's at the center, that's all a movie needs. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2.5/4 66% The Last Full Measure (2020) A so-so movie with a lot of good parts. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) "Bad Boys for Life" runs just over two hours, which is about the limit for a movie like this, but it packs so much story and character interest into that time that it all flies by. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 86% Les Misérables (2020) As a slice of life, "Les Misérables" is satisfying enough, but as the film wears on, the movie goes beyond the slice of life. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 49% Underwater (2020) "Underwater" was directed by William Eubank, whose previous film was "The Signal," which had a similar mood, but was weak in terms of story. "Underwater," by contrast, is the best of both worlds. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1/4 21% Like a Boss (2020) If you make a movie with Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish, and they're not funny in it, it's your fault, not theirs. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/4 84% Just Mercy (2020) "Just Mercy" isn't the best movie that could have been made from its subject, but it's good enough. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
1/4 19% The Grudge (2020) I saw this movie in the middle of the day, having had a great night's sleep, and I had to slap myself awake a few times. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
2/4 41% The Song of Names (2019) There's a mystery at the heart of "The Song of Names," but it isn't much of a mystery, and once it's solved, the movie loses what little interest it has. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
3/4 92% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) By the end, you will feel like you've been somewhere, and you know these people. Guida and Euridice just might stay with you for a long time. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
3/4 89% 1917 (2020) By the time it ends, Mendes has built within the audience an intense desire to see the men's message successfully delivered, and like a true dramatist, Mendes milks it for every drop of tension. He does not blow his big finish. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
2.5/4 95% Little Women (2019) Despite a misguided conception and a cast directed to act like disgruntled graduate students at Vassar, there's much here that's indestructible. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" does the most important thing, the one thing it absolutely had to do. It ends well. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/4 91% Uncut Gems (2019) By the time it's all over, nothing is exactly what you might feel. But Sandler and Fox give it the humanity the Safdies wanted there. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3.5/4 74% Richard Jewell (2019) Paul Walter Hauser gives us the soul of a man that deserved respect even before he did something heroic, but one that people might never have noticed. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/4 69% Bombshell (2019) One of the many strong points of "Bombshell" is that its pioneering truthfulness doesn't devolve into polemics, and it's not didactic. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
1/4 64% Little Joe (2019) It's one thing for a movie to be quiet in its approach. It's quite another for it to have ideas that really deserve less than a murmur, that never scale the heights of mild interest on the way to drama. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 72% The Aeronauts (2019) The result is one of Jones' best showcases, and she's had lots of good ones... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) For anyone interested in Catholic church doctrine, "The Two Popes" is movie nirvana, but anyone watching could appreciate the clash between these opposing dispositions and world views. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) The brilliance of "Dark Waters" is that it is able to lay out the case against DuPont without getting too wonky. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/4 97% Knives Out (2019) "Knives Out" shows the sure hand of a serious talent. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
1.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) The movie's subject deserved better. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2.5/4 51% 21 Bridges (2019) There are worse things you can do with your time than watch Boseman, Miller and Simmons for an hour and a half. Just know that "21 Bridges" is the kind of movie you'll forget five minutes after seeing it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It sends you out of the movie feeling as if you've spent time with Fred Rogers and that you have definitely benefited from the contact. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3/4 77% Frozen II (2019) It's not a classic, but it's inspired in its own right. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2.5/4 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) As a movie, "Charlie's Angels" has serious problems, but the new Angels trio is promising and shows there's life yet in the old formula. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 82% The Report (2019) Driver's intensity, Jones's personal story and the privileged look behind the scenes all combine to edge "The Report" into the plus column. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) "Ford v Ferrari" is what it promises to be, a blast from the past. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/4 64% The Good Liar (2019) Or to put it another way, walking in, you already know it's going to be good. You don't know that it's going to be this much fun. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
2/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) It takes skill to devise a resolution that's simultaneously predictable and nonsensical, but "Last Christmas" manages it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/4 43% Midway (2019) It loses energy as director Roland Emmerich gradually gets himself lost in the weeds. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) It is to gangster movies what John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" was to westerns. Without a doubt, it's a masterpiece. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
2/4 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) "By the Grace of God" begins to spin its wheels, with unnecessary scenes that give color to the events, when we're more interested in the grand movements. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
1.5/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) In the end, the great fault of "Terminator: Dark Fate" is that the filmmakers didn't trust what they had. They didn't trust how much audiences enjoy Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) It feels like a movie perhaps a bit more than it should. Still, it's effective and, at times, moving, and it has a major asset in Erivo. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
1/4 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) This film is amazing, and not in a good way. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) As a director, Waititi is in command of the movie's disparate elements and harmonizes them into a coherent whole. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3/4 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) "The Current War" is even better than it has to be. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
2.5/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Though "Dolemite is My Name" is a fairly lighthearted story, there was a lot in Moore's life for him to feel stressed about, and the movie shows that. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/4 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) "Zombieland: Double Tap" is pure fun and worth seeing if you want to laugh. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong Joon-ho's latest masterpiece and the best film I've seen so far this year... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/4 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) The documentary tells the story of Cohn, his life and career, and it's a grim saga. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The saddest thing about "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" is that it's not bad, but typical, that this emptiness - this immersion in mass numbification - is the modern style. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
1/4 91% The Lighthouse (2019) "The Lighthouse" has only enough story to fill a 25-minute "Zone" episode, and that's including next week's coming attractions and two obligatory and very-welcome monologues by Rod Serling. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) You know what? I wouldn't want to get into a fistfight with my younger self, either. I think he'd win. But I don't need to go to a movie for such a startling insight. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) "Pain and Glory," all about healing rifts and rejoining life, is personal and universal. It's also simple in a way that's incandescent - suffused by a strange and beautiful gentleness of spirit. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
1.5/4 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) "Lucy in the Sky" has the style of a biopic, but we know it's not, so at times it's hard to know what we're watching and why. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/4 42% The Laundromat (2019) "The Laundromat" finds director Steven Soderbergh in a playful mood, but this time he's a little too playful, and the result is a scattered and seemingly trivial movie about a serious subject... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 69% Joker (2019) It's a very good movie, and it features a blood-curdling performance from Joaquin Phoenix, in the most frightening portrayal of a violent maniac in decades. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019