Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 95% Pray Away (2021) "Pray Away" is a wise and compassionate film about anti-gay conversion therapy as it's practiced and encouraged by the evangelical church. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
3/4 90% The Green Knight (2021) The freedom that Lowery assumes for himself is staggering - and encouraging. "The Green Knight" is artistically from Jupiter, except that its real source resides deep in the human soul. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
1/4 63% Jungle Cruise (2021) It's a first-class production of an empty concept and an utterly dead script. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/4 49% Old (2021) "Old" is, at times, clumsy and obvious, but it's different and weird, and it taps into something essential. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
2/4 38% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) By the end, it's no better than a mediocre superhero effort, except it's even worse, because there was potential there for more. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
4/4 75% Stillwater (2021) Audiences will come away feeling like they've really been somewhere, that they were moved by the people they met and expanded by the experience. You can't ask more from a movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
2.5/4 38% Joe Bell (2021) "Joe Bell" is better than it had to be. In fact, if you go in knowing the movie's subject, you'll find it more complicated and interesting than you might expect. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
2/4 No Score Yet Going Furthur (2021) It looks futile and comical. And the movie is slow, stuffed to feature length with musical interludes with every change of location - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
1/4 81% Black Widow (2021) It's the cynicism that's depressing. After all, "Black Widow" is not an attempt at a good movie that failed. That would've been respectable. Rather, it's an attempt to make a piece of garbage commerce that succeeded completely. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
3/4 53% The Tomorrow War (2021) At its core, this is just a really good monster movie. All the same, there's a touch of beauty to it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3/4 88% Zola (2021) In all ways, it's unexpected - in its subject, in its treatment of its subject, and in its whole look and feel. It's an original and interesting movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
3/4 59% F9 (2021) It's huge, it's stupid and it's wonderful. It's a total blast and an invitation to put your mind into suspended animation for two giddy, ridiculous hours. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
3/4 83% Untitled Horror Movie (2021) If anything, this modest but entirely charming movie may deserve a tiny slice of immortality by showing the kind of goofy, escapist fun that can be created even in a grim time. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2.5/4 15% Infinite (2021) I liked it just enough to like it but not enough to think anybody else will. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
2.5/4 27% Awake (2021) Rodriguez is terrific. She is focused, direct, always emotionally present and never overdoing it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
3/4 88% Undine (2020) Undine's water origins are no impediment to an audience's investment in her romantic life. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/4 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) What puts the movie a notch above... is the performance of Farmiga as Lorraine Warren. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
4/4 95% In the Heights (2021) Art is either alive or dead, and this movie is emphatically and exuberantly living, energized by what can only truly be described as love. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
1/4 74% Cruella (2021) The world was not clamoring for an origin story about the "101 Dalmatians" villain, Cruella de Vil, and the movie doesn't justify making one. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
2/4 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) By the middle of its running time, "A Quiet Place Part II" requires a conscious effort to stay awake. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3/4 88% Dream Horse (2021) Throughout, Collette makes us believe in the human-animal connection between Jan and Dream Alliance, which is touching, mysterious and deep. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
3/4 90% The Dry (2021) Bana is rock solid throughout, able to convey sensitivity and moral probity through a not quite impassive façade - never overdoing it, never underdoing it - and yet fulfilling his duties as the movie's locus of feeling and meaning. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
4/4 92% Final Account (2021) In the end, the power of "Final Account" resides in the way it shows how human nature reacts to lies, propaganda and state-sanctioned atrocity. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
1/4 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) With its superior cast, its intelligent art direction and a filmmaker capable of exceptional work, "Woman in the Window" is like a race car revving in a driveway, with nowhere to go. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2.5/4 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) "Those Who Wish Me Dead" into a good movie. But it's certainly a good bad movie. And when it comes to entertainment value, a good bad movie beats a bad good movie every time. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
2.5/4 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Aside from the disgusting parts, "Spiral" is a fairly decent thriller. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3/4 66% Wrath of Man (2021) This is a solid and imaginative action movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
2.5/4 47% Here Today (2021) "Here Today" is a weird case - not mediocre, not lukewarm, but genuinely bad and good, cringe-worthy and moving. Take this as a recommendation, and a warning. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
3/4 52% Four Good Days (2021) Scene by scene, Close and Kunis drag us into their family problems, and we end up caring. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
1/4 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Sollima knows how to film violence, so individual moments stand out. What Sollima can't do is make a good movie from a bad script. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
2.5/4 21% Thunder Force (2021) Has a decent share of laughs and a shrewd science fiction premise behind it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
2.5/4 62% French Exit (2021) Pfeiffer is the best thing about "French Exit" and the only reason to see it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
3/4 100% The Last Cruise (2021) It's an experience you would not want to have directly, but it's fascinating to watch. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
2/4 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) "Godzilla vs. Kong" lacks the power to inspire any emotion, but if did have the power, that emotion would be sadness. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/4 77% Bad Trip (2020) As you enjoy the movie's gleeful outrageousness, take a moment to appreciate the strategic sophistication of some of these bits. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/4 84% Nobody (2021) Like "The Foreigner" with Jackie Chan and Liam Neeson's "Taken" movies, "Nobody" belongs to relatively a new screen genre, in which it becomes very, very dangerous to make Dad angry. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
4/4 92% Tina (2021) "Tina" doesn't just tell you all about Tina Turner. It makes you feel like you know her, personally, and it gives you some sense of what it was like to live her life. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/4 86% The Courier (2020) As the pressures on Wynne increase, and the missions become more dangerous, the spectacle of this average man trying to stay safe becomes riveting. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
3/4 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) "Zack Snyder's Justice League" may not be a great film, but it has the madness, strangeness and obsessiveness of a real work of art. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3/4 88% Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) Life is unfair. We all know it. But every so often a documentary like "Operation Varsity Blues" comes along to show us that, however unfair we thought it was, it's even worse. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
3/4 100% Sophie Jones (2021) It would be nice if there were more movies like this, but few have the talent to make them this well - to take a human scale story and make it feel, not bigger than life, but as grand-scale as life actually is. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/4 49% Coming 2 America (2021) By the end, "Coming 2 America" has us. It's strange, these movies that create a warm feeling. It's hard to say why or how. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
1/4 22% Chaos Walking (2021) Aside from being annoying, depressing and repulsive, "Chaos Walking" has a lot going for it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/4 37% Cherry (2021) Holland makes you believe all of it. He also makes you believe that there's a core decency to this guy that never goes away. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/4 98% The Father (2021) Hopkins makes himself transparent. He lets us see both who this man was and what he is now. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
1/4 56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" is a misfire, and what a shame, because Andra Day had it in her to be great in this. The movie didn't let her bring it out. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
1/4 93% Ordinary Love (2020) I hated this film. I hated every minute of it, and at times it even made me angry. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
2.5/4 56% The Violent Heart (2020) This is what they call "a mixed review," and yet if you think of "The Violent Heart," not as a movie, but as a calling card, it's promising. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
1/4 29% Blithe Spirit (2021) Stevens, Fisher, Mann and Dench are all fine. All have good moments. The problem is the script, the script, the script. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
3/4 78% I Care a Lot (2021) "I Care a Lot" does something difficult. It holds our attention even as it follows a character that we actively dislike and root against. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021