Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The third installment in the animated "How to Train Your Dragon" series is a lovely movie that takes real chances. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/4 73% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) It's a look in philosophical harmony with Farhadi's intense but humane gaze. And the actors are superb... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
1/4 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Isn't It Romantic" isn't romantic, and it isn't funny. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) "Alita" is an action movie, and some of that is who-cares. But the bigger thing about this film is that it makes us think about humanness, what it means, what it is, and what it might be in the future. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 88% Arctic (2019) [N]ot once, not even for a moment, do we lose interest in Mikkelsen, or stop caring about what happens to him, or cease to believe him. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
2.5/4 71% Cold Pursuit (2019) All warnings given, if you love Neeson's action thrillers, you will find moments here of pleasure and amusement. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/4 23% Miss Bala (2019) It seems to promise an exploitative genre movie, about gangsters and drug deals, and it delivers on that, but it's something more. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/4 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) "They Shall Not Grow Old" shows that actually seeing something is different from knowing it intellectually, or even from imagining it. The effect of this is moving and profound. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) "Velvet Buzzsaw" is half - perhaps as much as two-thirds - of a smart, enjoyable and original movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
1.5/4 21% Serenity (2019) People who can enjoy laughing at something made in dead earnest, who can appreciate, in a perverse way, a phenomenal, jaw-dropping mess, may find an experience close to pleasure in this strange, misbegotten, three-headed freak of a movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1/4 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) "The Kid Who Would Be King" should have been an hour long, but an extra 20 minutes, just to stretch it to feature length, would have been forgivable. But a full 120 minutes for this was just borderline crazy. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2.5/4 14% An Acceptable Loss (2019) What makes "An Acceptable Loss" a slightly better than even proposition are not just the performances of Sumpter and Curtis, but the dynamic that's established between them. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
0/4 37% Glass (2019) Worst movie of 2019! - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Through "Cold War," Pawlikowski shows us the beauty in an ugly time, and then he makes us wait and wonder if the characters will ever see it, too. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/4 40% The Upside (2019) French cinema has a lot going for it, but the one thing Americans do best is story. And so "Intouchables," now "The Upside," has a story that finally works. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 72% Destroyer (2018) "Destroyer" makes "Manchester By the Sea" seem like an afternoon party with clowns and balloon animals. But if there's a reason to see "Destroyer," it's for Kidman's performance. It's to take that journey with her. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/4 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) It's valedictory, with a sense of the ephemeral nature of life, the inevitability of regret, and the bittersweetness of looking back on past happiness. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
2.5/4 47% Escape Room (2019) It's pretty good, which might sound like faint praise, but for a movie like this, pretty good is the brass ring. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) "On the Basis of Sex" is a serious movie that slowly earns its emotion and enlists our involvement. Even before the finish, it's goosebumps all around. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The thought crosses the mind: Where can it go from here? The answer is pretty much everywhere. It keeps on going and going, following one exciting sequence with another and then another. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The experience of this film is beyond mixed, practically schizophrenic - long stretches of portentous, syrupy emptiness, followed by scenes that rank with Jenkins' best work in "Moonlight" and "Medicine for Melancholy." - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
1/4 66% Vice (2018) Dick Cheney deserves better than this - or worse. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 45% Second Act (2018) To accept "Second Act" in the spirit in which it's given is to admit that, as a conveyor belt for delivering Jennifer Lopez, it's not bad. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2/4 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) "Mary Poppins Returns" might have had a chance had the movie not tried to compete with the original in terms of scale. With 20 minutes of song and dance numbers cut, the movie really could have been better - not great, but better. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) This is a moderately but consistently entertaining film, with but one extraordinary thing about it, which is Saoirse Ronan in the title role. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/4 80% Ben is Back (2018) Almost every 10 minutes something unexpected happens that turns the story in an arresting new direction, and yet "Ben is Back" never once feels manipulated or mechanical. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
1/4 62% Bird Box (2018) The actors are fine, but the problem is that it's hard to care about the interaction of the people inside, because nothing they do matters. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/4 60% Vox Lux (2018) Corbet has made an insidious little masterpiece, one that uses modern techniques and a modern visual lexicon to show you everything that's absolutely dead within modernity. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 85% Dumplin' (2018) Maybe we're just going have to endure well-meaning but preachy-tiresome movies like "Dumplin'" until it simply becomes normal for an obese person to appear on screen without being defined entirely in terms of weight. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.5/4 94% The Favourite (2018) It's remarkable, the range of behavior that Colman harmonizes into one complex humanity, from the sublimely sweet to the grotesque. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/4 96% Roma (2018) To see "Roma" is to be in awe of Cuaron's gifts and to wonder how he does what he does. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 84% Creed II (2018) Merely adopting a formula is easy - that happens all too often. Investing in a formula, making it breathe - that's the challenge, and "Creed II" meets it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/4 80% Green Book (2018) There's something so deeply right about this movie, so true to the time depicted and so welcome in this moment; so light in its touch, so properly respectful of its characters, and so big in its spirit that the movie acquires a glow. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) A near-miss, but a miss all the same. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/4 91% Widows (2018) "Widows" is an unimportant movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/4 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) It's a good movie - better than good - and if you like the Coen Brothers, you should enjoy it, and if you don't like the Coen Brothers, why don't you? You really should like the Coen Brothers. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
69% Don Juan DeMarco (1994) Don Juan is a glorious nut-case, played well by Depp, who mixes a faux nobleman's hauteur with an air of gentleness and longing. The film gets off track only when it makes him too self-aware. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 90% A Private War (2018) Pike triumphs in this emotionally and physically taxing role. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
1.5/4 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) We're presented with a world under glass, a world we can't penetrate or inhabit, and we're asked to follow the adventures of characters doing things we don't understand, who are engaged in a struggle we don't care about. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/4 90% Maria By Callas (2018) The least we can do is enjoy the fruits of her sacrifice, her rich and enormous legacy of live and studio recordings. "Maria by Callas" is a forceful reminder and an invitation to do that. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
97% La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (1938) The greatest World War I movie ever made (and there were lots of good ones)... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) "Boy Erased" is a low-key film, not especially dramatic or ambitious, but dedicated to showing how people think and can sometimes change. Within its small scope, it's a positive achievement. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
0/4 65% Suspiria (2018) If life were infinite and leisure eternal and if the only challenge were how to fill the endless hours with something, anything, that might divert us even slightly, "Suspiria" would still be something to miss. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It's hard to come up with someone who would have been better than Malek. To his credit, he does the one thing that would most seem impossible: In the stage scenes, he makes you believe he's Freddie Mercury. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
2/4 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) There are moments here that are exhilarating. But the film suffers from a near fatal lack of story... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 94% Wildlife (2018) "Wildlife" isn't dazzling entertainment but an intelligent, low-key and satisfying film with a rare respect for every character. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 88% What They Had (2018) The quality of the actors and emotional potency of the subject keep "What They Had" from being a completely wasted effort. But the script makes it a close call. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/4 37% Hunter Killer (2018) The movie is overlong, at times confusing, and it's self-important, with a soundtrack that keeps telling us we feel things that we don't. Still, if you like this kind of movie, it's not a bad use of two hours... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" is a breakthrough for McCarthy and a highlight of the movie year. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/4 61% The Oath (2018) For all the darkness and pessimism, there is a hopeful strain to "The Oath," if you're willing to pay close attention. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018