Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 77% 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 70% 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 98% 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 67% 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 87% 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 41% 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 92% 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 25% 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 96% 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 43% 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 68% 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
2/4 76% The Death of Dick Long (2019) For a half hour, the filmmakers really seem on to something, and then slowly the life seeps out of it, and we're left with a tedious, pointless exercise. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/4 83% Judy (2019) With all the taste, sensitivity and effort at work in "Judy," how could the filmmakers believe that karaoke night at the pub could possibly stand in for one of the best and most distinct vocalists of the 20th century? - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
4/4 100% Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) (1958) The film is a leftist commentary on bourgeois Spain under Franco, but its passion and sensitive observation transcend its political intent. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Butler can do more, but he's so good at doing this one thing that it has become his brand. That might be a blessing or a curse, but if it's a curse, there are worse curses. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
1/4 54% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) It's visually interesting, but stylistic utility isn't enough to mask the essential emptiness at the heart of the story... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
2/4 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) "Bernadette" isn't exactly a comedy, more like a drama that wants to be whimsical. But it's too heavy to take flight. Maybe this is one of those stories that can't completely make sense as a movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
1/4 79% Good Boys (2019) The comedic situations don't compound. They stay at the same level, and the possible consequences are always mild. So are the possible rewards. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) "The Peanut Butter Falcon" is a nice little movie that barely goes anywhere, but audiences, in a certain mood, might be willing to drift along with it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) These women are powerhouses, and "After the Wedding" lets them share the screen. It's impossible to dislike a movie that does that. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) "The Kitchen" is not a great film. Its graphic novel origins can't be completely obscured. But it's a very good film, and a deeply satisfying one. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1/4 63% The Mountain (2019) There's a chill about "The Mountain" that's conveyed in visual terms. And then it all, slowly and then completely, falls apart. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/4 59% Brian Banks (2019) This movie needed a grittier treatment. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
60% Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush (2009) Ferrell's Bush imitation loses a lot in being projected to a large audience, and the script is ghastly. There's no wit, no political satire. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) "Hobbs & Shaw" does all the usual things, but it does them in unusual ways. And it stays funny. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Four good films in a row. Three masterpieces out of four. Forget the public - Tarantino owes it to himself to see how far he can keep this string going. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/4 69% Three Peaks (2019) The double impulse at the heart of "Three Peaks" is ultimately self-defeating. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) It reflects this slice of life. It doesn't comment on it or broaden our understanding of it. But it's smart and original, and that's enough. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) It has an eye for absurdity and for the telling detail, and it marks Lulu Wang as a director with the rare but essential ability to make you care about what she cares about. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) A film that is stunning to look at, even inspiring at times, but dramatically bizarre. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Nivola seduces the audience, as well as the characters. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
1.5/4 42% Stuber (2019) Really, there's just no reason to see this. Even if you're a Kumail Nanjiani completist, today is the day to stop completing. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
1.5/4 83% Midsommar (2019) In place of plot surprises, Aster tries surprising you with repulsive sights, hitting you unexpectedly with some new revolting close-up at regular intervals. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/4 62% Yesterday (2019) The movie feels breezy and fun, even as it touches on serious issues. And then there are the songs, every one of them a gem, all of them well-performed, usually in interesting situations. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/4 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A smart, controlled film, made with considerable integrity. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/4 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) A frustrating story, but also an exhilarating one, in that Guy-Blaché's work is deserving and we're finally finding out about it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) "Toy Story 4" is genuinely gripping for most of the way, with just a couple of minor dips. But it arrives at a lovely place, with an embrace of life in all its danger and uncertainty. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) For about 10 minutes, the script and the actors have some of the breeziness and freedom of "Thor: Ragnarok." Then it all goes away. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
1/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Really, on the basis of "Rocketman," you'd think Elton John never had a moment of fun. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) "Late Night" is a fairly agreeable experience, and every time Thompson is on screen, there's a reason to keep watching. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/4 100% 5B (2019) This is an aspect of San Francisco cultural history and American medical history that deserves to be known. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
1.5/4 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) It's hard to figure out why this film was even made, beyond the fact that it could be made, that there was a loose idea and talented people willing to join in the fun. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) At all points in the story, Turner is focused on the character's mental state, on her pain, anger, confusion, grief and terror. It makes for a different kind of X-Men movie, one of the better ones. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/4 86% Pavarotti (2019) With "Pavarotti," director Ron Howard serves up a straightforward documentary about the great tenor's life and career. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 54% Ma (2019) Audiences will walk out with that good chiropractor feeling, the one that says, "Yes, I have been manipulated. I have been nothing but manipulated and pounded on for the last 90 minutes. And it was a very satisfying thing." - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) What little pleasures the movie offers are small and intermittent. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
1.5/4 57% Brightburn (2019) A superhero movie with the soul of an '80s slasher film. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 57% Aladdin (2019) Today, "Aladdin" is a Disney movie, or a Guy Ritchie movie. But I wouldn't be surprised if, in five years, "Aladdin" is thought of as the film where Naomi Scott broke through. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019