For 1,295 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Goodbye Solo
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
1,295 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Whom is this movie for, really? It's too tame for the whooping crowds of women who made hits of the "Sex and the City" movies and "Bridesmaids." And for sure it isn't for parents with kids. You can probably find them, diaper bags in the aisles and toddlers on their laps, watching "Dr. Seuss: The Lorax."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A glum meditation on isolation and romantic malaise.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A redemption allegory so poker-faced you might forget that redemption is supposed to be a good thing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    For all these references to the fairytale, Sydney White soon takes an easier path, recycling familiar "Mean Girls" and "Revenge of the Nerds" scenarios.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    That makes Mockingjay – Part 1 an experience to be endured, like a prison sentence, rather than enjoyed. By all means, bring on the revolution: It has to be more exciting than this.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The story is shockingly ordinary. The movie plays like an extended mediocre episode of the X-Files TV show or, for that matter, even a contemporary crime series such as CSI.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    This Means War is a Valentine's date dud: Think wilted roses, squashed chocolates and flat champagne.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    In the end, Eagle vs. Shark represents a convincing triumph for Dumb.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Promised Land is a low-budget effort, far too awkward and contrived a drama to change many hearts and minds.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Parental Guidance is one of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the "Meet the Fockers" line, where children can enjoy seeing grown-ups looking ridiculous.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Leatherhead's a comedy of stock setups and kooky digressions in which nothing really comes to a head, and running at close to two hours, it lacks the essential brevity of the form.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The ninth film in the franchise is competent enough but it won’t freeze the heart or fire the imagination.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Ultimately, Next is just the next Nic Cage vehicle, another quirky story that allows him to do his patented neurotic balancing act in an askew world. The problem here is not just that Cage's shtick is wearing as thin as his hair; the role is a bad fit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Screenwriter Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) is the real culprit here, creating a crude paint-by-numbers fiction that keeps yelling about the importance of the truth while hurtling in the opposite direction.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    There's potential here for a macabre cult favourite touching on themes of technology and the body-mind split, but the movie's progression into rambling incoherence gives new meaning to the phrase "fatal script error."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Contraryto its exciting advertising, Event Horizon is not the most frightening movie ever made. If anything, the conventional pop-up scares and gross-out effects of this British haunted-space-ship story seem less terrifying than quaint.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Both original and good; the problem is the original parts aren't good and the good parts aren't original.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The story is a much more serious problem, a run-on, overstuffed narrative that feels like a very long prologue for a climax that never comes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The goal is apparently a double exercise in heartfelt lessons and deep hilarity, but it's hard to tell because the pace feels so lethargic. Director and screenwriter Wil Shriner is a TV-sitcom veteran (Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond) whose idea of directing a movie is to make another sitcom, only four times as long.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The fun of Biker Boyz should be in the racing, and though director Reggie Rock Bythewood throws around a lot of techniques, nothing really ignites.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A meditation of life, death, reincarnation and biblical symbolism that feels peculiarly like a head-shop poster, blown up to feature-movie size.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Performances, over all, are a mixed bag; Zeta-Jones does a fair, if incongruous, impersonation of a forties vamp, while Chandler and Pepper do well with limited screen time. As usual, Wright, as a Machiavellian police commissioner, transcends so-so-material to establish himself as the most complex character in the film.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The movie, which is roughly as predictable as the attraction of flies to dung, is a hackneyed mix of sentimentality and anarchic comedy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    More entertaining in concept than execution. What starts as geek comedy gradually slides into a familiar morality play about the savagery beneath the veneer of civility.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The movie is a preholiday trifle that’s mildly risqué and a lot sentimental.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    In the world of pulp movies, where horror, westerns and Asian exploitation borrow and blend with each other, there's a point where the cross-genre mishmash begins to feel like gobbledegook. That's definitely the case with Sukiyaki Western Django.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Where this PG-rated adaptation of a hit Broadway show, adapted by Adam Shankman falls down is by being far too mild for its supposedly outrageous subject.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    There's a scientific law to be discerned here that producers would be well to heed: Mediocre movies start to drag as soon as the action speeds up; when the explosions start, they fall to pieces.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    There’s little here to improve upon the stilted quality of the original, and it’s even more cumbersomely plotted.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Throbbing musical crescendos and flickery flashbacks abound but apart from some outlandish plot machinations, nothing here is good or bad enough to be memorable.

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