For 1,351 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 No
Lowest review score: 0 Dead Man on Campus
Score distribution:
1351 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Distinctly middling, London-set romance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The old carnival phrase "Close, but no cigar" comes to mind when watching The Brothers Bloom , a globetrotting heist film that starts off terrifically and then progressively deflates.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Light to the point of disposability, Sweet Home Alabama is a small screwball comic idea that spins out far too long.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Taken on its own, this is a masterful little slice of computer-generated animation, but it gets lost here in the visual racket.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A bland, workaday detective flick that should have been much better than it is.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    By turns raw, naturalistic and indebted to John Cassavetes, both stylistically and thematically.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Fitfully interesting, occasionally cringe-worthy, this is the sort of stagy production that mixes ribaldry and campy overacting that evokes summer theatre productions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Ultimately, the best thing about (500) Days of Summer isn't its gimmicky script. It's the constant performance of Gordon-Levitt, who shifts, scene-by-scene, from moments of ebullience to abject dejection.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Liam Lacey
    The characters of Rachel and Nick are charming but their relationship feels backgrounded by numbing amounts of money porn, stilted melodrama, and often-strained comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The narrative, cobbled together from various Pooh stories by an army of writers, is held together reasonably well by John Cleese's soothing narration.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The juxtaposition of Loretta learning how to be a good capitalist and the historical flashbacks to her ancestor on the block at a slave auction rings unintentionally awkward. The good intentions, though, aren't in doubt: For the sake of the generations who have made sacrifices before her, Loretta has an obligation not to waste her life. [24 Dec 1998, p.D6]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A tart-coated sugar pill of a movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Rude, lewd and occasionally in the nude, The Hangover brings a collection of fresh faces to the familiar raucous male-bonding comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    With its wry tone and mild emotional disturbances, In the Land of Women is less a chick flick than a chick flicker.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Gran Torino skids into the narrative ditch. By the time it jolts to an ending, followed by Clint rasping a tune to the closing credits, you're more likely to be rolling your eyes than dabbing them.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Rousing? Sort of. Never before, one feels, have so few given so much for so much real estate.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Isn't really a dull film so much as an oddly quaint one that seems to find a comfortable perspective about drastic circumstances.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Plays precariously close to an unfunny sociopathic case study.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Less an adaptation of its source material than a therapeutic response to it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    There's an easy familiarity and charm in the creased, middle-aged faces of Nimoy, Shatner and DeForest Kelly (the perpetually irascible Dr. McCoy), all of whom now play their parts with an ever-present twinkle. Their behavior rarely has anything to do with the motives provided by the plot; rather, they wear their characters like old habits, as they boldly go where they've always gone before. [26 Nov. 1986, p.C5]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Perhaps the most regrettable crime here is the way that Mann, trying to do too much, robs himself of a great opportunity. Here was a chance to capture the drama of the Thirties.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Perhaps the film's biggest weakness is that all the characters are so naive and petty you can't really work up much fervour about who sleeps with whom. That would never be a question in a movie like "Casablanca."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The movie meanders on and on, like a bad sexual dream, until you finally wake up mumbling: Stella, please: leave that groove thang alone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The trouble is, once you get past the historical information and chummy interviews, you have to put up with the inevitable risk of any ad-hoc jam session: It Might Get Boring.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    This is the reliable raunch-plus-sweetness comic formula that goes back through the Farrelly brothers, Adam Sandler's comedies, "Revenge of the Nerds," "Porky's" and "Animal House."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A try-anything, fitfully amusing muddle that wears its mocking cynicism a bit too proudly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Superficial but giddily entertaining backstage documentary.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The terror sequences (not only animals but monsoons and earthquakes and quicksand) are scary until they get monotonous: after a while, you have a sense you're watching a clip reel from every Hollywood disaster flick ever made.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Like "Little Miss Sunshine," the movie stars Toni Collette and Steve Carell in a story about a dysfunctional family trip, though like "Adventureland," it’s really about a teenager finding acceptance at a local theme park.

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