For 1,290 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Slumdog Millionaire
Lowest review score: 0 People Like Us
Score distribution:
1,290 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    The characters in Wonderland show an intelligent complexity and sharpness of contemporary observation that transcends romantic-comedy clichés.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Less an adaptation of its source material than a therapeutic response to it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    No doubt, Blood Brother is narrowly focused on Braat’s needs and evolution, but in contrast to social-issue films filled with talking-head experts and bullet-point graphs, this is a portrait of a caregiver that goes to the core of motivation – in this case, the need to share love.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    A sprawling prison drama that seeks, by turns, to endear itself and then traumatize its audience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses. It's also an oddly touching tribute to the joys of show biz.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The first half is exhilarating, and the rest is a tolerably honourable surrender to Hollywood conventions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There is both a sense of disappointment and relief when House of Sand and Fog crosses over into improbability, when the viewer can sit back, breathe easy again. All this trouble over the failure to open an envelope.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Mrs. Brown will not overturn Queen Victoria's prim reputation, but it reminds us that there was more to the woman than that famous plump cameo that has become the symbol of a more modest era.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    A movie that feels a bit like digging a hole in the ground -- an exercise that may build character but doesn't seem to accomplish much else.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Almost everyone is scum. The venality spreads from the slums or favelas, up the ranks of local militias, crooked police and pandering politicians.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Not much happens in Drinking Buddies, which, frankly, is refreshing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Now if that isn't an inspirational story, it's hard to know what is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Like the Irish film "Once," it’s a drama about the lives of musical performers who sing songs within the film to illustrate the emotional journey of a relationship. Broken Circle, though, is painted in much darker hues.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    The ironic, cheery-bland tone, the two-dimensional characters and episodic structure, say "comedy," while the events in the script say "bipolar depression."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    All of the story is so absurdly humourless that it is dramatically inert, as if Nolan had decided the only way to make the Batman character more substantial was to put weights on his wings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Standing back a step from A Walk on the Moon's dippy charms, the movie delivers less than it initially promises.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Both Rudd and Segel have splendid comic timing and their improvised scenes leap out from the script.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As a film about intellectuals, The Barbarian Invasions can sometimes seem maddeningly scattered and contradictory.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A trifle compared to Robert Altman's great films -- But it's a very assured trifle, and an unusually good-natured Altman film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It's a cop movie that refuses to cop out in the usual way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Instead of a message movie, Gabrielle is a romance and an unusual kind of musical that seamlessly integrates special needs actors with the other cast members.
    • 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
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Feels like a missed opportunity to do a country romantic melodrama in grand style.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Perhaps the movie might have made more sense if the actors could have taken each other's roles: Pitt always seems light and ageless, while Blanchett never seems to have been young.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    With her high forehead, pale eyebrows and solemn face, Stiles could have understudied Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth -- another dignified smart girl surrounded by conniving idiots.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    The movie is directed by Mark Waters (responsible for the indie black comedy, "The House of Yes") and mostly, he's workmanlike, but smart enough to get out of the way of the nicely balanced two lead performances.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A movie that is often as awkward and as filled with mixed impulses as the age it documents.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A light, slight, wry look at the beautiful and besotted, which gets away with not having much to say, thanks to its charm and excessive good looks.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    This colour-drunk, sumptuous late Tang Dynasty (928 AD) drama is huge on spectacle but as devoid of delight as a Cecil B. DeMille biblical epic.
    • 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."

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