For 1,307 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Another Year
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
1307 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Whether you fully embrace the Harry Potter phenomenon or simply live with it, there's no question that J. K. Rowling is an imaginative story-spinner. The trouble is that she has ruined the field for the legions of the second-rate.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Occasionally, the cast rises above the material.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A movie with a confident sense of its own worthlessness, it speeds by in a flurry of candy-coloured cars, bare midriffs, screaming engines and a pulsing rap soundtrack.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Sporadically funny, twisted for sure, it risks becoming as repetitive and shrill as the kinds of programs it satirizes.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The best sequence is a five-minute set-piece where Clouseau struggles with an accent coach to learn how to order a hamburger like an American.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    For a movie aimed at children, Shark Boy and Lava Girl is gloomy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    What should have sizzled fizzles.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Eccentric and misguided enough to be almost perversely fascinating, the film doesn’t lack nerve; it’s just not very good.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Throughout, Terence Blanchard's score swells and sweeps, reminding us, at every moment, what we're supposed to feel. If only we knew what we were supposed to think of this trite mess.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Feels stale, bloated and willing to get by on sheer familiarity.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The music, at least, is welcome.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Mediocre movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The French director’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning silent movie comedy, "The Artist," is everything "The Artist" was not: long, unoriginal and heavy-handed.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    As for De Niro, he seems to have licence to do what he wants here, without much help from the writers.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Love Ranch bounces between tongue-in-cheek wackiness and soapy melodrama while rarely hitting a true note.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    It doesn't take a foolish romantic to hope that Myles and Elisabeth live happily ever after. The world just isn't ready for 20 More Dates.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A paint-by-numbers vigilante movie with the usual rogue cop, murdered wife and trail of vengeance.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Big Fat Liar becomes a progression of increasingly elaborate slapstick stunts, in the brutal, noisy "Home Alone" vein, in which the complexity of the pranks rarely yields a commensurate comic reward.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The characters don't stay still long enough for the audience to worry about them. The high-priced actors (Freeman is especially wasted) are so much flotsam in the big water-tank action scenes.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Like its characters, That Awkward Moment has commitment issues: It lacks the courage of its bad taste.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Alig's superficiality seems to have been his only talent. His banality is a problem that the film can't overcome.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Without a thin tether to credibility, this fussy, morbid fantasy simply slides off into the void.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Notable for its enthusiastic abandonment of any semblance of narrative coherence.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Over all, the movie is just funny enough to make you wish it were much better than it is.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The story, of course, is a line on which to pin the comic set-pieces, and that's where Pink Panther 2 comes up lustreless. Zwart has no discernible sense of comic rhythm, beyond managing to punctuate scenes with a wall crashing in.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The Invisible isn't the formulaic horror film that the studio is selling it as but surely it wasn't supposed to be an accidental comedy either.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Suggestive of "X-Men," "The Matrix" and the television show "Heroes," Push is one of those time-mangling thrillers that manages to seem both complicated and superficial.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The real weak point is Reiner's listless direction, with too few scenes that almost gel and too many that fall flat.

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