For 1,324 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Master
Lowest review score: 0 I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
Score distribution:
1324 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A lot more cutting would have made this movie much funnier – but it should have taken place in the editing room, not on the screen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Unfortunately, the script, based on Deborah Moggach's 2004 novel "These Foolish Things," might better be described as pure British stodge: high-starch English comfort food of more sentimental than nutritional value.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    There's a big budget, big cast and big themes about religion, science and life on other planets. But Contact, which aims for awe, ends up with piffle.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The dread in the film is so quickly forgotten. What remains is an urge to fly to Italy, rent an apartment in a medieval city and invent your own adventure.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce, Karl Marx said. That might explain the possibility of even making a movie such as Stuck.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A lazy and mediocre movie, a sort of tepid parody blend of "The Breakfast Club" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Kenneth Lonergan's new film, Margaret, finally released six years after it was shot, now seems destined to become part of film history as one of the more stunning examples of a filmmaker's sophomore slump.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    As a drama, The Soloist is stuck before it starts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    As a statement on capitalism or anything else, Capitalism: A Love Story is often embarrassingly simplistic, self-contradictory.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A larger discomfort with Extract is an ambivalent attitude about comedy and social class. Mocking an officious middle-manager is always fair game; ridiculing blue-collar workers who resent their mindless jobs just feels mean.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    By the time the film reaches its big mushy climax, in which the slackers discover their inner caring during a dopey medieval role-playing battle, the movie starts to feel something like a pleasure again.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Playing characters familiar to the fans, we have William Hurt as a blustering general, Tim Blake Nelson as a kooky scientist and Tim Roth as an evil soldier who morphs into a monster. All of them seem to be directing themselves.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Fighting is a crude love letter to seventies' New York cinema but set in the present.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    What remains “indie” about At Any Price is that this is an unabashed social-message film – one that plays out like a cross between the agribusiness exposé "Food, Inc." and Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Smith’s charisma isn’t always an asset to the movie though. Unlike the unknown Macchio in the original Kid, there’s nothing vulnerable about Smith except for his diminutive size, which is its own problem.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    This bare-bones adaptation is more of a sop to the musical’s fans than a fully imagined movie musical.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A discordant mix of melodrama and chaotic farce.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Sugary but well-acted little emotional button-presser.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Unfortunately, this reverent and old-fashioned biopic is a prime example of the kind of inspirational movie that is, itself, uninspired.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    RED
    The star turns are Red's raison d'être, with the winking performances filling the place of any credible dramatic tension.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    In the rap-music, slam-dunk, hysterical tumult of visual clutter that makes up most of Space Jam, the traditional Warner Bros. 'toons get scant attention. In this marriage of corporate logos, the manic little characters serve simply as more names to be dropped. What Space Jam really lacks is respect for an irreverent tradition. [15 Nov 1996, p.C4]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Finally, an Adam Sandler comedy that you can sit through without wanting to throw a mallet through the screen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Even if it's accepted simply as glitter-sprayed trash, sophomorically plotted and incompetently acted, Femme Fatale is a uniquely De Palma kind of effluence, an exercise in auteur self-parody.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The movie never actually gets to winter: The title is just a clumsy play on the family's surname.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The script, despite doses of irreverent humour, feels manipulative, and the music is oblivious to nuance, with a spectacular misuse of Johnny Cash singing "Hurt."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Fans of Allen, the comedian, will be glad to hear there are more chuckles here than in his last film, "Bullets Over Broadway." Fans of Allen, the plot craftsman, will find a lot less discipline and imagination in the writing. In truth, Mighty Aphrodite is mighty slight.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    At this point, the effect of Myers' one-man Sixties love-in already feels less shagadelic than just shagged out.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    So why does Savages feel so calculated, cutesy, free of suspense and trashy only in the uninteresting sense? No doubt, Stone is trying... but it all feels more like flexing atrophied muscles rather than creating a believable experience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Though it's undoubtedly ingenious, for such a clever movie, it's a shame Rubber couldn't be more fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The first 45 minutes of this film feel like far too much normal and not nearly enough para.

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