For 1,300 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Moolaadé
Lowest review score: 0 Vacation
Score distribution:
1300 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    It tries too hard too early.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Prime seems aimed at prime-time television, with endless iterations on the same theme of "frustrated relationship" that will finally get resolved during sweeps week in the season before cancellation. Call it: My Mama, the Shrink.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The Rock is just typical big American dumb fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    By the time we reach the climactic ending, the script clearly calls for an exorcist with a chainsaw to trim back this metaphor run amok.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The film, shot in black-and-white at canted angles, suggests an R-rated Twilight Zone episode with a twist of Fellini-lite, in a trite film school kind of way. Mickey Mouse is unlikely to be shaking in his big yellow shoes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The result is an erratically funny but often frustrating comedy, with an interesting premise hobbled by internal inconsistencies and uneven writing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, is still offbeat, but more in the sense of unco-ordinated than syncopated.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The sickly feeling that Body of Lies leaves at its conclusion isn't just about the brutality of its subject; it's the realization that real-life barbarism translates so easily into adrenaline kicks for the multiplex.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A tart-coated sugar pill of a movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    From time to time, as Alexandre Desplat's insistent score surged yet again while the characters rushed by, I found myself wanting the movie to slow down. Some of these images are too beautiful to disappear so quickly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    With seemingly twice as much action, a whole new complex of villainy, competing Iron Man suits, robots and love interests, Iron Man 2 sequel cashes in hard on the unexpected success of the first Iron Man from 2007 and somehow loses much of its soul in the process.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Just who is Pixar aiming this movie at? Contemporary children or their great-grandparents?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Distinctly middling, London-set romance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Although the film and the actors keep on looking good, this solemn, soppy, fantasy has nothing to say about science or faith.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Guy Ritchie's Holmes reboot feels both too complicated and too elementary, dear Watson.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The Kingdom is a barely coherent compendium of Middle East fantasies, fears and doubts.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Waters's rude, lewd and occasionally nude extended skit takes a simple idea and beats it limp.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    On the downside, Rosebraugh’s own film is too self-righteous and his attempts to play a humour-challenged, lightweight version of Michael Moore in front of the camera is a misfire. The climate-change deniers are comforting, though obviously wrong. Greedy Lying Bastards is grating, even if it’s right.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    With its episodic stream of slapstick gags, Minions has moment of piquant absurdity, but mostly it’s shrill-but-cutesy anarchy works as a visual sugar rush for the preschool set.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    It's a combination that seems ideal for 10-year-old boys who adore violence, and could well be the cornerstone of the next DreamWorks franchise.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The art of the classic Hitchcockian thriller is about style, pace and misdirection – and though Unknown is occasionally baffling and involves running and car chases, the film rarely manages to thrill.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Hereafter is unpredictable enough to be consistently watchable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    There's plenty here to keep summer comedy fans satiated, if not entirely satisfied.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Like a lot of things about Zack and Miri, the porn title feels like it's trying too hard.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The larger shell game here is that Edge of Darkness is offered as a political thriller, but with real-world politics removed. What we’re left with is a familiar mechanism for delivering a vicarious, violent, wish-fulfilment fantasy, with Mel in a familiar position, in the driver’s seat, pedal to the metal.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Exuberantly campy.
    • 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."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Feels like one of those misguided high-school-teacher exercises in making literary history sound contemporary.

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