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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 A Dangerous Method
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
1300 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    By the conclusion, the movie turns into the ursine answer to "Free Willy," veering dangerously close to New Age parody: Free your inner bear -- and begin to heal from the last time you got mauled.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Overall, Stalingrad is a bizarre concoction, part Putin-era patriotic chest-thumping and part creaky war melodrama, all set in a superbly recreated ruined city.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    One of those international co-productions full of good intentions and blandly polished results.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Unassuming only in its title.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Having seen the TV series "Hogan's Heroes," we already know that a German prisoner of war camp can be cartooned; Hart's War goes further as a cartoon that takes itself seriously.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Has a deliberately minimalist, retro look to it as well.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    All in all, it’s many prayers short of a revelation.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Between a string of post-Friends dismal rom-coms, Aniston has succeeded in these kinds of grownup roles every few years. Here, she negotiates the character’s quirks and contradictions competently, but nothing short of a rewrite from scratch could make Cake palatable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The differences between the two movies are, first, that Scoop is a comedy and, second, unlike "Match Point," it's not very good, as Allen also returns to pre-Match Point mediocre form.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Director David Dobkin, best known for comedies such as "Shanghai Nights" and "Wedding Crashers," demonstrates his serious intent mostly by paint-by-numbers psychology and a ponderous pace.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Too often, the script collapses into what feels like improvisation, in which the characters find a kind of common ground: Infantilism.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    At almost 21/2 hours, Divergent is repetitiously brutal and drab, with sets that resemble warehouses and industrial junkyards; the action rarely emerges into the daylight before the climactic gun battle.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The movie is a preholiday trifle that’s mildly risqué and a lot sentimental.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Ultimately, his (Silver) film settles for a queasy mix of high-toned intentions and commercial compromises.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    At each stage of the romance, the movie digresses with a series of swing-and-miss gags, often with an abusive twist.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    With its jazzy saxophone noodlings during the opening credits and its bruised black-and-blue look, it's so quaintly and conventionally pulp that you feel like filing a report with the cliché police.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Aside from Jones’s broadly entertaining performance as the egotistical Supreme Commander, the movie, directed by Peter Webber (The Girl with the Pearl Earring), is a dud.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Big, lavish and dumb as camel spit -- is proof that sometimes it's better to let sleeping genres lie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Though complete redemption of Brown's fiction may not be possible, Howard's new film at least represents an upgrade from a mortal to a venal movie sin.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Whatever glimmers of cleverness Martian Child offers, it all comes to Earth with a thud in the shamelessly manipulative climax.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    This mix of titillation and sentimentality can pass as family entertainment because 17 Again is so weightless, a succession of one-liners, sincere monologues and logical absurdities.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Though Shark Tale will make waves at the multiplexes and move a lot of plastic toys at Burger King, the movie lacks real heart. It feels like a cold-blooded, always moving, profit-making machine.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Mostly feels as hackneyed as the first film felt fresh. It's a loud, puffed-up exercise in computer-generated heroics and battles that follows a pattern.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Lions for Lambs appears to have taken its inspiration from Al Gore's stolid "An Inconvenient Truth," using the stage lecture and Power Point presentation in lieu of dramatic momentum.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Falling in the pillowy cleavage between mildly awful and slightly entertaining, Burlesque is a clichéd rags-to-diva story that culminates in a series of Christina Aguilera videos.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Relentlessly twee as all this is, Wasikowska's warmth and Hopper's off-beat timing (he's the son of the late Dennis Hopper) are appealing to watch.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    As far as story is concerned, the whole thing feels like a rerun of a raucous Saturday-morning television show aimed at hell-raising five-year-olds.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A big bloated bore-o. Think of a combination of "Wild Wild West" and "Spy Kids."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Almost everything about this starring vehicle for Katharine Heigl feels borrowed from some previous romantic comedy.

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