For 1,201 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 0 Dead Man on Campus
Score distribution:
1,201 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    This is like no movie you've seen before, a haunting mixture of horror, history and fantasy that works simultaneously on every level.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Relentlessly dark but expertly rendered, it shares its cinematographer and quality of aggrieved compassion with another recent Romanian art house hit, "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu."
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Far from the push-button catharsis offered by most Hollywood redemption tales, the work is sober and deliberate, a mix of visceral intensity and artful design.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A French rat as a master chef? Absurd. But a brilliant French chef with an American accent? C'est grotesque!
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Gravity, a weightless ballet and a cold-sweat nightmare, intimates mystery and profundity, with that mixture of beauty and terror that the Romantics called the sublime.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    It's one modern film worthy of being called a contemporary classic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    There's something about this story, and this war, that brings out the stripped-down conceptual artist in her (Bigelow): Against blank canvases of desert sand and rubble, explosive wires are linked to nerve ends, and everything that matters depends on the twitch of a muscle or a finger on a button.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Mixing Chaplinesque delicacy with the architectural grandeur of a Stanley Kubrick film, director Andrew Stanton recycles film history and makes something fresh and accessible from it without pandering to a young audience.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    A preening terrorist for the Me generation, his primary drive was vanity and his main professional asset an absence of empathy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    The adjective “inspirational” doesn't do justice to the quality of Schnabel's film.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    That's not to say that There Will Be Blood isn't something exceptional; it's just that the movie is jarringly erratic, ranging from moments of delicacy to majesty to over-the-top bombast.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    There's a giddy, absurd charm to the story, in which the strange setting only enhances the comfortable familiarity of the narrative and characters.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Once in a rare while a film comes along that is boldly original, communicates an important idea in an elegantly simple fashion and happens to be highly entertaining. Such is the case with Moolaadé.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Her
    Phoenix, for long scenes, is onscreen by himself, lost in his thoughts and those of the operating system moulded to fit his psyche. With his wounded awkwardness and boyish giggles, he seems authentically vulnerable, but the character’s emotionally arrested development also begins to weigh the film down.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The best American movie so far this year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The character of Rosalyn – a mash-up of Carole Lombard, Lady Macbeth and maybe even Regan from The Exorcist – is by far the most hair-raising phenomenon in a movie bristling with high hair.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    At heart, though, every moviegoer can recognize a love story, no matter how unusual the context.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    With elements of "A Star Is Born" and "Singing in the Rain," The Artist is a rarity, an ingenious crowd-pleaser.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Funny, fascinating, utterly unclassifiable film.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The winner of Cannes’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, and the international critics prize at the same festival, the film was hailed as a breakthrough, a graphic and emotional love story, the first same-sex feature ever to win the Palme, in the week after France legalized same-sex marriage.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Skip work to see it at the first opportunity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A film rich in paradoxes. Much of the film's style is dreamy, from the snow-covered Ontario landscapes suggestive of a blanket of forgetfulness, to Julie Christie's pale, intoxicating beauty, to the ambient musical score.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    From the start, it’s clear Anderson is working with a new sophistication both in the vocabulary and structure of the film’s voiceover narrations.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    "You're so lucky to live in Mexico," Luisa says. "Look at it -- it breathes with life." So does Y Tu Mama Tambien, both the pant of passion and shuddering sigh of regret.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The feeling is like a warm homecoming.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    This outing not only doesn't disappoint; it surpasses high expectations. This is a terrific, smartly designed adolescent adventure, visually rich, narratively satisfying, and bound to resonate for years to come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Their excitement is infectious and the entire endeavour both mind-bending and tremendously human: Near the end, Peter Higgs, the recent Nobel Prize-winner and one of the scientists who first predicted the particle back in 1964, is seen in Switzerland watching the data results come in, while a tear trickles down his cheek.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Compelling, disturbing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Mostly, Nebraska impresses for its sure rhythms and artful balance of comedy and melancholy, resulting in Payne’s most satisfying film since "About Schmidt."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    The story may stretch credibility until it's ready to pop its seams, but Patel conveys the simple confidence of a prodigy who has learned everything important in life, except how to lie.