For 1,290 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 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Wolf of Wall Street
Lowest review score: 0 Daddy Day Camp
Score distribution:
1,290 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Linklater’s film is very much its own hybrid creature. While the dramatic scaffolding is lightly drawn, it becomes apparent that Linklater has organized his material along certain themes, most notably that of the passage of time and the dream life of childhood.
    • 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
    Performances are still the heart of Leigh’s work, and at the heart of this film is an extraordinary performance by Leigh’s frequent collaborator, the British actor Timothy Spall.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Call it what you like – a modern Russian epic, a crime drama, a black comedy or a scream in the dark – Leviathan is a shaggy masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Sissako’s point, while never heavy-handed, is hard to miss: Traditional Muslims are among the world’s biggest victims of Islamic militarism.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Funny, fascinating, utterly unclassifiable film.
    • 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
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Faithful to Chekhov, Ceylan spells out nothing except that unhappiness unrecognized is unhappiness compounded, and despite the film’s wintry chill, there’s a thrilling warmth in this struggle to shine a light on life.
    • 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
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller.
    • 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.

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