For 1,307 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Another Year
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
1307 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Actors Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro are the kind of startlingly good-looking, glamorous stars that evoke classic Hollywood adventure films.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    At heart, though, every moviegoer can recognize a love story, no matter how unusual the context.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Taken strictly as a movie, though, Selma is an uneven yet generally skillful effort that has probably drawn more praise and criticism than it warrants.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For all its emphasis on doomed honour and grim death, Letters from Iwo Jima is also sentimental.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Both a triumph of design and cinematic engineering and, at the same time, long, repetitious and naive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Yes, at its best, Birdman soars, swoops and flutters with life and invention, but it parrots more than it speaks. You long for a writer as reliably, elegantly witty as Tom Stoppard, whose dramas are typically “backstage,” or if not Stoppard, at least a verbal speed-puncher like Armando Iannucci, or if not Iannucci, someone as relentlessly inventive and obsessive as Charlie Kaufman to make you feel like somebody is trying to say something, rather than a writing team filling in the intelligent-sounding words to support the boisterous performances and the virtuosic camera dance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Yun, a veteran Korean actress, gives a splendidly layered performance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The feeling is like a warm homecoming.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Ultimately, your nautical mileage may vary as to whether Chandor and Redford achieve the philosophical and emotional impact they intend, but in a movie that is a demonstration of the importance of trying, they definitely try.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The S in Robert S. McNamara stands for Strange, which is an unusual middle name and perhaps an apt description of the man at the centre of documentary filmmaker Errol Morris's gripping character study, The Fog of War.
    • 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
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Reportedly, after seeing the film, rapper Eminen is anxious to play a wheelchair athlete in a coming movie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    When it came to describing what was happening to him, Ebert was forthright, clear-eyed and admirably free of neurosis and self-pity.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Giddily impudent in its execution, pummelling in its message, To Die For is finally a comedy black enough for the tabloid television age.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    One of the most original, good-hearted comedies in a long time, Rushmore is the sort of movie where the strangest sequences of discords somehow keep managing to reach giddily improbable resolutions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    With his trademark spare, unfussy direction and jumping into the story approach, Eastwood subtly establishes the themes of faith, loss and love and then he raises the drama to a different level.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Ten
    Ten may strain your patience but that's the high-stakes gamble of this provocative project.

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