For 1,332 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Lowest review score: 0 Senseless
Score distribution:
1332 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a movie about draining, tenderizing and chopping up the audience emotionally.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    As lovely to look at as it is dramatically inert.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" or James Gray's "We Own the Night," The Town is a deliberately old-fashioned melodrama that echoes the pulpy mix of violence and romanticism of gangster films of the Thirties and Forties.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though the conclusion is foregone, Canadian screenwriter David F. Shamoon's script manages to extract suspense out of Poldek's ruthless, calculating nature.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    As a portrait of a deliciously eccentric individual, Gods and Monsters features a vivid performance from Ian McKellen that makes you think not of James Whale but of Ian McKellen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    While it’s technically eye-popping and intricately structured, Interstellar is at its most fascinating when it struggles hard to communicate those things we human beings call “emotions”. Instead, we get something like a freeze-dried approximation of Steven Spielberg at his most sentimental.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 Liam Lacey
    In the life-is-too-short category, file Kangaroo Jack as a sub-Farrelly Brothers, dumb-plus-dumber buddy picture.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Subtly crafted and compelling, but it suffers from a case of split personality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Hercules is a lot of fun -- not a masterpiece, but engaging, clever and bright. [27 June 1997, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Tuned in to the anarchic wisecracks and slapstick humour of traditional Warner Bros. cartoons. In contrast to the computer-generated characters and slick script of a movie like "Shrek," Lilo and Stitch still feels like a cartoon aimed at kids, not their parents.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The focus of Invictus is less on Mandela's psychology than his willpower and political astuteness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The winner of this year's audience award for best documentary at Sundance has it all: heartless media, art fraud and a four-year-old painting prodigy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Has a subtle magnetism, and a real human pulse, especially as it concentrates on its two main characters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Undoubtedly the rudest and possibly the most inspired comedy of the summer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Smartly cast, in the sense that Reeves, gloomy and pained, and Harrelson, confused and explosive, both seem befuddled while Downey, as the devious, intellectual Barris, is befuddling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The juxtaposition of Loretta learning how to be a good capitalist and the historical flashbacks to her ancestor on the block at a slave auction rings unintentionally awkward. The good intentions, though, aren't in doubt: For the sake of the generations who have made sacrifices before her, Loretta has an obligation not to waste her life. [24 Dec 1998, p.D6]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Over all, A Field in England aims to confound. The filth-encrusted characters aren’t easy to keep apart, and the narrative is too fragmentary and freakish to grasp (the sun turns black, a character vomits rune stones).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even with new information provided in the film, however, his personality remains not so much elusive as cantankerous, particularly in contrast with the expansiveness of his songs. That gap gives I'm Not There something of a hollow centre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    In a contest between passion and pretension, Laurence Anyways reaches a kind of draw. What holds up here isn’t Dolan’s overly decorative filmmaking, but what he gets from his performers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Burton's movie is not only more faithful, complex and better cast, it has an essential ingredient: squirrels.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Plot, characterization and dialogue are merely the frame here for the real goods, an immersion into the Indonesian martial arts form known as silat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The very name Orson Welles stands for genius wasted and betrayed, and the movie offers some foreshadowing of his triumphs and failures to come.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A charming oddity starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, often feels like an al fresco stage play. It’s an intimate two-hander with lots of dialogue, humour and poignant revelations, set against a backdrop of rugged woodland beauty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    There are sequences in Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai’s new film, The Grandmaster, that are as gorgeous as anything you’ll see on a screen this year, or perhaps this decade.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A tart-coated sugar pill of a movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There's a particular upside-down, half-masked kiss that instantly becomes one of movie history's more memorable smooches. It's the kiss to send any teenaged boy on a spinning high, as well as launching the new age of arachnophilia.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Part of the charm of Satin Rouge is that it avoids the obvious with humour and lightness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Rude, lewd and occasionally in the nude, The Hangover brings a collection of fresh faces to the familiar raucous male-bonding comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    The movie rolls on, with more clever but increasingly repetitive action sequences that entertain, but drain the film of any credible sense of jeopardy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A love letter to performers who put their egos and bodies on the line.

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