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

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Moolaadé
Lowest review score: 0 Vacation
Score distribution:
1300 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    For all its incident, A Royal Affair is slow and picturesquely framed – more of a languorously animated coffee-table book than a gripping drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is B-movie material all the way, yet it's not only watchable, it's engrossing. That's because the material is in the hands of an A-talent director, who knows, as few of his contemporaries do, how to manipulate the plastic qualities of a film: the lighting, editing, composition, camera movement and production values.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A kind of stealth political film that confronts issues of ethnic tension and American xenophobia.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    While the movie is narrow, it has a deep, melancholic resonance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Go
    Like circus acrobats who bounce up smiling, the characters end up on their feet, and you realize in retrospect that they survived because somebody, finally, stopped to think. A final thought on Go: Go.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a remarkably good-looking near-corpse of a film, with a pulse that fades in and out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A painful documentary film, partly because of its subject, partly because of the troubling questions raised by the filmmaker's approach.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This witty, star-packed and visually splendid kids' movie provides a small-is-beautiful message served on a parodoxically epic scale.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Rohmer doesn't attempt to create any skepticism about Grace's perspective on her experiences; we are shown them as she saw them, and seeing is the real pleasure of The Lady and the Duke.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    At its best moments, Our Nixon captures the split-personality of the times, and the apparently innocent face of corruption.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Burton's movie is not only more faithful, complex and better cast, it has an essential ingredient: squirrels.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Headhunters is slick and spritely, a mixture of corporate skullduggery and low-life slapstick that plays like "The Firm" meets "Blood Simple."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Gran Torino skids into the narrative ditch. By the time it jolts to an ending, followed by Clint rasping a tune to the closing credits, you're more likely to be rolling your eyes than dabbing them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Seabiscuit is a good enough movie, in the sense that it's a well-crafted assemblage of pathos and rousing moments, solidly acted and handsomely shot -- but it's far from champion material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Pi
    Audacious and bursting with ideas, the paranoid little sci-fi independent film Pi marks an auspicious debut for New York writer Darren Aronofsky.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    For those who enjoyed J.J. Abrams’s frisky relaunch of Star Trek back in 2009, the good news is that the new Star Trek Into Darkness is more of the same. The bad news is that Star Trek Into Darkness is, well, a bit too familiar.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    The story of the colony’s exile and return feels like a dull sermon, but the animals themselves, with their expressive faces and Moe Howard hairdos, can switch from slapstick to pathos faster than Charlie Chaplin.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie is pretty damned funny in its insubstantial, gratuitously violent, gratuitously everything way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Sumptuous and schmaltzy, Steven Spielberg's First World War drama, War Horse, is a strange beast of a film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Isn't really a dull film so much as an oddly quaint one that seems to find a comfortable perspective about drastic circumstances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    By the time Inland Empire, David Lynch's three-hour digital epic shot on a home video camera, takes you through its tour of the contents of the director's febrile imagination, it's probably the bunnies you'll most remember.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An innovative romantic comedy that is a mixture of British spice and American sugar.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It is, in short, a compendium of clichés, yet with a presentation that makes the familiar seem remarkably warm and fresh.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    The problem is that the movie plays down almost everything that made Cash great: the train rumble of a voice, the direct, poetic truth of his best lyrics, the invention of his outlaw image and his constant creativity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie is unexpectedly disciplined and enjoyable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Still Alice is being called a career performance for Moore, and although it may be one of her most poignant roles (it has earned her a fifth Oscar nomination), the part barely scratches the surface of her ability.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Simple but engrossing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Compared to many of last year's documentaries (Pina, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Cave of Forgotten Dreams or The Interrupters), this film is distinctly minor league. But it does provide the thumbs-up emotional lift of a bumper-sticker message on game day.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    If you had to be an alcoholic, you'd want to be like Kate, the young drunk played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the new movie Smashed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    As a thriller, it's only fitfully suspenseful, and despite the ticking bomb premise, meanders a good deal in its plot convolutions. As a portrait of the absurdity and humiliation of life under occupation, the story is heartfelt but predictable.

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