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 The Hurt Locker
Lowest review score: 0 People Like Us
Score distribution:
1300 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Mostly, it's a Coen brothers movie so slick, so careful in rationing its darkly perverse and personal elements, that it seems suspiciously sweet. Intolerable Cruelty feels like the Coens' peculiar new way of being cynical, by pretending they're not.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Mulan is another competent effort, but it's a disappointment for anyone hoping the studio would raise the standard of the animated feature to a new level.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film extends Jackie's fame beyond her allotted New York 15 minutes and keeps it alive 30 years later, thanks to a mixture of fond high-profile interviews and grainy archival clips.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In a series of mini-rants with insights that range from the ho-hum to the profound, the sixtysomething Žižek, paunchy, bearded and bobbing his hands like a squirrel’s paws, rummages through what he calls the trash can of ideology.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Plays precariously close to an unfunny sociopathic case study.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    You probably have a better chance of stuffing an octopus into a tea cup than capturing one of Dickens's fat novels in a two-hour movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Not too surprisingly, Fincher doesn't bring his auteur A-game here, though his crafty B-game is better than most. As well, the break-out performance of Rooney Mara as the semi-feral computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, gives the film a residue of authentic anguish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    The characters in Wonderland show an intelligent complexity and sharpness of contemporary observation that transcends romantic-comedy clichés.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Feels like a missed opportunity to do a country romantic melodrama in grand style.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Less an adaptation of its source material than a therapeutic response to it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    No doubt, Blood Brother is narrowly focused on Braat’s needs and evolution, but in contrast to social-issue films filled with talking-head experts and bullet-point graphs, this is a portrait of a caregiver that goes to the core of motivation – in this case, the need to share love.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses. It's also an oddly touching tribute to the joys of show biz.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    A sprawling prison drama that seeks, by turns, to endear itself and then traumatize its audience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The first half is exhilarating, and the rest is a tolerably honourable surrender to Hollywood conventions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There is both a sense of disappointment and relief when House of Sand and Fog crosses over into improbability, when the viewer can sit back, breathe easy again. All this trouble over the failure to open an envelope.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    A movie that feels a bit like digging a hole in the ground -- an exercise that may build character but doesn't seem to accomplish much else.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Mrs. Brown will not overturn Queen Victoria's prim reputation, but it reminds us that there was more to the woman than that famous plump cameo that has become the symbol of a more modest era.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Almost everyone is scum. The venality spreads from the slums or favelas, up the ranks of local militias, crooked police and pandering politicians.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Not much happens in Drinking Buddies, which, frankly, is refreshing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Now if that isn't an inspirational story, it's hard to know what is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Like the Irish film "Once," it’s a drama about the lives of musical performers who sing songs within the film to illustrate the emotional journey of a relationship. Broken Circle, though, is painted in much darker hues.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    The ironic, cheery-bland tone, the two-dimensional characters and episodic structure, say "comedy," while the events in the script say "bipolar depression."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Standing back a step from A Walk on the Moon's dippy charms, the movie delivers less than it initially promises.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    All of the story is so absurdly humourless that it is dramatically inert, as if Nolan had decided the only way to make the Batman character more substantial was to put weights on his wings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Both Rudd and Segel have splendid comic timing and their improvised scenes leap out from the script.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As a film about intellectuals, The Barbarian Invasions can sometimes seem maddeningly scattered and contradictory.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A trifle compared to Robert Altman's great films -- But it's a very assured trifle, and an unusually good-natured Altman film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It's a cop movie that refuses to cop out in the usual way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Instead of a message movie, Gabrielle is a romance and an unusual kind of musical that seamlessly integrates special needs actors with the other cast members.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Perhaps the most regrettable crime here is the way that Mann, trying to do too much, robs himself of a great opportunity. Here was a chance to capture the drama of the Thirties.

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