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 An Education
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
1,290 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Ghoulishness and innocence walk hand-in-hand in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, a movie that digs into Hollywood's past to resurrect the antique art of stop-motion animation and create a fabulous bauble of a movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The work is more muted than Miyazaki’s more fantastical films, but visually complex and gorgeous, from the rustic mountain scenes to the urban scenes and soaring aerial views.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    At times, these singers’ versatility has kept them both regularly employed and deliberately anonymous.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Animal Kingdom isn't perfect: Some performance moments are over-ripe, and there's an episode of arbitrary cruelty that's excessively creepy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    As well as an engaging fable about a homeless orphan living in a train station, Scorsese's film is a richly illustrated lesson in cinema history and the best argument for 3-D since James Cameron's "Avatar."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Captain Phillips manages to expose us to a few things that are unusual in a thriller, including sympathy for the enemy and, in Hanks’s performance, the frailty that is the other side of heroism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    No doubt, there is an uncomfortable number of logos being marketed to kids in the The Lego Movie, along with the obvious one that’s in the title, but the film as a whole is very much in the spirit of Cloud Cuckooland: It’s a place where the use of X-Acto blades and Krazy Glue breaks the rules but almost everything else goes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Whether you appreciate Gloria as a portrait of a vital woman, muddling through life’s middle chapters, or as an allegory of Chilean resilience, the message is the same: Let’s face the music and dance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An unabashedly schlocky, expertly executed blend of jack-in-the-box jolts and humour.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film is an attack on religious hypocrisy, mixing melodrama and black humour in a volatile blend.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An absorbing and not-too-uncomfortable experience, so long as you remember there's a camera lens and a big distance between you and the film's violent subject.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Though Burton's version is faithful, the filter of his sensibility has turned it into another of his necrophilic creepshows.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A little like speeding through the digestive tract of some voracious beast. There's bite, acid, digestive churning and an expulsive conclusion. If the metaphor seems unsavoury, well, wait until you see the film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like similar English comedies, it also teeters on the mawkish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A beautiful, probing art documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Shiver-making moments aside, in a important way 127 Hours suffers from the filmmaker's lack of nerve, a reluctance to let the audience taste Ralston's dread and the expectation of a slow, absurd death.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though something less than a masterpiece, The Illusionist is a rare animated film of fleeting charms rather than loud noises, aimed more at wistful adults than thrill-hungry kids.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Short Term 12 is a triumph of modesty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    This is Austen as chick-lit, not too deep, but with some integrity and the worthy goal of reaching a younger audience by offering a starch-free version of the story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Surprisingly touching and funny.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The theme could be trite or maudlin in lesser hands. Here, through the Dardennes' judiciously stylized way of telling the story, there is a real exhilaration in the film's ability to capture Igor's emotional dilemma. [6 Mar. 1998, p.C8]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Instead of the typical John Grisham-style connect-the-dots legal thriller, we get a film that's idiosyncratic, with a time-shifting structure, a surfeit of subplots and characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    By the end of the The Spectacular Now, you’re not quite ready to let these characters go. Instead, like director François Truffaut did with his character Antoine Doinel in a series of films, you want to check back with them every few years, to see how how they’re getting on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Ultimately, Certified Copy – with its unresolved loose ends – is a puzzle box without a key.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A father-son academic rivalry provides fodder for this caustic comedy set in the Talmud Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It's also mysterious in fresh ways. Like Hillary, Yates and Simpson climbed the mountain because it was there -- but what strange deity sent down a Boney M song to help Joe Simpson get home?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Le Havre, offers the director's usual humour, pitch-perfect acting and compassionate message, with a Gallic twist that should win new converts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Mixing bravura filmmaking with flat clichés in about equal amounts, The Dark Knight is all about dualism. Appropriately, the movie's half-inspired, half-frustrating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Hackman is unexpectedly hilarious. With protruding top teeth and a professorial beard, he's a motormouth, badgering and abusing one minute, wheedling and fawning the next.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    While the story, shorn of its supernatural elements, is mired in abuse and tragedy, its effect is sensual and superficial.

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