For 1,313 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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 An Education
Lowest review score: 0 Vacation
Score distribution:
1313 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The old carnival phrase "Close, but no cigar" comes to mind when watching The Brothers Bloom , a globetrotting heist film that starts off terrifically and then progressively deflates.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    If the word masterpiece has any use these days, it must apply to the film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, a mature, philosophically resonant work from Turkey's leading director, 53-year-old Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates, Distance, Three Monkeys).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A rollicking good story set a millennium ago among Australian aborigines, Ten Canoes is one of those cultural-building exercises that genuinely entertains.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The voice that jerks out from Levy's throat suggests Lazarus waking from the dead.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film's forced quirkiness constantly threatens to derail the entire enterprise, making this another minor American indie exercise in family eccentricity. But it keeps being put back on track by the apparently effortless performance of a great young actress.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The combination of Hardy’s almost androgynous features and powerful physique evokes a young Marlon Brando, and while it’s premature to say he has a talent to match, he has emerged as one of the screen’s most versatile and compelling presences. Locke is what you might call his sedentary tour de force.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    The triumph of Foxcatcher is not in the subject but in its art. The clear-eyed compassion and moral intelligence of Miller’s film brings sense to the senseless, and finds the human pulse behind the tabloid shock. It’s not a movie to make you feel good, but, at moments, it reminds you what goodness is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Fortunately, there's always the fascination of watching actor Toni Servillo, who does a brilliant job of playing Andreotti (known as Beelzebub) as a kind of devil with a clown's exterior.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    No
    Take the backroom political machinations of "Lincoln," add in the showbiz sleight of hand of "Argo," and you’ll get something like No, a cunning and richly enjoyable combination of high-stakes drama and media satire.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A twofold story of heroic achievements and personal failings.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    A simultaneously realistic and absurdist examination of police work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Tarantino's approach is so enamoured of the exploitation cinema he emulates, there is a serious risk that noble intentions get smothered in juvenile comedy and cinematic grandstanding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The excesses are easy to forgive, both for the humour and charisma of Rourke's outsized performance and Aronofsky's canny low-key direction, which make for a combination that is irresistible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Death, torture, humour and even budding eroticism -- now this is more like it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An ultra-cheap movie, ingeniously promoted through the Internet -- is notable primarily as a model of guerrilla-style niche-marketing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    The verdict? King Kong may be a great movie event in a "Jaws/Titanic" sense of blockbuster impact and cultural talking point, but it is not a great movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    As in "Taxi Driver," the protagonist is a damaged war veteran, an invisible man who travels about the city and internalizes its contradictions until he explodes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Plays like a sophisticated children's story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Paprika is a creatively dizzying and visually dazzling allegory about alternative realities.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even when the plots of sexual confusions, transgression and tragedy became absurdly complicated and arbitrary, there was always the mise-en-scène to die for.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A movie that gets wonderfully under your skin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In many areas, Food Inc. could be accused of being a fast-food version of a documentary – it's everywhere at once, skipping across the surface of a vast subject, and adding nuggets of sweetness to the scary filler.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The result is an intriguing hybrid, mixing a Japanese reverence for nature (a raindrop shimmering on a leaf is a visual haiku) with quaint Victorian architecture and a story featuring contemporary, Caucasian-looking Japanese characters speaking in American accents. Somehow, it all works.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    With Incendies, Villeneuve attempts to balance moment-by-moment authenticity and operatic emotional impact. Much of the time, he succeeds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A cornball charmer of a film with some beautiful birds and homespun wisdom.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Often more ingenious in appearance than fact. The hunter-gets-captured-by-the-game scenario is predictable and the sequence of shell games does not, when reconsidered, actually add up.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    May be well-trod territory, but worth a walk down the movie aisle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The payoff is the revitalization of Bond by making him closer to what Fleming envisaged: a sociopath who, fortunately, is on our side.

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