For 1,210 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Eyes Wide Shut
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
1,210 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As usual, the Coens' visual elements are pristine. The contrasting colours in the fire-lit interiors are gorgeous, while cinematographer Roger Deakins keeps the camera close, resisting traditional panoramic views.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Not until the final shot does Noyce rise up to the potential of the history: There's a sudden shiver of recognition, that, my God, these people really lived this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    With its bold screen-filling imagery, this is definitely a movie to be relished on the big screen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    On the positive side, it's still four back-to-back Simpsons episodes, which is still better than most of what either television or the movies have to offer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Too long by about 20 minutes, and arguably too obsessed with the lineage of names only of interest to other surfers, this is a vicarious kick.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Can a little-read 18th-century literary masterpiece be food-spittingly funny? Can it also include contemporary English actors riffing about their bad teeth, getting drunk and kissing their personal assistants? The answer is yes, as long as you agree that the best way to adapt an original book is with a correspondingly original film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Good Night, and Good Luck may be simplified history, but it's almost consistently well-crafted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Though Little Miss Sunshine is consistently contrived in its characters' too-cute misery, the conclusion, which is genuinely outrageous and uplifting, is almost worth the hype.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Extracting big drama out of small events is Mike Leigh's forte, and with his latest little masterpiece, Another Year, the English director pushes himself to the extreme.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In a well-paced two and a half hours, Berg's film is an ambitious mixture of summary and fresh investigation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For all that The Sessions does well, it offers some telling deviations from the real story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Parents of young children should be warned: Here's a family-values film that won't be much fun for the whole family.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Precious is a bit like having a piano dropped on your head: messy but memorable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Throughout the film, Cheadle's eyes are constantly scanning his environment for opportunities or anything that may be amiss.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It's a film of vigorous performances and provocative modern resonances, though it sometimes struggles to grapple with a grim, politically ambiguous, 400-year-old play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Enough Said confirms filmmaker Nicole Holofcener’s status as one of America’s best stealth satirists.