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

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Daddy Day Camp
Score distribution:
1300 movie reviews
    • 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
    Hackle-raising in its intensity.
    • 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
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Like that camel-hair coat Abel wears, A Most Violent Year is classy and commands respect, but a stronger pulse under the lapels would make us care much more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Here’s another word for Gone Girl: “meta.” It’s a word Flynn uses, which means it’s a thriller about thrillers, and a narrative about narratives, especially the form of domestic violence relished by current-affairs television shows.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The pitch on Dear White People is that it’s “Do the Right Thing for the Obama generation,” which is both an oversell and a disservice to Justin Simien’s witty satire about race relations on a fictional Ivy League campus.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The night scenes are particularly resonant, mixing humour, suspense and textured visuals. This is the kind of film dream from which you feel reluctant to wake.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Cynical, hip, politically opportunistic and loaded with kick-ass comic action.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Too busy to be boring or deeply engaging, Tarzan is an efficient Disney treatment of a time-tested story. The results aren't bad, just not quite worth a chest-pounding victory yell.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Much of what happens in Silent Light can feel painstakingly mundane: milking cows, harvesting wheat, a long drive at night in and out of shadows. Yet throughout, there's a sense of something ominous impending, and while it remains gentle, the ending is genuinely startling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Only Lovers is so fluidly edited and thinly plotted that it feels almost off-hand; yet, it’s also made with great care, beautifully lit and set-designed to an eyelash.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Less satisfying are the moments when the film concedes to American horror conventions, especially the scuttling vampire effects, which pull us out of the haunted world of these lovely damaged creatures into a place that, while not of this world, feels entirely too familiar.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Taken on its own, this is a masterful little slice of computer-generated animation, but it gets lost here in the visual racket.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Audaciously whacked-out and never less than entertaining, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan mixes a backstage dance drama with a Freudian psychological thriller that's indebted to Roman Polanski's studies of shattered feminine psyches and David Cronenberg's movies about repressed bodies in rebellion.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The wildly ambitious but flawed biographical film about the English cellist Jacqueline du Pré.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Tense car chases, action scenes handled with crisp panache and Canadian actor Ryan Gosling channelling Steve McQueen as an existential wheel man add up to make Drive one of the best arty-action films since Steven Soderbergh's "The Limey."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Enough Said confirms filmmaker Nicole Holofcener’s status as one of America’s best stealth satirists.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a human-sized drama about people with contradictory motives, trying to help or use each other.

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