For 1,307 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Saddest Music in the World
Lowest review score: 0 Georgia Rule
Score distribution:
1307 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a human-sized drama about people with contradictory motives, trying to help or use each other.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Comes alive with the more relaxed performances from its senior set.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though the progress of Atim's increasing empathy is predictable, the film understates its points effectively, without simplification.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Like a lot of well-staged parties, though, the affair peaks shortly after the introductions, and then devolves into intrigues, fights and mayhem.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The characters are entertainingly contradictory, though in a somewhat predictable way: Nice people aren’t honest, and honest people aren’t nice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Rather than another oppressive film about poverty, it's a revealing experiment in perspective.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Both a moving first-person essay and an artful exercise in political advocacy, 5 Broken Cameras is about the experience of West Bank protests from the inside.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    By its third act, Okwe has found his solution and Dirty Pretty Things comes across as both clever but a little pat, another British drama about the misfits who pool their resources to defy the oppressive system, though it does not precisely leave a warm glow.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The value of Amandla! is that the film helps the rest of the world understand, both with our ears and minds, where South Africans have come from.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    No film this year has offered quite the cerebral tickle, weird invention and slaphappy gusto.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    All this is initially fascinating, and then progressively less so. The problem is the usual serial-killer issue – things, no matter how weird and kinky, get repetitive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A conventional mixture of thriller and moral drama, the film is unsettling in both intentional and unintentional ways.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The phrase in the title "wanted and desired" is offered by a producer friend of Polanski's who describes him as "wanted" in the United States, but "desired" in Europe, where sexual behaviour is treated more honestly and artists' dark sides are celebrated.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    A bland, workaday detective flick that should have been much better than it is.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The Guard is guilty of being overly cute, but it brims with talent and a freshness that extends beyond the clever script.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Ex Machina is a clever film with one indelible performance from Isaac.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie's climax takes Harry Potter into territory that is much more like epic horror than most of what the series has seen before. There is more obvious religious symbolism and apocalyptic violence as Harry emerges into his role as “the chosen one.”
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    The best Canadian beer movie since "Strange Brew," and the best 1930s musical of the year, The Saddest Music in the World is the kind of exhaustingly delirious film that only Winnipeg director Guy Maddin could make.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The most provocative aspect of this compulsive riddle is how it resists closure. The end comes not when we have the answer, but when the movie reaches its irresolute end.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A celebration of Hong Kong action cinema that mocks gravity, both emotional and physical.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Running at about three hours, The Aviator is long, and the momentum occasionally flags. The depiction of Hughes's first mental breakdown feels a little obsessive-compulsive itself.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Unclassifiable and wildly original, it is almost wordless but teeming with sound.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    At the end of Courage Under Fire, you feel torn between admiration and annoyance with the filmmakers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    As with his previous film, director Chang nurses a compelling drama from a multilayered cultural reality, at once intimate and unfathomably large in implications.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As a young man he dreamed of racing cars. Now he rides a bicycle to the market each day, to negotiate with an elite fraternity of top fish dealers, who save their best for Jiri's restaurant. Like the fish that are disappearing from the oceans, they're probably the last of a breed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Peter Fonda's the bee's knees in the performance of his career.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A thought-provoking film that examines women’s limited choices in a patriarchal country reeling from the contradictions of rapid modernization.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What really distinguishes it from the art-film crowd is that it’s also food-spittingly funny.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The Hunting Ground’s film’s biggest journalistic “get” is the first on-camera interview with Erica Kinsman, the Florida State student who accused star quarterback Jameis Winston of drugging and raping her.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    While We’re Young is more commercial and less innovative (or whimsically self-indulgent, depending on your tastes) than Baumbach’s last feature film, 2012’s "Frances Ha," though it shares some common ground.

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