For 1,299 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
1299 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    There is little chance for the movie's talented stars, Day Lewis and Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) to establish and develop their characters, beyond their set-piece declarations of love.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Here is a psychological twister with an implausible and hard-to-follow plot. All of this is more than compensated for by terrific performances, a seductive colour palette that is greenish and glassy, and a minimalist style reminiscent of Michael Mann.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The exiled Tibetans who are interviewed display a lack of bitterness, a sympathy for their enemies and hope for the future that is inspiring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The Invisible Woman is, fair warning, leisurely in its pace.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even a politically naive film critic can see that An Inconvenient Truth isn't only about science or economics; it's also about ideology.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Bad history it may be, but Elizabeth is a movie that makes you want more, as it plays to the myth of history's great actress-monarch, a character who puts today's tinselly political heros and heroines (royal and not), to shame.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It feels like one long non-sequitur -- like closing a Charles Bronson film with a disco medley -- but there's an emotional consistency to Kitano's boisterous celebration of movement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Lady Vengeance is more than half over before we discover the object of Geum-Ja's hatred: a kindergarten teacher named Mr. Baek. He's played by Choi Min-sik, the prisoner in "Old Boy," and here he's as tepid as he was heated in that film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What makes Crude worthy of the overused term “epic” is the way the case symbolizes a host of contemporary issues: the iron-fistedness of multinational corporations; environmental despoliation; the disappearance of indigenous cultures; and the power of celebrity and the media to influence justice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Dive into a masterpiece.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    May not have the most sophisticated narrative, but it is one of the most spectacular and masterly demonstrations of animation in screen history.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Captures some of the spirit of the real Che.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    What keeps the energy percolating is DiCaprio’s performance, in the loosest and most charismatic turn of his career.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The confluence of poverty, dysfunctional parenting and poor educational prospects makes the oft-idealized small-town life look like an incubator for failure, no matter how high and spectacular the Fourth of July fireworks fly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An unusually smartly written and performed American independent film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Serves to champion human irrepressibility and unpredictability. It's the flip side to the defeatism of "Distant," but with parallels, both in the very deliberate pacing and moments of visual wit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    But it’s Rooney who commands the most attention. As she already proved in David Fincher’s "The Social Network" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," she has an oddly fascinating screen presence, suggesting both vulnerability and inscrutable levels of calculation. Few actors or actresses can make inexpressiveness look so smart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Everything about Mid-August Lunch is simple and unpretentious, from the black-out scene transitions to the folk-dance score, as the four isolated, elderly women, over a couple of days and meals, become a circle of companions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Both an homage to his dad and a backstage story rich in Hollywood lore.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Whether Omar will ultimately serve to change or harden hearts remains ambiguous, though it’s a movie that’s entertaining enough to appeal to the kinds of ordinary kids we see in the movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Waitress is sweet, uneven and, ultimately, a heartbreaker.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Kimberly Reed’s debut documentary, Prodigal Sons, would make a terribly contrived novel, but is a compelling and sensational real-life story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Abramovic is a sensationally attractive narcissist and the filmmakers are clearly smitten with her, but the film goes a long way to establish the intellectual seriousness and dedication involved in her ambitious series of art stunts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As angry, deluded, vulnerable and confused as Aileen is, the character remains an enigma. Apart from serving as an opportunity for Theron's emotionally deep-dredging performance, the movie doesn't know why it exists.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    You have to feel pleased just for the existence of a film like Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. A 3-D, black-and-white, stop-motion animated film, it's a one-man blow for cinematic biodiversity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The Clowns and the Krumpers have a rivalry that parallels the Bloods and the Crips battle for the neighbourhood, but fought out in moves, not bullets.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a sewer blessedly free of actual sewage, which makes Flushed Away more kid-friendly than, say, the average "South Park" episode.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Smart, serious and deftly composed, New York director Jill Sprecher's jigsaw anthology film, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, is the kind of work you want to applaud just for its ambitions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    A great film about a good man.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    The narrative, cobbled together from various Pooh stories by an army of writers, is held together reasonably well by John Cleese's soothing narration.

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