For 1,201 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 An Education
Lowest review score: 0 Senseless
Score distribution:
1,201 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though something less than a masterpiece, The Illusionist is a rare animated film of fleeting charms rather than loud noises, aimed more at wistful adults than thrill-hungry kids.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A light, slight, wry look at the beautiful and besotted, which gets away with not having much to say, thanks to its charm and excessive good looks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though its level of execution is consistently high, Rango is a non-pandering comedy that takes its message of western individualism seriously: It's here for you and your children to enjoy – or not – as you please.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Ultimately, Certified Copy – with its unresolved loose ends – is a puzzle box without a key.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Not surprisingly, it's a cinematic mash note, but apparently a deserved one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In its mocking but acutely observed style, Hobo is a well-designed cinematic mess: There are whiplash jump cuts, patches where the sound almost disappears, and the whole thing is projected in a queasy, faded Technicolor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What's right about Horrible Bosses is less easy to identify, but it comes down to something like esprit de corps. The three principal actors click. The looseness of the structure actually proves a benefit, allowing Bateman, Sudeikis and Day, all trained on television comedy, to bounce off each other, talk over each other and apparently pull lines out of the air.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A high-school talent show, no doubt, but, at its best, well worth glorifying.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though the threat of exposure and incarceration lurk behind every story, the characters' ingenuity and humour serve as impudent alternatives to authoritarian stupidity and brutality.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Yun, a veteran Korean actress, gives a splendidly layered performance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Redemption, not crime, is the real theme here, for this handful of courageous men and women who have rescued their own lives, and just possibly may help save the blighted neighbourhoods in which they labour.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Director Sean Durkin's precisely constructed psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene is a movie of many m-words – memories, mirrors and madness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Essentially agenda-free, My Perestroika has the quality of a candid conversation with long-lost cousins from another country.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    At its simple core, Sleeping Beauty is a perfectly pitched chamber piece about the menace of voluntary oblivion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Not too surprisingly, Fincher doesn't bring his auteur A-game here, though his crafty B-game is better than most. As well, the break-out performance of Rooney Mara as the semi-feral computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, gives the film a residue of authentic anguish.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It's a screwball comedy, with a possible debt to Preston Sturges's 1942 film, "The Miracle of Morgan Creek," a movie inspired by the Dionne quintuplets, and similarly set in a small town turned upside down by media and political showboating.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Dreadful as the subject matter is, the authenticity of the performances and the skill of Schleinzer's filmmaking are difficult to deny in this portrait of a monster as the bland guy next door.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though the conclusion is foregone, Canadian screenwriter David F. Shamoon's script manages to extract suspense out of Poldek's ruthless, calculating nature.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Deft and ironic, mixing banal reality with poignant metaphor in a typically Iranian style.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A father-son academic rivalry provides fodder for this caustic comedy set in the Talmud Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Plot, characterization and dialogue are merely the frame here for the real goods, an immersion into the Indonesian martial arts form known as silat.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like Maddin's melancholic and relatively more conventional "My Winnipeg," Keyhole is about a memory house, but one that is even more fragmented, mythical and elusive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Headhunters is slick and spritely, a mixture of corporate skullduggery and low-life slapstick that plays like "The Firm" meets "Blood Simple."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Smart, anxious and weirdly funny, the first feature from Toronto video artist Daniel Cockburn connects a series of scenarios that gradually begin to loop into each other.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Morlando's approach, influenced by interviews with the real Boyd in his old age, is cerebral and melancholic. The tone is more foreboding than suspenseful.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Pink Ribbons, Inc. is unabashed advocacy filmmaking. In spite of improved mortality rates and scientific advances, few women in the film will acknowledge that pink-ribbon-financed research has done any good at all.