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 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 Senseless
Score distribution:
1300 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Deft and ironic, mixing banal reality with poignant metaphor in a typically Iranian style.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Bridges's big performance takes place in the context of a relatively minor movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Mrs. Brown will not overturn Queen Victoria's prim reputation, but it reminds us that there was more to the woman than that famous plump cameo that has become the symbol of a more modest era.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a movie about draining, tenderizing and chopping up the audience emotionally.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Adoring, appropriately offbeat documentary.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Amadeus needs an additional 20 minutes running time like "The Magic Flute" needs a drum solo. Though the production is gussied up with more frills and decoration than a Viennese dessert trolley, Forman is generally workmanlike in his visual style and very uneven with his handling of actors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    While the movie is narrow, it has a deep, melancholic resonance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The narrative here may be strictly nuts and bolts, but as an achievement in graphic design, Steamboy is first class.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Yun, a veteran Korean actress, gives a splendidly layered performance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Now if that isn't an inspirational story, it's hard to know what is.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The results are not monumental, but they are a variety of sober responses to the tragedy that help place the event in a global context. Some of the films may be, as has been suggested, anti-American in tone, but none come anywhere near defending the attacks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Over all, A Field in England aims to confound. The filth-encrusted characters aren’t easy to keep apart, and the narrative is too fragmentary and freakish to grasp (the sun turns black, a character vomits rune stones).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The winner of this year's audience award for best documentary at Sundance has it all: heartless media, art fraud and a four-year-old painting prodigy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Paprika is a creatively dizzying and visually dazzling allegory about alternative realities.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Arguably, Lost in Translation is the American answer to Wong Kar-wai's masterpiece, "In the Mood for Love," though less about history, more about infatuation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though Revolutionary Road is a less stringent work than Yates's book, it also feels like a more tolerant and humane one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film is too slapdash and self-serving to take seriously (it’s release is timed to the precede thesame-named album’s release next month), but it’s a casually entertaining trip, aimed at fans of the charismatic rapper and his recreational substance of choice.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film walks the fine line between exploitation and empathy to cast a chilly, memorable spell.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Argo is a movie of many parts, the sum of which can probably be best described as enjoyable Hollywood hokum.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like the comic stars of the silent era, Mr. Bean's character transcends language barriers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie's title proves to be not entirely a case of bait-and-switch. The film really is a homage to vintage Hollywood comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is one of the director's small, experimental, semi-improvised provocations, and if it doesn't push too deep, it's pointed enough to leave a mark.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A kind of stealth political film that confronts issues of ethnic tension and American xenophobia.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even with new information provided in the film, however, his personality remains not so much elusive as cantankerous, particularly in contrast with the expansiveness of his songs. That gap gives I'm Not There something of a hollow centre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like similar English comedies, it also teeters on the mawkish.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For all its accomplishments, Far from Heaven remains hermetic, an elegant exercise in deadpan irony. What does the movie ultimately mean? Art, we're told, should not mean, but be -- but Haynes's cinematic essays are designed to provoke commentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Too loud, too long and too busy but – here’s the good part – also wonderfully silly.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Along with its allegorical elements, The King is also impressively specific in naturalistic detail.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Enough Said confirms filmmaker Nicole Holofcener’s status as one of America’s best stealth satirists.

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