For 1,296 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 No
Lowest review score: 0 Batman & Robin
Score distribution:
1296 movie reviews
    • 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.
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    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Possibly no one else does "grim" with as much unsparing enthusiasm as the Scandinavians.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    More honourable than "amazing," the latest reboot of the Spider-man franchise brings Marvel Comics web-slinging super-hero down to earth, in a mostly satisfactory way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Alps, in spite of its title, is a very flat film, from the shallow focus photography, to the actors' monotone delivery.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The trouble with Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg's faithful-to-a-fault adaptation from Don DeLillo's 2003 novel, is that it's more metaphor than meat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What really distinguishes it from any number of drug-escapade stories is the unusual and welcome sense of Dostoyevskian moral gravity of the narrative.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    If you had to be an alcoholic, you'd want to be like Kate, the young drunk played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the new movie Smashed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For all that The Sessions does well, it offers some telling deviations from the real story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The screenplay by Seth Grossman and Israeli-American director Yaron Zilberman is old-fashioned and melodramatic but stirring in its portrait of people struggling with individual egos to produce something nobler than themselves.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    You don't have to go to the barricades for Hooper's film to appreciate it for what it is – a productive experiment, an epic-scaled weepie, an exercise in sincere kitsch, and, perhaps too easily dismissed, a rare modern movie about the wretched poor, a traditional subject of interest at this time of year.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Not everything about Zero Dark Thirty zips by. The middle hour of the film feels overstuffed with agency chiefs and national security advisors gazing on the feisty Maya with avuncular admiration.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What's before our eyes suggests we share the planet with some amazingly strange beings.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Korean-American actor and former model Yune (who played a similar role in "Die Another Day," the last Pierce Brosnan James Bond film) makes a colourful villain – handsome and insufferably assured, and also an unchivalrous sadist who kicks around the Secretary of Defense (Melissa Leo in a pageboy wig) as though she’s a hacky sack.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    While the story, shorn of its supernatural elements, is mired in abuse and tragedy, its effect is sensual and superficial.

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