For 1,233 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 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Batman & Robin
Score distribution:
1,233 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    As in "Taxi Driver," the protagonist is a damaged war veteran, an invisible man who travels about the city and internalizes its contradictions until he explodes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Jonathan Demme's potent adaptation of Morrison's novel may be substantial, but it is also engrossing, a movie that plays at times like a combination of “Gone With The Wind” and “The Exorcist.”
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Skip work to see it at the first opportunity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A little like speeding through the digestive tract of some voracious beast. There's bite, acid, digestive churning and an expulsive conclusion. If the metaphor seems unsavoury, well, wait until you see the film.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    "You're so lucky to live in Mexico," Luisa says. "Look at it -- it breathes with life." So does Y Tu Mama Tambien, both the pant of passion and shuddering sigh of regret.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The best American movie so far this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The movie isn't just about Schmidt as a personality, it's a portrait of his world, and Payne and co-writer Taylor show a rare compassion for the superficially comfortable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    One of the most original, and certainly among the best-acted films this year, 21 Grams focuses on people on the verge of dying, having survived death or grasping at the slender threads of new lives.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Pure cinematic intoxication, a wildly inventive mixture of comedy and melodrama, tastelessness and swooning elegance, bodies with the texture of fresh peaches, and angular faces Picasso would have loved.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A beautiful, probing art documentary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    One of the most original, good-hearted comedies in a long time, Rushmore is the sort of movie where the strangest sequences of discords somehow keep managing to reach giddily improbable resolutions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Polanski's view of life is like that of Greek tragedy, with the same cold comfort that tragedy implies; from the larger perspective which art gives us, we know even horrors eventually pass.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Forman's treatment is another matter entirely - infinitely more subtle and, using the intrinsic bias of film, far more naturalistic. [18 Nov 1989]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Tense car chases, action scenes handled with crisp panache and Canadian actor Ryan Gosling channelling Steve McQueen as an existential wheel man add up to make Drive one of the best arty-action films since Steven Soderbergh's "The Limey."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Captain Phillips manages to expose us to a few things that are unusual in a thriller, including sympathy for the enemy and, in Hanks’s performance, the frailty that is the other side of heroism.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The character of Rosalyn – a mash-up of Carole Lombard, Lady Macbeth and maybe even Regan from The Exorcist – is by far the most hair-raising phenomenon in a movie bristling with high hair.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Her
    Phoenix, for long scenes, is onscreen by himself, lost in his thoughts and those of the operating system moulded to fit his psyche. With his wounded awkwardness and boyish giggles, he seems authentically vulnerable, but the character’s emotionally arrested development also begins to weigh the film down.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Only Lovers is so fluidly edited and thinly plotted that it feels almost off-hand; yet, it’s also made with great care, beautifully lit and set-designed to an eyelash.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The winner of Cannes’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, and the international critics prize at the same festival, the film was hailed as a breakthrough, a graphic and emotional love story, the first same-sex feature ever to win the Palme, in the week after France legalized same-sex marriage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    In the entrancing frames of Career Girls, nothing extraordinary happens and everything is revealed. [26 Sep.1997, p.E8]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    From the start, it’s clear Anderson is working with a new sophistication both in the vocabulary and structure of the film’s voiceover narrations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Smart and youthful, with a well-balanced package of humour, romance, crisp action and character-based drama, Star Trek gives popcorn movies a good name.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The focus of Invictus is less on Mandela's psychology than his willpower and political astuteness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Bridges's big performance takes place in the context of a relatively minor movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Precious is a bit like having a piano dropped on your head: messy but memorable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    At 128 minutes – Almodovar's longest film to date – Broken Embraces is an easy film to bid farewell to.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Boisterous, cloying, simultaneously raunchy and innocent, hip and klutzy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The Informant! may be a gadfly of a movie, but it's not without bite.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Mixing bravura filmmaking with flat clichés in about equal amounts, The Dark Knight is all about dualism. Appropriately, the movie's half-inspired, half-frustrating.