For 1,291 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 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Happy-Go-Lucky
Lowest review score: 0 People Like Us
Score distribution:
1,291 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The first 20 minutes of the South Korean film The Host represents one of the most entertaining movie openings in memory. It's the same kind of pop-culture thrill provided by Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," with the same sense of astonishment, fear and pleasure at something genuinely new.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    No film this year has offered quite the cerebral tickle, weird invention and slaphappy gusto.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The feeling is like a warm homecoming.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Sensual and scary, the movie is so visually textured you feel as though you're brushing against the screen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Here’s another word for Gone Girl: “meta.” It’s a word Flynn uses, which means it’s a thriller about thrillers, and a narrative about narratives, especially the form of domestic violence relished by current-affairs television shows.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Though Burton's version is faithful, the filter of his sensibility has turned it into another of his necrophilic creepshows.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Yes
    Ultimately, Potter's fable is about how a catastrophe forces us to ask what we believe and why.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Both the most bewildering of the three movies and also the most brutally compelling.
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Giddily impudent in its execution, pummelling in its message, To Die For is finally a comedy black enough for the tabloid television age.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A movie that gets wonderfully under your skin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Can a little-read 18th-century literary masterpiece be food-spittingly funny? Can it also include contemporary English actors riffing about their bad teeth, getting drunk and kissing their personal assistants? The answer is yes, as long as you agree that the best way to adapt an original book is with a correspondingly original film.
    • 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.”
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The best American movie so far this year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Call it what you like – a modern Russian epic, a crime drama, a black comedy or a scream in the dark – Leviathan is a shaggy masterpiece.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    That's not to say that There Will Be Blood isn't something exceptional; it's just that the movie is jarringly erratic, ranging from moments of delicacy to majesty to over-the-top bombast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Relentlessly dark but expertly rendered, it shares its cinematographer and quality of aggrieved compassion with another recent Romanian art house hit, "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu."
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A French rat as a master chef? Absurd. But a brilliant French chef with an American accent? C'est grotesque!
    • 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.

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