For 1,243 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Nebraska
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
1,243 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A cornball charmer of a film with some beautiful birds and homespun wisdom.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like the blues, you feel it first, and think of the meaning later.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Sure, it's a bit mechanical, but what did you expect? The important thing is that the characters and jokes don't prevent you from grooving on the pleasures of the moving parts.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a movie about draining, tenderizing and chopping up the audience emotionally.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A celebration of Hong Kong action cinema that mocks gravity, both emotional and physical.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For such a mush-ball teen movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants carries a welcome amount of grown-up emotional truth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    With its bold screen-filling imagery, this is definitely a movie to be relished on the big screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The Clowns and the Krumpers have a rivalry that parallels the Bloods and the Crips battle for the neighbourhood, but fought out in moves, not bullets.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is B-movie material all the way, yet it's not only watchable, it's engrossing. That's because the material is in the hands of an A-talent director, who knows, as few of his contemporaries do, how to manipulate the plastic qualities of a film: the lighting, editing, composition, camera movement and production values.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Reportedly, after seeing the film, rapper Eminen is anxious to play a wheelchair athlete in a coming movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Burton's movie is not only more faithful, complex and better cast, it has an essential ingredient: squirrels.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    But it is bright, smart, sometimes wickedly funny, and crisply performed to the point where the acting seems richer than the script.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Good Night, and Good Luck may be simplified history, but it's almost consistently well-crafted.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie is pretty damned funny in its insubstantial, gratuitously violent, gratuitously everything way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Zathura involves a lot of yelling, a lot of explosions and a lot of flying objects -- but what else would you expect from a movie that is, honestly for a change, intended for 10-year-old boys?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Jordan remains faithful to the looney sensibility of a hero, who is hard to take, but in his refusal to acquiesce to the social humdrum, is like a saint, or at least an artist.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie is unexpectedly disciplined and enjoyable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Julia Jentsch offers a brilliant example of what actors call "not playing the ending," and the awful suspense of the piece is watching as she realizes, in increments, that this is all much worse than she thought.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Little Fish is a small film about one family and drugs, but it succeeds in standing for a larger social catastrophe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The freestyle approach is an apt fit with the freestyle, spontaneous comedy, as both the playful director and affable star capture moments on the fly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Apart from its star, though, Emma may be the least convincing Austen adaptation so far.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Yet, about as often as Marvin's Room strikes a chord of emotional authenticity, it hits a fistful of false notes as well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An uncomfortably fascinating document of a man whose bipolar disorder and artistic ambitions are inextricably connected.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Holofcener's work is character and dialogue-driven, with a keen sense of prickly female competitiveness and intimacy that a man couldn't, and probably wouldn't, dare portray.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Hard Candy not only trips along a tightrope line between exploitation and art; in some ways, that line is its subject.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though Abrams doesn't possess a fraction of the visual pizzazz of the two previous MI directors, Brian De Palma or John Woo, his incarnation is, from a narrative perspective, better made.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Lady Vengeance is more than half over before we discover the object of Geum-Ja's hatred: a kindergarten teacher named Mr. Baek. He's played by Choi Min-sik, the prisoner in "Old Boy," and here he's as tepid as he was heated in that film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Along with its allegorical elements, The King is also impressively specific in naturalistic detail.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even a politically naive film critic can see that An Inconvenient Truth isn't only about science or economics; it's also about ideology.