For 1,215 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Le Havre
Lowest review score: 0 Senseless
Score distribution:
1,215 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Everything about Mid-August Lunch is simple and unpretentious, from the black-out scene transitions to the folk-dance score, as the four isolated, elderly women, over a couple of days and meals, become a circle of companions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The Runaways captures the sleaze and innocence of the era and has some still-relevant things to say about the conflict between girl-rocker empowerment and exploitation.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Chloe is director Atom Egoyan’s foray into the realm of what might be called artful trash. This is a high-toned erotic thriller, handled with style and some emotionally raw scenes, aiming for an effect that’s pleasingly unnerving, if not outright arousing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    More about Ali as media star and social figure, less about the quicksilver athlete.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film is a vertiginous experience of hanging 350 kilometres above the Earth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Part of the charm of Satin Rouge is that it avoids the obvious with humour and lightness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The Motown musicians today are in their 60s and 70s but they remain inspiringly colourful, funny in their stories and assured in their musicianship.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The result is a beautifully designed, lyrical fable of a movie, full of God's-eye shots from on high, placing the characters against the Italian scenery and medieval architecture.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The value of Amandla! is that the film helps the rest of the world understand, both with our ears and minds, where South Africans have come from.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Rohmer doesn't attempt to create any skepticism about Grace's perspective on her experiences; we are shown them as she saw them, and seeing is the real pleasure of The Lady and the Duke.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Adoring, appropriately offbeat documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Utterly preposterous but so full of enthusiasm and flashy style that it's entertaining anyway, The Brotherhood of the Wolf is like the platypus of genre films.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A painful documentary film, partly because of its subject, partly because of the troubling questions raised by the filmmaker's approach.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A trifle compared to Robert Altman's great films -- But it's a very assured trifle, and an unusually good-natured Altman film.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An entertaining takeoff and a high-altitude ride eventually runs into some bumpy weather and a clumsy landing in Mike Newell's new comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Peter Fonda's the bee's knees in the performance of his career.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    You probably have a better chance of stuffing an octopus into a tea cup than capturing one of Dickens's fat novels in a two-hour movie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Filled with a sweet, loopy sensibility and some fresh comic turns, Welcome to Collinwood is a low-budget American film that falls into the good-but-slight category.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There are a thousand ways you can imagine My Life Without Me going gruesomely wrong but, somehow, it doesn't.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Mamet's stylized dialogue, elaborate plot puzzles and the angry cleverness of his characterization makes for an invigorating, if not exactly likeable, mix.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Imperfect, but certainly provocative.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Smart, serious and deftly composed, New York director Jill Sprecher's jigsaw anthology film, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, is the kind of work you want to applaud just for its ambitions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A twofold story of heroic achievements and personal failings.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The exiled Tibetans who are interviewed display a lack of bitterness, a sympathy for their enemies and hope for the future that is inspiring.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The wildly ambitious but flawed biographical film about the English cellist Jacqueline du Pré.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Pi
    Audacious and bursting with ideas, the paranoid little sci-fi independent film Pi marks an auspicious debut for New York writer Darren Aronofsky.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The S in Robert S. McNamara stands for Strange, which is an unusual middle name and perhaps an apt description of the man at the centre of documentary filmmaker Errol Morris's gripping character study, The Fog of War.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    By its third act, Okwe has found his solution and Dirty Pretty Things comes across as both clever but a little pat, another British drama about the misfits who pool their resources to defy the oppressive system, though it does not precisely leave a warm glow.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Obviously, this is no easy sell, but give writer-director Siddiq Barmak full credit for portraying his country's social catastrophe with restraint, concision and some real beauty.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Somewhere between profound and ludicrous, kind of like a cross between "Waiting for Godot" and "Dude, Where's My Car?"