For 1,314 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Hugo
Lowest review score: 0 People Like Us
Score distribution:
1314 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    In a contest between passion and pretension, Laurence Anyways reaches a kind of draw. What holds up here isn’t Dolan’s overly decorative filmmaking, but what he gets from his performers.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    So long as you grit your teeth and keep your eyes on the screen, it’s an enjoyable, if almost academic, exercise in bad taste.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    The movie ends up exactly what it sounds like: a good film for filling the midnight slot at a review cinema or genre festival.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Aside from Jones’s broadly entertaining performance as the egotistical Supreme Commander, the movie, directed by Peter Webber (The Girl with the Pearl Earring), is a dud.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Liam Lacey
    Ronan, youthfully elegant as always, tries hard, but the material defeats her.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Liam Lacey
    Feels like a five-year-old with a megaphone, excitedly yelling about his latest bulldozer-soldier-dinosaur smash-kill-squash-everything game.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    While paying lip service to the spirit of invention and adventure, the movie doesn’t do much for the evolution of children’s animated entertainment.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    On the downside, Rosebraugh’s own film is too self-righteous and his attempts to play a humour-challenged, lightweight version of Michael Moore in front of the camera is a misfire. The climate-change deniers are comforting, though obviously wrong. Greedy Lying Bastards is grating, even if it’s right.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    No
    Take the backroom political machinations of "Lincoln," add in the showbiz sleight of hand of "Argo," and you’ll get something like No, a cunning and richly enjoyable combination of high-stakes drama and media satire.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    For its last third, the entire thing gets a Frankensteinian head transplant, and turns into derivative serial-killer nonsense.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Liam Lacey
    Unfortunately, it has the model of the 1939 film to remind us how lacking in delight this version is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Lewy’s script doesn’t cop out with any sentimental redemption, but neither does it establish why the self-destructive Lachlan deserves our sympathy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    While it’s fine for a director to explore his childhood inspirations, you hope he would bring something a bit more personal to it. Instead, Jack the Giant Slayer, while well-crafted, feels entirely generic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What's before our eyes suggests we share the planet with some amazingly strange beings.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    What promised to be a teen screwball comedy with a supernatural twist soon descends into special-effects overkill and camp acting from the overqualified supporting cast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    For all its incident, A Royal Affair is slow and picturesquely framed – more of a languorously animated coffee-table book than a gripping drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Warm Bodies is for audiences who prefer stories about mending hearts to munching brains, and ideally, for girls who aren't quite sure yet if they want a slightly scary boyfriend, or a living doll they can dress up.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Liam Lacey
    The film can't be accused of taking itself seriously. Shot in 3-D, with lots of choppy action, a rudimentary plot, and plenty of CGI-shape-shifting, it comes in at a brisk, disposable 88 minutes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Performances, over all, are a mixed bag; Zeta-Jones does a fair, if incongruous, impersonation of a forties vamp, while Chandler and Pepper do well with limited screen time. As usual, Wright, as a Machiavellian police commissioner, transcends so-so-material to establish himself as the most complex character in the film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Essentially Masterpiece Theatre comfort food, a chance to watch fine actors act without too many complications.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Parental Guidance is one of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the "Meet the Fockers" line, where children can enjoy seeing grown-ups looking ridiculous.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    Promised Land is a low-budget effort, far too awkward and contrived a drama to change many hearts and minds.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Liam Lacey
    World-weariness is not really the energetic star's best driving gear. Nor are declarations of menace intended to identify Jack Reacher as a modern-day mythic avenger. When he tells an enemy, through his clenched choppers, "I mean to beat you to death and drink your blood from a boot," the effect is, unintentionally, popcorn-spitting funny. Talk about overreaching.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Liam Lacey
    Tarantino's approach is so enamoured of the exploitation cinema he emulates, there is a serious risk that noble intentions get smothered in juvenile comedy and cinematic grandstanding.
    • 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.

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