For 1,241 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 Hugo
Lowest review score: 0 People Like Us
Score distribution:
1,241 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A conventional mixture of thriller and moral drama, the film is unsettling in both intentional and unintentional ways.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There are zombie movies and then there are George Romero films.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What's fun about Benson Lee's documentary Planet B-Boy isn't just the amazingly athletic displays of B-boys he puts on screen, but the film's sense of cultural discovery.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The strengths of Fugitive Pieces are its fluidity and subtlety. Emotional repression may be one of the most difficult conditions to portray honestly, and Dillane's performance of Jakob is a study in the art of creating sympathy by not asking for it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Cynical, hip, politically opportunistic and loaded with kick-ass comic action.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film walks the fine line between exploitation and empathy to cast a chilly, memorable spell.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The phrase in the title "wanted and desired" is offered by a producer friend of Polanski's who describes him as "wanted" in the United States, but "desired" in Europe, where sexual behaviour is treated more honestly and artists' dark sides are celebrated.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Overnuanced, a world of delicate cruelty, where most of the wounds take place without breaking the skin or even a sweat.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This intimate portrait of the so-called godmother of punk is aimed at viewers who are keenly fascinated by Smith.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie's climax takes Harry Potter into territory that is much more like epic horror than most of what the series has seen before. There is more obvious religious symbolism and apocalyptic violence as Harry emerges into his role as “the chosen one.”
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like the writings of William Burroughs or Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," Watchmen falls into the category of what might be called meta-pulp, a multilayered fiction that serves as a parody and commentary on our collective bottom-feeding fantasies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie's title proves to be not entirely a case of bait-and-switch. The film really is a homage to vintage Hollywood comedy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An innovative romantic comedy that is a mixture of British spice and American sugar.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    George W. Bush is hammered for doubling the debt load with his high-spending, low-taxing ways.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Unlike "Being John Malkovich," which JCVD sometimes resembles, there is no secret portal to the star's head; instead, the audience gets a fleeting glimpse through the smeared window of his soul.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though Revolutionary Road is a less stringent work than Yates's book, it also feels like a more tolerant and humane one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Perhaps the movie might have made more sense if the actors could have taken each other's roles: Pitt always seems light and ageless, while Blanchett never seems to have been young.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The excesses are easy to forgive, both for the humour and charisma of Rourke's outsized performance and Aronofsky's canny low-key direction, which make for a combination that is irresistible.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Both Rudd and Segel have splendid comic timing and their improvised scenes leap out from the script.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Surprisingly touching and funny.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Fortunately, there's always the fascination of watching actor Toni Servillo, who does a brilliant job of playing Andreotti (known as Beelzebub) as a kind of devil with a clown's exterior.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An absorbing and not-too-uncomfortable experience, so long as you remember there's a camera lens and a big distance between you and the film's violent subject.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though Three Monkeys feels conventional compared with Ceylan's other work, it maintains its auteurist imprint, especially the rich colour palette and suggestive HD camerawork that helped Ceylan take the best-director honours at Cannes this year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though there are moments when the drama turns into intellectual debate, the film is also emotional, moving with a fluid, mounting tension and moments of anguish and strange, startling humour.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is one of the director's small, experimental, semi-improvised provocations, and if it doesn't push too deep, it's pointed enough to leave a mark.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There's something genuinely exploratory and original here in the depiction of people being pushed into adulthood before they're ready.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An unabashedly schlocky, expertly executed blend of jack-in-the-box jolts and humour.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In many areas, Food Inc. could be accused of being a fast-food version of a documentary – it's everywhere at once, skipping across the surface of a vast subject, and adding nuggets of sweetness to the scary filler.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    May be well-trod territory, but worth a walk down the movie aisle.