For 1,269 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Eyes Wide Shut
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
1,269 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As an epic, American Gangster doesn't cut it. The reputations of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather," Brian De Palma's "Scarface," Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" or Michael Mann's "Heat" are safe. At best, American Gangster is no better than a workmanlike imitation of its betters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even with new information provided in the film, however, his personality remains not so much elusive as cantankerous, particularly in contrast with the expansiveness of his songs. That gap gives I'm Not There something of a hollow centre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a human-sized drama about people with contradictory motives, trying to help or use each other.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Suffused with clever lines, characters with neurotic tics and a pervasive, jocular black humour, The Savages is more about craft than art, but the craft, especially in the writing and acting, is at a high level.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film's forced quirkiness constantly threatens to derail the entire enterprise, making this another minor American indie exercise in family eccentricity. But it keeps being put back on track by the apparently effortless performance of a great young actress.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A demanding blend of spectacle, drama and exposition of ideas.
    • 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.

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