For 1,290 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 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Police, Adjective
Lowest review score: 0 Species II
Score distribution:
1,290 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Essentially agenda-free, My Perestroika has the quality of a candid conversation with long-lost cousins from another country.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    No doubt, Blood Brother is narrowly focused on Braat’s needs and evolution, but in contrast to social-issue films filled with talking-head experts and bullet-point graphs, this is a portrait of a caregiver that goes to the core of motivation – in this case, the need to share love.
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    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Possibly no one else does "grim" with as much unsparing enthusiasm as the Scandinavians.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Ultimately, the performances carry the film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As a young man he dreamed of racing cars. Now he rides a bicycle to the market each day, to negotiate with an elite fraternity of top fish dealers, who save their best for Jiri's restaurant. Like the fish that are disappearing from the oceans, they're probably the last of a breed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A movie that is often as awkward and as filled with mixed impulses as the age it documents.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A conventional mixture of thriller and moral drama, the film is unsettling in both intentional and unintentional ways.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In a series of mini-rants with insights that range from the ho-hum to the profound, the sixtysomething Žižek, paunchy, bearded and bobbing his hands like a squirrel’s paws, rummages through what he calls the trash can of ideology.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Throughout, Dorff is doggedly credible as an obtuse actor, but the richer performance here is from Fanning, and it might have been a stronger movie told from her character's point of view.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The combination of Hardy’s almost androgynous features and powerful physique evokes a young Marlon Brando, and while it’s premature to say he has a talent to match, he has emerged as one of the screen’s most versatile and compelling presences. Locke is what you might call his sedentary tour de force.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What's right about Horrible Bosses is less easy to identify, but it comes down to something like esprit de corps. The three principal actors click. The looseness of the structure actually proves a benefit, allowing Bateman, Sudeikis and Day, all trained on television comedy, to bounce off each other, talk over each other and apparently pull lines out of the air.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An emotionally powerful if somewhat divided experience. The grimness, the sweat, the panic are there in Saving Private Ryan-level intensity. At the same time, you never entirely lose the sense that the movie is a formal and calculated cinematic exercise, something of an illustrated argument.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film extends Jackie's fame beyond her allotted New York 15 minutes and keeps it alive 30 years later, thanks to a mixture of fond high-profile interviews and grainy archival clips.
    • 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.”
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Leave it to Brad Pitt, producer and star of World War Z, to try to put the zip back in zombie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Take 13 Tzameti for what it is: a tightly screwed shocker, a suspense tour de force that proceeds through a harrowing chain of events with alarming confidence.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Neither outrageous nor subtle as a religious satire, but here's the good news for modern viewers: With it's unusual Christian backdrop, this is one of the most intriguing rite-of-passage teen comedies in a long time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Comes alive with the more relaxed performances from its senior set.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The characters are entertainingly contradictory, though in a somewhat predictable way: Nice people aren’t honest, and honest people aren’t nice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For about two-thirds of the film, The Past’s release of information and emotion is almost perfect. Then, in the last third, it begins to feel contrived, as if Farhadi is trying to show a long chain of guilt, and to see how far it will unspool. The drawn-out revelations feel like overkill, though not enough to spoil what’s very good here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The first half is exhilarating, and the rest is a tolerably honourable surrender to Hollywood conventions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Calvary is an unsettling concoction, abstract and brutal, morally serious and too ghastly in its flippancy to be simply comedy. When you stop gasping at the shocks and jokes, there’s a profundity here, in the struggle to find the balance between outrage and forgiveness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The confluence of poverty, dysfunctional parenting and poor educational prospects makes the oft-idealized small-town life look like an incubator for failure, no matter how high and spectacular the Fourth of July fireworks fly.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It's a film of vigorous performances and provocative modern resonances, though it sometimes struggles to grapple with a grim, politically ambiguous, 400-year-old play.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though the progress of Atim's increasing empathy is predictable, the film understates its points effectively, without simplification.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Instead of the typical John Grisham-style connect-the-dots legal thriller, we get a film that's idiosyncratic, with a time-shifting structure, a surfeit of subplots and characters.

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