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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Winter Sleep
Lowest review score: 0 Species II
Score distribution:
1,290 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Far from the push-button catharsis offered by most Hollywood redemption tales, the work is sober and deliberate, a mix of visceral intensity and artful design.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    A preening terrorist for the Me generation, his primary drive was vanity and his main professional asset an absence of empathy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    With elements of "A Star Is Born" and "Singing in the Rain," The Artist is a rarity, an ingenious crowd-pleaser.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    The story of a man afflicted with fearful visions, Take Shelter is a film that's hitting the right apocalyptic trumpet call at the right time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter, it is a feast formed by skill and serendipity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Le Havre, offers the director's usual humour, pitch-perfect acting and compassionate message, with a Gallic twist that should win new converts.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    This is like no movie you've seen before, a haunting mixture of horror, history and fantasy that works simultaneously on every level.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Dreamgirls is one of the best movie musicals in memory.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    What keeps the energy percolating is DiCaprio’s performance, in the loosest and most charismatic turn of his career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    If the word masterpiece has any use these days, it must apply to the film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, a mature, philosophically resonant work from Turkey's leading director, 53-year-old Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates, Distance, Three Monkeys).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    The best Canadian beer movie since "Strange Brew," and the best 1930s musical of the year, The Saddest Music in the World is the kind of exhaustingly delirious film that only Winnipeg director Guy Maddin could make.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    Eyes Wide Shut still towers above most of the movies out there, immersing the viewer in a web of emotional complexity, at once raw and personal and, at times, theatrically overcooked.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Liam Lacey
    This outing not only doesn't disappoint; it surpasses high expectations. This is a terrific, smartly designed adolescent adventure, visually rich, narratively satisfying, and bound to resonate for years to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A film rich in paradoxes. Much of the film's style is dreamy, from the snow-covered Ontario landscapes suggestive of a blanket of forgetfulness, to Julie Christie's pale, intoxicating beauty, to the ambient musical score.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Ghoulishness and innocence walk hand-in-hand in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, a movie that digs into Hollywood's past to resurrect the antique art of stop-motion animation and create a fabulous bauble of a movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Polanski's view of life is like that of Greek tragedy, with the same cold comfort that tragedy implies; from the larger perspective which art gives us, we know even horrors eventually pass.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Only Lovers is so fluidly edited and thinly plotted that it feels almost off-hand; yet, it’s also made with great care, beautifully lit and set-designed to an eyelash.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    In the entrancing frames of Career Girls, nothing extraordinary happens and everything is revealed. [26 Sep.1997, p.E8]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Death, torture, humour and even budding eroticism -- now this is more like it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Captain Phillips manages to expose us to a few things that are unusual in a thriller, including sympathy for the enemy and, in Hanks’s performance, the frailty that is the other side of heroism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    As in "Taxi Driver," the protagonist is a damaged war veteran, an invisible man who travels about the city and internalizes its contradictions until he explodes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Iraq in Fragments already stands up as a classic war documentary, in its unusual poetic form and by its extraordinary access to the lives of ordinary Iraqis.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Compelling, disturbing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Hackman is unexpectedly hilarious. With protruding top teeth and a professorial beard, he's a motormouth, badgering and abusing one minute, wheedling and fawning the next.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Tense car chases, action scenes handled with crisp panache and Canadian actor Ryan Gosling channelling Steve McQueen as an existential wheel man add up to make Drive one of the best arty-action films since Steven Soderbergh's "The Limey."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    A beautiful, probing art documentary.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    The character of Rosalyn – a mash-up of Carole Lombard, Lady Macbeth and maybe even Regan from The Exorcist – is by far the most hair-raising phenomenon in a movie bristling with high hair.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Much of what happens in Silent Light can feel painstakingly mundane: milking cows, harvesting wheat, a long drive at night in and out of shadows. Yet throughout, there's a sense of something ominous impending, and while it remains gentle, the ending is genuinely startling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Liam Lacey
    Skip work to see it at the first opportunity.

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