For 1,300 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Dead Man on Campus
Score distribution:
1300 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    At the end of Courage Under Fire, you feel torn between admiration and annoyance with the filmmakers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An impressive film accomplishment, a combination of technique and extremely specific detail that reminds viewers how potent a rhetorical force the medium can be.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though the conclusion is foregone, Canadian screenwriter David F. Shamoon's script manages to extract suspense out of Poldek's ruthless, calculating nature.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For audiences tired of summer sequels that grind through the familiar motions, Stardust provides a dizzying antidote.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The acting throughout is exceptional, rooted in observed realism, but suggestive of more mythical agents at work through the lives of human beings.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A thinly plotted, amateurishly acted, cartoonishly violent and hugely entertaining array of jaw-dropping stunts and corny slapstick.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Bad history it may be, but Elizabeth is a movie that makes you want more, as it plays to the myth of history's great actress-monarch, a character who puts today's tinselly political heros and heroines (royal and not), to shame.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The End of the Line's most topical hook is its exploration of bluefin tuna, which, as a sushi delicacy, is sometimes called the "most expensive meat on the planet."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An uncomfortably fascinating document of a man whose bipolar disorder and artistic ambitions are inextricably connected.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    You probably have a better chance of stuffing an octopus into a tea cup than capturing one of Dickens's fat novels in a two-hour movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Taken strictly as a movie, though, Selma is an uneven yet generally skillful effort that has probably drawn more praise and criticism than it warrants.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Morse, with his hulking frame, baby face and soft voice, has probably done too many of these villain roles for his own good. But how could you avoid casting him when he manages to present someone who's screamingly insane in the mildest, most pleasant way?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a human-sized drama about people with contradictory motives, trying to help or use each other.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Both a moving first-person essay and an artful exercise in political advocacy, 5 Broken Cameras is about the experience of West Bank protests from the inside.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The exiled Tibetans who are interviewed display a lack of bitterness, a sympathy for their enemies and hope for the future that is inspiring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What makes Crude worthy of the overused term “epic” is the way the case symbolizes a host of contemporary issues: the iron-fistedness of multinational corporations; environmental despoliation; the disappearance of indigenous cultures; and the power of celebrity and the media to influence justice.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Morlando's approach, influenced by interviews with the real Boyd in his old age, is cerebral and melancholic. The tone is more foreboding than suspenseful.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Eventually, Toy Story 3 finds its way back to that theme of the power of childhood play. There are a few worrisome moments en route, though, when not only the characters but the filmmakers seem to have lost their way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Not surprisingly, it's a cinematic mash note, but apparently a deserved one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie is unexpectedly disciplined and enjoyable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a remarkably good-looking near-corpse of a film, with a pulse that fades in and out.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Freed from the tiresome constraints of plot and character, Rumble in the Bronx is the distilled essence of action entertainment. [27 Feb 1996, p.D1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Ultimately, the movie is not, to paraphrase the U.S. Army slogan, all that it could be. The climax is uninvolving generic eye candy, and the sequel-friendly coda is unconvincing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As a film about intellectuals, The Barbarian Invasions can sometimes seem maddeningly scattered and contradictory.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is B-movie material all the way, yet it's not only watchable, it's engrossing. That's because the material is in the hands of an A-talent director, who knows, as few of his contemporaries do, how to manipulate the plastic qualities of a film: the lighting, editing, composition, camera movement and production values.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though its level of execution is consistently high, Rango is a non-pandering comedy that takes its message of western individualism seriously: It's here for you and your children to enjoy – or not – as you please.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though something less than a masterpiece, The Illusionist is a rare animated film of fleeting charms rather than loud noises, aimed more at wistful adults than thrill-hungry kids.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    On the positive side, it's still four back-to-back Simpsons episodes, which is still better than most of what either television or the movies have to offer.

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