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 0.1 points lower 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
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A trifle compared to Robert Altman's great films -- But it's a very assured trifle, and an unusually good-natured Altman film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Go
    Like circus acrobats who bounce up smiling, the characters end up on their feet, and you realize in retrospect that they survived because somebody, finally, stopped to think. A final thought on Go: Go.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An unusually smartly written and performed American independent film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film is an attack on religious hypocrisy, mixing melodrama and black humour in a volatile blend.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    By its third act, Okwe has found his solution and Dirty Pretty Things comes across as both clever but a little pat, another British drama about the misfits who pool their resources to defy the oppressive system, though it does not precisely leave a warm glow.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Amadeus needs an additional 20 minutes running time like "The Magic Flute" needs a drum solo. Though the production is gussied up with more frills and decoration than a Viennese dessert trolley, Forman is generally workmanlike in his visual style and very uneven with his handling of actors.
    • 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
    Filled with a sweet, loopy sensibility and some fresh comic turns, Welcome to Collinwood is a low-budget American film that falls into the good-but-slight category.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Imperfect, but certainly provocative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A painful documentary film, partly because of its subject, partly because of the troubling questions raised by the filmmaker's approach.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A movie that is often as awkward and as filled with mixed impulses as the age it documents.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Both a triumph of design and cinematic engineering and, at the same time, long, repetitious and naive.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Somewhere between profound and ludicrous, kind of like a cross between "Waiting for Godot" and "Dude, Where's My Car?"
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses. It's also an oddly touching tribute to the joys of show biz.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Highly entertaining.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Smart, serious and deftly composed, New York director Jill Sprecher's jigsaw anthology film, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, is the kind of work you want to applaud just for its ambitions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The return to an Errol Flynn-style hero, who can swing from chandeliers, fight with two swords at once and ride a horse backward, recalls a movie era both sexier and more innocent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The wildly ambitious but flawed biographical film about the English cellist Jacqueline du Pré.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The result is a beautifully designed, lyrical fable of a movie, full of God's-eye shots from on high, placing the characters against the Italian scenery and medieval architecture.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Actually a pretty entertaining movie, in a kick-you-in-the-pants kind of way. A relative rarity -- a solid no-brow comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Now if that isn't an inspirational story, it's hard to know what is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An ultra-cheap movie, ingeniously promoted through the Internet -- is notable primarily as a model of guerrilla-style niche-marketing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It's a cop movie that refuses to cop out in the usual way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Ten
    Ten may strain your patience but that's the high-stakes gamble of this provocative project.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It is, in short, a compendium of clichés, yet with a presentation that makes the familiar seem remarkably warm and fresh.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film is like an Ingmar Bergman movie as realized by Monty Python: It's seriously gloomy about the loss of spirituality in the world, but at the same time rudely, sometimes hilariously, absurd.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The value of Amandla! is that the film helps the rest of the world understand, both with our ears and minds, where South Africans have come from.
    • 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.

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