For 1,232 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 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 Georgia Rule
Score distribution:
1,232 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The very name Orson Welles stands for genius wasted and betrayed, and the movie offers some foreshadowing of his triumphs and failures to come.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An unabashedly schlocky, expertly executed blend of jack-in-the-box jolts and humour.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In many areas, Food Inc. could be accused of being a fast-food version of a documentary – it's everywhere at once, skipping across the surface of a vast subject, and adding nuggets of sweetness to the scary filler.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Cynical, hip, politically opportunistic and loaded with kick-ass comic action.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There's something genuinely exploratory and original here in the depiction of people being pushed into adulthood before they're ready.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For all its emphasis on doomed honour and grim death, Letters from Iwo Jima is also sentimental.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    With his trademark spare, unfussy direction and jumping into the story approach, Eastwood subtly establishes the themes of faith, loss and love and then he raises the drama to a different level.
    • 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 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Reportedly, after seeing the film, rapper Eminen is anxious to play a wheelchair athlete in a coming movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a movie about draining, tenderizing and chopping up the audience emotionally.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The [final] battle is vast, and undoubtedly required thousands of hours of matching puppetry, robotics and computer code, but it is not without tedium.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    May be well-trod territory, but worth a walk down the movie aisle.
    • 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.”
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though Babel lacks any tragic sense of inevitability, it almost compensates with a handful of vibrant performances and the palpable physical texture of the settings.
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The most provocative aspect of this compulsive riddle is how it resists closure. The end comes not when we have the answer, but when the movie reaches its irresolute end.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Actors Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro are the kind of startlingly good-looking, glamorous stars that evoke classic Hollywood adventure films.
    • 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
    The payoff is the revitalization of Bond by making him closer to what Fleming envisaged: a sociopath who, fortunately, is on our side.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is one of the director's small, experimental, semi-improvised provocations, and if it doesn't push too deep, it's pointed enough to leave a mark.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For all its generally judicious choices, there's one device in The Boys Are Back that may test the patience of some viewers. Every once in a while, the late Katy pops up in a scene to offer Joe wifely advice.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A thinly plotted, amateurishly acted, cartoonishly violent and hugely entertaining array of jaw-dropping stunts and corny slapstick.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A cornball charmer of a film with some beautiful birds and homespun wisdom.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like the blues, you feel it first, and think of the meaning later.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Sure, it's a bit mechanical, but what did you expect? The important thing is that the characters and jokes don't prevent you from grooving on the pleasures of the moving parts.