For 1,222 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 0.2 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 Species II
Score distribution:
1,222 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The narrative here may be strictly nuts and bolts, but as an achievement in graphic design, Steamboy is first class.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A celebration of Hong Kong action cinema that mocks gravity, both emotional and physical.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For such a mush-ball teen movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants carries a welcome amount of grown-up emotional truth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    With its bold screen-filling imagery, this is definitely a movie to be relished on the big screen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Burton's movie is not only more faithful, complex and better cast, it has an essential ingredient: squirrels.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Good Night, and Good Luck may be simplified history, but it's almost consistently well-crafted.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie is pretty damned funny in its insubstantial, gratuitously violent, gratuitously everything way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Zathura involves a lot of yelling, a lot of explosions and a lot of flying objects -- but what else would you expect from a movie that is, honestly for a change, intended for 10-year-old boys?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Jordan remains faithful to the looney sensibility of a hero, who is hard to take, but in his refusal to acquiesce to the social humdrum, is like a saint, or at least an artist.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie is unexpectedly disciplined and enjoyable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Julia Jentsch offers a brilliant example of what actors call "not playing the ending," and the awful suspense of the piece is watching as she realizes, in increments, that this is all much worse than she thought.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Little Fish is a small film about one family and drugs, but it succeeds in standing for a larger social catastrophe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The freestyle approach is an apt fit with the freestyle, spontaneous comedy, as both the playful director and affable star capture moments on the fly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An uncomfortably fascinating document of a man whose bipolar disorder and artistic ambitions are inextricably connected.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Holofcener's work is character and dialogue-driven, with a keen sense of prickly female competitiveness and intimacy that a man couldn't, and probably wouldn't, dare portray.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Hard Candy not only trips along a tightrope line between exploitation and art; in some ways, that line is its subject.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though Abrams doesn't possess a fraction of the visual pizzazz of the two previous MI directors, Brian De Palma or John Woo, his incarnation is, from a narrative perspective, better made.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Lady Vengeance is more than half over before we discover the object of Geum-Ja's hatred: a kindergarten teacher named Mr. Baek. He's played by Choi Min-sik, the prisoner in "Old Boy," and here he's as tepid as he was heated in that film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Along with its allegorical elements, The King is also impressively specific in naturalistic detail.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even a politically naive film critic can see that An Inconvenient Truth isn't only about science or economics; it's also about ideology.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a sewer blessedly free of actual sewage, which makes Flushed Away more kid-friendly than, say, the average "South Park" episode.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like similar English comedies, it also teeters on the mawkish.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Avenue Montaigne is not a film to be taken too earnestly, but it would be a mistake to miss its bittersweet undertones. The movie is as airy as a spun-sugar dessert, but Thompson's observations on the artistic life are both affectionate and knowing: Beauty and wealth, though inevitably compelling, are appreciated as means to humane ends, not goals in themselves.
    • 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?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Waitress is sweet, uneven and, ultimately, a heartbreaker.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Paprika is a creatively dizzying and visually dazzling allegory about alternative realities.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A rollicking good story set a millennium ago among Australian aborigines, Ten Canoes is one of those cultural-building exercises that genuinely entertains.