For 1,243 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 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
1,243 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Undoubtedly the rudest and possibly the most inspired comedy of the summer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There's a particular upside-down, half-masked kiss that instantly becomes one of movie history's more memorable smooches. It's the kiss to send any teenaged boy on a spinning high, as well as launching the new age of arachnophilia.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The Motown musicians today are in their 60s and 70s but they remain inspiringly colourful, funny in their stories and assured in their musicianship.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Mamet's stylized dialogue, elaborate plot puzzles and the angry cleverness of his characterization makes for an invigorating, if not exactly likeable, mix.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Myers's sheer fertility of invention is of a different order, and even if he misses as often as he hits, he's definitely a swinger.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Not just a 3-D novelty to amuse school groups, but also a memorial.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Often more ingenious in appearance than fact. The hunter-gets-captured-by-the-game scenario is predictable and the sequence of shell games does not, when reconsidered, actually add up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Energetic, eager-to-please culture-clash comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Tuned in to the anarchic wisecracks and slapstick humour of traditional Warner Bros. cartoons. In contrast to the computer-generated characters and slick script of a movie like "Shrek," Lilo and Stitch still feels like a cartoon aimed at kids, not their parents.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The results are not monumental, but they are a variety of sober responses to the tragedy that help place the event in a global context. Some of the films may be, as has been suggested, anti-American in tone, but none come anywhere near defending the attacks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For all its accomplishments, Far from Heaven remains hermetic, an elegant exercise in deadpan irony. What does the movie ultimately mean? Art, we're told, should not mean, but be -- but Haynes's cinematic essays are designed to provoke commentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Seabiscuit is a good enough movie, in the sense that it's a well-crafted assemblage of pathos and rousing moments, solidly acted and handsomely shot -- but it's far from champion material.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Adoring, appropriately offbeat documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The voice that jerks out from Levy's throat suggests Lazarus waking from the dead.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Arguably, Lost in Translation is the American answer to Wong Kar-wai's masterpiece, "In the Mood for Love," though less about history, more about infatuation.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There are a thousand ways you can imagine My Life Without Me going gruesomely wrong but, somehow, it doesn't.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Mostly, it's a Coen brothers movie so slick, so careful in rationing its darkly perverse and personal elements, that it seems suspiciously sweet. Intolerable Cruelty feels like the Coens' peculiar new way of being cynical, by pretending they're not.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A twofold story of heroic achievements and personal failings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As a film about intellectuals, The Barbarian Invasions can sometimes seem maddeningly scattered and contradictory.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Unclassifiable and wildly original, it is almost wordless but teeming with sound.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The S in Robert S. McNamara stands for Strange, which is an unusual middle name and perhaps an apt description of the man at the centre of documentary filmmaker Errol Morris's gripping character study, The Fog of War.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There is both a sense of disappointment and relief when House of Sand and Fog crosses over into improbability, when the viewer can sit back, breathe easy again. All this trouble over the failure to open an envelope.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As angry, deluded, vulnerable and confused as Aileen is, the character remains an enigma. Apart from serving as an opportunity for Theron's emotionally deep-dredging performance, the movie doesn't know why it exists.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A love letter to performers who put their egos and bodies on the line.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Obviously, this is no easy sell, but give writer-director Siddiq Barmak full credit for portraying his country's social catastrophe with restraint, concision and some real beauty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It's also mysterious in fresh ways. Like Hillary, Yates and Simpson climbed the mountain because it was there -- but what strange deity sent down a Boney M song to help Joe Simpson get home?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This witty, star-packed and visually splendid kids' movie provides a small-is-beautiful message served on a parodoxically epic scale.