For 1,295 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Batman & Robin
Score distribution:
1,295 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In a movie about an ant colony, perhaps it's futile to complain about a superfluity of characters. Yet this need to cover every permutation of cuteness is one major drawback to the cast of A Bug's Life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The lanky action star of the cult television series "Alias" is assigned a tired playbook in this film, but she finds room to manoeuvre in a performance that exceeds expectations.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Shows how our family fictions sustain us, and how some truths are better left unspoken.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film extends Jackie's fame beyond her allotted New York 15 minutes and keeps it alive 30 years later, thanks to a mixture of fond high-profile interviews and grainy archival clips.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Both an homage to his dad and a backstage story rich in Hollywood lore.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Neither outrageous nor subtle as a religious satire, but here's the good news for modern viewers: With it's unusual Christian backdrop, this is one of the most intriguing rite-of-passage teen comedies in a long time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Plays like a sophisticated children's story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It feels like one long non-sequitur -- like closing a Charles Bronson film with a disco medley -- but there's an emotional consistency to Kitano's boisterous celebration of movement.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Crude, rude, nasty fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Director Scott, flashy, fluid and at his best in the steely-blue claustrophic battle-training scenes, immerses the viewer in the process.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Mrs. Brown will not overturn Queen Victoria's prim reputation, but it reminds us that there was more to the woman than that famous plump cameo that has become the symbol of a more modest era.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film is not about the audience's shared experience, and a lot more about how cool it is to have a backstage pass.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The first half is exhilarating, and the rest is a tolerably honourable surrender to Hollywood conventions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In the end, the spectacular martial-arts epic seems to signify nothing much more than its own beauty, as brilliant and ephemeral as a fireworks display.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Here is a psychological twister with an implausible and hard-to-follow plot. All of this is more than compensated for by terrific performances, a seductive colour palette that is greenish and glassy, and a minimalist style reminiscent of Michael Mann.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Captures some of the spirit of the real Che.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Timoner offers a resonant, often painfully funny, drama about two good friends who become enemies against the backdrop of the pop-music business.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Comes alive with the more relaxed performances from its senior set.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even when the plots of sexual confusions, transgression and tragedy became absurdly complicated and arbitrary, there was always the mise-en-scène to die for.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A thinly plotted, amateurishly acted, cartoonishly violent and hugely entertaining array of jaw-dropping stunts and corny slapstick.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Running at about three hours, The Aviator is long, and the momentum occasionally flags. The depiction of Hughes's first mental breakdown feels a little obsessive-compulsive itself.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Rather than another oppressive film about poverty, it's a revealing experiment in perspective.

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