For 1,290 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Slumdog Millionaire
Lowest review score: 0 People Like Us
Score distribution:
1,290 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The portrait of the ailing artist is bittersweet, but when Helms sings or plays, the look on his face is pure joy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    When it came to describing what was happening to him, Ebert was forthright, clear-eyed and admirably free of neurosis and self-pity.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The theme could be trite or maudlin in lesser hands. Here, through the Dardennes' judiciously stylized way of telling the story, there is a real exhilaration in the film's ability to capture Igor's emotional dilemma. [6 Mar. 1998, p.C8]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    More about Ali as media star and social figure, less about the quicksilver athlete.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The superiority of the musical sequences, and laziness of the writing, creates a dynamic where you find yourself wishing the characters would shut up and dance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Pink Ribbons, Inc. is unabashed advocacy filmmaking. In spite of improved mortality rates and scientific advances, few women in the film will acknowledge that pink-ribbon-financed research has done any good at all.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Reportedly, after seeing the film, rapper Eminen is anxious to play a wheelchair athlete in a coming movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like Maddin's melancholic and relatively more conventional "My Winnipeg," Keyhole is about a memory house, but one that is even more fragmented, mythical and elusive.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Well-spoken but humorously self-deprecating, Berg admits that, between the hours spent writing, rehearsing and performing, she spends more of her life as Molly than she does as herself.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Ultimately, Certified Copy – with its unresolved loose ends – is a puzzle box without a key.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An animated sequel that, despite not achieving the inspired lunacy of the first movie where Gru literally steals the moon, is smartly calculated to deliver squeals to kids and amusement to accompanying adults.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Utterly preposterous but so full of enthusiasm and flashy style that it's entertaining anyway, The Brotherhood of the Wolf is like the platypus of genre films.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Part of the charm of Satin Rouge is that it avoids the obvious with humour and lightness.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A cornball charmer of a film with some beautiful birds and homespun wisdom.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A charming oddity starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, often feels like an al fresco stage play. It’s an intimate two-hander with lots of dialogue, humour and poignant revelations, set against a backdrop of rugged woodland beauty.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    More entertaining than Mission: Impossible or the last Bond film, Goldeneye, it brings back the humour and sang-froid that makes the genre work.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Is The Trip to Italy the second Godfather of comedies, or a retread? Neither, exactly. The concept is no longer fresh, but the scenery on the Amalfi and Sorrento coasts is more transporting, and their convertible Mini Cooper is a more amusing vehicle. Finally, the fact that the only singalong CD for the drive is Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album Jagged Little Pill is an unexpected master stroke.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    While We’re Young is more commercial and less innovative (or whimsically self-indulgent, depending on your tastes) than Baumbach’s last feature film, 2012’s "Frances Ha," though it shares some common ground.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A feisty domestic comedy about a curmudgeon with a heart, looking back over his misspent life.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Easily the best scene of Nymphomaniac occurs in the first two hours, when Joe finds herself the other woman in a marriage breakup.
    • 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.

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