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 Goodbye Solo
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
1,295 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Energetic, eager-to-please culture-clash comedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The Guard is guilty of being overly cute, but it brims with talent and a freshness that extends beyond the clever script.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Cynical, hip, politically opportunistic and loaded with kick-ass comic action.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Redemption, not crime, is the real theme here, for this handful of courageous men and women who have rescued their own lives, and just possibly may help save the blighted neighbourhoods in which they labour.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In a well-paced two and a half hours, Berg's film is an ambitious mixture of summary and fresh investigation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Headhunters is slick and spritely, a mixture of corporate skullduggery and low-life slapstick that plays like "The Firm" meets "Blood Simple."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Throughout the film, Cheadle's eyes are constantly scanning his environment for opportunities or anything that may be amiss.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Overnuanced, a world of delicate cruelty, where most of the wounds take place without breaking the skin or even a sweat.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Everything about Mid-August Lunch is simple and unpretentious, from the black-out scene transitions to the folk-dance score, as the four isolated, elderly women, over a couple of days and meals, become a circle of companions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    English director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), takes the approach that movies have been far too reticent. His new film, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, is as vibrant as a cluttered wall of graffiti, jumpy enough to risk retina damage.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    In its mocking but acutely observed style, Hobo is a well-designed cinematic mess: There are whiplash jump cuts, patches where the sound almost disappears, and the whole thing is projected in a queasy, faded Technicolor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Peaches Does Herself is constantly inventive, from the Road Warrior/Rocky Horror fantasy costumes, to the hump-happy choreography.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Animal Kingdom isn't perfect: Some performance moments are over-ripe, and there's an episode of arbitrary cruelty that's excessively creepy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For all its ballyhoo'd full access to Vogue's inner workings, the movie's cinéma-vérité approach feels perilously close to advertorial.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What really distinguishes it from any number of drug-escapade stories is the unusual and welcome sense of Dostoyevskian moral gravity of the narrative.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Precious is a bit like having a piano dropped on your head: messy but memorable.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Not much happens in Drinking Buddies, which, frankly, is refreshing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The movie is pretty damned funny in its insubstantial, gratuitously violent, gratuitously everything way.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A thought-provoking film that examines women’s limited choices in a patriarchal country reeling from the contradictions of rapid modernization.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The result is a beautifully designed, lyrical fable of a movie, full of God's-eye shots from on high, placing the characters against the Italian scenery and medieval architecture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though Three Monkeys feels conventional compared with Ceylan's other work, it maintains its auteurist imprint, especially the rich colour palette and suggestive HD camerawork that helped Ceylan take the best-director honours at Cannes this year.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Crude, rude, nasty fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Good Night, and Good Luck may be simplified history, but it's almost consistently well-crafted.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Apart from its star, though, Emma may be the least convincing Austen adaptation so far.

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