For 1,197 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Dogville
Lowest review score: 0 Georgia Rule
Score distribution:
1,197 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The payoff is the revitalization of Bond by making him closer to what Fleming envisaged: a sociopath who, fortunately, is on our side.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For all its emphasis on doomed honour and grim death, Letters from Iwo Jima is also sentimental.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The most provocative aspect of this compulsive riddle is how it resists closure. The end comes not when we have the answer, but when the movie reaches its irresolute end.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Cynical, stylish and witty. [21 Feb 1997]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Freed from the tiresome constraints of plot and character, Rumble in the Bronx is the distilled essence of action entertainment. [27 Feb 1996, p.D1]
    • 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?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though the progress of Atim's increasing empathy is predictable, the film understates its points effectively, without simplification.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Wong returns once more to what he seems to know best - the visual poetry of the urban Asian night, a world of characters on the move, coming and going, never really getting anywhere. [5 Dec 1997]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Waitress is sweet, uneven and, ultimately, a heartbreaker.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Hal Hartley's latest film, an odd and mentally stimulating black comedy that may or may not have a point. In any case, the ride is delectably weird and entertaining. [17 Jul 1998]
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Surf's Up is that rarity in a children's movie, a comedy that's actually exciting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    On the positive side, it's still four back-to-back Simpsons episodes, which is still better than most of what either television or the movies have to offer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    For audiences tired of summer sequels that grind through the familiar motions, Stardust provides a dizzying antidote.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Like the comic stars of the silent era, Mr. Bean's character transcends language barriers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Sington's smartest decision was to let 10 of the astronauts speak for themselves. The film juxtaposes their personal stories, both their doubts and machismo, with the titanic achievement of the lunar landings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Instead of the typical John Grisham-style connect-the-dots legal thriller, we get a film that's idiosyncratic, with a time-shifting structure, a surfeit of subplots and characters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The winner of this year's audience award for best documentary at Sundance has it all: heartless media, art fraud and a four-year-old painting prodigy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As an epic, American Gangster doesn't cut it. The reputations of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather," Brian De Palma's "Scarface," Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" or Michael Mann's "Heat" are safe. At best, American Gangster is no better than a workmanlike imitation of its betters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even with new information provided in the film, however, his personality remains not so much elusive as cantankerous, particularly in contrast with the expansiveness of his songs. That gap gives I'm Not There something of a hollow centre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a human-sized drama about people with contradictory motives, trying to help or use each other.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film's forced quirkiness constantly threatens to derail the entire enterprise, making this another minor American indie exercise in family eccentricity. But it keeps being put back on track by the apparently effortless performance of a great young actress.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A demanding blend of spectacle, drama and exposition of ideas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A conventional mixture of thriller and moral drama, the film is unsettling in both intentional and unintentional ways.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    There are zombie movies and then there are George Romero films.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    What's fun about Benson Lee's documentary Planet B-Boy isn't just the amazingly athletic displays of B-boys he puts on screen, but the film's sense of cultural discovery.