For 1,215 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 Le Havre
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
1,215 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A love letter to performers who put their egos and bodies on the line.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The voice that jerks out from Levy's throat suggests Lazarus waking from the dead.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Highly entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Not just a 3-D novelty to amuse school groups, but also a memorial.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An impressive film accomplishment, a combination of technique and extremely specific detail that reminds viewers how potent a rhetorical force the medium can be.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Now if that isn't an inspirational story, it's hard to know what is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Plays like a sophisticated children's story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film is an attack on religious hypocrisy, mixing melodrama and black humour in a volatile blend.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Go
    Like circus acrobats who bounce up smiling, the characters end up on their feet, and you realize in retrospect that they survived because somebody, finally, stopped to think. A final thought on Go: Go.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The return to an Errol Flynn-style hero, who can swing from chandeliers, fight with two swords at once and ride a horse backward, recalls a movie era both sexier and more innocent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Shows how our family fictions sustain us, and how some truths are better left unspoken.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A horror movie based on history, offering some of the most spectacularly brutal, viscerally intense battle scenes ever brought to a Hollywood movie.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    An unusually smartly written and performed American independent film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Ten
    Ten may strain your patience but that's the high-stakes gamble of this provocative project.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It is, in short, a compendium of clichés, yet with a presentation that makes the familiar seem remarkably warm and fresh.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It's a cop movie that refuses to cop out in the usual way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses. It's also an oddly touching tribute to the joys of show biz.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This is a remarkably good-looking near-corpse of a film, with a pulse that fades in and out.