For 1,269 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Dogville
Lowest review score: 0 People Like Us
Score distribution:
1,269 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Holofcener's work is character and dialogue-driven, with a keen sense of prickly female competitiveness and intimacy that a man couldn't, and probably wouldn't, dare portray.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Hard Candy not only trips along a tightrope line between exploitation and art; in some ways, that line is its subject.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though Abrams doesn't possess a fraction of the visual pizzazz of the two previous MI directors, Brian De Palma or John Woo, his incarnation is, from a narrative perspective, better made.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Lady Vengeance is more than half over before we discover the object of Geum-Ja's hatred: a kindergarten teacher named Mr. Baek. He's played by Choi Min-sik, the prisoner in "Old Boy," and here he's as tepid as he was heated in that film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Along with its allegorical elements, The King is also impressively specific in naturalistic detail.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even a politically naive film critic can see that An Inconvenient Truth isn't only about science or economics; it's also about ideology.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Take 13 Tzameti for what it is: a tightly screwed shocker, a suspense tour de force that proceeds through a harrowing chain of events with alarming confidence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Though Babel lacks any tragic sense of inevitability, it almost compensates with a handful of vibrant performances and the palpable physical texture of the settings.
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 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.

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