For 1,252 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 Hugo
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
1,252 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Actually a pretty entertaining movie, in a kick-you-in-the-pants kind of way. A relative rarity -- a solid no-brow comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The film is like an Ingmar Bergman movie as realized by Monty Python: It's seriously gloomy about the loss of spirituality in the world, but at the same time rudely, sometimes hilariously, absurd.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    This witty, star-packed and visually splendid kids' movie provides a small-is-beautiful message served on a parodoxically epic scale.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Amadeus needs an additional 20 minutes running time like "The Magic Flute" needs a drum solo. Though the production is gussied up with more frills and decoration than a Viennese dessert trolley, Forman is generally workmanlike in his visual style and very uneven with his handling of actors.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Crude, rude, nasty fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Bad history it may be, but Elizabeth is a movie that makes you want more, as it plays to the myth of history's great actress-monarch, a character who puts today's tinselly political heros and heroines (royal and not), to shame.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Comes alive with the more relaxed performances from its senior set.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Timoner offers a resonant, often painfully funny, drama about two good friends who become enemies against the backdrop of the pop-music business.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    As a film about intellectuals, The Barbarian Invasions can sometimes seem maddeningly scattered and contradictory.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The results are not monumental, but they are a variety of sober responses to the tragedy that help place the event in a global context. Some of the films may be, as has been suggested, anti-American in tone, but none come anywhere near defending the attacks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It's also mysterious in fresh ways. Like Hillary, Yates and Simpson climbed the mountain because it was there -- but what strange deity sent down a Boney M song to help Joe Simpson get home?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    One of the more ingenious and fresh surprises of the summer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Rather than another oppressive film about poverty, it's a revealing experiment in perspective.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Arguably, Lost in Translation is the American answer to Wong Kar-wai's masterpiece, "In the Mood for Love," though less about history, more about infatuation.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The acting throughout is exceptional, rooted in observed realism, but suggestive of more mythical agents at work through the lives of human beings.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    It feels like one long non-sequitur -- like closing a Charles Bronson film with a disco medley -- but there's an emotional consistency to Kitano's boisterous celebration of movement.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Unclassifiable and wildly original, it is almost wordless but teeming with sound.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Both an homage to his dad and a backstage story rich in Hollywood lore.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Undoubtedly the rudest and possibly the most inspired comedy of the summer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    A movie that is often as awkward and as filled with mixed impulses as the age it documents.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Energetic, eager-to-please culture-clash comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    The first half is exhilarating, and the rest is a tolerably honourable surrender to Hollywood conventions.

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