For 1,228 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liam Lacey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Take Shelter
Lowest review score: 0 Species II
Score distribution:
1,228 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Even when the plots of sexual confusions, transgression and tragedy became absurdly complicated and arbitrary, there was always the mise-en-scène to die for.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Liam Lacey
    Captures some of the spirit of the real Che.