Liam Lacey

Liam Lacey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Film critic, Globe and Mail
Publications:
Globe and Mail
Critics' Group:
Toronto Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1463
Total QuickRatings:
4
Location:
Toronto

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 64% Life Of Crime (2014) " All this is more amusing in theory than practice, partly because Leonard's world of wiseguys and slapstick violence has become so familiar - the caper-movie default mode." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/4 37% The November Man (2014) " The November Man is one of those thrillers that grows progressively more incoherent, and it simply isn't fast enough to glide over its gaping narrative holes." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2.5/4 69% What If (2014) " Long before the script permits the characters to acknowledge the obvious, you lose patience: Jump into the deep end of the bed already. It would be more fun and friendly to all concerned, especially the audience." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1/4 8% Are You Here (2014) " Everything about Are You Here feels like a bottom-drawer script idea that was put together too casually and carelessly." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/4 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " If you showed the Sin City midnight world in smaller doses, as a weekly series on late-night cable television, the slick graphics and cold kink might be more compelling." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/4 84% Rich Hill (2014) " The confluence of poverty, dysfunctional parenting and poor educational prospects makes the oft-idealized small-town life look like an incubator for failure, no matter how high and spectacular the Fourth of July fireworks fly." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/4 32% The Giver (2014) " Another week, another movie about a special adolescent who saves society from the forces of darkness." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 15, 2014
1/4 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Proof that sometimes even your low expectations can be far too high." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/4 85% The Trip To Italy (2014) " Yes, these friends play rough and you wouldn't want to compete at their table, but through Winterbottom's funny and slyly serious film, you can experience their creativity from a seat nearby." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2.5/4 85% Night Moves (2014) " Night Moves, including its title, borders on generic." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/4 78% Land Ho! (2014) " The movie is pleasant and mostly forgettable, except for the character of Mitch." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/4 89% Calvary (2014) " To say Gleeson "stars" in Calvary seems inadequate. He dominates it ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/4 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " The cinematography is radiant, the vintage cars and costumes are elegant, and if the comedy feels laboured, it's all too lightweight to matter." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Guardians of the Galaxy is too loud, too long and too busy but - here's the good part - also wonderfully silly." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 49% I Origins (2014) " Although the film and the actors keep on looking good, this solemn, soppy, fantasy has nothing to say about science or faith." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 25, 2014
65% Lucy (2014) " It's a funny thing how smart and stupid often seem so similarly mechanical in movies, but thanks to Johansson's performance, we have a fizzy cocktail of a film that blends both ingredients." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 25, 2014
75% A Master Builder (2014) " A Master Builder really doesn't work, hampered by odd casting, theatrical performances and a reductive interpretation of Ibsen's play." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/4 5% Paranoia (2013) " Corporate thrillers just aren't what they used to be." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 23, 2014
100% Next Goal Wins (2014) " Both predictable and shamelessly heart-warming." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " A tribute and historical perspective on the man behind a pop-cultural phenomenon." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2.5/4 83% Gerontophilia " The film seems to be about the wrong character." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2.5/4 85% Borgman (2014) " The black humour and perversity can occasionally startle, but the film takes far too much sadistic delight in punishing these entitled dopes." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/4 92% The Case Against 8 (2014) " A slickly told tale that begs for movie-of-the-week treatment." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/4 89% Locke (2014) " Knight's strength is his writing, and arguably, Locke would be almost as good set on a stage with a man sitting on a chair. But then you'd miss the details of Hardy's face in a film that is all about an actor's vehicle." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " All this is initially fascinating, and then progressively less so." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 34% Stage Fright (2014) " Writer-director Jerome Sable, who co-wrote the songs with Eli Batalion, has a sharp ear for musical pastiche, from Andrew Lloyd Weber to heavy metal. But he comes up flat on the horror-musical spoof." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " Rogen's always a dominating presence, but [Byrne], who showed her comic chops in Bridesmaids, comes close to stealing the movie here, in an uncorked performance full of volatile, liberating mischief." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The successes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are human, the failures are typical of superhero CGI adaptations. In a world where the incredible is routine, the "amazing" is mundane." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/4 66% The Railway Man (2014) " The critical problems are an overbusy time-jumping script and reliance on the conventions of the trauma drama - flashbacks, fragmentation, distorted time and space - that prove more a barrier than a window into the character's inner lives." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 25, 2014
1.5/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Brick Mansions is a non-starter: It chokes on its déjà vu, the hyperactive Mixmaster editing is exhausting and the characters' banter is so leaden it might violate federal emission standards." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.5/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) " This is more "feminish" than feminist, but arguably a tottering stiletto-heeled step forward." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Only Lovers is so fluidly edited and thinly plotted that it feels almost off-hand; yet, it's also made with great care, beautifully lit and set-designed to an eyelash." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.5/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " Lost in the land of mind over matter, Transcendence is too much trance and not nearly enough dance." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/4 89% Bears (2014) " All this is heartwarming, in a bloody, ursine-centric way." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 18, 2014
1.5/4 42% The Face of Love (2014) " The Face of Love's story runs and blotches like cheap mascara." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2/4 46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Heaven is For Real stops feeling like a drama and more like an illustrated religious pamphlet." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/4 —— Algonquin " It all feels very Canadian, in good and not-so-good ways." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 48% Rio 2 (2014) " Where the film excels ... in an even more pronounced way than the first film, is in the choreographed animation for the musical numbers." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/4 79% Bethlehem (2014) " Bethlehem's plot is nothing new; it's the oft-told Cain and Abel story updated for the age of suicide bombers and tactical strikes, as a tautly structured mix of melodrama and ticking-clock thriller." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/4 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " [Von Trier's] internal battles with freedom and restrictions, though not always pretty or wise, provide us with these uniquely troubled stories and images." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.5/4 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " [Von Trier's] internal battles with freedom and restrictions, though not always pretty or wise, provide us with these uniquely troubled stories and images." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.5/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " A middling letdown." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) " The dark, oppressive movie around Woodley drags her down like an overcoat with stones in the pockets." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.5/4 27% Stay (2014) " Too often ... the darker, more serious moments in Stay are only temporary distractions from the main event - a familiar tale of romantic separation and reconciliation." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/4 87% A Field in England (2014) " It's the English Civil War on magic mushrooms!" — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " From the start, it's clear Anderson is working with a new sophistication both in the vocabulary and structure of the film's voiceover narrations." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 14, 2014
1.5/4 40% No Clue (2014) " Butt is a decent word-spinner and self-deprecating funny man, but the decision to have the rest of the cast play it straight is a mistake; it's as if he plugged his performance into a weak Law and Order episode." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/4 95% Particle Fever (2014) " Set in crummy offices and towering facilities worthy of a Bond movie, the documentary is edited with the momentum of a thriller by the great Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), as we follow six scientists." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2/4 48% Stalingrad (2014) " Overall, Stalingrad is a bizarre concoction, part Putin-era patriotic chest-thumping and part creaky war melodrama, all set in a superbly recreated ruined city." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 70% Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013) " Wonky, both in its fascination with policy, and in its eccentrically dry tone ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 21, 2014
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