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  • Summary: A poignant portrait of a family's free-fall into poverty seen through the eyes of an innocent child, personifying the dream of a brighter future. (Lions Gate Films)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Downbeat, ultimately tragic, but there's a wondrous, sad beauty here.
  2. There is something about Stephen Frears' complex, heartbreaking, beautifully made Liam that seems to speak eloquently, painfully to the dilemmas we are facing today, to the terrible price dark times can extort from us all.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Ultimately grim, Liam is ripe in humanity --and even comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Frears makes every note count for a lot in this beautifully gauged microcosm of big emotions expressed in small gestures.
  5. Walks the delicate boundary between politically inflected realism and costumed sentimentality.
  6. 63
    Wields some power, but it's hard to shake the feeling you've seen it all before.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    12
    Liam's deck is stacked. It's too bleak and filled with abrasive characters who don't deserve our sympathy to reveal much new about the human condition.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2

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