Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25

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  1. 60
    Acting is the strongest element in Stephen Frears's Liam.
  2. 60
    A realist mode that strains credibility; it's tenuous and inflexible -- and easily ruptured by the contrived irony in Jimmy McGovern's screenplay.
  3. 60
    At once a heartfelt story about a family undone by violence and an overburdened allegory of fascism.
  4. 50
    For what amounts to a fairly sentimental glance backward, the film is oddly styled; Andrew Dunn (who also shot the baroque "Monkeybone") favors oblique angles and lighting worthy of an Italian horror movie.

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