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. Downbeat, ultimately tragic, but there's a wondrous, sad beauty here.
  2. 91
    It's almost numbingly sad, but you won't regret watching -- and you'll surely never forget it.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Unsparing but never unsympathetic, emerges as one of the year's best, most brutally honest movies.
  4. 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.
  5. Stephen Frears's stunning Liam, -- a vivid, intense evocation of another British time and place.
  6. It is through the genius of Frears, screenwriter Jimmy McGovern and this talented cast that Liam lets no one off the hook, least of all the audience.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Ultimately grim, Liam is ripe in humanity --and even comedy.
  8. 88
    Some will find Dad's last big act in the movie too melodramatic. I think it follows from a certain logic, and leads to the very last shot, which is heartbreaking in its tenderness.
  9. The acting -- especially by Borrows, Ian Hart and Hackett -- is strong and transparent, utterly convincing. The whole movie has a seamless flow and an utterly convincing sense of time and place.

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