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8.0

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Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. 75
    Director Frears, in a radical shift from "High Fidelity," again (as in "Dangerous Liaisons") shows he's a master of period detail and subtle storytelling -- and the performances couldn't be more on the money.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Ultimately grim, Liam is ripe in humanity --and even comedy.