Liam

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5

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  1. ConquestOfThePlanetOfTheMulroneycakes
    Nov 29, 2002
    7
    I've got one of those - a Catholic background - though it is in the background. So I, too, knew from where it was coming. But I found it just that little too oppressively bleak and hopeless, and I feel that far too many people would feel the same. Hence the low score. It is technically a good film, there's no mistaking...but by GOD it's depressing.
  2. JimW.
    Apr 30, 2002
    10
    From a working class Catholic British background myself, I found McGovern struck a lot of chords with this script, the acting shone, and the intelligent and nuanced address of Depression politics was as good as we can hope to see.

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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. Boston Globe
    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. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Ultimately grim, Liam is ripe in humanity --and even comedy.