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. 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.
  2. 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.
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.