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  • Summary: A poignant portrait of a family's free-fall into poverty seen through the eyes of an innocent child, personifying the dream of a brighter future. (Lions Gate Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Downbeat, ultimately tragic, but there's a wondrous, sad beauty here.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    Unsparing but never unsympathetic, emerges as one of the year's best, most brutally honest movies.
  3. 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.
  4. While there are similarities to the hardscrabble saga of "Angela's Ashes," Frears' film avoids the mawkish pitfalls of Alan Parker's screen adaptation.
  5. Has some rapturously observant sequences concerning childhood.
  6. 63
    Wields some power, but it's hard to shake the feeling you've seen it all before.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    12
    Liam's deck is stacked. It's too bleak and filled with abrasive characters who don't deserve our sympathy to reveal much new about the human condition.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2

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