Liberty Heights


Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31

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  1. Levinson is so skillful at developing personalities, even among the story's would-be villains, that by the halfway point of the movie, every gesture and expression has unexpected depth and texture. The performances are across-the-board superb.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Seems to encompass all the humor, sadness and weirdness of ordinary life in an utterly winning, morally acute way.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    A languorous, funny and lovingly detailed memory film.
  4. Demonstrates what writer-director Levinson does best: evoke the sights, smells and atmosphere of his youth with intelligence, humor and a keen sense of social perspective.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Barry Levinson goes deep with Liberty Heights, and the result is a grand slam.
  6. A mature, accomplished piece of work, both funny and deeply felt, personal cinema of the best kind...Levinson has made the memory film we always hoped he would.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Levinson is at the top of his game with Liberty Heights, his instincts acutely cinematic, his purpose clear.
  8. 88
    Emerges as an accurate memory of that time when the American melting pot, splendid as a theory, became a reality.
  9. 88
    Easily one of the year's best movies.
  10. 85
    A uniquely personal, vibrant mosaic of the American dream, and like a dream, it evaporates beautifully before our eyes.
  11. A disarmingly funny, clear-eyed, and affectionate memory piece.
  12. Buoyant with quiet smiles and unpretentious fondness.
  13. 78
    Minus much of the rose-tinted nostalgia his films have occasionally engendered. There is a nostalgic tone to the film, but it's a quiet, subtle one.
  14. Filmed in a quietly impressionistic style and splendidly acted by a well-chosen cast, the movie would be a top-of-the-line entertainment if its delicately balanced perspective weren't marred by a few moments of racially insensitive excess.
  15. Has integrity, but the way he bends his tale to make a statement is overly deliberate.
  16. 75
    This is a small, intimate movie bound to get lost in the holiday shuffle, but its pleasures are worth seeking out.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Just a good time at the movies, but it's still a smarter two hours than most "good times" are.
  18. 75
    Few mainstream films portray the religiousness or ethnicity of characters with such detail, warmth and humor as Liberty Heights.
  19. As good as the film is in so many ways, it also altogether rings a bit false and contrived.
  20. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Both a lovingly crafted remembrance of things past and a deliberate broadening and darkening of the canvas Levinson previously filled in "Diner," "Tin Men," and "Avalon."
  21. 70
    Levinson brings it all back home to Baltimore and delivers his funniest and most heartfelt film since "Diner."
  22. If Liberty Heights is much too soft at its center, it still offers a deeper immersion in that old '50s feeling than any other Hollywood film in recent memory.
  23. But Levinson's passion to explain how he got from there to ''Sphere'' gives Liberty Heights its own farkatke Hollywood integrity.
  24. As pleasant and rosy and optimistic as it is, Liberty Heights doesn't really soar, emotionally or otherwise.
  25. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    I could have done more with the edgy humor of "Diner" and "Tin Men" and less of the mythmaking of "Avalon."
  26. 60
    Far from perfect, and at 122 minutes it's way too long, but after surviving an overly schematic and even hectoring first half, finally delivers the emotional goods.
  27. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    I think Levinson missed a chance to get something unique and audacious on screen.
  28. 50
    A lot here is genially entertaining, but it doesn't make for interesting or vital filmmaking, because while Levinson might honestly prefer rye, he makes movies the way Wonder Bread bakes.
  29. Reviewed by: Don Kaye
    This may be what life was like for Levinson back in the day, but it makes a boring movie for the rest of us.
  30. 40
    Told from too many perspectives, the narrative puts suspense above substance, and its social consciousness seems contrived.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 21, 2015
    Um filme excelente de drama com alguns elementos de comédia que aborda assuntos importantes como o preconceito pela raça. Ótimas atuações,Um filme excelente de drama com alguns elementos de comédia que aborda assuntos importantes como o preconceito pela raça. Ótimas atuações, super recomendo. Full Review »