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The story of a 7-year-old boy growing up in 1930s Liverpool. Liam's father works at the local shipyard, while his mother keeps the household afloat, pinching pennies, yet keeping spirits high. Life takes a terrible turn when the shipyard closes and Dad loses his job. Humiliated by the fact that his teenage daughter, Teresa, must work as a maid in a wealthy Jewish household, and that his eldest son is the family's major breadwinner, Dad loses his self-respect and becomes disillusioned. A Jewish pawnbroker buys their family trinkets for cash. Their Jewish landlord harasses them for rent.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Liam is largely devoid of emotion. He's a detached, distanced observer, and it's hard for the viewer not to feel the same way."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Liam is worth seeing, though, to celebrate a director taking risks when he doesn't have to."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"...its dramatic efforts are contrived and strain credibility."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Stumbles a bit with a muddled final act, but it's not enough to mar this generally fine film."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"Despite the downbeat nature of the project, Frears delivers moments of surprising humor, tenderness and even hope."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"It's been beautifully made with tact and care."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"One of [Frears'] loveliest, most heartfelt films."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"It is an ugly story with the ring of truth, and could hardly be more timely."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Frears has put enough heart into the movie to overcome its limitations."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Overwhelmed by personal agenda, and a religious one at that."
‑ Claire Bickley, Jam! Movies
"Too much registers as overly familiar: The Church is an easy scapegoat, and poverty and joblessness are obvious villains."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Better suited to the intimacy of television than a cinema outing."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"A dark, disturbing and vivid portrait of how the toxic fuels of poverty and powerlessness are transmuted into violent religious and ethnic hatred."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Frears approaches the material in a humanistic and gentle manner and coaxes astonishingly assured performances from his young actors as well as the more veteran players."
‑ Ted Murphy,
"As downbeat as some of Loach's movies are, they never sink to such overwrought, melodramatic depths or rely on as many unbelievable plot contrivances as does Liam."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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