The Liability
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This film is the story of a young guy who only wants to become a hitman, and an old hitman who only wants to retire. They are thrown together on a 'hit' - a day's drive away that will test their patience and tolerance for each other. When they do the job in the forests of Northumberland they realise there's a problem - a young woman witnesses their crime. This is a thrilling and darkly comic portrayal of a son looking for a father, and an older man forced to become a mentor. Throughout this cinematic road trip across the wild North East of England we encounter twists that will… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Roth's performance and handful of dry-as-a-bone one-liners keep it from the straight-to-DVD pile. Just."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Blackly comical writing and direction add a playful slant to what could have been a typically over-serious British crime thriller."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"A flawed but interesting downbeat Brit thriller with some creepy, leftfield jolts, calling to mind Mike Hodges with a twist of Tarantino."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Offers some well-rounded performances from Roth, O'Connell and Mullan ... it offers nothing beyond the usual markers of such a coming-of-age film ..."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie, HeyUGuys
"Between Roth and O'Connell, there is an amusing chemistry - though the script lacks the sheer aggression of Sexy Beast or foul-mouthed word play of In Bruges, two other fine examples in this arena, to be ranked alongside either."
‑ James Mottram, The List
"It's the performances of Roth and O'Connell (and that of Peter Mullan as their imposing boss) that I want to highlight here."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"Films are invariably fuelled by fantasy but it's the supposedly gritty context that makes this stuff so hard to swallow."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"The movie, directed with insufficient faith in the writing by Craig Viveiros, sells out character development in favour of garish contrivance ..."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Watchable, blackly comic British thriller enlivened by likeable performances, some engagingly left-field turns and a script that's peppered with decent one-liners ..."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A blackly effective British road movie fuelled by the easy chemistry between the two leads."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"Blows and bullets are exchanged, severed limbs stolen, ruthless sex-traffickers encountered."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Promising talent all round, including director Craig Viveiros."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"The film goes nowhere much in affably elaborate patterns - like a deranged SatNav ..."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Gets mired in the usual amoral stone-cold stuff that makes you wish there weren't quite so many British directors keen to serve as apprentices to the Guy Ritchie school of tight and ruthless filmmaking."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"A bit of a surprise in the direct-to-video market. "The Liability" is not the greatest film about British gangsters. Not by a long shot. But, it does have its moments, thanks to the excellent Tim Roth."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
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