Liam (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 5, 2001
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Liam's harrowing story is reminiscent of Angela's Ashes, it showcases strong performances, including one by child actor Anthony Borrows.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Liam is worth seeing, though, to celebrate a director taking risks when he doesn't have to.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

This is a fascinating and heartbreaking glimpse into poverty under the Catholic Church's tight grip...

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Charles Taylor

It's been beautifully made with tact and care.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

One of [Frears'] loveliest, most heartfelt films.

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Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)

Better suited to the intimacy of television than a cinema outing.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Too much registers as overly familiar: The Church is an easy scapegoat, and poverty and joblessness are obvious villains.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Beautifully cast and acted, with young Borrows giving a performance as natural as it is heartbreaking.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...its dramatic efforts are contrived and strain credibility.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
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The trials and tribulations of a 7 yr old lad in 1930's Liverpool. Oppressed by poverty and his Catholic faith, Liam tries to cope with a speech… More

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