Liam (2001)



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

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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 … More

Rating: R (for some nudity and language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jimmy McGovern
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 12, 2002
Lions Gate Films - Official Site

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as Mrs. Abernathy

as Teresa

as Father Ryan

as Auntie Aggie

as Lizzie's Husband

as Mr. Samuels

as Mrs. Samuels

as Jane Samuels

as Nunney's Husband

as Lofty

as Pawnbroker

as Clubman

as Black Shirt

as Big Micky

as Little Micky

as Man at Political Ral...

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Critic Reviews for Liam

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (30)

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.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

It's been beautifully made with tact and care.

Full Review… | October 12, 2001
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 11, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 9, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 9, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Liam


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 impediment and a school system determined to literally beat the devil out of him.

A gritty, solid little film that falls somewhere between Angela's Ashes and This Is England.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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