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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as Nunney's Husband
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Critic Reviews for Liam
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.
Too much registers as overly familiar: The Church is an easy scapegoat, and poverty and joblessness are obvious villains.
Liam is worth seeing, though, to celebrate a director taking risks when he doesn't have to.
Audience Reviews for Liam
Though beautifully made, too much registers as overly familiar: The Church is an easy scapegoat, and poverty and joblessness are obvious villains.
There's a reason why I love British films. Even though it's not perfect, this is a very promising film by Stephen Frears. I can see that he was already an edgy director before his "Queen" success (although I sense that he wants this film to be "The Tin Drum" number 2). The cast is fundamentally strong, with Ian Hart (God! This guy is amazing!) and Anthony Borrows.
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.
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