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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Downbeat, ultimately tragic, but there's a wondrous, sad beauty here. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Ultimately grim, Liam is ripe in humanity --and even comedy. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    While there are similarities to the hardscrabble saga of "Angela's Ashes," Frears' film avoids the mawkish pitfalls of Alan Parker's screen adaptation. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Handsomely mounted but disappointingly slight. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Some will find Dad's last big act in the movie too melodramatic. I think it follows from a certain logic, and leads to the very last shot, which is heartbreaking in its tenderness. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The acting -- especially by Borrows, Ian Hart and Hackett -- is strong and transparent, utterly convincing. The whole movie has a seamless flow and an utterly convincing sense of time and place. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Director Frears, in a radical shift from "High Fidelity," again (as in "Dangerous Liaisons") shows he's a master of period detail and subtle storytelling -- and the performances couldn't be more on the money. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Frears makes every note count for a lot in this beautifully gauged microcosm of big emotions expressed in small gestures. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Wields some power, but it's hard to shake the feeling you've seen it all before. show more

  • 12
    Baltimore Sun

    Liam's deck is stacked. It's too bleak and filled with abrasive characters who don't deserve our sympathy to reveal much new about the human condition. show more

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