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  1. Timbo of Boston's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Billy Liar has a nice Beatles era 1960's feel. Courtney is excellent and Christie beautiful and perfect, as always. The British cast of quirky character actors and street scenes are what Schlesinger continued to perfect. It's interesting to compare to Midnight Cowboy for the theme of imagination and ambition squelched by everyday reality.

  2. David R Williams's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Sooner or later we all have to grow up...or perhaps not. Still...choosing not to go to London with Julie Christie...hard to believe that.

  3. Morris Bros.'s rating of the film Billy Liar

  4. Nick Potter's rating of the film Billy Liar

    A solid improvement over the previous Sclesinger, mostly due to the tighter script and the even better performances from Tom Courtenay (who eerily reminds me of a young Ewan McGregor) and Julie Christie.

  5. Joanne Allen's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Without giving away the ending, the film ends just as it should. Amazing from the beginning

  6. Adam M's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Brisk direction and skilled filmography make up for the slightly cloying plot, such as it is.

  7. ShawnD's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Utterly delightful and at once knowing and innocent. Borrowed if not outright lifted from Walter Mitty, this vehicle for Courtenay captures the willingness we all have to escape from the drab humdrum of everyday life. And who wouldn't be snapped out of a dream state by Julie Christie and agree to meet her at a bus station in the middle of the night?

  8. Slappy McGee's rating of the film Billy Liar

    (3.5 stars) An intriguing character study of story about an "Angry Young Man" who constantly reasons himself out of moving on with his arrested development. He amuses himself with daydreams that have him enacting various roles from his imagination. Some really funny editing to make these daydreams come to life onscreen, such as becoming a gangster and gunning down anyone who angers him. A true delight of a film.

  9. Matthew Martens's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Let's to Ambrosia while the sun flames out.

  10. Michael Schmidt's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Wacky. If Julie Christy wasn't in it, I'd probably have given it a 3.

  11. Tomymac's rating of the film Billy Liar

  12. Aardsy's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Just sit and imagine ourselves there.

  13. SpacePirate's rating of the film Billy Liar

    What an excellent film. I loved Courtenay in Dist. Runner so wanted to see this for some time. Early Christie also peaked my interest. The result is a great gem that serves as a giant middle finger to the British films of yore. Its equal parts funny and sad, and I feel I identify a bit too much with the title character which has me worried my life is passing me by while in fantasy land. Midlife crisis aside, 5 stars

  14. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Billy Liar

    The best exemple of Free Cinema or what some called the British New Wave. Whether it is Tony Richardson in England, Forman or Wajda elsewhere, even Bellochio at the time, you can feel in those movies how the 60´s was a time of rebellion against the system, a need to reject authority. It is fresh, out of the studio system, full of energy, and bitter in the end. In a word : generational.

  15. HSBilly's rating of the film Billy Liar

    superb performances. oh and julie christie is beautiful as ever.

  16. Muraki's rating of the film Billy Liar

    I really love this dreamy atmosphere drama

  17. Severus Snape's rating of the film Billy Liar

  18. Stevie's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Julie Christie's introduction is a blissful scene of pure cinema.

  19. Maurice Lee's rating of the film Billy Liar

    If there was to be a remake of this, I wonder if The Decemberists would do the score...

  20. Teona Gal's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Today's a day of big decisions -

  21. Lapis's rating of the film Billy Liar

    In many ways an echo of I Vitteloni, another film I also enjoyed. I found myself urging Billy on in the final scene, willing him to stay on the train, which made his deliberate decision to remain all the more disappointing. Definitely one of my new faces.

  22. danhofstra's rating of the film Billy Liar

    Fantastic film...after seeing this on TCM, I've decided that I'm going to have to start a search for the unfortunately OOP Criterion DVD.

  23. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Billy Liar

    The old world is collapsing and a new world is coming into existence (I love you Julie Christie). Between them, Tom Courtenay is dreaming of a world that doesn't exist. Sad. Funny and sad. An ode to all the weak-willed and escapists of the world. A DVD zone Hillary.

  24. Amlethus's rating of the film Billy Liar

    I watch this movie once a year. It makes me feel so good.

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