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Billy, a young man with a dreary life, spends most of his time daydreaming about a land where he is a hero... (imdb)

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Billy Liar belongs to 32 collections
1. Criterion Collection (public: moderated by caffe - 125 stars)
2. New York Times' The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made (public: moderated by theficionado - 25 stars)
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4. Edgar Wright 1000 Favorite Movies (Aug 2016) (public: moderated by Aron Ericson - 8 stars)
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6. The Bfi 100 (public: moderated by nexus - 3 stars)
7. TimeOut Magazine's 100 best British films (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 3 stars)
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TCI | Percentile | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
Apr 11 6tQ3QS
70 20%
Mar 09 scottmcc scott.mcc
70 63%
Jan 25 mfl
65 64%
Jan 09 cengaveri
72 31%
Jan 06 toycanon
65 48%
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
60 49%
Sep 02, 2017 sl1m
50 24%
Aug 28, 2017 toystwo
65 3%
Aug 25, 2017 strangelime
80 47%
Jun 14, 2017 AHP
75 42%
Jun 14, 2017 DLawrence
80 73%
Jun 05, 2017 kharms
100 98%
May 23, 2017 kupfertj
55 29%
Apr 27, 2017 KasperL KasperL
60 51%
The fantasy segments I didn't enjoy, but there's some great ideas here. To be quite honest I enjoyed reading what people got out of it more than actually watching the film myself, but I predict that it might grow on me a bit on a rewatch.
Apr 25, 2017 Hsaka
74 57%
Apr 06, 2017 abz abz
70 44%
Mar 09, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
73 88%
Feb 21, 2017 hinterland
66 49%
Feb 05, 2017 Warren Warren
84 70%
Jan 23, 2017 Buff
50 67%
Jan 14, 2017 joewkeh joewkeh
68 38%
Dec 28, 2016 JJ1986 JJ1986
70 76%
Dec 22, 2016 kosecki
66 42%
Dec 21, 2016 Lionel Hutz
88 86%
Dec 16, 2016 Iai
3 11%
Nov 24, 2016 Ronin22
68 81%
Oct 22, 2016 jerrywarton
75 85%
Jul 13, 2016 eddiewinslow
90 81%
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
70 29%
Apr 26, 2016 justaname
50 11%
Feb 24, 2016 ramshackled
100 91%
Feb 04, 2016 da5id da5id
25 6%
Dec 14, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73 48%
Dec 12, 2015 donquixotic
60 50%
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
80 76%
Nov 27, 2015 dgeiser13
1 %
Nov 21, 2015 Niska Niska
40 64%
Nov 01, 2015 Hennimore
76 77%
Oct 18, 2015 zomgmouse
80 69%
Oct 07, 2015 Malcym
6 51%
Oct 06, 2015 M-B-M
7 87%
Sep 28, 2015 ArkadyFalls
70 74%
Aug 25, 2015 Patatuela
70 49%
Jun 21, 2015 Inkerictus Inkerictus
70 50%
May 30, 2015 Angliche92 Angliche92
77 67%
May 18, 2015 zetes
70 39%
May 13, 2015 preppy-3
60 38%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
90 82%
Apr 16, 2015 loosecanons loosecanons
8 71%
Mar 25, 2015 10kfilms
77 73%
Feb 01, 2015 kharms2
100 99%
Jan 15, 2015 metaller
80 66%
Jan 05, 2015 Chestpinched
94 67%
Dec 03, 2014 Lonewolf2003
78 64%
Nov 11, 2014 nickv nickv
70 65%
Nov 11, 2014 domv domv
79 71%
Oct 13, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
80 78%
Sep 21, 2014 Tatanka
80 94%
Aug 25, 2014 hishhism hishhism
70 67%
Aug 25, 2014 cutegirlbutt
80 65%
Jul 06, 2014 driscarpin driscarpin
78 65%
Um Walter Mitty deprimente.
Jun 03, 2014 cayh
70 46%
May 22, 2014 nidreu
77 43%
May 11, 2014 smhdlk
83 68%
Mar 03, 2014 rDin r.Din
71 67%
Feb 18, 2014 PaulSandell
90 97%
Feb 12, 2014 felixm85
70 26%
Feb 06, 2014 DavidG7 DavidG7
90 76%
Jan 31, 2014 Josh_Forrest Josh Forrest
65 73%
Jan 31, 2014 shotton25 shotton25
70 53%
Jan 24, 2014 The_Tuss The Tuss
75 79%
Jan 10, 2014 MMAlpha MMAlpha
80 66%
Jan 09, 2014 Telemecus
9 4%
Jan 08, 2014 guvolefou guvolefou
82 81%
Jan 08, 2014 fact100 fact100
76 79%
Jan 03, 2014 rttntomatoes rttntomatoes
100 98%
Jan 01, 2014 Sinemaestro Amadeus
76 85%
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
60 16%
Oct 24, 2013 flowing flowing
36 22%
Sep 25, 2013 WBadger WBadger
28 28%
Sep 21, 2013 caffe
74 54%
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
60 17%
Sep 05, 2013 flund
3 2%
Aug 28, 2013 panchovilla
70 42%
Aug 16, 2013 monoglot
90 94%
Aug 14, 2013 Barkinson
65 73%
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
40 23%
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
60 20%
Jun 14, 2013 I_am_prowler I am prowler
60 53%
Jun 06, 2013 Baby Sloth
45 20%
May 15, 2013 Aron_Ericson Aron Ericson
77 81%
May 05, 2013 cinemahell cinema_hell
83 69%
Apr 29, 2013 sdenka sdenka
95 95%
Apr 28, 2013 fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
82 33%
Apr 01, 2013 bernardobrum bernardobrum
86 72%
Mar 16, 2013 nt_
89 71%
Jan 31, 2013 finney28
90 93%
Jan 22, 2013 kafkalamak kafkalamak
86 87%
Jan 17, 2013 redcard29
83 31%
Jan 08, 2013 jrpaulson
70 32%
Jan 08, 2013 Woody92 Woody92
87 47%
Dec 21, 2012 b4con b4con
85 70%
Oct 30, 2012 Ronin21
78 64%
Aug 19, 2012 debaser1985
76 82%
Jul 22, 2012 filmcricket
78 87%
Jul 16, 2012 bhoyo
86 90%
Jun 10, 2012 SirRobbie SirRobbie
80 70%
Uneven but still great. Includes one of the greatest ever scenes in movie history.
Jun 08, 2012 Mochard Mochard
50 12%
Jun 06, 2012 katsuben
4 65%
Jun 03, 2012 polardays polardays
90 7%
May 19, 2012 Wulf
50 2%
Apr 07, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
72 52%
Mar 07, 2012 Kublai_Khan Kublai Khan
30 28%
Feb 29, 2012 dbamford dbamford
88 90%
Offset the depressive dreariness of mid-century British life with the indecisiveness, procrastination and imagination of a young man in social no-mans-land and you'll get something quite sorrowful. It can also be damn funny! Marvellous little details of script/set-pieces and comic layers make it an entertaining film. Thoroughly enjoyable, and for some of us, it will feel uncomfortably personal and familiar!
Feb 04, 2012 CHIMP CHIMP
77 70%
Feb 03, 2012 pzingg
93 86%
Jan 22, 2012 schizotoast schizotoast
80 66%
Jan 04, 2012 Lone_Wolf miller
6 49%
Nov 30, 2011 jodamico jodamico
78 69%
Nov 16, 2011 bof bof
72 62%
Slightly predictable moral, of course, but still very nicely done; starts out as comedy with a protagonist into escapist fantasies, ends up rather heartbreaking as we realise who the real escapists are.
Oct 23, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
67 80%
Oct 15, 2011 bgy4dm bgy4dm
85 69%
Sep 19, 2011 manymoons manymoons
84 78%
Sep 12, 2011 Exidor
70 44%
Aug 18, 2011 sanguinary sanguinary
70 42%
Jul 31, 2011 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
82 93%
Jul 23, 2011 modtro
91 51%
Jul 10, 2011 VinegarBob VinegarBob
85 89%
Jun 19, 2011 rant1229 rant1229
62 91%
May 28, 2011 toro913
88 94%
Mar 31, 2011 deckard0 deckard0
87 38%
Mar 28, 2011 cosmic_bus
70 42%
Dec 07, 2010 dumbjaw dumbjaw
68 67%
Dec 01, 2010 Madeline Madeline
100 91%
Nov 22, 2010 ari
77 75%
Nov 19, 2010 frazze
60 17%
Oct 26, 2010 bood
85 82%
Oct 23, 2010 kastenm kastenm
66 39%
Sep 26, 2010 Al Chambers
95 94%
Aug 25, 2010 fortsigma fortsigma
76 75%
Aug 12, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
74 65%
Aug 08, 2010 Criminal5 Alex Watkins
3 43%
An enjoyable, if somewhat humdrum comedy of manners and misunderstandings, given a boost by A) Courtenay's excellent performance and B) some nice dramatic underpinnings. It comes together very nicely in the end.
Aug 04, 2010 JooJoo JooJoo
4 53%
The charm of the fantasies did not last long. I could have used less of that and better character development.
Aug 02, 2010 Slvbarek Actionberg
70 51%
Jun 16, 2010 BigEvil Nathan S
4 77%
A mockery of old fashioned middle class values and behaviors. Swerving back and forth between reality and fantasy, the satire is simultaneously charming and wicked. Even with this humorous quality, though, the film is a surprisingly poignant depiction of restless and indecisive youth. Tom Courtenay is wonderful as the title character, bursting with effervescence but not without flaws and vulnerability.
May 26, 2010 iar80
76 53%
Apr 15, 2010 JDSHEFFO
84 95%
Mar 07, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
61 27%
It's hard to put my finger on what exactly bugged me about this movie. Was it the way all but Courtenay and Christie are presented as species to be mocked? Was it that Christie never came across as more than a fictional conceit? Or maybe it was just a plain vanilla reason like I just didn't find it funny or engaging, possibly due to the dated style of humor. (For some reason, there's this gap from about 1952-1967 where the comedy in movies differs from I what I find funny, with few exceptions.)
Feb 09, 2010 Frosty Frosty
50 26%
Perhaps unfair a film that no doubt used the device before it became tired due to excessive overuse in third rate sitcoms - but I find imagined sequences irritating. Due to this the film took a while to grow on me, and I was checking my watch regularly until the final third, where the film really begins to develop and Billy's character matures and becomes more interesting.
Jan 06, 2010 kennardjon
73 46%
Dec 13, 2009 daveylow
80 64%
Dec 03, 2009 cinebaixar
85 72%
Nov 09, 2009 lustforlife
86 68%
Nov 08, 2009 Macduffact2 Macduffact2
89 52%
Oct 22, 2009 svenerik svenerik
90 85%
Oct 09, 2009 ehrenkm
80 55%
Oct 03, 2009 winds winds
6 75%
Sep 30, 2009 NilbogSavant NilbogSavant
60 41%
Sep 09, 2009 negative
3 %
Aug 13, 2009 Anselmi86 Anselmi86
68 45%
Jul 26, 2009 mongo
75 62%
Jul 13, 2009 NedMeier
77 44%
May 23, 2009 spiritofeden
79 82%
Apr 19, 2009 imdb imdb
74 28%
Mar 13, 2009 madderroot madderroot
56 46%
Jan 28, 2009 filmaffinity filmaffinity
65 61%
Dec 20, 2008 dandyman
90 83%
Nov 25, 2008 digitalmonk
76 53%
Oct 05, 2008 sidehacker sidehacker
63 38%
Jul 13, 2008 Antoine
72 45%
Jun 12, 2008 rickyafraid rickyafraid
86 83%
May 18, 2008 losrasputin losrasputin
71 36%
Mar 28, 2008 RNG
72 72%
Feb 18, 2008 terrymac terrymac
66 49%
Dec 26, 2007 dissidentdov
85 67%
Dec 10, 2007 welike
20 33%
Oct 28, 2007 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
89 92%
When it started it seemed like it would just be a good absurd comedy about a kid who can't stop daydreaming, and it is that, but really grew on me as it went on. We get an increasingly deeper view of Billy as things progress and the ending is really very well done.
Oct 16, 2007 SomewhatItay
76 55%
In the vein of the kitchen sink dramas of its time, but elevated from most of them thanks to the title character's flights of fantasy that make it a journey into the inner mind of a full time dreamer slob, one that is mirroring the life and dreams of most of us still waiting to be someone.
Oct 03, 2007 tonydal tonydal
70 40%
Aug 13, 2007 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
70 77%
Aug 13, 2007 djross djross
60 60%
Score based on distant memory.
Aug 13, 2007 Shahed
90 35%
Aug 13, 2007 anneingram
51 21%
Aug 13, 2007 Raiders
69 45%
Aug 13, 2007 cardindex
75 36%
Aug 13, 2007 GarethD
80 64%
Aug 13, 2007 laika laika
74 57%
Jun 22, 2007 Onela
96 94%
Mar 01, 2007 TheDiceman TheDiceman
70 81%
Classic
Feb 24, 2007 TizVanSant
75 73%
Jan 17, 2007 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
83 77%
Kind of like "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" if Mitty was a young Malcolm McDowell type. Very watchable and also funny, in that reserved British way. I liked the ending.
Average Percentile 58.68% from 191 Rankings rss