• Released
  • October 1, 2010
  • (Limited 10/1)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 25 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
Freakonomics Synopsis
Vignettes explore the concepts put forth in the book ``Freakonomics.''
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
An invigorating and surprising journey.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Freakonomics is uneven, and even a little cloying, but its sum effect isn't bad.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
A brisk and lively cinematic Cliff's Notes of the 2005 nonfiction bestseller that made the lofty promise to reveal "the hidden side of...
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65

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Best in show is the final chapter, by "Jesus Camp" directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. "Can A Ninth Grader Be Bribed To Succeed?" is as...
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Freakonomics' commercial success reflected the once-fashionable notion that economics could explain, well, everything.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As a movie, Freakonomics is like Jujubes for the brain - it starts to get cloying halfway through the box.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Like the source material, it's ultimately less than the sum of its parts -- an assemblage of moderately interesting human interest stories...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The movie as a whole is a mixed bag, offering up stiff shots of skepticism and a few provocative thoughts on correlation and causality.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
From a consumer perspective, you're better off skipping the movie and putting your money toward their book instead.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An attempt to turn the 2005 nonfiction bestseller into a high-energy docu-romp, Freakonomics is a misconceived botch.
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Freakonomics Review

By Derrick Deane
The transitional segments, the Morgan Spurlock segment and the final segments were entertaining and informative. It was the two middle segments about Sumo Wrestling and Roe v. Wade that really...

Freakonomics

By DELONGO
This was the worst documentary I have seen in quite a while. The premise of the movie could have been summed up in about 20 minutes max. There is nothing worse than someone explaining to you your...

3/4ths in, I checked my watch

By TripleSkilled
Interesting enough, but easy come, easy go. What was it about?...

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Rated PG-13 | For Elements of violence, sexuality/nudity, drugs and brief strong language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Engaging economic docu is too complex for young kids.
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