'Freakonomics' Critic Reviews

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  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    As a movie, Freakonomics is like Jujubes for the brain -- it starts to get cloying halfway through the box.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Amiably passes the time.
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  • Xan Brooks Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Merely proves that a batch of bite-sized featurettes does not automatically add up to a satisfying meal.
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  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    [It] isn't freaky enough.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    An attempt to turn the 2005 nonfiction bestseller into a high-energy docu-romp, "Freakonomics'' is a misconceived botch.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dan Kois Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The 20-minute shorts range in style from traditional fly-on-the-wall narrative to a kind of hyperactive PowerPoint presentation.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Freakonomics examines social, cultural, and financial issues with an eye to getting people to think differently.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Anderson Variety (Top Critic)
    dds up to a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives on how people think.
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  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
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  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    Equal parts journalistic expose and targeted anthropological dissection, the slick anthology production Freakonomics makes heavy ideas go down easy.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Some parts of the movie are more satisfying and intriguing than others, but there are enough surprising and non-intuitive revelations that even the most jaded viewer will likely learn a thing or two.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Like the source material, it's ultimately less than the sum of its parts -- an assemblage of moderately interesting human interest stories that don't carry much weight on the big screen.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    When this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film
    60
    The limited time given to each of the short films means that there is little opportunity to get really down and dirty with the number-crunching, so that for every aspect that is fascinating there is an attendant frustration.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jeffrey Chen Window to the Movies
    70
    A lighthearted plea to the audience to try to think outside the box when it comes to matters of causality.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope
    67
    A real hodgepodge of ideas and themes, directed by six different directors, it lacks cohesion. It does, however, have some interesting segments.
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  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    59
    Moderately interesting documentary.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robbie Collin News of the World
    60
    Freasonable.
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  • Sukhdev Sandhu Daily Telegraph
    60
    Levitt and Dubner often talk about the importance of giving incentives to customers. It's not clear if this film gives quite enough of them to those people who've already bought the book.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    86
    ...an enjoyable, lightweight affair that plays like the pilot for a premium cable series - something like a less raucous version of the Penn & Teller's Showtime series
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  • Sarah Boslaugh Playback:stl
    70
    ... somewhere between ... an illustrated, freshman-level lecture by a superstar professor and ... a brainy but popular television anthology show.
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  • Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald
    75
    Freakonomics is, much like the book that spawned it, a breezy entertainment that leaves you with a lot to think about.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kimberly Gadette Indie Movies Online
    80
    On this take from a statistician whose days are, um, numbered: the docu-omnibus engages, as we wonder what the next filmmaker might do. Proving Levitt's theory that incentives do indeed matter.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    50
    If you didn't read the book, you can get a less-satisfying version of it here, but you'd be better off hitting the book. And if you did read the book, the movie is superfluous.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Shawn Levy Oregonian
    67
    The film makes some potentially dull material come to life, but it's a tad pleased with itself for delivering that small gift.
    Full Review » 4 years ago