Freakonomics (2010)

FREAKONOMICS is the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 18, 2011
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: More disjointed and less compelling than the book it's based on, Freakonomics isn't quite as entertaining or educational as it should be.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Freakonomics is, much like the book that spawned it, a breezy entertainment that leaves you with a lot to think about.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

When this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A.

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Mark Jenkins

The movie version of Freakonomics functions as a reasonably effective trailer, but for a book whose moment has already passed.

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Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

A lighthearted plea to the audience to try to think outside the box when it comes to matters of causality.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The film is provocative but also scattershot and not nearly as conclusive as it pretends to be.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Amiably passes the time.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Economics is a harsh subject to swallow, much like the greens your mother forced down your throat during childhood. Still, the case studies presented by a… More
Gordon A
As a disciple of the freakonomics school of thought, I thoroughly enjoyed this refresher and hope it brings the message to a wider audience. All the directors… More
Thomas Johnston
Interesting concepts discussed, but too much time was spent on the corruption of Sumo and the subtitles for that section were poorly done.
Luke Baldock
Freakonomics is one of those films that tries to make a complex subject accessible to a mainstream audience. Here, there subject in question is economics, and… More
Reid Volk
This documentary is for people who have neglected to read the book. It features four chapters from the book which were picked up by different directors and… More
Jeff Talbott
Darn it, it seemed like such a great idea: take four of the top documentary filmmakers/filmmaking teams working today and let them each tackle one aspect of… More

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