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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 hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years: Academy Award (R) winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money), Academy Award (R) nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Academy… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"Freakonomics is, much like the book that spawned it, a breezy entertainment that leaves you with a lot to think about."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Moderately interesting documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Merely proves that a batch of bite-sized featurettes does not automatically add up to a satisfying meal."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK]
"When this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The movie version of Freakonomics functions as a reasonably effective trailer, but for a book whose moment has already passed."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"A lighthearted plea to the audience to try to think outside the box when it comes to matters of causality."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Freasonable."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"...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"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The film is provocative but also scattershot and not nearly as conclusive as it pretends to be."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Amiably passes the time."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A real hodgepodge of ideas and themes, directed by six different directors, it lacks cohesion. It does, however, have some interesting segments."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"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."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"... somewhere between ... an illustrated, freshman-level lecture by a superstar professor and ... a brainy but popular television anthology show."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
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