Freedomland
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Joe Roth directs his adaptation of Richard Price's novel Freedomland from a script by the author. Samuel L. Jackson stars as a police detective who must investigate a distraught woman (Julianne Moore) who claims that her child was kidnapped by a black man. The accusation stirs up much racial animosity in the town. Edie Falco co-stars. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

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"This mixed-up, self-important thriller is adapted by Richard Price from his own novel and wastes a talented cast."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A sometimes heavy-handed urban drama punctuated by some devastatingly effective scenes."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A dazzling performance by Julianne Moore, backed by Samuel L. Jackson. A strong supporting performance by Edie Falco. The story is overwrought and uneven, but those performances had me interested from beginning to end."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"As an excuse to examine urban malaise at novel length, this premise works; as a film drama, it feels both overlong and sketchy."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"An intensely engrossing melodrama, despite its ultimately squandering an opportunity to deliver an emotional payoff."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Moviemakers who exploit the suffering and death of children to ratchet up the dramatic stakes belong in the innermost circle of hell, but Freedomland -- clumsy and overwrought as it is -- earns the right to its harrowing trajectory."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"The performances all around are lousy -- histrionic and turgid, a most lethal combination."
‑ Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice
"Ridiculous"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Clunky, disjointed and with a couple of subplots that linger and then vanish."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"As I sat there watching the final slow motion image of a young man framed against the flames of a burning refrigerator box I couldn't help but think, "boy, I should have gone and seen Eight Below instead.""
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"What begins as a familiar kind of media-circus melodrama ends up being something much more complex and tangled."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Freedomland is, at best, a noble failure, which leaves the charred aftertaste of a burned opportunity."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
""Freedomland" is an infuriating movie made worse by incomprehensible monologues from its deranged protagonist."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A compelling, beautifully written and impossible-to-put-down book has been turned into a mediocre film that seems self-important and listless."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Not much of this is new territory, but it can be gripping at times."
‑ Todd Hertz, Christianity Today
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