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It's a Free World...
With a central trope that recalls Jerzy Skolimowski's Moonlighting (1982), Palme d'Or winner Ken Loach's ironically titled social-consciousness drama It's a Free World... dissects the problem of exploited immigrant labor from the perspective of one taking advantage. Actress Kierston Wareing stars as Angie, a native of London's East End who works for a shady and sketchy employment agency that predominantly hires illegal Eastern European immigrants. Unceremoniously fired from that outfit, she cooks up the scheme of establishing her own such agency with the help of a roommate,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"I emerged from this story feeling sadder and wiser but was never fully engaged."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Free World doesnâ(TM)t need to manufacture tension; its critique of corruption by association is compelling enough."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Despite the timely and topical subject matter, this one just sits there and lays an egg that never poaches."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Realistically filmed, but limited by narrative cuts that hopscotch through time, "It's a Free World" is a flawed film that overflows with ideas. You should never pass up a Ken Loach movie, and this is no exception to the rule."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Often affecting and very well observed."
‑ , Screen International
"Newcomer Wareing delivers an award-worthy performance as the steely Angie, who is impossible to hate even as she descends deeper into the moral abyss."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's a free world, Ken Loach asserts in his latest film with well-practiced disgust and unfortunately little hope."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Loach is offering commentary, not solutions, so this one could be the feel-bad film of the week. In the best way, of course."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Ken Loach's latest deserves plaudits for taking on the issue of immigration from such an unexpected angle."
‑ William Thomas, Empire Magazine
"In this free world things might be ugly, but at least it's sunny."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"The film's bleak but powerful ending is a wake-up call to Britain and a measure of the pessimism of Loach, one of its most trenchant critics. I fear things must be really bad over there."
‑ Kamal Al-Solaylee, Globe and Mail
"It's A Free World...'s dilemmas are undeniably thought-provoking."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Even if it collapses in on itself a bit, there's still a rough power underneath everything that makes it worth a look."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Works on every level -- the performances are compelling, the drama feels grounded and real, and we brush up against an issue so large and overwhelming that you can easily see why no one thinks it's their problem to solve."
‑ Ryan Stewart, Cinematical
"Wareing stands out among the slate of typically Loachian/genuine performances, managing to be both unlikable and empathetic at the same time."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
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