Live Free or Die
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An aspiring small-town criminal edges in on the family business of an old acquaintance, only to find things quickly spinning out of control when an emotionally unstable cop begins investigating the case. Clueless criminal wannabe John "Rugged" Rudgate (Aaron Stanford) spends most of his time forging rebate coupons and selling speakers on the streets, but upon receiving a peculiar blast from the past he begins to dream of more lucrative criminal endeavors. It seems that John's old friend Jeff Lagrand (Paul Schneider) has arrived back in town to assist his sardonic sister (Zooey… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Live Free is a comedy of vastly diminished criminal expectations. That's the fun of it, and the frustration, too."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"... low-key black comedy stars Aaron Stanford as a two-bit blowhard and small-time scammer swimming in the shallow end of the New Hampshire gene pool."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"None of the movie's flaws negate its many remarkable little performances and casually insightful script."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"a lightweight film, sort of a less gruesome, slacker take on 2005's "The Ice Harvest" crossed with a common man's "Garden State," that is elevated by a cast that maintains interest when the plot lags."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It just feels contrived when a good comedy like this should feel clever."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"Very much like its hapless lead character, a small-town, small-time hustler who yearns to present himself as a dangerous outlaw, Live Free or Die tries too hard, to little effect."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"just isn't very funny, too wrapped up in its wild plot and loser lead character to ever get around to delivering a punch line"
‑ Christopher Null,
"A Will Ferrell/Steve Carell-style comedy that lacks the charm associated with those actors' films."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"There are some solid chuckles in the lowbrow crime comedy Live Free or Die but they're not enough to sustain its slight story for a whole 90 minutes."
‑ Gary Goldstein,
"There are many small laughs, two or three big ones, and a lot of wide open space in between where the film ambles along unremarkably."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Small-town indie crime comedy is short on laughs."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"The best aspect of Live Free or Die is its unpredictability. From Rugged pulling a gun out of a kitchen drawer to the sight of his rusty blue van rolling away without anyone inside, you never quite know what's going to happen next."
‑ Brian Zoromski, IGN Movies
"[Live Free or Die] is a mildly entertaining little flick but a slight effort."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The filmmakers have a nice grasp on the visual despair of the piece, and they use it wisely to augment the idiocy of the participants."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Live Free or Die -- opens and closes zippily, but in between frequently stalls out, and the wannabe-hoodlum antics of Rugged and LaGrand -- play with diminishing returns."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
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