Freedomland (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 17, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Poorly directed and overacted, Freedomland attempts to address sensitive race and class issues but its overzealousness misses the mark.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

This mixed-up, self-important thriller is adapted by Richard Price from his own novel and wastes a talented cast.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

A sometimes heavy-handed urban drama punctuated by some devastatingly effective scenes.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice

The performances all around are lousy -- histrionic and turgid, a most lethal combination.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

What begins as a familiar kind of media-circus melodrama ends up being something much more complex and tangled.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Freedomland is, at best, a noble failure, which leaves the charred aftertaste of a burned opportunity.

Cole Smithey

"Freedomland" is an infuriating movie made worse by incomprehensible monologues from its deranged protagonist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 25% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
An ex-druggie white mom claims that she was car-jacked in a black neighborhood ... and that her 4 year old was in the back seat. Thus erupts simmering racial… More
Jani H
How bad can somebody act? I've liked Julianne Moore since Boogie Nights and she also has Magnolia on her credits. But her acting in this totally horrible… More
Chris Weber
This film had the potential to be excellent. Freedomland is a grown-up crime drama/mystery film with an actual story and substance, which is the complex… More
Lady D'arbanville
Most definitely my favourite performance by Julieanne Moore. There is more than one storyline here. Great performances also from Samuel L.Jackson and a… More
xGary Xx
A bloodied woman stumbles into an emergency room accusing an unknown black assailant of stealing her car with her 4 year old son still sleeping in the back.… More
Dean L
Freedomland begins in a housing project in N.J. Detective Lorenzo Council (Samuel L. Jackson) is establishing his character as a "policeman of the… More