Freeway (1996)

In this postmodern exploitation flick loosely based on "Little Red Riding Hood," the uneducated daughter of a drug-addicted prostitute flees the foster-care system in search of her long-lost grandmother but meets up instead with a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 23, 1996
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A modern update on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, Freeway is an audacious black comedy with a star-making performance from the young Reese Witherspoon.

Time Out

There's not much edification in store, and [director] Bright cruises over some bumpy plot holes, but the teen's perspective does put a black comic spotlight on wider social hypocrisies.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Rude in the way the truth is rude -- only funnier.

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Emanuel Levy

Darkly humorous, witty and nasty, Freeway is an original take on the Red Riding Hood fairytale, featuring a wonderful performance by the teenage Reese Witherspoon, before she became a star

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

Freeway glints here and there with dark humor amounting to a knowing wink that undercuts the cautionary tale at its heart and the seriousness of its graphic sociology.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It's too drawn-out, too talky and, at the most crucial moment, needlessly implausible, to sustain its humor and large dose of violence.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[The] characters are crisp and fascinating, and the movie has a great anything-can-happen B-movie excitement feel to it.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Cynical, stylish and witty.

Charles Taylor

Alive with the luscious turn-ons of sex and danger, Freeway is the most impressive debut film I've seen all year.

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Rob Gonsalves

One of the most stubbornly original and electrifying films not only of 1996, but of the '90s, period.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Vanessa Lutz is a nearly illiterate, poor, and troubled California teenager with a really awful back story which includes all kinds of abuse and criminal… More
Nani Vang
I found the movie to be hilarious in so many ways. There were some cheesy parts, but I think that's how they were meant to be...For example, Reese… More
Bethany Murphy
It's hard not to love Reese Witherspoon in anything. This film was mad, crazy, over the top and at times quite hilarious. It's a great modern version… More
Curtis Lilly
Wow. What a messed up movie, but in all the good ways. Sutherland's drool face is priceless, and I actually liked Reese Witherspoon for one of the first… More
Cassandra Maples
Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale, Little Red Riding Hood; Freeway is the disjointed and frankly weird odyssey following a young girl on the way to her… More
Mark Hobin
Uncomfortable, funny and dark update of little red riding hood is highlighted by a stellar performance by Reese Witherspoon.

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