It's a Free World
It's a Free World (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I emerged from this story feeling sadder and wiser but was never fully engaged.

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David Fear
Time Out

Free World doesnâ(TM)t need to manufacture tension; its critique of corruption by association is compelling enough.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Despite the timely and topical subject matter, this one just sits there and lays an egg that never poaches.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

It's a free world, Ken Loach asserts in his latest film with well-practiced disgust and unfortunately little hope.

Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Loach is offering commentary, not solutions, so this one could be the feel-bad film of the week. In the best way, of course.

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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail

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.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

It's A Free World...'s dilemmas are undeniably thought-provoking.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Even if it collapses in on itself a bit, there's still a rough power underneath everything that makes it worth a look.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A good concept doesn't quite work here. I never was taken with the film or the individual performances. Try again.
Laurence Collin
Loach has done it again. The social realism card that he has exploited so well during his career is used to full effect here : his commentary on the issue of… More
Chris Middleton
Not a great film but it's a good example of an insight into illegal work in the UK.