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More disjointed and less compelling than the book it's based on, Freakonomics isn't quite as entertaining or educational as it should be.



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FREAKONOMICS is the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years: Academy Award (R) winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money), Academy Award (R) nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Academy Award (R) nominee Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Seth Gordon (The King of Kong).-- (C) Magnolia


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  • Dec 28, 2015
    Seperate documentary segments made into a movie. Some were interesting, some were boring. The teenage boy in the last segment was so dumb I wanted to shake him.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2012
    The mark of a good documentary for me is its ability to make the viewer feel like he or she understands the source material by the time the credits role without repetition. The movie Freakonomics seems to fall well short of this goal. This is possibly due to its painstakingly long concentration on sumo wrestling or the way it never really delves into how the filmmakers reach their conclusions. All in all, this movie could have been fascinating and I wish it could have lived up to this potential.
    Adam G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2011
    I'd probably never read the book so it was my only chance to listen to these theories. I went in thinking this was going to be a highly slanted bash-fest. It really isn't that, if anything it's overly non-committal. Impossible to escape the cultural lens it subjects are liberal intellectual selection. It is filled with 8ish short stories each about the same length. 3 are very memorable and the remainder make their point and keep going over the same ground. The one about sumo, got the point in the first 5 minutes and then they keep rehashing.... Whether conservative or Liberal personal philosophies will find this entertaining food for thought.
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2011
    I liked the book much better. I felt like some of the segments in the film were only a minute or so (way too short!) and others, (like about cheating in sumo) were way too long and drawn out. Read the book - skip the movie.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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