Freakonomics Reviews

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December 2, 2010
Merely proves that a batch of bite-sized featurettes does not automatically add up to a satisfying meal.
October 15, 2010
If you didn't read the book, you can get a less-satisfying version of it here, but you'd be better off hitting the book. And if you did read the book, the movie is superfluous.
October 8, 2010
It's intellectual snack food, satisfying for a little while but always leaving you hungry for more.
October 7, 2010
Blame producer Chad Troutwine for bringing together an array of talented documentary filmmakers to try to coax life into material certainly not suited to the medium of film.
October 4, 2010
An unusual cinematic experiment that comes off as a hit-and-miss collection of appetizers.
October 4, 2010
A mixed bag...often comes across as simply cute, pushing very hard to too little effect.
October 1, 2010
It's mild stuff indeed, more like an especially lightweight edition of 60 Minutes than a hard-hitting expos of cultural ills.
October 1, 2010
There's an appealing sort of crazy, on the surface, to Freakonomics... [But it] sounds for all the world as if [the film] is mocking Freakonomics [the theory].
October 1, 2010
A disjointed mess that is never quite as hip or smart as it seems to think it is.
October 1, 2010
An interesting, uneven mountain of stats and facts that, overall, is inconclusive.
October 1, 2010
[It] isn't freaky enough.
September 30, 2010
...this movie perverts the basis of the book, since many of the answers it draws are based on bald conjecture and semi-staged scenes rather than fact.
September 30, 2010
...while the resulting film is often entertaining, it's also random, it's ideas not well articulated.
September 30, 2010
An attempt to turn the 2005 nonfiction bestseller into a high-energy docu-romp, "Freakonomics'' is a misconceived botch.
September 30, 2010
hardly lives up to its promise, or even its title.
September 29, 2010
As a movie, Freakonomics is like Jujubes for the brain -- it starts to get cloying halfway through the box.
September 29, 2010
Schlock.
September 28, 2010
There's no chance to get into anything in depth, because it's onto the next broadly sketched out concept.
September 28, 2010
The 20-minute shorts range in style from traditional fly-on-the-wall narrative to a kind of hyperactive PowerPoint presentation.
September 16, 2010
By the end, don't be surprised if you are still asking yourself what, exactly, the definition of freakonomics is.
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