Freakonomics Reviews

December 2, 2010
Merely proves that a batch of bite-sized featurettes does not automatically add up to a satisfying meal.
October 20, 2010
Freakonomics is, much like the book that spawned it, a breezy entertainment that leaves you with a lot to think about.
October 12, 2010
When this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A.
October 8, 2010
The film is provocative but also scattershot and not nearly as conclusive as it pretends to be.
October 2, 2010
Sometimes, it has all the answers. More often, it just asks the right questions. And in today's 24-hour froth of insta-pundit analysis, we need curiosity more than certainty.
October 2, 2010
Some parts of the movie are more satisfying and intriguing than others, but there are enough surprising and non-intuitive revelations that even the most jaded viewer will likely learn a thing or two.
Top Critic
October 1, 2010
The movie version of Freakonomics functions as a reasonably effective trailer, but for a book whose moment has already passed.
October 1, 2010
Equal parts journalistic expose and targeted anthropological dissection, the slick anthology production Freakonomics makes heavy ideas go down easy.
October 1, 2010
Amiably passes the time.
October 1, 2010
[It] isn't freaky enough.
September 30, 2010
Freakonomics examines social, cultural, and financial issues with an eye to getting people to think differently.
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
Like the 2005 bestseller that inspired it, the movie version of Freakonomics is fleet and accessible, an enjoyably light and lively pop artifact aimed at bringing some unusual economic theories to the masses.
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
Any movie that triggers creative thought in its audience can't be that bad a deal.
September 28, 2010
The 20-minute shorts range in style from traditional fly-on-the-wall narrative to a kind of hyperactive PowerPoint presentation.
May 3, 2010
dds up to a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives on how people think.
May 3, 2010
Like the source material, it's ultimately less than the sum of its parts -- an assemblage of moderately interesting human interest stories that don't carry much weight on the big screen.