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Freeway Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 6, 2011
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
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 28, 2011
[The] characters are crisp and fascinating, and the movie has a great anything-can-happen B-movie excitement feel to it.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
February 13, 2008
One of the most stubbornly original and electrifying films not only of 1996, but of the '90s, period.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
It's just the sort of thing Oliver Stone strove so hard to achieve in Natural Born Killers, and [writer/director Matthew] Bright pulls it off effortlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Freeway somehow manages to be hip, imaginative and hilarious. Road film, comedy, prison drama and Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers all rolled into one.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
November 28, 2002
Shockingly dark and nasty take on the Red Riding Hood tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
I didn't particularly want to like Freeway, but I couldn't help myself. Reese Witherspoon made me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
August 3, 2002
'Little Red Riding Hood,' my, how you've grown...
| Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
Cynical, stylish and witty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Rude in the way the truth is rude -- only funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The great cast brings light-hearted humor and credibility to what could otherwise have been seen as a sickly exploitative (though well-written and directed) script.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
We are clobbered with excess as if we wouldn't understand a subtle fable.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Freeway is not good satire, it's not good comedy, and it's not in the least bit entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
It's too drawn-out, too talky and, at the most crucial moment, needlessly implausible, to sustain its humor and large dose of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
Writer-director Matthew Bright does a great job for a first-time director. The plot is fascinating as it unfolds. Until the very end of the film you really can't tell what's coming next.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
If you're into despicable trash that is completely without redeeming value, Freeway is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A white-trash riff on Little Red Riding Hood, the oddly titled Freeway is a road movie that hits a dead end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
This is not a film for everyone, in fact, it's main appeal is in the gross fascination for the grotesque.
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