Free Style Reviews

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Mike Hale
New York Times
October 9, 2009
Free Style is about motocross and stars Corbin Bleu of the Disney Channel repertory company, two facts that might lead you to expect a certain kind of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 9, 2009
You don't have to be a swooning teenage girl to be enamored of Free Style and its heartthrob actor Corbin Bleu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
October 9, 2009
As predictable and cliché as Free Style is, it moves along briskly enough and Bleu is compelling enough that it doesn't wear out its welcome.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
October 9, 2009
A film Barack Obama would approve of screening for Sasha and Malia -- there's even a jab at private health insurers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 8, 2009
If the world truly needs a family-friendly drama built around motocross racing, it might as well be Free Style, a wholly competent film from journeyman director William Dear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 9, 2009
Bleu remains one to watch, but only real fans will want to watch this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 9, 2009
Bleu's cute-but-bland act flatlines in every scene of a movie with a script that is a perfect match for his abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 8, 2009
Teen motocross fan aims big in well-meaning but so-so drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 8, 2009
The movie revels in that kind of good-natured, sitcom-style corniness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 8, 2009
Establishing some rooting interest in an underdog like Bleu's character is essential for movies like this, but not to the point where needless subplots about his mother's relationship with the local sheriff is more vital than putting rubber to dirt.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 8, 2009
You can always while away the hour and a half playing 'Count the Cliches.' One wishes Bleu all the best, but on the evidence of this picture his career might be a lot shorter than his hair.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 8, 2009
There are some charming actors in this movie, all dressed up but with no place to go. Free Style is remorselessly formulaic, with every character and plot point playing its assigned role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Drew Toal
Time Out
October 7, 2009
Anyone over the legal voting age will have to suffer through "valuable" life lessons to get to the sick two-wheel aerials. Nothing ever comes for free.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
October 7, 2009
The plot of Free Style, lifted wholesale from any number of kid-with-a-dream movies, unfolds just the way you think it will... until the climax turns out to be even cheesier than you feared.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
October 6, 2009
Lower-class rage is addressed in a fashion that most movies -- let alone family ones -- shy away from. Which doesn't make this a good movie, but at least it has something on its mind.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 6, 2009
Soft-peddled father issues, and race relations get coasted over like so much conveyor-belt product in director William Dear's oh-so-safe kids' romantic sports drama.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 5, 2009
For High School Musical fans unwaveringly devoted to Corbin Bleu, Free Style provides ample opportunity to swoon over the former East High basketballer's big floppy hair and Disney Channel-grade emoting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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