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Live Free or Die (2006)

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Taking its title from the state motto of New Hampshire, "Live Free or Die" is a deadpan comedy about a clueless, aspiring criminal named John "Rugged" Rudgate, who spends his days forging rebate coupons and selling speakers out the back of his van. One day, Rugged runs into an old acquaintance, the dim-witted Jeff Lagrand, who recently returned home to help his cynical sister run the storage facility that they inherited from their father. When Rugged tries to force his way into the Lagrand

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Live Free is a comedy of vastly diminished criminal expectations. That's the fun of it, and the frustration, too.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Very much like its hapless lead character, a small-town, small-time hustler who yearns to present himself as a dangerous outlaw, Live Free or Die tries too hard, to little effect.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Small-town indie crime comedy is short on laughs.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... low-key black comedy stars Aaron Stanford as a two-bit blowhard and small-time scammer swimming in the shallow end of the New Hampshire gene pool.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: MSN.com
MSN.com

just isn't very funny, too wrapped up in its wild plot and loser lead character to ever get around to delivering a punch line

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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The best aspect of Live Free or Die is its unpredictability. From Rugged pulling a gun out of a kitchen drawer to the sight of his rusty blue van rolling away without anyone inside, you never quite know what's going to happen next.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

None of the movie's flaws negate its many remarkable little performances and casually insightful script.

April 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A Will Ferrell/Steve Carell-style comedy that lacks the charm associated with those actors' films.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

[Live Free or Die] is a mildly entertaining little flick but a slight effort.

April 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

a lightweight film, sort of a less gruesome, slacker take on 2005's "The Ice Harvest" crossed with a common man's "Garden State," that is elevated by a cast that maintains interest when the plot lags.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

There are some solid chuckles in the lowbrow crime comedy Live Free or Die but they're not enough to sustain its slight story for a whole 90 minutes.

March 30, 2007
Reel.com

The filmmakers have a nice grasp on the visual despair of the piece, and they use it wisely to augment the idiocy of the participants.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It just feels contrived when a good comedy like this should feel clever.

April 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

There are many small laughs, two or three big ones, and a lot of wide open space in between where the film ambles along unremarkably.

April 3, 2006 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Live Free or Die -- opens and closes zippily, but in between frequently stalls out, and the wannabe-hoodlum antics of Rugged and LaGrand -- play with diminishing returns.

March 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Live Free or Die

Aaron Stanford, Paul Schneider, Zooey Deschanel, Juah Friedlander, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Kevin Dunn, Peter Anthony Tambakis, Michael Rapaport

DIRECTED BY: Andy Robin & Gregg Kavet

Taking its title from the state motto of New Hampshire, "Live Free or Die" is a deadpan comedy about a clueless, aspiring criminal named John "Rugged" Rudgate, who spends his days forging rebate coupons and selling speakers out the back of his van. One day, Rugged runs into an old acquaintance, the dim-witted Jeff Lagrand, who recently returned home to help his cynical sister run the storage facility that they inherited from their father. When Rugged tries to force his way into the Lagrand family business, things go terribly wrong--and the situation gets even more complicated when an emotionally unstable cop begins investigating

Well it didn't turn out to be as funny as I had hoped, but it had some good laughs. I found Pual Schneider and Zooey Deschanel to be the only funny two. Schneider's character was just one those off-beat characters that I love. Not so obviously funny. There should have been more Zooey in this movie. Would have been better I think. It was a bit boring at times and kinda silly. But I think it being silly was kind of the writer's intent. But all in all a decent watch.. Maybe..
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[font=Century Gothic]In "Live Free or Die," John "Rugged" Rudgate(Aaron Stanford) is a legendary petty thief in New Hampshire who specializes in stealing stereo speakers. While making the rounds, he meets an old friend, Jeff Lagrand(Paul Schneider), who although none too bright, inherited a storage facility with his sister, Cheryl(Zooey Deschanel). Rugged in a futile attempt to prove himself a hardened criminal takes credit for the murder of a local politician and spikes the well of a bully with brake fluid...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Live Free or Die" is the kind of movie that gives independent films a bad name, existing solely as an exercise in condescension towards small town life in general, New Hampshire specifically.(For that reason, a former acquaintance would have found this hilarious.) Overall, it is faintly amusing and Zooey Deschanel is the only actor worth watching, but sadly she is not onscreen enough to make a difference.(Which was pretty much the only reason I watched it in the first place...) Maybe if the movie had been less jokey and the script had been more polished, there might have been something here. A competing plotline about the local police is just aimless until it almost dovetails with Rugged's story, but never fully does. [/font]
April 13, 2008
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Goofy small-time criminal farce isn't as funny as it thinks it is.
June 14, 2007
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