The Freebie Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 11, 2011
Aselton proves herself to be a formidable filmmaker with a keen eye for shame, making the picture something of a surprise, especially with its sense of marital realism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 29, 2010
A sly examination of the fragility of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 22, 2010
Annie and Darren grow on us organically. The more they squirm, the more entertaining they are.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
November 10, 2010
Love's fragile intangibles rarely feel so visible. Viewers with a wandering eye may feel like they've gotten something out of their system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2010
Aselton gets a lot said in 78 minutes. I think the main thing she says is something never overtly spoken, that life is essentially a lonely experience - even when we're surrounded by activity, and even if we never shut up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2010
Though its premise seems ripe for a high-concept studio yukfest, The Freebie is all the better for its low-budget, human-scale approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 17, 2010
Raw and emotionally truthful...an intriguing two-hander (mostly), about the dangers of temptation and the freedom of monogamy.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 17, 2010
A smart seriocomic playlet with some emotionally harsh moments, although it refrains from plumbing its subject in agonizing depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Fienberg
HitFix
September 16, 2010
The chemistry between the stars makes them an easy couple to root for.
Eric D. Snider
Cinematical
September 16, 2010
Aselton keeps it simple, and in the process makes an astute, powerful film.
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
September 16, 2010
With a sure hand both behind and in front of the camera, Aselton exposes a raw nerve within all of us, and even entertains in the process.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 16, 2010
[Katie Aselton] grounds each scene in a sense of realism while tackling, sans preachiness, the universal issues of fidelity, trust, friendship and love with sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.87/10
Eric Kohn
New York Press
September 15, 2010
The result is less of a movie than a sketch -- but a perceptive one
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
September 15, 2010
[Dax] Shepard and [Katie] Aselton are great together, carrying the film as a couple so believable you feel like you're spying on their private conversations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 9, 2010
An intimate, witty comedy-drama that evokes thoughts of 'The Seven Year Itch'
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 11, 2010
A not too funny, not too sad, largely improvised dramedy about two nice people who both succumb to the seven-year-itch and live to regret it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
October 29, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 13, 2010
Something of an emotional-psychological cheat. The big emotional argument to which the film builds is inherently less interesting than what causes that action -- all of which remains unaddressed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 7, 2010
Though the dialogue explores some interesting territory, the couple remain elusive and a little dull; we never learn anything about them beyond the subject at hand, so they seem to exist in an odd, screenwriting-exercise vacuum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
September 18, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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