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More disjointed and less compelling than the book it's based on, Freakonomics isn't quite as entertaining or educational as it should be. Read critic reviews

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Vignettes explore concepts put forth in a best-selling book, including cheating, bribery, and the importance of names.

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  • Dec 28, 2015
    Seperate documentary segments made into a movie. Some were interesting, some were boring. The teenage boy in the last segment was so dumb I wanted to shake him.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2012
    The mark of a good documentary for me is its ability to make the viewer feel like he or she understands the source material by the time the credits role without repetition. The movie Freakonomics seems to fall well short of this goal. This is possibly due to its painstakingly long concentration on sumo wrestling or the way it never really delves into how the filmmakers reach their conclusions. All in all, this movie could have been fascinating and I wish it could have lived up to this potential.
    Adam G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2011
    I'd probably never read the book so it was my only chance to listen to these theories. I went in thinking this was going to be a highly slanted bash-fest. It really isn't that, if anything it's overly non-committal. Impossible to escape the cultural lens it subjects are liberal intellectual selection. It is filled with 8ish short stories each about the same length. 3 are very memorable and the remainder make their point and keep going over the same ground. The one about sumo, got the point in the first 5 minutes and then they keep rehashing.... Whether conservative or Liberal personal philosophies will find this entertaining food for thought.
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2011
    I liked the book much better. I felt like some of the segments in the film were only a minute or so (way too short!) and others, (like about cheating in sumo) were way too long and drawn out. Read the book - skip the movie.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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