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Freakonomics (2010)

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

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FREAKONOMICS is the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years: Academy Award (R) winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money), Academy Award (R) nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Academy Award (R) nominee Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Seth Gordon (The King of Kong).-- (C) Magnolia

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (17)

Freakonomics is, much like the book that spawned it, a breezy entertainment that leaves you with a lot to think about.

Full Review… | October 20, 2010
Miami Herald
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When this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A.

Full Review… | October 12, 2010
TIME Magazine
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The film is provocative but also scattershot and not nearly as conclusive as it pretends to be.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
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Sometimes, it has all the answers. More often, it just asks the right questions. And in today's 24-hour froth of insta-pundit analysis, we need curiosity more than certainty.

Full Review… | October 2, 2010
I.E. Weekly
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Some parts of the movie are more satisfying and intriguing than others, but there are enough surprising and non-intuitive revelations that even the most jaded viewer will likely learn a thing or two.

Full Review… | October 2, 2010
ReelViews
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The movie version of Freakonomics functions as a reasonably effective trailer, but for a book whose moment has already passed.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
NPR
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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 Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

Economics is a harsh subject to swallow, much like the greens your mother forced down your throat during childhood. Still, the case studies presented by a variety of Academy Award nominated directors and writers was at least entertaining and educational in the same as Sesame Street. Society is asked the simple questions: Does a name matter when comparing economic standing? Can children be bribed to get good grades? Is sumo wrestling a fixed competitive sport? The voice was definitely wry, with commentary by the authors of the book it's based upon; Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Interesting, but at times I felt like I was bungling through another high school econ. exam.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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½

Interesting concepts discussed, but too much time was spent on the corruption of Sumo and the subtitles for that section were poorly done.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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