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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Critic Reviews for Freakonomics
Freakonomics is, much like the book that spawned it, a breezy entertainment that leaves you with a lot to think about.
The film is provocative but also scattershot and not nearly as conclusive as it pretends to be.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Freakonomics
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.
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.
Interesting concepts discussed, but too much time was spent on the corruption of Sumo and the subtitles for that section were poorly done.
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