Freakonomics Reviews

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January 16, 2011
The limited time given to each of the short films means that there is little opportunity to get really down and dirty with the number-crunching, so that for every aspect that is fascinating there is an attendant frustration.
January 7, 2011
A lighthearted plea to the audience to try to think outside the box when it comes to matters of causality.
December 30, 2010
A real hodgepodge of ideas and themes, directed by six different directors, it lacks cohesion. It does, however, have some interesting segments.
December 9, 2010
Moderately interesting documentary.
December 5, 2010
December 2, 2010
Levitt and Dubner often talk about the importance of giving incentives to customers. It's not clear if this film gives quite enough of them to those people who've already bought the book.
December 2, 2010
Merely proves that a batch of bite-sized featurettes does not automatically add up to a satisfying meal.
November 28, 2010 enjoyable, lightweight affair that plays like the pilot for a premium cable series - something like a less raucous version of the Penn & Teller's Showtime series
October 22, 2010
... somewhere between ... an illustrated, freshman-level lecture by a superstar professor and ... a brainy but popular television anthology show.
October 20, 2010
Freakonomics is, much like the book that spawned it, a breezy entertainment that leaves you with a lot to think about.
October 15, 2010
On this take from a statistician whose days are, um, numbered: the docu-omnibus engages, as we wonder what the next filmmaker might do. Proving Levitt's theory that incentives do indeed matter.
October 15, 2010
If you didn't read the book, you can get a less-satisfying version of it here, but you'd be better off hitting the book. And if you did read the book, the movie is superfluous.
October 14, 2010
The film makes some potentially dull material come to life, but it's a tad pleased with itself for delivering that small gift.
October 12, 2010
When this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A.
October 8, 2010
It's intellectual snack food, satisfying for a little while but always leaving you hungry for more.
October 8, 2010
This 93-minute collection of short films finds an innovative way to pursue trivial data. It makes the often vague and elusive subject of economics interesting. It should encourage more viewers to read the book.
October 8, 2010
The film is provocative but also scattershot and not nearly as conclusive as it pretends to be.
October 7, 2010
Blame producer Chad Troutwine for bringing together an array of talented documentary filmmakers to try to coax life into material certainly not suited to the medium of film.
October 4, 2010
An unusual cinematic experiment that comes off as a hit-and-miss collection of appetizers.
October 4, 2010
A mixed bag...often comes across as simply cute, pushing very hard to too little effect.
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