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.
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 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
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 2, 2010
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.
October 2, 2010
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.
October 1, 2010
A learning-is-fun . . .anthology . . .with more pluses than minuses, [it] is as entertaining as it's educational and enlightening.
October 1, 2010
Look, I enjoyed Freakonomics, I just can't really say how much so mainly because I'm still having issues buying all the information past on here as mathematical fact.
October 1, 2010
It's probably inevitable that some segments work better than others, and it's fortunate that executive producer and co-director Seth Gordon does a nice job of tying the whole thing together.
Top Critic
October 1, 2010
The movie version of Freakonomics functions as a reasonably effective trailer, but for a book whose moment has already passed.
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