Critics Consensus

Poorly directed and overacted, Freedomland attempts to address sensitive race and class issues but its overzealousness misses the mark.



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Joe Roth directs his adaptation of Richard Price's novel Freedomland from a script by the author. Samuel L. Jackson stars as a police detective who must investigate a distraught woman (Julianne Moore) who claims that her child was kidnapped by a black man. The accusation stirs up much racial animosity in the town. Edie Falco co-stars.

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Samuel L. Jackson
as Lorenzo Council
Julianne Moore
as Brenda Martin
Edie Falco
as Karen Collucci
Ron Eldard
as Danny Martin
Anthony Mackie
as Billy Williams
Clarke Peters
as Reverend Longway
Marlon Sherman
as Cody Martin
Aasif Mandvi
as Dr. Anil Chatterjee
as Rafik's Sister Doreen
Haneefah Wood
as Rafik's Sister Vicky
Dorian Missick
as Jason Council
Bill Walsh
as County Sheriff
Richard Price
as Brenda's Attorney
Catrina Ganey
as Lorraine
Colman Domingo
as Male Patient
Teodorina Bello
as Female Patient
D.C. Benny
as Hospital Cop
Maduka Steady
as Hospital Cop
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Critic Reviews for Freedomland

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Audience Reviews for Freedomland

  • Feb 22, 2012
    An ex-druggie white mom claims that she was car-jacked in a black neighborhood ... and that her 4 year old was in the back seat. Thus erupts simmering racial hatred, profiling, police brutality and mucho uber-drama in this uneven effort that has eyes bigger than its stomach. The work of Jackson, Moore and Falco do a lot towards saving what could'be been one truly disastrous mess but only just.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2010
    An interesting story of how strong race can make for interesting times in criminal investigations and prosecutions. It has been better executed in other films however.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2008
    How bad can somebody act? I've liked Julianne Moore since Boogie Nights and she also has Magnolia on her credits. But her acting in this totally horrible film is so awful. How annoying can somebody be? The acting in overall was one of the worst I've seen in a while. None of the actors can say that they did a good job. The script was also a total underachievement. Some of the lamest monologues can be heard in this one. I've never fastforwarded in a movie or skipped a chapter, cuz I think a movie is meant to be seen from start to finish, but I was so close to do it for the first time in my life. If you're waiting for a boring 2 hours where annoyment is lurking just behind the dark corner... go for it.
    Jani H Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2008
    A very long drawn out film. Not horrible, yet not great either. Julianne Moore didn't seem right for her role at all, while Samuel L. Jackson played his very well. The story was intriguing enough but I think it went downhill within the first 30 minutes after the film began.
    Amanda . Super Reviewer

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