Freedomland - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Freedomland Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 7, 2010
A dazzling performance by Julianne Moore, backed by Samuel L. Jackson. A strong supporting performance by Edie Falco. The story is overwrought and uneven, but those performances had me interested from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Ridiculous
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 20, 2009
"Freedomland" is an infuriating movie made worse by incomprehensible monologues from its deranged protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
February 13, 2008
As an excuse to examine urban malaise at novel length, this premise works; as a film drama, it feels both overlong and sketchy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
April 19, 2007
Clunky, disjointed and with a couple of subplots that linger and then vanish.
Full Review | Original Score: 55/100
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A compelling, beautifully written and impossible-to-put-down book has been turned into a mediocre film that seems self-important and listless.
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
February 19, 2007
An intensely engrossing melodrama, despite its ultimately squandering an opportunity to deliver an emotional payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
As I sat there watching the final slow motion image of a young man framed against the flames of a burning refrigerator box I couldn't help but think, "boy, I should have gone and seen Eight Below instead."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
October 11, 2006
Not much of this is new territory, but it can be gripping at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 7, 2006
Filme triste de temática complexa, surpreende por ter sido dirigido por um cineasta normalmente incompetente e traz performances brilhantes de Jackson e Falco (já Moore, apenas correta, carrega na caracterização).
| Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This mixed-up, self-important thriller is adapted by Richard Price from his own novel and wastes a talented cast.
Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper
May 25, 2006
Freedomland is a drama that plays like an episode of a TV cop show stretched beyond its limits.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Richard Price's dual plot, of the investigation and the escalating racial tensions that surround it, befuddles director Joe Roth from the very start.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
Moviemakers who exploit the suffering and death of children to ratchet up the dramatic stakes belong in the innermost circle of hell, but Freedomland -- clumsy and overwrought as it is -- earns the right to its harrowing trajectory.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
May 6, 2006
Freedomland might just play to the MTV generation, but even they'll likely have trouble swallowing this particularly clumsy pill.
| Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
BBC.com
May 6, 2006
Flabby, dull and overlong, it's a B-grade movie with A-list talent and an inflated idea of its own importance. Think Tsotsi crossed with Clockers with the imagination of neither.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
May 5, 2006
Promises much but doesn't connect in the same way as another recent film with racial themes, Crash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 27, 2006
Freedomland has an extremely strong opening sequence but its intriguing premise is quickly squandered in favour of overwritten speeches and a series of boring, nonsensical scenes that seem to go nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
March 24, 2006
[The] thematic material is so far beyond [director Joe] Roth's reach, you feel that even offering him a stepladder wouldn't help.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jessica Letkemann
Premiere Magazine
March 14, 2006
If nothing else, Freedomland tries very hard to be a good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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