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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
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
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
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
Chris Barsanti
March 3, 2006
...a rare instance of big-budget adult drama in a business that seems about ready to give up on such things entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 23, 2006
What begins as a familiar kind of media-circus melodrama ends up being something much more complex and tangled.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 22, 2006
Price's bustling script and the actors provide enough drama to overcome the terrible direction by Joe Roth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Angela Baldassarre
February 22, 2006
Somehow "Freedomland" manages to balance issues of drug abuse, racism, missing children, loneliness and activism without becoming lost.
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 21, 2006
A sometimes heavy-handed urban drama punctuated by some devastatingly effective scenes.
Jeffrey Lyles
Gazette (MD)
February 20, 2006
Jackson, Moore and Falco keep things from ever becoming too tedious even with a made for TV plot for a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
February 19, 2006
As with Spike Lee's New York-set Clockers ... Freedomland is suffused with a similar, musky mix of race, class, crime and local political considerations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
February 17, 2006
The thing that makes Freedomland riveting is the way in which its tale of human tragedy unfolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
February 17, 2006
A personal tragedy and the national tragedy of racism go hand-in-hand in Freedomland, an affecting drama thinly disguised as a crime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 17, 2006
What saves Freedomland are the individual scenes and the interplay of people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
February 17, 2006
A precedent of sorts can be found in 2003's The Life of David Gale... It was similarly hung out to dry in February by a major studio.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 17, 2006
Freedomland is so well-acted, so poignantly written, that you can almost forget its excesses and shortcomings and embrace it for what it is -- a serious writer's exploration of racism, cop mob mentality and the mechanics of guilt.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 17, 2006
The film is dark and claustrophobic, and so confined in its location as to seem more like an adaptation of a play than a novel.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 17, 2006
Freedomland is not an opportunity denied, just squandered.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 17, 2006
Like too many recent movies, Freedomland doesn't know how or when to end, but it has some emotional impact, and it's not shy about dealing with race in volatile ways.
| Original Score: B
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