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Freedomland Reviews

June 24, 2006
This mixed-up, self-important thriller is adapted by Richard Price from his own novel and wastes a talented cast.
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.
February 23, 2006
What begins as a familiar kind of media-circus melodrama ends up being something much more complex and tangled.
February 21, 2006
A sometimes heavy-handed urban drama punctuated by some devastatingly effective scenes.
February 21, 2006
The performances all around are lousy -- histrionic and turgid, a most lethal combination.
February 17, 2006
Freedomland is, at best, a noble failure, which leaves the charred aftertaste of a burned opportunity.
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
February 17, 2006
What saves Freedomland are the individual scenes and the interplay of people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2006
Freedomland, -- is a jittery, overwrought drama that does all it can to vanquish the fine performances lurking within it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2006
Freedomland is a good idea that got out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 17, 2006
Freedomland, the movie, doesn't flow at all. Joe Roth, who as a director makes an excellent producer, tries hard and you can see the effort throughout.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 17, 2006
The movie it's in isn't wonderful, but Moore always is.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2006
Freedomland is the kind of dispiriting February botch that makes you wonder if mainstream Hollywood would be better off abandoning serious subjects to the world of specialized film.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2006
The compression renders Freedomland as a slight, not entirely engaging mystery with slight overtones about the dangers of racial profiling.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 17, 2006
It tries hard and means well. And I couldn't hardly wait for it to end. Freedomland falls short as entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 17, 2006
Situations that should have great emotional impact drag on into embarrassing shrillness; moments that are supposed to be heavy become leaden.
February 17, 2006
Freedomland is not an opportunity denied, just squandered.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 17, 2006
Freedomland entertains with smarts, reminding us that the resolution of one mystery doesn't necessarily snuff out the fuse it ignited.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2006
The complication in Freedomland arises out of Brenda's hysteria, which is so extreme that we doubt her story even before we've bought into it, and from the movie's dogged, booby-trapped demonstration of the sins of racism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 17, 2006
First-rate actors bail out second-rate directors all the time, and Freedomland serves as the latest example.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2006
Freedomland, an overblown urban crime drama that should be a lot better than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 16, 2006
There are places where you can see a subtler, angrier picture trying to kick its way out of the one you're watching.
February 16, 2006
Even with an ideal cast and a script by Price himself, Roth lacks the sensibility to capture the subtle tensions between the black residents of a tenement project and the working-class whites in a neighboring city.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 16, 2006
Steer clear of Freedomland, the movie. Your time would be better spent reading Richard Price's much more compelling 1998 novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 16, 2006
Freedomland, written by Richard Price from his novel of the same name, directed by Joe Roth and produced by Scott Rudin, purports to be a social study of racial tensions straining under the weight of a highly publicized, hot-button tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2006
Roth takes three powerhouse actors -- Julianne Moore as the mother, Samuel L. Jackson as the cop who interrogates her and Edie Falco as another woman who lost her son -- and reduces their talents to rubble and their characters to screeching cliches.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 16, 2006
Freedomland, a lethally dull drama about a white child who may have gone missing in a New Jersey public housing complex, is an early candidate for worst film of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 16, 2006
The film is filled with good performances, though most of them are frittered away by director Joe Roth, who can never find a focus for the story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 16, 2006
In Roth's hands, Freedomland is a civics lesson disguised as a police drama, shrouded in a mystery that's not very mysterious to anyone who has seen the trailer.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 16, 2006
A monumentally overwrought story of child endangerment, racial antagonism, mob violence and police brutality, it provides some of our finest actors the opportunity to behave like bug-eyed, tinfoil-hat-wearing loonies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 16, 2006
Director Joe Roth pumps up the hysteria and the racial rumbles, but a cooler hand would have made for a hotter movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 16, 2006
What could have been an unusually smart police procedural becomes a sprawling, overwrought melodrama that itself morphs into a sort of spiritual romance.
February 16, 2006
As more and more plot lines, characters and possibilities enter the picture, Freedomland loses sight of the tensions that set it in motion in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 16, 2006
A heap of prodigious talent in an orgy of compensatory overacting.
February 16, 2006
Freedomland assembles the elements for a superior thriller, but were the instructions lost when the box was opened?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 16, 2006
A blunt, awkward, wannabe Important Movie, Freedomland bludgeons its good ideas into a pulp of overacting, overdirection and black-and-white characterizations in a story meant to be shaded in gray.
Read More | Original Score: C-
February 15, 2006
Watchable as it is, Freedomland comes to very little, because it keeps showing you the seams of its good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 10, 2006
A moving portrait of hurting souls, brought to life in compelling performances.
February 9, 2006
Brimming with high ambitions but disjointed and ultimately unsatisfying.