Freeheld (2015)


Critic Consensus: Freeheld certainly means well, but its cardboard characters and by-the-numbers drama undermine its noble intentions.


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The true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells, and activist Steven Goldstein, unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.

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Julianne Moore
as Laurel Hester
Ellen Page
as Stacie Andree
Michael Shannon
as Dane Wells
Steve Carell
as Steven Goldstein
Josh Charles
as Bryan Kelder
Luke Grimes
as Todd Belkin
Mary Birdsong
as Carol Andree
Gabriel Luna
as Quesada
Skipp Sudduth
as Reynolds
Tom McGowan
as Bill Johnson
William Sadler
as Peter Santucci
Adam LeFevre
as Don Bennett
Kevin O'Rourke
as Dan Wickery
Melody Krell
as Stacie's Teammate
Suzanne Savoy
as Town Clerk
Kelly Deadmon
as Lynda Hester
Mary Joy
as Estelle
Chris Skeries
as Protester
Karl Jacob
as Jeeter
Mina Sundwall
as Maya Kelder
Ice Aysun Leidl
as Stacie's Teammate
Dane B. Wells
as Honor Guard
Joe Diomede
as Derrick
Jessica Pressman
as TV Reporter
Susan Merson
as Harriet
Henny Russell
as Dr. Sarah Tonner
Oliver Solomon
as Security Guard
Tom Place
as Driver of Jeep
Jess Jacobs
as Stacie's Team Member
Portia Reiners
as Chrisy Miller
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Critic Reviews for Freeheld

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (34)

One to avoid.

Feb 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Freeheld assigns its most dynamic arcs to the straight characters who align themselves, sooner or later, with Laurel and Stacie.

Nov 10, 2015

Moore charts Hester's physical disintegration with brutal candour while, at the same time, conjuring up the indomitability of somebody determined to leave a worthwhile legacy -- to her partner and to other gay couples caught in the same bind.

Nov 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Page and Julianne Moore, who plays Hester, have an easy if not electric chemistry, but they seem hamstrung by the movie-of-the-week tropes and Peter Sollett's plodding direction.

Oct 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[Freeheld] is sincere, to be sure, but unlikely to win any prizes. For starters, the most memorable character in this important story of a courageous woman is a man; that's a problem.

Oct 15, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

"Freeheld" is a snapshot of a notable American moment.

Oct 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Freeheld


An emotional tribute-film to Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. They were a gay couple, who reluctantly turn activists, when Hester was denied the ability to assign her death benefits to her partner, Andree. The acting is stellar if the direction is not. The storyline takes a predictable note, but none of that matters. By the time you see photographs of the real Hester and Andree at the end of the movie, you'll be wiping away tears.

Aldo Gandia
Aldo Gandia

Super Reviewer

Heartfelt and heartrending, "Freeheld" is a real tearjerker of injustice, loss and hope. The dialogue lacks inspiration, but the intimate acting of Moore and Page make up for it.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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