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Freeheld (2015)

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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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Cast

Julianne Moore
as Laurel Hester
Ellen Page
as Stacie Andree
Steve Carell
as Steven Goldstein
Michael Shannon
as Dane Wells
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 (131) | Top Critics (31)

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

November 10, 2015 | 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.

October 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.

October 15, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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

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

It hits the right sentimental moments but doesn't truly touch hearts as it settles into courtroom drama mode.

October 15, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a stiff, overly calculated piece of awards bait that has all the elements of an Academy Awards triumph - except a beating heart.

October 9, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Freeheld

½

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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