Freeheld Reviews

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October 7, 2015
Just because anyone would agree with its message doesn't mean this glorified Lifetime movie does a worthy job of conveying it.
October 2, 2015
The early scenes, when Laurel and Stacie first meet and court, are charming, and the performers' contrapuntal acting styles here ring true. But when the diagnosis arrives, all the predictable buttons are pushed and righteousness reigns.
October 2, 2015
For all its clumsiness, the story resonates-and the photos that run over the final credits are a poignant reminder of the real life, not just the political legacy, that Laurel left behind.
October 2, 2015
In spite of itself ... "Freeheld" still delivers emotionally.
October 1, 2015
It's a well-made but matter-of-fact account of a gripping story, one made more poignant by the advances made in gay rights in the decade since.
October 1, 2015
A television movie of the week gone uninterestingly wrong ...
October 1, 2015
The real-life story is moving and stirring enough to carry over the film's tendency to coddle its straight audience's perceived inability to be outraged over Laurel's plight.
October 1, 2015
It doesn't quite feel like the prestige pictures that blow through theaters this time of year; it's a drama often dignified by its workmanlike approach, one that feels relatively judicious with its uplift.
October 1, 2015
This film about a headline-making LGBT rights case simplifies when it most needs to stay knotty, but keep your eyes on Julianne Moore and Ellen Page and you'll know your seeing the truth.
October 1, 2015
You would have to be a stone to be completely unmoved by "Freeheld," especially with Moore as the star. But having its heart and mind in the right place is not enough to make this a better movie than it is.
October 1, 2015
The film's heart is in the right place, but its focus is not.
Top Critic
September 30, 2015
It's a poignant, relevant and beautifully made film that must not be missed by anyone with a heart and a social conscience.
September 29, 2015
It's a sharp-enough political drama, building to a Lincoln-like public vote, and it's a surprisingly restrained cancer picture, an affecting one that nonetheless doesn't demand that we agonize at each step of the patient's decline.
September 19, 2015
While Ron Nyswaner's script pays a lot of lip service to the theory that this film is about the people caught up in a legal issue and not the issue itself, that is precisely where it fails.
September 14, 2015
Well-meaning but fairly predictable tear-jerker.
September 14, 2015
It isn't a great movie, but it's a great story told with affection and heart.
September 14, 2015
At times plays like a period piece, populated by cardboard bigots, flamboyant gay crusaders and other hoary relics of a less enlightened past. That may be cause for celebration, but it's hardly a compliment.
September 14, 2015
Peter Sollet's fact-based drama couldn't have come at a better time to remind the world how far equality has come in America, and how fresh the fight still is. Instead, Freeheld comes across as shockingly trite.
September 14, 2015
Freeheld underwhelms even as it more or less delivers ...
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