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It's a Free World Reviews

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 29, 2008
It's a free world, Ken Loach asserts in his latest film with well-practiced disgust and unfortunately little hope.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2010
I emerged from this story feeling sadder and wiser but was never fully engaged.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 3, 2009
Despite the timely and topical subject matter, this one just sits there and lays an egg that never poaches.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
September 24, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 24, 2008
Even if it collapses in on itself a bit, there's still a rough power underneath everything that makes it worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
March 4, 2008
Realistically filmed, but limited by narrative cuts that hopscotch through time, "It's a Free World" is a flawed film that overflows with ideas. You should never pass up a Ken Loach movie, and this is no exception to the rule.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 25, 2008
Newcomer Wareing delivers an award-worthy performance as the steely Angie, who is impossible to hate even as she descends deeper into the moral abyss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Boyd van Hoeij
September 15, 2007
In this free world things might be ugly, but at least it's sunny.
Ryan Stewart
September 18, 2007
Works on every level -- the performances are compelling, the drama feels grounded and real, and we brush up against an issue so large and overwhelming that you can easily see why no one thinks it's their problem to solve.
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2008
The film's bleak but powerful ending is a wake-up call to Britain and a measure of the pessimism of Loach, one of its most trenchant critics. I fear things must be really bad over there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2007
[Director] Loach is in excellent form making the most of a shrewd screenplay by Paul Laverty and drawing a winning performance from newcomer Kierston Wareing as a brassy but misguided entrepreneur.
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Alissa Simon
September 4, 2007
The hot-button topic of exploited immigrant labor forms the backdrop of It's a Free World .... , the latest collaboration between helmer Ken Loach and scribe Paul Laverty.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
September 14, 2007
Wareing stands out among the slate of typically Loachian/genuine performances, managing to be both unlikable and empathetic at the same time.
William Thomas
Empire Magazine
October 5, 2007
Ken Loach's latest deserves plaudits for taking on the issue of immigration from such an unexpected angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 28, 2008
It's A Free World...'s dilemmas are undeniably thought-provoking.
| Original Score: B-
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David Fear
Time Out
February 29, 2008
Free World doesnâ(TM)t need to manufacture tension; its critique of corruption by association is compelling enough.
| Original Score: 3/6
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 25, 2008
Loach is offering commentary, not solutions, so this one could be the feel-bad film of the week. In the best way, of course.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Screen International
September 15, 2007
Often affecting and very well observed.
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