The Freebie Reviews

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February 8, 2018
Low concept, maybe, but still something to talk about at your next dinner party.
January 11, 2011
Aselton proves herself to be a formidable filmmaker with a keen eye for shame, making the picture something of a surprise, especially with its sense of marital realism.
December 29, 2010
A sly examination of the fragility of love.
November 22, 2010
Annie and Darren grow on us organically. The more they squirm, the more entertaining they are.
November 11, 2010
A not too funny, not too sad, largely improvised dramedy about two nice people who both succumb to the seven-year-itch and live to regret it.
November 10, 2010
Love's fragile intangibles rarely feel so visible. Viewers with a wandering eye may feel like they've gotten something out of their system.
October 29, 2010
October 28, 2010
Aselton gets a lot said in 78 minutes. I think the main thing she says is something never overtly spoken, that life is essentially a lonely experience - even when we're surrounded by activity, and even if we never shut up.
October 13, 2010
Something of an emotional-psychological cheat. The big emotional argument to which the film builds is inherently less interesting than what causes that action -- all of which remains unaddressed.
October 7, 2010
Though the dialogue explores some interesting territory, the couple remain elusive and a little dull; we never learn anything about them beyond the subject at hand, so they seem to exist in an odd, screenwriting-exercise vacuum.
September 30, 2010
Though its premise seems ripe for a high-concept studio yukfest, The Freebie is all the better for its low-budget, human-scale approach.
September 18, 2010
September 17, 2010
An intriguing premise rendered ultimately bland and moralistic.
September 17, 2010
Raw and emotionally intriguing two-hander (mostly), about the dangers of temptation and the freedom of monogamy.
September 17, 2010
Katie Aselton has achieved the seemingly impossible. She's turned a movie about sex into a boring, talky snooze.
September 17, 2010
September 17, 2010
A smart seriocomic playlet with some emotionally harsh moments, although it refrains from plumbing its subject in agonizing depth.
September 16, 2010
The chemistry between the stars makes them an easy couple to root for.
September 16, 2010
Aselton keeps it simple, and in the process makes an astute, powerful film.
September 16, 2010
With a sure hand both behind and in front of the camera, Aselton exposes a raw nerve within all of us, and even entertains in the process.
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