The Freebie Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 29, 2010
A sly examination of the fragility of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 17, 2010
Katie Aselton has achieved the seemingly impossible. She's turned a movie about sex into a boring, talky snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 17, 2010
A smart seriocomic playlet with some emotionally harsh moments, although it refrains from plumbing its subject in agonizing depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
September 15, 2010
Writer, director and star Katie Aselton offers an indecent proposal of a story that initially suggests an honest reconsideration of monogamy -- then quickly, steadily devolves into a moralizing fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 14, 2010
If the only alternative to swinging is this yuppie living death, maybe the next consideration should be a suicide pact.