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  • 50
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie as a whole is a mixed bag, offering up stiff shots of skepticism and a few provocative thoughts on correlation and causality. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Freakonomics is uneven, and even a little cloying, but its sum effect isn't bad. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    From a consumer perspective, you're better off skipping the movie and putting your money toward their book instead. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Like the source material, it's ultimately less than the sum of its parts -- an assemblage of moderately interesting human interest stories that don't carry much weight on the big screen. show more

  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Freakonomics' commercial success reflected the once-fashionable notion that economics could explain, well, everything. show more

  • 65
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Best in show is the final chapter, by "Jesus Camp" directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. "Can A Ninth Grader Be Bribed To Succeed?" is as straightforward a title as the others are oblique. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    A brisk and lively cinematic Cliff's Notes of the 2005 nonfiction bestseller that made the lofty promise to reveal "the hidden side of everything." show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    An invigorating and surprising journey. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Taken as a whole, Freakonomics feels almost like an extended episode of 60 Minutes with a lot of childish animation and some awkward connecting sequences. show more

  • 63
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    It's intellectual snack food, satisfying for a little while but always leaving you hungry for more. show more

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