Several documentary directors each film a segment representing one chapter of Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's best-seller Freakonomics, which explains different elements of popular culture through economic theory and statistics. Issues include everything from cheating sumo wrestlers to whether Roe v. Wade produced a drop in crime. Filmmakers include Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Eugene Jarecki, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing.
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When this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A.
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine  full review
Some parts of the movie are more satisfying and intriguing than others, but there are enough surprising and non-intuitive revelations that even the most jaded viewer will likely learn a thing or two.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
The movie version of Freakonomics functions as a reasonably effective trailer, but for a book whose moment has already passed.
Amiably passes the time.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
[It] isn't freaky enough.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
Freakonomics examines social, cultural, and financial issues with an eye to getting people to think differently.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
An attempt to turn the 2005 nonfiction bestseller into a high-energy docu-romp, "Freakonomics'' is a misconceived botch.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
As a movie, Freakonomics is like Jujubes for the brain -- it starts to get cloying halfway through the box.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
The 20-minute shorts range in style from traditional fly-on-the-wall narrative to a kind of hyperactive PowerPoint presentation.
Dan Kois, Village Voice  full review
dds up to a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives on how people think.
John Anderson, Variety  full review
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.
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter  full review
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  • Release Year: 2013
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Available From: Feb 17, 2011
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Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner

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