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Freakonomics

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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Netflix Rating: 3.7
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 66%
Critics' score: 66   Audience score: 48   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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. full review

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

When this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A. full review

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The movie version of Freakonomics functions as a reasonably effective trailer, but for a book whose moment has already passed. full review

Amiably passes the time. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

[It] isn't freaky enough. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

dds up to a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives on how people think. full review

John Anderson, Variety

An attempt to turn the 2005 nonfiction bestseller into a high-energy docu-romp, "Freakonomics'' is a misconceived botch. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

As a movie, Freakonomics is like Jujubes for the brain -- it starts to get cloying halfway through the box. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

The 20-minute shorts range in style from traditional fly-on-the-wall narrative to a kind of hyperactive PowerPoint presentation. full review

Dan Kois, Village Voice

Freakonomics examines social, cultural, and financial issues with an eye to getting people to think differently. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
full review by Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Available From: Feb 17, 2011
  • Queued by: 5730 people
Directed By
Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney
Cast
Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner
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