MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,092 this week

Freakonomics (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary  |  3 September 2010 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 5,127 users   Metascore: 58/100
Reviews: 23 user | 73 critic | 23 from Metacritic.com

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 27 Dec 2010
 
a list of 27 titles
created 29 Jan 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 29 Jan 2012
 
Swe
a list of 31 titles
created 01 Mar 2014
 
a list of 31 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Freakonomics" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Freakonomics (2010)

Freakonomics (2010) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Freakonomics.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mansome (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A documentary that explores the question: In the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and grooming products galore - what does it mean to be a man?

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Morgan Spurlock
Documentary | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Morgan Spurlock tours the Middle East to discuss the war on terror with Arabic people.

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: Morgan Spurlock, George Bush, Dick Cheney
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, William Branner
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Eliot Spitzer, Michael Schwendeman, Kim Allen
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore, has developed a revolutionary new test for pancreatic cancer, proving the future of science is in the hands of our youth.

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Reagan (2011)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Reagan examines the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world - icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan.

Director: Eugene Jarecki
Stars: Bud Abbott, Walter Abel, Spiro Agnew
A Day in the Life (TV Series 2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Morgan Spurlock (Academy Award Nominated Director of "Supersize Me") has spent the majority of his career turning the camera on himself... See full synopsis »

Stars: Mr. Brainwash, Richard Branson, Misty Copeland
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Chronicles fundamentalist Islam's rise to power and explores Wright's struggle to maintain his objectivity as a journalist writing about Islamic terror.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Lawrence Wright
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Dr Edie Widder is a biologist and a deep sea explorer. She's been fascinated with bioluminescent sea creatures since she her very first dives in the ocean. Using her underwater photography,... See full summary »

Director: Alex Gibney
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

'Dear Governor Cuomo' is a concert protest film aimed at influencing New York state's decision to ban hydraulic fracturing - fracking - or adopt it. Featuring local activists including Mark... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Bowermaster, Alex Gibney, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Pete Seeger
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Behind Those Eyes provides a magnifying glass into the behind-the-scenes dynamism of Brad Arnold, Matt Roberts, Todd Harrel and Chris Henderson, both on and off the tour. The movie ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Daniel Adair, Brad Arnold, Todd Harrell
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Herself (archive footage)
...
Himself - Narrator
...
Himself
...
Himself - Narrator (segment "It's Not Always A Wonderful Life")
...
Sarah Croce ...
Yoga Instructor
...
...
John D. Rockefeller ...
Himself
Barry Eisler ...
Himself
Kahiry Bess ...
Konishiki ...
Himself
...
Courtroom Audience
...
Edit

Storyline

The field of economics can study more than the workings of economies or businesses, it can also help explore human behavior in how it reacts to incentives. Economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner host an anthology of documentaries that examines how people react to opportunities to gain, wittingly or otherwise. The subjects include the possible role a person's name has for their success in life, why there is so much cheating in an honor bound sport like sumo wrestling, what helped reduce crime in the USA in the 1990s onward and we follow an school experiment to see if cash prizes can encourage struggling students to improve academically. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Six Rogue Filmmakers Explore The Hidden Side Of Everything

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for elements of violence, sexuality/nudity, drugs, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freakonomia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,893 (USA) (2 October 2010)

Gross:

$100,675 (USA) (26 November 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Himself - Author: The closest thing to a worldview, I would say, in "Freakonomics," is that incentives matter. Not just financial incentives, but social incentives and moral incentives.
See more »

Connections

References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

This Too Shall Pass
Written by Damian Kulash (as Damian Joseph Kulash Jr.) and Timothy Nordwind (as Tim Nordwind)
Performed by OK Go
Published by OK Go Publishing (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Provocative but Poorly Executed
20 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've read the book, which was indubitably very interesting, even if it some claims seemed a tad far-fetched. The documentary, however, has several problems. Firstly, each chapter of the book can EASILY-- actually, SHOULD-- be a documentary of its own. The data used to back up the claims is fairly poor and weak, which is a shame, because some of the ideas really are interesting to explore. But with so little time devoted to them, they don't seem credible. The problem with this documentary and the book is that it makes no effort to refute any counterarguments-- and there are MANY possible ones. It is incredibly easy to lie with statistics and spin numbers to work for you.

Even in terms of entertainment value, it was mediocre, at best. To be frank, I found Dubner and Levitt's commentary extremely annoying. I felt like they were lecturing first graders. The way information was presented in neat little elementary-school-like "what-we-learned- from-this" packages was another annoyance for me.

The main problem with a documentary that attempts to make an argument is that you have to do it in a way that does not make the viewers feel manipulated, which is very difficult (Michael Moore, for instance, sucks at it). And one such as this does not make a solid case for any of its claims and left me with a huge pile of questions. Even if what they say really is true, I can't buy it, because the evidence is presented in such a slapdash, half-baked kind of way.


7 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
More books to make films of noviin
dumb white kid and samrt black kid lfowler11-1
Credit music fred-986-584163
The books are good enough. Warble2850
Where can i watch this movie? willpower101
Darn 3D Text!!! bill_gill
Discuss Freakonomics (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?