(2010)

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75
Freakonomics is uneven, and even a little cloying, but its sum effect isn't bad.
75
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."
75
An invigorating and surprising journey.
75
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.
65
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.
63
It's intellectual snack food, satisfying for a little while but always leaving you hungry for more.
60
Freakonomics' commercial success reflected the once-fashionable notion that economics could explain, well, everything.
58
As a movie, Freakonomics is like Jujubes for the brain - it starts to get cloying halfway through the box.
50
The movie as a whole is a mixed bag, offering up stiff shots of skepticism and a few provocative thoughts on correlation and causality.
50
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.
40
From a consumer perspective, you're better off skipping the movie and putting your money toward their book instead.

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