(2010)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 23 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Freakonomics is uneven, and even a little cloying, but its sum effect isn't bad.
67
Like the 2005 bestseller that inspired it, the movie version of Freakonomics is fleet and accessible, an enjoyably light and lively pop artifact aimed at bringing some unusual economic theories to the masses.
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.
60
Variety
This frisky adaptation of the Steven Levitt-Stephen Dubner bestseller on human behavior by the numbers adds up to a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives on how people think.
60
Despite a roster of off-kilter documentarians each directing an episode, Freakonomics only partly delivers the sense of traipsing into uncharted territory.
60
The end result is more like a supermarket on Saturday afternoon. The content is engaging, though.
60
NPR
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 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.
50
Village Voice
A quartet of uneven TV pilots posing as a full-length documentary.

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