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

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