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      PG-13 Released Oct 1, 2010 1h 26m Documentary List
      66% Tomatometer 64 Reviews 51% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Vignettes explore concepts put forth in a best-selling book, including cheating, bribery, and the importance of names. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      More disjointed and less compelling than the book it's based on, Freakonomics isn't quite as entertaining or educational as it should be.

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      Robbie Collin News of the World Freasonable. Rated: 3/5 Dec 5, 2010 Full Review Sukhdev Sandhu Daily Telegraph (UK) Levitt and Dubner often talk about the importance of giving incentives to customers. It's not clear if this film gives quite enough of them to those people who've already bought the book. Rated: 3/5 Dec 2, 2010 Full Review Xan Brooks Guardian Merely proves that a batch of bite-sized featurettes does not automatically add up to a satisfying meal. Rated: 2/5 Dec 2, 2010 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film The limited time given to each of the short films means that there is little opportunity to get really down and dirty with the number-crunching, so that for every aspect that is fascinating there is an attendant frustration. Rated: 3/5 Jan 16, 2011 Full Review Jeffrey Chen Window to the Movies A lighthearted plea to the audience to try to think outside the box when it comes to matters of causality. Rated: 7/10 Jan 7, 2011 Full Review Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope A real hodgepodge of ideas and themes, directed by six different directors, it lacks cohesion. It does, however, have some interesting segments. Rated: B Dec 30, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member its semi-interesting 'Freakonomics' manages to cover more of the minimal issues having to do with casuality and incentives stuff like parenting, names, education are covered briefly if not perfectly Im pretty sure the book itself hits all the right notes but viewers can get an idea might strike a few nerves with most touching upon several topics Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/24 Full Review s r Despite its confusing narrative, it still contained much of the important parts of the book that still resonate. It was good. It was on Amazon. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The method of using incentive-based thinking to explain human nature is quite interesting. The multiple segments kept the documentary entertaining and introduced various applications of this method. The different directors and styles used in each segment also made it easier to understand the topic as each one was drastically different from the other. Some of the segment were easier to understand than the others. Although some topics discussed were interesting and relatable, the information was not explained properly. At certain moments during the film, the audience may feel that the directors are throwing around random numbers. The directors needed to do a better job in explaining how the data pertains to the topic. The lack of explanation also makes the documentary feel rushed. Overall however, the documentary Freakonomics was a very thought-provoking piece of work and presents a method of explaining human nature that has sparked my interest enough to go read the book. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review dustin d Freakonomics asks us to think outside the box when considering causal relationships in social phenomena, using several case studies each presented as a different segment. It feels more like a short season of a TV series strung into a movie. And like the podcast, is a little overproduced. It presents a few economic concepts in a fun manner, and is a good introduction to these topics for a general audience. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A few segments were eye-opening and almost life-changing, but some parts were filled with fairly boring and useless information (the sumo wrestler segment). Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member it's nice to put a face and voice to this beautiful book. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Vignettes explore concepts put forth in a best-selling book, including cheating, bribery, and the importance of names.
      Seth Gordon, Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney, Eugene Jarecki, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing
      Craig Atkinson, Dan O'Meara, Chris Romano, Chad Troutwine
      Seth Gordon, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Alex Gibney, Peter Bull, Eugene Jarecki
      Magnolia Pictures
      Production Co
      Jigsaw Educational Productions Inc., Loki Films
      PG-13 (Elements of Violence|Drugs|Brief Strong Language|Sexuality/Nudity)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 1, 2010, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 31, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 26m
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