A detective (Samuel L. Jackson) investigates a carjacking that resulted in the abduction of the young son of a troubled woman (Julianne Moore).
" Moviemakers who exploit the suffering and death of children to ratchet up the dramatic stakes belong in the innermost circle of hell, but Freedomland -- clumsy and overwrought as it is -- earns the right to its harrowing trajectory. "
" The thing that makes Freedomland riveting is the way in which its tale of human tragedy unfolds. "
" Freedomland, the movie, doesn't flow at all. Joe Roth, who as a director makes an excellent producer, tries hard and you can see the effort throughout. "
" Freedomland is, at best, a noble failure, which leaves the charred aftertaste of a burned opportunity. "
" Freedomland is a good idea that got out of control. "
" What saves Freedomland are the individual scenes and the interplay of people. "
" Situations that should have great emotional impact drag on into embarrassing shrillness; moments that are supposed to be heavy become leaden. "
" The compression renders Freedomland as a slight, not entirely engaging mystery with slight overtones about the dangers of racial profiling. "
" Freedomland, -- is a jittery, overwrought drama that does all it can to vanquish the fine performances lurking within it. "
" A sometimes heavy-handed urban drama punctuated by some devastatingly effective scenes. "
" This mixed-up, self-important thriller is adapted by Richard Price from his own novel and wastes a talented cast. "
" The performances all around are lousy -- histrionic and turgid, a most lethal combination. "
" Freedomland is not an opportunity denied, just squandered. "
" It tries hard and means well. And I couldn't hardly wait for it to end. Freedomland falls short as entertainment. "
" The film is dark and claustrophobic, and so confined in its location as to seem more like an adaptation of a play than a novel. "
" Freedomland is so well-acted, so poignantly written, that you can almost forget its excesses and shortcomings and embrace it for what it is -- a serious writer's exploration of racism, cop mob mentality and the mechanics of guilt. "
" Freedomland is the kind of dispiriting February botch that makes you wonder if mainstream Hollywood would be better off abandoning serious subjects to the world of specialized film. "
" The movie it's in isn't wonderful, but Moore always is. "
" What begins as a familiar kind of media-circus melodrama ends up being something much more complex and tangled. "
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