Vignettes explore the concepts put forth in the bestseller, including cheating, bribery and the importance of names.
" An attempt to turn the 2005 nonfiction bestseller into a high-energy docu-romp, "Freakonomics'' is a misconceived botch. "
" The film is provocative but also scattershot and not nearly as conclusive as it pretends to be. "
" 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. "
" [It] isn't freaky enough. "
" Freakonomics is, much like the book that spawned it, a breezy entertainment that leaves you with a lot to think about. "
" Freakonomics examines social, cultural, and financial issues with an eye to getting people to think differently. "
" The 20-minute shorts range in style from traditional fly-on-the-wall narrative to a kind of hyperactive PowerPoint presentation. "
" The movie version of Freakonomics functions as a reasonably effective trailer, but for a book whose moment has already passed. "
" Amiably passes the time. "
" Some parts of the movie are more satisfying and intriguing than others, but there are enough surprising and non-intuitive revelations that even the most jaded viewer will likely learn a thing or two. "
" Any movie that triggers creative thought in its audience can't be that bad a deal. "
" As a movie, Freakonomics is like Jujubes for the brain -- it starts to get cloying halfway through the box. "
" When this freakumentary hooks up with Urail King, it gets an A. "
" dds up to a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives on how people think. "
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