Free Radicals

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    An often compelling drama, marbled with dry humor and flecked with the supernatural, that provides food for thought but doesn't quite reach the brass ring.
  2. Despite the melodramatic plot twists, there's little emotional resonance to the proceedings, and the film's attempts to link them in metaphysical fashion prove overly ambitious and pretentious.
  3. Although Free Radicals overflows with messy feelings, it maintains such a measured distance from the gathered cries and whispers that it is difficult to empathize with the characters' fears and sorrows. Most of the women are victims, most of the men selfish pigs, and their stories are jarringly punctuated by brutish, joyless bouts of sex.
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  1. ChadS.
    Jan 21, 2006
    8
    The ghost in "Free Radicals" is so benign, only a book award committee for genre; like science-fiction, like horror, would acknowledge the The ghost in "Free Radicals" is so benign, only a book award committee for genre; like science-fiction, like horror, would acknowledge the supernatural presence as being a part of their literary heritage, even though the storyline is ultimately all-encompassing. "Free Radicals" also wants to be the arthouse "Pretty in Pink". There also seems to be a tip of the cap to Catherine Breillat, "Fat Girl, in particular, when we see the barely legal underdog get it on with the big man on campus. Is it a coincidence that A-ha's "Take on Me" came out the same year as the John Hughes youth classic? I think not. While watching "Free Radicals", I was reminded of psuedo-horror novels like Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones" and Stewart O'Nan's "The Night Country", two books with ghosts as its protagonist that are used in a non-horror fashion. If there is a flaw in the script, it's the fact that the boy behind the wheel never seems to acknowledge the crash's second victim, who faced a even more deadly consequence. The filmmaker wants her multiple storylines to brush up against each other, not to intersect, but this reproach of conscience feels a little convoluted. Full Review »