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  • Summary: In search of a better life for her family and desperate to escape her tumultuous relationship, Christina (Anna Paquin) hastily moves to Florida and enters the dangerous world of the underground drug scene. She quickly learns that dealing drugs at the height of South Florida’s smuggling heyday has its price. As law enforcement closes in on Christina and her drug operation, she must find a way to salvage the life she has desperately worked to repair before it all comes crashing down. [Phase 4 Films] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 9, 2014
    70
    Free Ride offers an unsettling vision of a demimonde whose inhabitants live with the reality that there may be no tomorrow.
  2. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Jan 8, 2014
    50
    Shana Betz's too-insistent refusal to commit to the melodramatic or to the suspenseful only makes the film seem like empty dramatization.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jan 9, 2014
    50
    The result, while sincere and nicely evoked, feels choppy, familiar and, despite the script's heavily stacked deck — and a few harrowing episodes — lacks sufficient momentum.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 7, 2014
    40
    The film's generosity toward Christina's decision-making is, however true to life, dramatically unsatisfying.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 10, 2014
    40
    On the bright side, the charismatic Liberato is one to watch. And de Matteo (“The Sopranos”) brings a crucial jolt of assertive energy. Both seem to be in another, more exciting movie entirely.
  6. Reviewed by: Christina Izzo
    Jan 8, 2014
    40
    It’s in these parent-free gaps that the film becomes less a vehicle for Paquin or helmer Betz (too benign to critically sketch her criminal mother), and more one for Liberato.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 10, 2014
    25
    It’s unspeakably depressing to see Anna Paquin playing the mom (of a teenager!), but the pointlessness and mediocrity of the Paquin-produced Free Ride is even more depressing.

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  1. Jan 13, 2014
    10
    I thought it was a great movie, considering those who watch it will not know what scenes were cut out completely. The Sarasota, FL bar scene and all in it, cut out...Aay Mate...The Sarasota school scene, where are the girls? Cut out. That is a disapointment for all that participated and waited 2 years to see. The movie needed to last 1/2 hr. longer. But all in all, it was a great production. True story. Cast was great, in person and on screen. I would recommend seeing it. I plan on purchasing.
    FL MOM......................FL boy.................
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