Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 35
  2. Negative: 9 out of 35
  1. This tale of a white mother's kid gone missing in a black New Jersey neighborhood - and the tensions and news media attention that ensue - is pretty much pure jive.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Steer clear of Freedomland, the movie. Your time would be better spent reading Richard Price's much more compelling 1998 novel.
  3. 38
    An overblown urban crime drama that should be a lot better than it is.
  4. 25
    Roth takes three powerhouse actors -- Julianne Moore as the mother, Samuel L. Jackson as the cop who interrogates her and Edie Falco as another woman who lost her son -- and reduces their talents to rubble and their characters to screeching cliches.
  5. 25
    With Roth at the helm of a script attributed to Price, there is minimal suspense, audience involvement or coherent social commentary.
  6. Freedomland is the worst kind of bad movie: one that thinks it's important.
  7. Freedomland manages a seemingly impossible feat: It's both turgid AND overwrought, eliciting the shriek that fades into a yawn without anyone ever noticing. It's a wholly dreary piece of work.
  8. An early candidate for worst film of the year is Freedomland, an inept, lethally dull drama.
  9. The production can best be described by several f-words. It is frenetic, frazzled and febrile. It is also feeble -- almost touchingly so, if you think of what bottomless insecurity must have prompted so much bombast.

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