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Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 28, 2010
    75
    Aselton gets a lot said in 78 minutes. I think the main thing she says is something never overtly spoken, that life is essentially a lonely experience - even when we're surrounded by activity, and even if we never shut up.
  2. This engaging, nicely observed look at a 30ish L.A. couple who allow each other a one-night stand to help reheat their 7-year-old marital bed moves quickly and simply.
  3. A smart seriocomic playlet with some emotionally harsh moments, although it refrains from plumbing its subject in agonizing depth.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    From a performance p.o.v., Aselton and Shepard hold the screen well and are most watchable, and Aselton does a fluid directing job within the limited challenge she set for herself production-wise.
  5. 40
    The Freebie grimly reaffirms the status quo, concluding it's better to have no sex at all than to forsake the Ikea-furnished domestic dream.
  6. With a premise better suited to comedy than drama, The Freebie is more somber and less stimulating than expected.
  7. 40
    None of the dialogue, presumably arrived at through improvisation, is either funny or memorable.
  8. 38
    Katie Aselton has achieved the seemingly impossible. She's turned a movie about sex into a boring, talky snooze.

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