Freeheld

Freeheld

Freeheld

Romantic drama following a New Jersey police lieutenant (Julianne Moore) with terminal lung cancer, forced to go to court to have her pension benefits passed on to her same-sex partner (Elliot Page) – a right that was only given to heterosexual couples. Based on the Oscar-winning short documentary of the same name. From the screenwriter of Philadelphia and the director of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, co-starring Michael Shannon and Steve Carell.

2015Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language103 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyRomanceFestival & Independent

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Flicks, Paul Casserly

Flicks, Paul Casserly

If ever there was a story that illustrates the crappy hand dealt to same-sex couples, it’s here in Freeheld. First brought to film via the Academy Award-winning documentary of the same name, it’s now retold in full Hollywood regalia, topped off with Steve Carell as a hyperactive gay rights activist, replete with a rainbow yarmulke.

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Variety

Variety

An oppressively worthy and self-satisfied inspirational vehicle that views its story primarily as a series of teachable moments.

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Time Out

Time Out

Just because anyone would agree with its message doesn’t mean this glorified Lifetime movie does a worthy job of conveying it.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A film that should feel urgent and of its time, but instead is rendered cliched and dull by Sollet’s amateurish handling of the material.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Moore charts Hester's physical disintegration with brutal candour while, at the same time, conjuring up the indomitability of somebody determined to leave a worthwhile legacy -- to her partner and to other gay couples caught in the same bind.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

If Freeheld cuts corners to get its point across, Moore and Page never do.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

All the conviction the actors can muster can't make this script feel less pat.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Despite all the pros, Freeheld can't help but feel underwhelming.

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