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 (Ellen 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, Offensive language103 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyRomanceFestival & Independent
97%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Paul Casserly

Flicks, Paul Casserly

flicks

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.

3.0

NO NO NO

No chemistry. No motivating plot. No adherent theme. Such a waste of such a good story.

3.0

Stupid Title but passable movie

It would be pretty hard to take this story and not make a film that would be at home on the Sunday weepie slot. Maybe NOT having two box office stars would have helped. Maybe making it a little more gritty. With actual dirty grit. But all that on one side Julinne Moore and Ellen Page turn in great performances and this is a story about culture changing in...

4.0

A fantastic story

A fantastic story, Sad moments sad but nice ending. Ellen Page was great and Steve Carell was very good as well.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Time Out

Time Out

press

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

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

1.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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.

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

Flicks, Paul Casserly

Flicks, Paul Casserly

flicks

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.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Time Out

Time Out

press

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

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

1.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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.

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

NO NO NO

No chemistry. No motivating plot. No adherent theme. Such a waste of such a good story.

3.0

Stupid Title but passable movie

It would be pretty hard to take this story and not make a film that would be at home on the Sunday weepie slot. Maybe NOT having two box office stars would have helped. Maybe making it a little more gritty. With actual dirty grit. But all that on one side Julinne Moore and Ellen Page turn in great performances and this is a story about culture changing in...

4.0

A fantastic story

A fantastic story, Sad moments sad but nice ending. Ellen Page was great and Steve Carell was very good as well.

4.0