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Freedom

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Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. 100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel';;s great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton';;s life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come.  
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At the Movies (Australia)
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August 20, 2014

Performances are fine, and the film is well made, but it's too much of a hybrid to be successful.
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New York Daily News
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June 04, 2015

The film tries to have the scope of "12 Years a Slave." But it's ruined by the sanctimonious songs that turn the drama into a half-baked musical. Much worse: the filmmakers' need to show that not all whites employed in the slave trade were evil.
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RogerEbert.com
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June 05, 2015

This is one of those movies that is as dull as it is well-meaning and man, is it ever well-meaning.
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Common Sense Media
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July 07, 2015

Religious historical film has disturbing, graphic violence.
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New York Times
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June 04, 2015

"Freedom" takes a compelling chapter in American history - the flight of slaves from Southern bondage to Canada via the Underground Railroad - and flattens its drama.
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Film Journal International
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June 04, 2015

Though Gooding tries hard to look sincere and troubled, often he appears slightly embarrassed. It's no surprise. Too bad so much talent is wasted here.
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Philadelphia Inquirer
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June 04, 2015

A schmaltzy, deeply sentimentalized drama about American slavery and the rise of the Underground Railroad.
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Tribune News Service
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June 04, 2015

Ambitious period piece without the budget or the script to cover as much of the Abolition Movement as it tries to fit in.
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Los Angeles Times
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June 04, 2015

The film leaves us with the impression that slaves' survival had more to do with sheer luck than dogged resilience.
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Screenwize
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August 21, 2014

Noble in intention, this story of slavery and the origin of John Newton's hymn Amazing Grace opens with style but then steadily sinks into messy theatricality, overwhelmed by its own earnestness.
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SF Weekly
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December 31, 2015

Peter Cousens' mawkish Freedom is an apologia for the white Christian people who helped slaves escape, or at least wrote songs to make them feel better.
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Detroit News
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June 04, 2015

The preaching is earnest and the intentions are good, but the corn is high and the presentation is amateurish.
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