New Jersey car mechanic Stacie Andree and her police detective girlfriend Laurel Hester both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits after she was diagnosed with a terminal illness.


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  • ★★★½ review by Christian Alec on Letterboxd

    Eh forget the critics this was just fine! Julianne could have did some more because Michael Shanon totally stole the show. It's sad and very inspiring and I would love to watch the documentary this is based off of. The one downside was Carrell's character? I don't know in real life if he's that flamboyant (no problem) but Carrell calling people "sweetie" doesn't work after that 2nd try...

  • ★★★½ review by ames on Letterboxd

    tag urself i'm steve carell repeatedly calling michael shannon "sweetheart" and "honey"

  • ★★★★ review by Drewgrit on Letterboxd

    Great movie, great cast, from true events. Highly recommend.

    Great to see Country moving forward.

  • ★★★★ review by Derek Diercksmeier on Letterboxd

    I cried, a lot.

    I remember seeing the trailer for this film play before SICARIO and tears instantly flowing, despite also thinking it looked quite cheesy and saccharine. It is all of that, but it's deeply sweet and genuinely beautiful. Call it a glorified Lifetime movie if you will. FREEHELD isn't exactly aiming for high-minded art and that is okay. It is cheesy and modest and soft and broad and all of that is part of the film's charm. Julianne Moore is outstanding. Ellen Page is terrific. Michael Shannon is legendary. Steve Carell is a delight.

    And, yes, FREEHELD is all over the place at times. Initially feeling like a buddy cop/detective story and then a sweet love story and then a story about cancer and then a political argument and, ultimately, a testament to love.

    One scene features Ellen Page's character attempting (and succeeding) to break the record for fastest rotation of tires to get a mechanic job, a scene that I hadn't imagined seeing here.

    The central relationship is so purely sweet and lovely, the cast is excellent and the film as a whole is just so humanistic and moving. Leave your cynicism at the door. Someone's heart and mind could be opened by this movie. It is a beautiful story told lovingly, and it's a shame to see just how negative the reception has been.

    FREEHELD is truly uplifting.

  • ★★★½ review by Jerry Downing on Letterboxd

    Thought this was a pretty good movie based on a true story. Julianne Moore and Ellen Page play a lesbian couple. Julianne Moore is a police detective, and when she learns that she is dying of cancer, she tries to get her pension to her domestic partner. After being denied by the local Freeholders, the fight is on.

    From everything I've heard, this movie is pretty much accurate. Always a plus for me. Another big plus for me is the cast. Julianne Moore and Ellen Page work well together as this couple, despite the fact that Ellen Page still looks like she is 15. The always great Michael Shannon plays Moore's partner on the police force. One of the people leading the charge for her. Steve Carell is a civil rights leader who really brought a circus to these Freeholder meetings.

    Not a perfect movie, but I enjoyed it.

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