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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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Tribune News Service
Ambitious period piece without the budget or the script to cover as much of the Abolition Movement as it tries to fit in.
June 04, 2015
Detroit News
The preaching is earnest and the intentions are good, but the corn is high and the presentation is amateurish.
June 04, 2015
SF Weekly
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.
December 31, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
A schmaltzy, deeply sentimentalized drama about American slavery and the rise of the Underground Railroad.
June 04, 2015
Film Journal International
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.
June 04, 2015
Common Sense Media
Religious historical film has disturbing, graphic violence.
July 07, 2015
At the Movies (Australia)
Performances are fine, and the film is well made, but it's too much of a hybrid to be successful.
August 20, 2014
Screenwize
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.
August 21, 2014
New York Daily News
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.
June 04, 2015
RogerEbert.com
This is one of those movies that is as dull as it is well-meaning and man, is it ever well-meaning.
June 05, 2015
New York Times
"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.
June 04, 2015
Los Angeles Times
The film leaves us with the impression that slaves' survival had more to do with sheer luck than dogged resilience.
June 04, 2015