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Freeheld (2015)



Critic Consensus: Freeheld certainly means well, but its cardboard characters and by-the-numbers drama undermine its noble intentions.

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The true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells, and activist Steven Goldstein, unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.

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Julianne Moore
as Laurel Hester
Elliot Page
as Stacie Andree
Michael Shannon
as Dane Wells
Steve Carell
as Steven Goldstein
Josh Charles
as Bryan Kelder
Luke Grimes
as Todd Belkin
Mary Birdsong
as Carol Andree
Gabriel Luna
as Quesada
Skipp Sudduth
as Reynolds
Tom McGowan
as Bill Johnson
William Sadler
as Peter Santucci
Kevin O'Rourke
as Dan Wickery
Adam LeFevre
as Don Bennett
Melody Krell
as Stacie's Teammate
Suzanne Savoy
as Town Clerk
Kelly Deadmon
as Lynda Hester
Mary Joy
as Estelle
Chris Skeries
as Protester
Karl Jacob
as Jeeter
Mina Sundwall
as Maya Kelder
Ice Aysun Leidl
as Stacie's Teammate
Dane B. Wells
as Honor Guard
Joe Diomede
as Derrick
Jessica Pressman
as TV Reporter
Susan Merson
as Harriet
Henny Russell
as Dr. Sarah Tonner
Oliver Solomon
as Security Guard
Tom Place
as Driver of Jeep
Jess Jacobs
as Stacie's Team Member
Portia Reiners
as Chrisy Miller
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Critic Reviews for Freeheld

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (49)

If you're interested in watching a really solid film with a lesbian couple smack dab at the center of a small story with national implications, I cannot recommend a better place to do so than in a movie theater screening Freeheld.

August 17, 2021 | Full Review…

It really is just a tiny sliver, a few years of two people's lives that ended up setting a precedent for their small town. Those stories need to be told, too.

February 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Flat, and lacking the archly deadened attributes of Todd Haynes' Carol, a quartet of World's Greatest Actors work hard to animate a timid movie.

February 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Moore gets to wear a striking wig but has no dialogue that makes you look twice. And the more Stacie cries over her saintly lover, the more guiltily conscious you become that your own eyes are water-free.

February 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Why does Michael Shannon get the best written part in a lesbian drama?

February 19, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

You've got to feel sorry for the makers of Freeheld. They must have thought they had it in the bag.

February 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Freeheld


An emotional tribute-film to Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. They were a gay couple, who reluctantly turn activists, when Hester was denied the ability to assign her death benefits to her partner, Andree. The acting is stellar if the direction is not. The storyline takes a predictable note, but none of that matters. By the time you see photographs of the real Hester and Andree at the end of the movie, you'll be wiping away tears.

Aldo Gandia
Aldo Gandia

Super Reviewer

Heartfelt and heartrending, "Freeheld" is a real tearjerker of injustice, loss and hope. The dialogue lacks inspiration, but the intimate acting of Moore and Page make up for it.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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