The New York Times: "Mr. Franzen has written his most deeply felt novel yet – a novel that turns out to be both a compelling biography of a dysfunctional family and an indelible portrait of our times."
Los Angeles Times: "Franzen pulls it off – as he pulls off nearly everything in this rich and nuanced novel."
Newsday: Dan Cryer calls "Freedom" "bruising, but exhilarating reading," ultimately declaring, "Long-winded and swaggering, angry and hectoring, but undeniably absorbing, even mesmerizing, 'Freedom' is a book you want to get lost in, argue with and, finally, just plain enjoy."
Entertainment Weekly: " 'Freedom' isn't flawless.... But this is a deep dive into a fascinating family that feels very real, and fully grounded in our time." Grade: A-
Salon: " 'Freedom' is a complexly layered, richly imagined domestic tale about personal responsibility that dares to challenge the long-term global ramifications of our most private choices."