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Atlas Shrugged: Part I Reviews

October 28, 2011
Made on the cheap with no-name stars, this is no better than a stilted anachronistic curiosity, a low-rent version of the eighties' prime-time soap Dallas, with the industrial concerns and sexual mores of 1950s, all, somehow, set in 2016.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 28, 2011
A talky bore that spends too much time in wood-panelled offices and at chatter-heavy parties that were clearly shot on the cheap.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
April 28, 2011
Atlas Shrugged: Part I is in many ways charmingly oblivious to its inherent contradictions and the fact that its capitalist titans appear to be squatting in old, abandoned Dynasty sets, eating food-court baked potatoes.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
April 18, 2011
This comically tasteless and flavorless adaptation of Ayn Rand's bombastic magnum opus delivers her simplistic nostrums with smug self-satisfaction.
April 16, 2011
The film is curiously sterile and lifeless, hardly the stuff of revolution. It feels more like an ideologically reversed Tucker: The Man And His Dream, written and performed by robots.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
April 15, 2011
[A] DIY megaproduction... whose ambition vastly exceeds its technical command.
April 15, 2011
Ayn Rand's monumental 1,168-page, 1957 novel gets the low-budget, no-talent treatment and sits there flapping on screen like a bludgeoned seal.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
April 15, 2011
The first in a proposed trilogy, "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1" is nearly as stilted, didactic and simplistic as Rand's free-market fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 15, 2011
Though a bit stiff in the joints and acted by an undistinguished cast amid TV-movie trappings, this low-budget adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel nevertheless contains a fire and a fury that makes it more compelling than the average mass-produced studio item.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 14, 2011
Don't hold your breath for parts 2 and 3.
April 14, 2011
A low-budget film with more than a whiff of amateurism in its writing and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2011
Atlas Shrugged. I arched eyebrow, scrunched forehead, yawned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2011
About to lose his long-held rights to Ayn Rand's novel, and perhaps to cash in on apparent Tea Party interest and support, producer John Aglialoro ... rushed this film into a low-budget production and it shows in every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 14, 2011
The acting is so poor and the story so badly told that the viewer's feelings about Rand's novel -- an epic ode to free-market fundamentalism -- are almost immaterial (though if you're a devoted fan, you'll perhaps be more forgiving).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 14, 2011
This movie is crushingly ordinary in every way, which with Rand I wouldn't have thought possible.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 14, 2011
Let's say you know the novel, you agree with Ayn Rand, you're an objectivist or a libertarian, and you've been waiting eagerly for this movie. Man, are you going to get a letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 11, 2011
Flubbed, under-produced representation of the first third of Ayn Rand's still controversial novel bodes ill for parts two and three.
April 8, 2011
Part one of a trilogy that may never see completion, this hasty, low-budget adaptation would have Ayn Rand spinning in her grave.