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Antitrust (2001)


Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 106
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 81

Critics Consensus: Due to its use of cliched and ludicrous plot devices, this thriller is more predictable than suspenseful. Also, the acting is bad.

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: Due to its use of cliched and ludicrous plot devices, this thriller is more predictable than suspenseful. Also, the acting is bad.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 46,145



Movie Info

Just how far should one man go to stay ahead of his competition? Milo Hoffmann (Ryan Phillippe) is a young and gifted computer software designer who with his close friend Teddy is about to launch a high-tech start-up firm based on Milo's inventive ideas in convergence, in which he's helping to create new ways for different forms of digital technology to work in harmony. However, before Milo and Teddy can get their company off the ground, Milo receives a very tempting offer from Gary Winston (Tim … More

PG-13 (adult situations)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Howard Franklin
In Theaters:
Dec 26, 2001
Box Office:
MGM/UA - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Antitrust

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (81) | DVD (14)

Got a by-the-numbers plot? A premise that's intriguing but also has holes in it? Dialogue that needs punching up? Hire Tim Robbins. He can save just about anything.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

My, my, such a high-tech setting -- too bad it's marred by such a low-tech plot.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There's not an original note in Howard Franklin's screenplay or Peter Howitt's direction.

June 4, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The flashy topicality amounts to little, and Peter Howitt's slavishly generic direction doesn't help.

Full Review… | January 17, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

As sly as it is knowing, and played with wit to match its conviction.

Full Review… | January 12, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

A vast improvement over earlier attempts at this growing genre.

January 12, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

This wannabe thriller about the new techno industry is a misfire.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011

Silicon Valley story of good versus evil-sort of.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

It won't win any Oscars but it might make 14-year-olds wonder whether it's really worth spending life in front of a screen.

Full Review… | January 23, 2003

Passably entertaining in spots, but doomed by its bungling of the thriller elements.

Full Review… | January 16, 2003
Entertainment Today

A thriller about creativity which doesn't display any of its subject matter.

Full Review… | December 16, 2002
Daily Mail [UK]

This thriller in name only is all too characteristic of the cinematic scrap heap that is the first month of the year.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002

A pretty good ride.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
San Diego Metropolitan

Antitrust will never go down in history as a great thriller, but nowadays, when thrillers are about as popular as whale meat, it'll suffice.

Full Review… | September 25, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

It's refreshing to see a filmmaker who's well aware of the limitations of his material, someone who can step back and say, 'Hey, this isn't 'Schindler's List': We're just trying to give the audience two hours of corny fun.'

Full Review… | June 9, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Apesar do fraco roteiro, o filme sobressai-se graças à direção de Howitt, que cria seqüências tensas que prendem o espectador à cadeira.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Cinema em Cena

Anti Trust cluttered my mental hard drive with so much junk mail I now have to reconfigure my alternator modular system with a new Co-axel deeble zip-switch.

Full Review… | April 17, 2002

The climax actually pits Milo against Winston in a typing contest. If that sounds thrilling, this may be the movie you've been waiting for.

Full Review… | February 26, 2002
Mark Reviews Movies

About five years behind schedule in anticipating and satirizing the stranglehold computer developers wield over the technology industry.

Full Review… | February 6, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Antitrust, in other words, suffers from what I call the "Wizard of Oz malady:" no heart, no brain, no courage.

Full Review… | October 28, 2001
Film Freak Central

Ooooh! Beware the sesame seeds!

Full Review… | October 10, 2001

Antitrust joins Matrix and The Net as a trilogy of thought-provoking films about the dangers surrounding computer technology.</

Full Review… | May 25, 2001
Spirituality and Practice

For much of its life AntiTrust relies on unhysterical thrills that are rooted in a highly credible set-up (a psychological cat-and-mouse game) and keep the audience guessing along with Milo.

Full Review… | April 23, 2001

Audience Reviews for Antitrust

A thriller that starts out fun and likable but ultimately ends on a remarkably absurd note. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed parts of it and I've definitely seen worse, but the end of this kept the stupid coming, and coming, and coming. The bright spots? Ryan Phillippe is routinely excellent (he has the ultimate "BS face", also seen in "Breach") and the film doesn't get too pretentious because it's evident it's just a fun little movie. Too bad they overdo the fun and crank up the cheesiness to an unbearable degree at it's conclusion.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

This tale of a software writer who discovers the success of his Bill Gates-like boss and menor may be based more on treachery than talent, is unfortunately degenerates from topical drama to ludicrous thriller.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

One of those movies I liked when I was still in college.

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer


Ok-ish thriller which takes a not too subtle swipe at microsoft and bill gates

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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