At Any Price (2013)

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Critic Consensus: At Any Price features a terrific performance from Dennis Quaid, and it offers further evidence of Ramin Bahrani's unique eye for detail, but film is weighted down by an overly melodramatic story.


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In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious HENRY WHIPPLE (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son DEAN (Zac Efron) to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood. (c) Sony Classics

Rating: R (for sexual content including a strong graphic image, and for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ramin Bahrani, Hallie Elizabeth Newton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 2013
Box Office: $0.4M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

Cast


as Henry Whipple

as Dean Wheeler

as Irene Wheeler

as Meredith Crown

as Jim Johnson

as Cadence Farrow

as Cliff Whipple

as Brad Johnson

as Larry Brown
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Critic Reviews for At Any Price

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (32)

The disappointment and malaise of a modern farmer's life comes through, but almost as an afterthought. As Bahrani makes clear, it's worth a more focused film.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

Bahrani fills the frame with weathered faces and "At Any Price" feels like it unfolds in something close to the real America. But he wants to give us larger-than-life drama, and his strengths are life-sized.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

After fearlessly diving into a character that's self-centered, wretched, and downright degrading, Quaid outdoes most of his earlier works of cinema.

Full Review… | September 14, 2014
AwardsCircuit.com

Tough, engaging, and brutally honest, At Any Price is one of those quiet gems you hope others will have the opportunity to discover for themselves.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
Examiner.com

At Any Price has an interesting story at its core, but it's bogged down by undeveloped characters and sideplots, as well as a poorly-written third act.

Full Review… | August 26, 2013
We Got This Covered

...feels like a great American tragedy, like East of Eden or Death of a Salesman. There's ... a fidelity to the way things actually work themselves out in the real world, in compromise and half-measures and moral doubt.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for At Any Price

I don't think this movie knew what it wanted to be. I'm almost sure that half of it was on the cutting room floor, and what was left was a movie confused. Dennis Quaid overacted his way through this film, which didn't help. Not a terrible movie (I did watch it in its entirety), but not a good one, either. Plus, it left a VERY questionable message that didn't sit well with me...

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

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How far would you go to chase a dream?

Good Movie! The opening credits suggest that this film will be a romantic tribute to the fading world of the rural family farm. But At Any Price is really about how rural America has become just as ruthless capitalist and competitive as the rest of American life. The film is about the corruption of the American Dream and how the family farm is becoming increasingly ruthless competitive system. At Any Price is a film about the cost of family and the high cost of the family farm. The farm appears to be just another exemplar of the troubling nature of American capitalism. While the film may prove to be too dark for the ordinary audience of these actors, it is very powerful film about dysfunctional family life and economic life in modern America that should be widely viewed. Highly recommended for those interested in serious film drama.

In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious Henry Whipple wants his rebellious son Dean to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood.

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Some people take their sons to a ballgame or fishing. Henry Whipple(Dennis Quaid), a farmer and seed salesman, takes his son Dean(Zac Efron) to a funeral. His intention is not to pay his respects so much as to buy the deceased's land for his other son who is currently touring Argentina and according to Henry should be back any time now. At first, it goes over as badly as you'd expect, until it turns out that the family does really want to sell. In any case, Dean does not care about being passed over, as he has other things on his mind.

Even though his budgets are increasing and he moves further geographically away from his filmmaking origins, director Ramin Bahrani cannot escape the fact that he might be repeating himself with his obsession with dreamers. In the case of "At Any Price," it involves Dean's dreams of big time auto racing which Bahrani tries to place in a sort of American pastoral. But with a minimal story, he does not display the requisite skill here or get the performances to fully realize it.(Like most movies, there is not enough Clancy Brown to go around.) And maybe genetically modified seeds are a real issue. I'll wait until John Oliver tackles the subject before deciding for sure.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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