• PG-13, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Johansson
    In Theaters:
    Apr 15, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 8, 2011
  • Rocky Mountain Pictures

Critic Review - New York Post

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.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (75)
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ManUnitdFan

Eric Dodge

I am terribly, terribly shocked that the only positive review thus far came from the Murdoch-owned New York Post. Just shocked.

Apr 15 - 05:26 AM

Elliott O.

Elliott Owen

If you guys really want a good laugh, read the comments on the actual review accusing Kyle of having a left-wing media bias. I'm not making that up. The Teabaggers are such jokes.

Apr 15 - 10:27 AM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

Liberals accuse the media of having a right-wing bias. Liberals are such jokes.

Apr 15 - 11:57 AM

Paul B.

Paul Barta

Jokes are something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a prankish act.

Jokes are such jokes.

Apr 15 - 12:25 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Oh look, the obligatory unwarranted "us too" righty comeback.

Apr 15 - 03:03 PM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

Oh look, biting criticism from w@velength

Apr 15 - 04:51 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Only idiots are right wing.

Apr 15 - 06:45 PM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

Oh that was a clever point lol

Apr 15 - 07:04 PM

Anthony R.

Anthony Rubino

Like any Randian, you've chosen to answer like a 5 year old. In other news, you rave about an embarrassing mishandling of your sacred text because you were told to.

Apr 19 - 02:57 PM

dystopian t.

dystopian today

Armond White has yet to weigh in. This thing may well get two positive reviews.

Apr 15 - 12:53 PM

david h.

david hurlburt

"Sigh" of course.

Apr 15 - 08:34 AM

ecostar

Evan Lewis

Translate: The Movie sucked, by I love Ayn Rand, so I'll overlook the bad acting and poorly written script.

Apr 15 - 09:31 AM

Tony2826

Michael Lis-Sette

Reading his blog post on it, it's pretty obvious that ideology trumped everything else for him (and that it always does, looking at reviews for movies like How To Train Your Dragon.)

Apr 15 - 09:53 AM

CampLo

Brent Pantaleo

avatar win.

Apr 15 - 02:54 PM

Spidershrimp

J. L.

Very avatar win.

Apr 17 - 09:38 PM

filmfan1

Ferenc Toth

Kyle Smith is the most bizarre film critic working for a mainstream/traditional media outlet. His reviews are so absurdly politicized and idiosyncratic that they're basically just a form of amusement themselves, often more amusing than the films themselves. A satirist would have a field day with this clown.

Apr 15 - 10:41 AM

Short Bus

Jason Shulman

Considering the Wall Street Journal gave this movie a bad review, this makes The New York Post look worse than the movie itself.

Apr 15 - 11:03 AM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

A liberal movie critic would NEVER let polictics sway his or her review. Never!

ya, right LOL

Apr 15 - 11:45 AM

Short Bus

Jason Shulman

If the trailer for "Atlas Shrugged" had its politics removed, and 2003's "Catwoman" had it's costumes and action removed, you couldn't tell these two movies apart.

Apr 15 - 12:27 PM

nongshim

Kathryne C

Well, it's not like 2.5/4 is a good grade per se.

Apr 15 - 01:23 PM

Theodore P.

Theodore Pannullo

I just got back from seeing it in Clifton N.J. AMC theater. The actors who play Dagny and Hank are excellent, likable, they actually have onscreen chemistry. The dialogue is good, the acting is fine with a lot of familiar faces popping up in supporting roles - the Lillian Reardon actress is very good. Look, a massive book with a million characters is difficult to make into a film, so I give them credit for the energy and sheer bombast I saw earlier. The film is not great, but very interesting to say the least. Fans won't be sad, haters will continue to hate, but I wonder what those who don't know anything about Ayn Rand will say? The guy behind me was with his brother who never read the book...he said he liked it...

Apr 15 - 03:00 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

sure thing plant

Apr 15 - 03:04 PM

Ken

Kenneth W.

Praise for the movie + blank profile + account made this month. Hmmm...

Apr 15 - 03:19 PM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

w@velength is on fire with his insights!

It has 86% rating from viewers, are those all plants too?

Apr 15 - 04:55 PM

david h.

david hurlburt

The only people who are seeing this film are Ayn Rand fanboys. So of course its going to have positive reviews. Try to show this to people who have never heard of Ayn Rand, you'll get a different reation.

Apr 15 - 07:48 PM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

That doesn't mean Theodre P is a plant

Apr 15 - 08:40 PM

Theodore P.

Theodore Pannullo

I don't blame you for doubting me, I actually just made my profile an hour ago so I could comment on the film. Like I said, it's not great, but the leads are likable so I didn't mind it at all.

Apr 15 - 03:26 PM

Paul B.

Paul Beer

A movie about a capable and accomplished minority, a compelling denouncement of destructive mediocrity, not likely to be approved by the masses or those people who live off the efforts and motivation of the few. This is not going to be a movie recommended by the unions...

Apr 15 - 03:43 PM

WaistOfTime

Jade Palooka

too bad that Madame Raynd never rechecked her own mediocrity... she truly deserved production values like these

Apr 15 - 06:08 PM

Sophist

Dan B

Oh, do shut up. Unions are "the masses of those people who live off the efforts and motivation of the few?" Spare me. Which "few" do school teachers live off the efforts of? Or policemen? Or firefighters? Are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers mooching off of Michael Faraday and Thomas Edison? What about the SEIU, what small group of geniuses are they leaching off of? What about the United Auto Workers, are they exploiting the efforts of the "few" that run the auto companies (said efforts mostly consisting of making decades of idiotic decisions and losing market share to Japan)?

Unions are how we got the 40 hour work week. Do you know why it's no longer legal to send twelve-year-olds into coal mines? Unions. Do you know why your employer can no longer force you to buy everything from a company store or work in conditions that will kill you with silicosis before you're 25? Guess. Union members had their heads cracked, got shot, got killed by private armies of thugs (and sometimes the Actual US army) so that workers could negotiate with companies as partners, as equals, not as serfs begging their liege for an extra crust of bread. The existence of a large and vibrant middle class is one of the key factors that allowed this country to prosper and grow as much as it has, and Unions built the middle class.

The idea that the primary mover of the American economy is the irreplaceable contributions of singular geniuses is one the most mendacious and harmful of modern fairytales. And the idea that the "masses" who do most of the actual work that creates the wealth of this nation banding together to bargain for a modest portion of that wealth that they created is "[liveing] off the efforts and motivation of the few" is so vile as to border on sociopathy.

Apr 15 - 11:32 PM

Dylan L.

Dylan Lessard

/Slow clap

Apr 16 - 01:02 AM

ParanoidAndroid

jeremiah brookes

blunt yet elegant.

Apr 16 - 10:41 AM

gardenerman

First Last

@Kili B:
I can show you videos of tea baggers carrying rifles to peaceable town hall meetings where Obama care was being explained to those who were ignorant of it. The teabaggers managed to disrupt every one of those meetings. Filthy bullies. Swine. Ignorant oafs. I have seen videos of that. I also saw a video of a bomb exploding at the Atlanta Olympics. It turns out it was set by an anti-abortion nut. The only domestic terrorists I have heard of in recent American history are right wingers. Two bombed the Federal building in Oklahoma. Three or four others managed to murder doctors and young women working at Family Planning clinics. Evil ignorant goons. A better question than asking who is John Galt would be "Who is David Koresh?" Wasn't he Timothy McVeigh's hero and inspiration? So shut up with your puerile admiration for Ayn Rand. Her philosophy is notoriously superficial--strictly juvenile.

Apr 17 - 02:24 PM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

Yes, Unions have done wonderfull things - in the past! But today the ballance of power has shifted too much to the workers. Crazy work rules, crazy overime rules, too inclusive medical plans (GM's largest expenditure is their health plan), hard to fire incompetant workers, and in the case of government unions, workers make more than their civilian counterparts. Plus the coruption of union executives. Unions lost their way years ago. They now shakedown and crack heads of non union workers, just watch their recent violent protests.

Apr 16 - 10:58 AM

Ed G.

Ed Green

Unions have become very week over the years and are just a shadow of what they used to be. If having health insurance and overtime pay bother you we-----ll. I work for AT&@ and if they did not have a union the only ones working their would be management

Apr 16 - 12:15 PM

gardenerman

First Last

"Violent protests" is right! Them union thugs remind me of teabaggers who carry rifles to peaceful town hall meetings where they shout down speakers trying to explain Obamacare.

Anyway, I never read Ayn Rand, so I don't get the point about big government ruining creativity. Why do conservatives want government to abolish funding for National Endowment for the Arts? Do they want to let the teenage kids determine if art is good or not. I guess so. After all, it's the kids who pay the most money for movies and music. Let the market run the country. Down with Mozart. Up with Elvis!

Apr 16 - 12:27 PM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

Show me ANY video of a TeaParty person being violent and I'll show you several violent union videos.

Apr 16 - 12:31 PM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

I have no idea what the AT&T contracts look like, they might be fair. But there are MANY union negotiated contracts that are NOT fair, especially with government workers.

Apr 16 - 12:35 PM

Kilo B.

Kilo Byte

AsbestosSuit

Don't hold your breath, he's going to run away like a coward instead of proving his claims. Libtards love to change topics and make outrageous statements with no proof.

Apr 17 - 12:07 AM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Well said Sophist. If Unions need to crack a few skulls to keep their rights, so be it. They've earned it. Right-Wingers, on the other hand, have not earned the right to use violence and fearmongering to instill their stupid beliefs on others. That's what separates Union violence from Winger violence; one is a legitimate organization who should be able to fight if they feel they are being oppressed or infringed upon in any way, the other technically shouldn't even be allowed to be a political party as all they do is lie, kill, and throw money around to get their way. Right-Wingers are the reason Communism is still prevalent, it's a better alternative to stupid capitalist ideology taking over. Please, show me these mythical videos of "union violence" and for each one I will send you a video of the Oklahoma City Bombing, as it trumps anything our noble Unions have ever done.

Keep trying to take away the power of the middle class though, and you'll get all the violence you can handle squirt.

Apr 29 - 04:35 PM

Paul B.

Paul Beer

Unions today are political organizations who who collect money from employees in order to engage in politics. Like the leaders of the political parties, they represent their own interests first, that is the interests of the union leaders, not the members. They protect their own power and privilege by restricting the choice of employees to belong or not to the unions.

Apr 16 - 01:19 PM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

Exactly

Apr 16 - 01:38 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Well since you know every Union leader on the planet, so you would know wouldn't you? Thanks for not generalizing and making yourself look like a complete tool. Boehmer called, he needs his 2:00 PM poll-polishing.

Apr 29 - 04:36 PM

Aaron V.

Aaron Vincent

Which isn't hard to believe, given that Rand and Objectivism cater to sociopathic tendencies.

Apr 24 - 06:27 PM

Sophist

Dan B

"Fire and a fury"? In all the clips and trailers I've seen the acting looks about as passionate and compelling as community theatre rejects on Thorazine reading an organic chemistry textbook.

Apr 15 - 03:45 PM

Tim C.

Tim Campbell

It's mankind's 2nd most influential book -- at least according a Library of Congress and Book of the Month poll. Critique the movie, but leave your terrified fear of Ayn Rand's message somewhere else -- or least address it head-on. The message self-reliance and independence is powerful and like it or not, it resonates.

Apr 15 - 10:41 PM

Johnny R.

Johnny Rivas

Can we scoff at its sociopathic support of greed? That okay with you?

Calling a stupid idea stupid isn't fear, it's being sensible. Calling a dumb movie dumb isn't partisanship, it's calling it like we see it.

There's another movie out there based on Rand's work called The Fountainhead that's actually a good movie. This one isn't.

Apr 16 - 08:45 AM

Tim C.

Tim Campbell

Well at least you added a serious criticism. And yes, the Fountainhead is better in every way except one: Dagny Taggart is a true badass feminine role model every young woman should learn about. "Greed" would mean the characters are only about acquiring wealth and power -- I don't see it that way. They just want to be responsible for what they produce and get credit for what they produce. Let everyone produce for themselves; you weaken people by spoon-feeding them from other producers. How will they acquire the skills if there's no motivation? And why would producers produce if you take away their credit? That does not mean every capitalist is a good capitalist -- those who cheat the free market (crony capitalists) by currying government favor get Ayn Rand's sharpest skewers. And there are plenty of Rand heroes who make little money -- money is less important than doing it your way on your terms.

Apr 16 - 06:59 PM

gardenerman

First Last

There is definitely something wrong with greed. It is competition, not greed, that is necessary for the achievement of excellence. Did Ayn Rand have any opinion about *fair* competition?

Apr 23 - 06:56 PM

SolarisDeschain

Andrew Cook

That's a lie. No it isn't.

Apr 16 - 11:01 AM

Sophist

Dan B

"It's mankind's 2nd most influential book -- at least according a Library of Congress and Book of the Month poll."

Pfft, any poll of "mankind's" most influential books that has Atlas Shrugged beating out the Koran, the Rigveda, the Analects of Confucius and Mao's Little Red Book suffers from an insane degree of sampling bias. Unless by "mankind" you mean "North Americans".

Apr 18 - 10:19 AM

Hercules R.

Hercules Rockefeller

I'm not surprised to see one of the only positive reviews come from the guy who gave one of the only negative reviews for "Wall-E" based on its premise. That said, I feel as though what objectivists and the like often forget in their love of the political ideals they've come to embrace is that... well... Rand just isn't a good writer.

I mean, seriously, the characters are the most unlikably written characters in all the world of literature. Whether or not you feel this is deserved is unimportant, really: they're generally just miserable people who rail against people they find to be more miserable. That's not conflict; that's whining. If you write a story about a homeless drunk who hates the system that failed him and bemoans the insensitivity of the wealthy, he too would make for a fairly uncompelling and unlikable character.

Anyway, I'll ruin the ending for you all: John Galt is Keyser Soze.

Apr 15 - 11:34 PM

mellowmark

Mark ziegler

Wow, the only positive review has a shit load of comments, most of them negative. What a shocker.

I swear you people are just like religious fanatics from the Middle Ages. Burn the heretic!!

Apr 16 - 01:56 AM

Hercules R.

Hercules Rockefeller

...maybe it's just a bad movie?

I mean, seriously, even the critics who liked the book seem to hate the movie. I have my political leanings and all, but (tautologically) bad writing and stiff acting are bad writing and stiff acting.

The problem is the entire review Kyle Smith offers is a book review. It's OK to like the book and all, and the message it carries, but if you can't actually stick to the medium that you've selected to review, maybe you shouldn't be reviewing it.

Apr 16 - 08:45 AM

mellowmark

Mark ziegler

There is no such thing as a bad movie, just a bad movie to you.

Apr 16 - 12:15 PM

Kristin B.

Kristin Bere

I know absolutely nothing about this movie..I was just reading the comments and stumbled upon this one.
Hmmm...
What if a movie consisted of someone vomiting on top of a pile of chimp carcasses, while a narrator spoke of grass growing and paint drying? Would that be a bad movie, or just a bad movie to you?
Obviously, that's a bad example and would never be considered a real movie. I'm just trying to say that there are some movies that are just plain bad.

Apr 16 - 06:30 PM

mellowmark

Mark ziegler

Should I even dignify this with a response? First of all, like you said, a movie like that would never be made, so why even use it as an example? Second, who are you or anyone else to say what makes a film good or bad? It's all about personal preference, and believe it or not, some people LIKE that kind of thing.

There are certain beers out there I think are revolting, yet there are some people who love them. Does that make them wrong, or do they just have different tastes? Think about it. Film is art. In the construct of art there is no good or bad, because no matter how terrible it may seem to you, it might mean the world to someone else.

Apr 17 - 01:21 AM

Sophist

Dan B

"There is no such thing as a bad movie, just a bad movie to you...who are you or anyone else to say what makes a film good or bad? It's all about personal preference..."

If you really believe this, why in the world are you commenting at a site fundamentally based around movie criticism?

Apr 18 - 10:29 AM

mellowmark

Mark ziegler

Believe it or not but not everyone views this site for the same reason. I visit to read reviews based on my own curiosity, but I take little to no stock in how well a film is rated whether or not I should see it. I am merely interested how other people view things, which is why I get annoyed when some people feel the need jump on a reviewer for having the 'audacity' of expressing an unpopular opinion. Is there a movie that exists you love to watch yet most people think is horrible? Is there not a painting you love to look at that some prestigious critic somewhere thinks is amateurish? If everyone in the world hated to eat what you love to eat would that make it any less delicious to you? When is it in your world opinion became fact?

Apr 18 - 04:16 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Sorry Mark, but I just don't buy it. You come here because you're "just interesting in what other people think"? So why should we care what you think? Be a man; grow an opinion. If you're not educated enough to have this thing called "taste", then you don't really have a legitimate argument in telling other people to be objective. The movie is crap because, compared to other movies it's poorly made, and the film rated a 9% by critics trained in professional criticism. I don't care if some people liked it because the kind of person who would like this movie isn't worth knowing. See how that works? Does the fact that some people assign ratings for a living make you mad? Do you want a hug?

Apr 29 - 04:45 PM

Kilo B.

Kilo Byte

Man the libtards sure are throwing a hissy fit over this. I doubt many of them will be able to handle a move of this caliper as it isn't dumbed down to their IQ level in normal Hollywood fashion.

Apr 17 - 12:04 AM

mellowmark

Mark ziegler

You probably shouldn't be spouting off about low IQ's if you don't even know how to spell the word caliber.

Apr 17 - 01:22 AM

Cry-Baby Walker

Alex Flores

Pot,kettle,black contard.

See, I can do strawman posts too asshole.

Apr 17 - 01:14 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

More strawman than accusing liberals for a movie's shitty production values?

Apr 29 - 04:48 PM

Sophist

Dan B

You know, it's possible for a movie to agree with your political and philosophical beliefs and still be terrible. My intelligence and taste are routinely insulted by putatively liberal films, that's for damned sure. The production history, the reviews, and all the trailers and clips of this film I have seen all indicate that, politics aside, this is a rushed, stilted, poorly made piece of crap. It's possible for you to accept that as being true without it affecting the validity of your political philosophy. Or, you could go to the mat defending the merits of what, by all accounts, is a very bad movie, and end up looking like an idiot. Your choice.

Apr 18 - 10:42 AM

Cry-Baby Walker

Alex Flores

The only person dumber than Kyle Smith here is Asbestos.

Apr 17 - 01:13 PM

AsbestosSuit

Tom Cruz

This insult would be more meaningful if it came from a respected source.

Apr 17 - 02:02 PM

mellowmark

Mark ziegler

The only person dumber than Kyle Smith here is Asbestos, lol.

Apr 17 - 11:53 PM

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