• 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


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Atlas Shrugged: Part I Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

While staying true to Rand's vision, Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 suffers from poor directing and it lacks the sleekness it needs to connect with audiences.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6/10

April 21, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

An eye-rollingly clumsy amble through a Middle Earth of Monopolists -- aimed at Ayn Rand cultists and their fellow travelers

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 9, 2013
R. L. Shaffer

Atlas Shrugged is a passionless experience that feels like a TV movie/miniseries. It's flat, poorly plotted, thinly performed and dull to its core

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 3/10

January 29, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

To quote: 'The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often [leads] to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 1/4

January 16, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

This dubious distillation of Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy is a glorified smack around the head with a sociology textbook.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 31, 2011
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Think of it as The Omega Code for corporations. There might be a good story in there if it weren't trying too hard to make a political point.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

November 13, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

October 28, 2011
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 0.5/4

October 28, 2011
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

There is something inherently noble about making a movie that gets the audience to think a little deeper. A dose of clarity and a pinch of fun never hurt either.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C+

May 31, 2011
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... a respectful (and generally respectable) filming ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2011
Widgett Walls

You can feel them straining against the limitations--moreso than the budget, the time compression. They fought the good fight as well as they possibly could.

Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 2, 2011
Rob Gonsalves

Its underlying worldview has little to do with its failure.... this could've, and by all rights should've, been a TV miniseries.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

May 2, 2011
Carina Chocano
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

April 28, 2011
Jackie K. Cooper

As timely as a Tea Party rally, Ayn Rand's novel finally reaches the screen - at least a part of it does.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 6/10

April 27, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It has a story, I suppose, and it even kind of has conflict... Mostly, it has talking. Weirdly esoteric talking about weirdly esoteric things.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 2/10

April 22, 2011
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

I am not advocating for Rand's political point of view. It is worth a discussion. Only it deserves a better discussion than is given in Atlas Shrugged: Part 1.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 3/5

April 22, 2011
Dave White

This Sharktopus-budget-level cheap, badly-acted, clumsily-written and stiffly-directed movie... still has a lot to offer film fans on both sides of the Great Ayn Rand Divide.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 22, 2011
Brian Miller
L.A. Weekly
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Apart from its deficiencies as fiction, whatever its philosophical limitations (the rich and able should only help themselves in Rand's "Objectivism"), the book proves proudly indigestible on film.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 20, 2011
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Delivers exactly what its credentials suggest -- a clunky, frequently silly, dubiously acted, barely directed TV movie.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: .5/5

April 19, 2011
Prairie Miller

Serves up a perfect society based on abdication by the rest of us to a snobby affluent egghead elite, in a sort of brazen brainocracy. And with a weird Greed Is Fabulous mantra, laced with topsy turvy Marxism extolling bossy CEO suits in mass rebellion.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 19, 2011
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