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Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012)



Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 21

Poorly written, clumsily filmed and edited, and hampered by amateurish acting, Atlas Shrugged: Part II does no favors to the ideology it so fervently champions.


Average Rating: 2.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 11

Poorly written, clumsily filmed and edited, and hampered by amateurish acting, Atlas Shrugged: Part II does no favors to the ideology it so fervently champions.



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The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Unemployment has risen to 24%. Gas is now $42 per gallon. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear at the hands of the unknown. Dagny Taggart, Vice President in Charge of Operations for Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered what may very well be the answer to a mounting energy crisis - found abandoned amongst the ruins of a once productive factory, a revolutionary motor that could seemingly power the



Duke Sandefur, Brian Patrick O'Toole

Feb 19, 2013


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Seriously, if this is the best promotion of itself that the free market can manage, it really would benefit from the help of a Ministry of Culture or something.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (6)
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Director John Putch struggles to find balance or generate a single spark from the clunky mix of romance, political diatribe and thriller.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The producers are going to have to hire a better director if they want moviegoers to be curious enough about this Galt guy to buy a ticket for the presumptive third and final chapter.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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It's consistent with its predecessor as a somewhat awkward translation of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel to our current era, handled with bland telepic-style competency.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (19)
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A disaster as a film, Atlas also is laughable in its presentation of Rand's ideology.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Comment (1)
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If the novel Atlas Shrugged is ultimate libertarian porn, then the first two installments of the screen adaptation are soggy softcore.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comments (5)
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There are ironic footnotes in cinema history because they champion the free market yet fail miserably in it.

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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The Bad Boys II of ****ty propaganda films, morally and aesthetically corrupt yet compulsively watchable in the broad strokes. Somewhere, in heaven, Eisenstein is laughing. Hard.

November 5, 2012
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The acting is better than in Part 1 but the fact this is the middle segment leaves the audience that might like it dissatisfied

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

The film's excruciating unwatchability transcends politics.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Atlas won't be the only one to shrug off this tiresome load.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Rand's detractors will hate the movie as much as they do her, but her fans will be satisfied ...

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (7)
Sacramento News & Review

A niche movie on a par with any cheapjack faith-based picture, which is why it resembles one -- and only the most ardently faithful need apply.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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It's still kinda bad, but at least this movie won't be an industry punchline for years to come. ... Oh, what a difference competence makes.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

The portrait of American gloom and doom has its layers of meanings and philosophies, but I'd rather approach Atlas as a clumsy B-movie with occasional entertainment value.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

New viewers aren't expected to jump into the dense story now, and anyone coming back for seconds is predisposed to believing this is the most important movie of the year. Sean Hannity or another right-wing mouthpiece told them so.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times | Comments (39)
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A stupid person's idea of what a smart movie sounds like.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Comments (51)
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Audience Reviews for Atlas Shrugged: Part II

Ayn Rand's industrialists fight against the Fair Share Act, which further strangles the economy.
First, the most unfortunate thing about this film was the endorsement that the real Sean Hannity gave to the fictional Hank Rearden. Additionally, protesters directly referenced the Occupy Wall Street rhetoric. The one-to-one relationship between the modern day right wing and Rand's objectivists is bullshit, and it's a shame that this film's creators got sucked into Rand's abduction by the right wing. After all the contemporary right wing is in the pocket of conservative Christians, yet Rand was an ardent atheist; the modern day right wing gives welfare to corporate fat cats whom Rand would consider looters. What does this have to do with the film? The iconography of the protesters and Hannity place the film in our historical moment, not Rand's, which takes us out of the film's world.
Second, I was impressed with Samantha Mathis's performance. Her Dagny was given more to human emotion, which played peek-a-boo amid Dagny's characteristic stoicism. But her acting was the best of the cast. I particularly disliked Jason Beghe's gravel-voiced Rearden.
Finally, the film is poorly paced. The speeches by Readen and Francisco belong in the film, but director John Putch should have taken a walking and talking page from Aaron Sorkin's book to give the film some energy, and the montages of poverty do little to add to the plot.
Overall, this is a controversial film not because Rand is a controversial figure (even though she is) but primarily because the film doesn't really get her.
June 29, 2013
Jim Hunter

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What the heck happened here? They changed the actors for almost EVERY role from the part 1 of this saga. Whose bright idea was that?? This could have been an interesting continuing story, but I found the new actors way too distracting....were they all busy? sheesh...
June 26, 2013

Super Reviewer

You'd think after the horrible and horribly boring Atlas Shrugged: Part One that a promised Part Two might just disappear into the ether. If only we could have been so fortunate. Ayn Rand's cautionary opus about the evils of big government is given another creaky adaptation that fails to justify its existence. I feel like I could repeat verbatim my faults with the first film. Once again we don't have characters but mouthpieces for ideology, an ideology that celebrates untamed greed. Once again the "best and brightest" (a.k.a. world's richest) are disappearing and the world is grinding to a halt without their necessary genius. Does anyone really think if the world's billionaires left in a huff that the world would cease to function? The assumption that financial wealth equates brilliance seems fatally flawed. Once again it's in a modern setting where America has gone back in time to value railroads. Once again the main thrust of the inert drama is over inconsequential railway economics. Once again people just talk in circles in cheap locations. Once again the government agencies are a bunch of clucking stooges, eager to punish successful business. Once again Rand's Objectivist worldview is treated as gospel and value is only ascribed to the amount of money one can produce. This time we have a slightly better budget, a better director, and some recognizable actors like Samantha Manthis, Esai Morales, Ray Wise, Richard T. Jones, and D.B. Sweeney as the mysterious John Gault. The story transitions to a ridiculous government mandate that include such incomprehensible edicts like making sure no one spends more money than another person. Can you imagine the paperwork involved? This woeful sequel will only appeal to Rand's most faithful admirers, and you probably don't want to hang out with those people anyway. There's your clue: if you see someone carrying a copy of Atlas Shrugged: Part Two they either lack taste or are far too generous with movies. If there is indeed a concluding Part Three, it will be further proof that Rand's market-based screeds are not accurate. The market has already rejected two of these dreadful movies.

Nate's Grade: D
February 21, 2013
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

Atlas Shrugged: Part II - The Strike is a compelling and provocative film that brings Ayn Rand's classic novel to life. The saga continues with Dagny Taggart and Henry Rearden struggling to hold off a total economic collapse while an oppressive government tightens their control and leading industrialists mysteriously disappear. Part II has recast all of the major roles from Part I, which is rather off putting and doesn't really benefit the film. However, the directing has improved and gives the film more of a cinematic quality. Additionally, the special effects are well done, and are used quite effectively to add energy and excitement to the film. While Atlas Shrugged: Part II - The Strike doesn't capture the epic quality of the material, it still delivers a solid dramatic thriller.
October 29, 2012
Dann Michalski

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    1. Francisco d'Anconia: Check your premises!
    – Submitted by Wm R C (23 months ago)
    1. Henry Rearden: Try pouring a ton of steel without rigid principles.
    – Submitted by Seth E (23 months ago)
    1. Ken Danagger: The government takes what it wants and taxes what's left.
    – Submitted by F G (23 months ago)
    1. Dagny Taggart: I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
    – Submitted by Molly B (23 months ago)
    1. Henry Rearden: If you think you have the right to use force against me, bring guns.
    – Submitted by Lenny W (23 months ago)
    1. Henry Rearden: You're going to have to choose which side you're on.
    – Submitted by Michael B (23 months ago)
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