Atlas Shrugged: Part II Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
A greedy billionaire's most feverish nightmare realized with all the amateurish panache of a daytime soap opera.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 9, 2013
There are ironic footnotes in cinema history because they champion the free market yet fail miserably in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 5, 2012
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.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
October 23, 2012
The acting is better than in Part 1 but the fact this is the middle segment leaves the audience that might like it dissatisfied
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 19, 2012
The film's excruciating unwatchability transcends politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 19, 2012
Atlas won't be the only one to shrug off this tiresome load.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 18, 2012
Rand's detractors will hate the movie as much as they do her, but her fans will be satisfied ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
October 15, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
October 15, 2012
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.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2012
Director John Putch struggles to find balance or generate a single spark from the clunky mix of romance, political diatribe and thriller.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 15, 2012
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.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
October 14, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 13, 2012
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.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 13, 2012
A disaster as a film, Atlas also is laughable in its presentation of Rand's ideology.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
October 13, 2012
If the novel Atlas Shrugged is ultimate libertarian porn, then the first two installments of the screen adaptation are soggy softcore.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
October 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 12, 2012
The people behind the Atlas Shrugged series of films have things they want to tell you, and just to make sure that you know what they are, the movies tell you, and tell you, and then tell you again.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 12, 2012
Proving the theorem from Todd Solondz's Palindromes that different actors can play the same role without losing much continuity, Samantha Mathis plays Dagny with all the lifelessness Taylor Schilling brought to the original role.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 12, 2012
I didn't hate this movie. The first one was far worse -- mercifully, the cast and director have all been replaced.
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