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At Any Price Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: C
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 17, 2013
Bahrani seems less interested in getting at the heart of a man who has sold his soul than he is in showing how the hard facts of modern farming have literally and figuratively changed the landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 16, 2013
Written and played with a little more subtlety, Henry and his contradictions could have been fascinating; as it is, "At Any Price" keeps us at a distance, gazing at characters who never quite come to life.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 16, 2013
Like the small farmers forced to kowtow to corporations, writer and director Ramin Bahrani chickens out. His melodramatic script reduces a global conflict to a Grain Belt "Glengarry Glen Ross."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2013
It clumsily showcases an environmental issue -- in this case, the corporate strong-arm tactics used to promote GMOs -- through routine interpersonal drama.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 10, 2013
If the story is a bit all over the place - and what the heck is Heather Graham doing in this picture besides looking great? - the solid work from Quaid and Efron helps iron out a few of the bumpy bits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 10, 2013
Bahrani aims at a wider audience than his previous films have reached so far, but in the process he has sacrificed much of his artisanal, personal approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 9, 2013
In the end, "At Any Price" strikes a dark, even ghastly tone, and rather suddenly it becomes a cynical commentary on small-town hypocrisy and American business. It's hard to tell whether that was the intention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 9, 2013
It may be saying some true things about the new world of cutthroat agriculture, but it says them in a singularly unconvincing way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
May 9, 2013
A viewer is constantly aware of how much everyone is striving. It's the cinematic equivalent of a stranger who trips all over themselves in an effort to become your new best friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 3, 2013
It's one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen, and not in a particularly good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 2, 2013
The narrative takes a surprising turn, leading to a troubling and, I think, successful third act. Most uneven pictures have a way of fading to gray in the final lap; this one actually gets better as it goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 26, 2013
Bahrani is a gifted filmmaker. But he shoots himself in the foot by throwing in a contrived plot device that creates drama at the expense of credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 26, 2013
Feels like a series of note cards ("father-son conflict," "dad's mistress hits on son") that never weave together to make a gripping plot.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 25, 2013
It's powerful stuff.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 25, 2013
Easy resolutions compete with preposterous melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 25, 2013
The dialogue and performances in At Any Price are about at the level of a Founders' Day pageant.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
April 24, 2013
The film hasn't quite earned the grim resonance it seeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2013
With its fine eye for detail, At Any Price is also a complicated and revelatory look at the intersection of country folk and corporate might.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 24, 2013
Flawed but different, well-crafted and consistently powerful, At Any Price is the best film about impoverished farmers in the economic agricultural crisis since Jean Renoir's The Southerner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 24, 2013
For me the breakthrough in "At Any Price" comes from 59-year-old Dennis Quaid, cementing his character-actor renaissance with what may be the nastiest role of his career.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 24, 2013
If "At Any Price" overstates its points, they are still worth making. And the hot-wired performances by Mr. Quaid and Mr. Efron drive them home in a movie that sticks to your ribs and stays in your head.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 23, 2013
The fine cast takes the movie as far as it will comfortably go, until Bahrani gets a case of Great American Play-itis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
April 23, 2013
The film does have its warm, beating heart.
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April 23, 2013
At Any Price is about the slow, insidious corruption of a regular guy, about the rot that grows around him and within him, allowing him to become complicit in a crime of biblical proportions.
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William Goss
Film.com
April 23, 2013
So overwrought initially that the film's late ironies are but a modest consolation that Bahrani does indeed have more in mind than literal and figurative corn.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
April 22, 2013
Standout performances from Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron and an intelligent script distinguish this drama from writer-director Ramin Bahrani.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
April 22, 2013
Given real struggles to convey, Quaid delivers some of his finest acting in the movie's closing scenes, his furrowed brow pointing to a pair of focused eyes that say a lot more than the script's rampant issue-based dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 22, 2013
An artfully downbeat drama that proves easier to admire than to embrace.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 22, 2013
Warm-hearted performances ... are squandered in this sermon on the plain.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 26, 2013
This is a brave, layered film that challenges the wisdom of victory at any price.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 26, 2013
Maybe the best picture I've seen this year.