• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ramin Bahrani
    In Theaters:
    Apr 24, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 27, 2013
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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At Any Price Reviews

Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

June 21, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 17, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 16, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

May 16, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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It clumsily showcases an environmental issue -- in this case, the corporate strong-arm tactics used to promote GMOs -- through routine interpersonal drama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 10, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 10, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 10, 2013
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

May 9, 2013
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 9, 2013
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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It's one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen, and not in a particularly good way.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 3, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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 Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 26, 2013
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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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.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

April 26, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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It's powerful stuff.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 25, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Easy resolutions compete with preposterous melodrama.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

April 25, 2013
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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The film hasn't quite earned the grim resonance it seeks.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 24, 2013
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 24, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 24, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 24, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 24, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 23, 2013
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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The film does have its warm, beating heart.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 23, 2013
Ella Taylor
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 23, 2013
William Goss
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

April 23, 2013
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Standout performances from Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron and an intelligent script distinguish this drama from writer-director Ramin Bahrani.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 22, 2013
Justin Chang
Variety
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An artfully downbeat drama that proves easier to admire than to embrace.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 22, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Warm-hearted performances ... are squandered in this sermon on the plain.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 22, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a brave, layered film that challenges the wisdom of victory at any price.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

March 26, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Maybe the best picture I've seen this year.

Full Review Source: New York Post

March 26, 2013
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