Atlas Shrugged: Part I Reviews

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January 8, 2019
The very nature of Atlas Shrugged -- turning on its head all the typical clichés of who's a hero and who's a villain and its refreshing honesty about the way Washington works-gives it a certain liberating energy.
January 8, 2019
While they've produced a competently made film, they haven't pulled off a miracle. Atlas Shrugged is much as you'd expect.
May 21, 2018
Every cult needs its own wacky trainwreck of a movie... and now the cult of Ayn Rand gets Atlas Shrugged, Part 1.
February 28, 2016
The awfulness of Atlas Shrugged continues a trend, since the cinema has never treated Rand very well.
October 17, 2014
Although it's not as bad as its trailer might suggest, this first part of a projected three-part series will probably please the already converted but bore and annoy just about everyone else.
April 21, 2013
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.
January 9, 2013
An eye-rollingly clumsy amble through a Middle Earth of Monopolists -- aimed at Ayn Rand cultists and their fellow travelers
January 29, 2012
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
January 16, 2012
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.
December 31, 2011
This dubious distillation of Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy is a glorified smack around the head with a sociology textbook.
November 13, 2011
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.
October 28, 2011
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.
October 28, 2011
A talky bore that spends too much time in wood-panelled offices and at chatter-heavy parties that were clearly shot on the cheap.
May 31, 2011
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.
May 3, 2011
... a respectful (and generally respectable) filming ...
May 2, 2011
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.
May 2, 2011
Its underlying worldview has little to do with its failure.... this could've, and by all rights should've, been a TV miniseries.
April 28, 2011
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.
April 27, 2011
As timely as a Tea Party rally, Ayn Rand's novel finally reaches the screen - at least a part of it does.
April 22, 2011
It has a story, I suppose, and it even kind of has conflict... Mostly, it has talking. Weirdly esoteric talking about weirdly esoteric things.
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