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Atlas Shrugged: Part I Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 9, 2013
An eye-rollingly clumsy amble through a Middle Earth of Monopolists -- aimed at Ayn Rand cultists and their fellow travelers
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 31, 2011
This dubious distillation of Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy is a glorified smack around the head with a sociology textbook.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 3, 2011
... a respectful (and generally respectable) filming ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
April 22, 2011
I am not advocating for Rand's political point of view. It is worth a discussion. Only it deserves a better discussion than is given in Atlas Shrugged: Part 1.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 22, 2011
This Sharktopus-budget-level cheap, badly-acted, clumsily-written and stiffly-directed movie... still has a lot to offer film fans on both sides of the Great Ayn Rand Divide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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