Atlas Shrugged: Part I - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Atlas Shrugged: Part I Reviews

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February 28, 2016
The awfulness of Atlas Shrugged continues a trend, since the cinema has never treated Rand very well.
Lewis Beale
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
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-
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
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
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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
R. L. Shaffer
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 3, 2011
... a respectful (and generally respectable) filming ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
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
Rob Gonsalves
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
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Carina Chocano
New York Times
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
Jackie K. Cooper
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
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
Dave White
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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Brian Miller
L.A. Weekly
April 20, 2011
Apart from its deficiencies as fiction, whatever its philosophical limitations (the rich and able should only help themselves in Rand's "Objectivism"), the book proves proudly indigestible on film.
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