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Atlas Shrugged: Part I Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 19, 2011
Delivers exactly what its credentials suggest -- a clunky, frequently silly, dubiously acted, barely directed TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 19, 2011
Serves up a perfect society based on abdication by the rest of us to a snobby affluent egghead elite, in a sort of brazen brainocracy. And with a weird Greed Is Fabulous mantra, laced with topsy turvy Marxism extolling bossy CEO suits in mass rebellion.
Grae Drake
Movies.com
April 19, 2011
There's a whole lot of declaiming here, with people talking at, and not to, each other about their political viewpoints, and with none of the characters changing at all from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
April 19, 2011
Lifeless as entertainment and incoherent as ideology.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
April 18, 2011
Even the staunchest Objectivists will object to a final product that is, for all intents and purposes, little more than this decade's "Battlefield Earth," albeit with fewer Dutch angles and somewhat neater facial hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
April 18, 2011
However controversial, Rand's ideas deserve better than this watered-down, uninspired bilge.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 18, 2011
This comically tasteless and flavorless adaptation of Ayn Rand's bombastic magnum opus delivers her simplistic nostrums with smug self-satisfaction.
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
April 16, 2011
... succeeds in creating heroes of the main characters, making the mystery of John Galt... compelling, and setting up the remaining two parts of the trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 16, 2011
The film is curiously sterile and lifeless, hardly the stuff of revolution. It feels more like an ideologically reversed Tucker: The Man And His Dream, written and performed by robots.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
April 16, 2011
For decades, Atlas Shrugged has been considered unfilmable, too long for one movie and too didactic for mass appeal. The version that finally emerged - based on the book's first 10 chapters - doesn't do much to alter those perceptions.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
April 15, 2011
Kudos to Atlas Shrugged for bringing Ayn Rand's iconic novel to the big screen at long last. Now, about that script ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
April 15, 2011
[A] DIY megaproduction... whose ambition vastly exceeds its technical command.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 15, 2011
Ayn Rand's monumental 1,168-page, 1957 novel gets the low-budget, no-talent treatment and sits there flapping on screen like a bludgeoned seal.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
April 15, 2011
The first in a proposed trilogy, "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1" is nearly as stilted, didactic and simplistic as Rand's free-market fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 15, 2011
Though a bit stiff in the joints and acted by an undistinguished cast amid TV-movie trappings, this low-budget adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel nevertheless contains a fire and a fury that makes it more compelling than the average mass-produced studio item.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 14, 2011
Don't hold your breath for parts 2 and 3.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2011
A low-budget film with more than a whiff of amateurism in its writing and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
April 14, 2011
Sitting through this picture is like watching early rehearsals of a stage play that's clearly doomed.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 14, 2011
Atlas Shrugged. I arched eyebrow, scrunched forehead, yawned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
April 14, 2011
About to lose his long-held rights to Ayn Rand's novel, and perhaps to cash in on apparent Tea Party interest and support, producer John Aglialoro ... rushed this film into a low-budget production and it shows in every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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