Atlas Shrugged: Part I - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Atlas Shrugged: Part I Reviews

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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
Grae Drake
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
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
Silas Lesnick
April 5, 2011
Look, the problem with adapting Atlas Shrugged in the first place is that it's just not a great story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
April 18, 2011
However controversial, Rand's ideas deserve better than this watered-down, uninspired bilge.
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 14, 2011
Let's say you know the novel, you agree with Ayn Rand, you're an objectivist or a libertarian, and you've been waiting eagerly for this movie. Man, are you going to get a letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 14, 2011
This movie is crushingly ordinary in every way, which with Rand I wouldn't have thought possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 14, 2011
Don't hold your breath for parts 2 and 3.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 13, 2011
Not all books should be made into movies, and this is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
Jeff Otto
April 13, 2011
The shame of "Atlas Shrugged: Part I," irrespective of politics and prose, is that a work so long-discussed has been so blatantly bastardized in the name of a quick buck.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
April 11, 2011
Flubbed, under-produced representation of the first third of Ayn Rand's still controversial novel bodes ill for parts two and three.
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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.
Prairie Miller
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.
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+
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
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
Peter Sobczynski
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
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