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Atlas Shrugged: Part I Reviews

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
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 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.
April 18, 2011
This comically tasteless and flavorless adaptation of Ayn Rand's bombastic magnum opus delivers her simplistic nostrums with smug self-satisfaction.
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+
April 15, 2011
[A] DIY megaproduction... whose ambition vastly exceeds its technical command.
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
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
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
April 14, 2011
Don't hold your breath for parts 2 and 3.
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
April 14, 2011
Atlas Shrugged. I arched eyebrow, scrunched forehead, yawned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
April 14, 2011
The acting is so poor and the story so badly told that the viewer's feelings about Rand's novel -- an epic ode to free-market fundamentalism -- are almost immaterial (though if you're a devoted fan, you'll perhaps be more forgiving).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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
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.
April 8, 2011
Part one of a trilogy that may never see completion, this hasty, low-budget adaptation would have Ayn Rand spinning in her grave.