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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Bahrani is a gifted filmmaker. But he shoots himself in the foot by throwing in a contrived plot device that creates drama at the expense of credibility. Suddenly, we're isolated from a film that had made us believe. It's a breach of trust that comes at too high a price. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Here's another film, along with "Mud," that's in the American grain, but a genetically conditioned grain of unforgiving fathers and overweening ambition. It's powerful stuff. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Most notably, Bahrani offers an emotional depiction of American farming that will leave viewers troubled, as it should. But he loses his footing when it comes to the story itself. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    While the drama comes up a little short in emotional payoff, this is a thoughtful, nuanced film that vividly evokes life in a Midwestern community in which business often trumps friendship. It offers a rueful snapshot of the changing face of a quintessential element of American life. show more

  • 55
    William Goss Film.com

    Subtlety is hardly at home here, with Quaid’s especially earnest performance a well-suited mask for Henry’s desperation that nonetheless amplifies the phoniness of the entire enterprise. show more

  • 80
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Like television's "Breaking Bad," At Any Price is about the slow, insidious corruption of a regular guy, about the rot that grows around him and within him, allowing him to become complicit in a crime of biblical proportions. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a brave, layered film that challenges the wisdom of victory at any price. Both of its central characters would slip easily into conventional plot formulas, but Bahrani looks deeply into their souls and finds so much more. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    One of the best films released so far this year, At Any Price signals the arrival of Iranian-American Ramin Bahrani in the ranks of major US directors. show more

  • 88
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Flawed but different, well-crafted and consistently powerful, At Any Price is the best film about impoverished farmers in the economic agricultural crisis since Jean Renoir’s "The Southerner." show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    At Any Price teaches you a lot about the business of corn seeds and genetic manipulation (the stuff is actually fascinating) but what interests director Ramin Bahrani most are the dynamics of this deeply dysfunctional family. show more

  • August 31, 2013 wm00000000157874
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    Storyline was all over the place, acting was sub par.

  • May 25, 2013 david88roth
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    Acting was poor; contrived. Storyline failed. Save your money.

  • May 15, 2013 dz00000000150157
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    My mom doesn\'t really get the point of \"Art/Independent\" films or not AKA \"Blockbuster\" movies...but she watched this with me and at least agreed the stories always make a point...wether good or bad...and the acting is never fake...or what a lot of people in my hood pretend to be.

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