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    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Who's the idiot responsible for this fiasco? You can't blame the Tea Party, an organization of 9 million that the film's producers are exploiting to get butts into seats. There's an object lesson in objectivism for you. show more

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    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The story, a dystopian tale with heroes and villains and lots of triumphs and reversals, is so busy and so inherently interesting that the movie is entertaining until the finish - or the sort of finish. As only the first part of the story, Atlas Shrugged doesn't end, it stops. show more

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    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    I wanted to give this movie a fair shake, though I can't pretend to be an admirer of Ayn Rand's writing. But the movie, the first installment of a projected trilogy, doesn't give the book a fair shake. show more

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    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Speechy and preachy and just a teeny-weeny bit naughty. show more

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    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The central battle between fearsomely independent corporate mavericks and hostile big government has been updated in a half-baked, unconvincing way that's exacerbated by button-pushing TV-style direction, threadbare production values and blah performances except for that of Taylor Schilling in the central role. show more

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    Kyle Smith New York Post

    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. show more

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    Washington Post

    Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 is nearly as stilted, didactic and simplistic as Rand's free-market fable. show more

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    Loren King Boston Globe

    With a plot devoid of suspense and characters without complexity, Rand's iconic line elicits merely a yawn, or a shrug. show more

  • 38
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    It's not a bad looking movie, with Deco design touches that remind me of the earlier Rand film adaptation, "The Fountainhead." But the acting's flat and the script is absurdly cluttered with characters whose purpose may only truly become clear if they ever are allowed to make the other two films they have planned. show more

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    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Now I am faced with this movie, the most anticlimactic non-event since Geraldo Rivera broke into Al Capone's vault. show more

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  • December 16, 2012 Stand & See GOD
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    The book is great; this movie adaptation is faithful to the book, well actied and very appropos for the day. The directors said that the \"critics\" panned the movie, and were opposed to it. In CA, that would be an understatement. Those interested in individual freedom will see the timely message and warning given future generations, all generations, by Ms. Rand.

  • October 21, 2012 vd00000000130931
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    Great movie. I loved it. However part two was even better.

  • October 02, 2012 angelabfla
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    I loved the movie. I thought it was exciting, fast paced, thrilling and the characters were fascinating. Great film making!

  • February 04, 2012 Don
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    Phenomenal! I enjoyed the movie so much I immediately bought the book. I related to the movie and the book. Amazing how the government wants to manipulate and take its control over us similar to the portrayal in the movie and book. The latest example is the healthcare program—more big government clumsily trying to run a business. The government needs to teach people to fish instead of giving them a fi

  • December 12, 2011 harmane
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    When is part II coming out? Want to see it.

  • November 17, 2011 tp00000000105204
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    Wow I am completely blown away by this film. It has to be one of the best one\'s I have ever seen. Cannot wait for part II.

  • November 12, 2011 jackd1207
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    Loved the political commentary, hated the movie. I can\'t say whether it was the acting, or poorly written screenplay that made this movie a waste of 2 hours. I don\'t think I will be able to talk myself into buying, or renting part II. Just BAD!

  • November 09, 2011 ft00000000104811
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    I find that for a movie like this, it\'s best to ignore the horrible critic reviews. As someone has already said, most are libs. Incapable of grasping a movie like this. That movie is fantastic and eerily familiar with things happening in the world right now. Even if some refuse to see it. I read the book because it was given to me by my mother and I wasn\'t disappointed. ********* the movie for yourself and make your own determination instead of letting other opinions guide you! Wonderful movie, I\'ll be recommending it to other youths like myself, they need it.

  • November 07, 2011 justkatie2u
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    Best movie, especially now with OWS. Amazing how some people think it is greedy to keep what is yours, but not greedy to take what belongs to someone else. I read the book a few years ago and the movie was a good representation. Loved it~


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