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In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious HENRY WHIPPLE (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son DEAN (Zac Efron) to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood. (c) Sony Classics

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The disappointment and malaise of a modern farmer's life comes through, but almost as an afterthought. As Bahrani makes clear, it's worth a more focused film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Written and played with a little more subtlety, Henry and his contradictions could have been fascinating; as it is, "At Any Price" keeps us at a distance, gazing at characters who never quite come to life."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"After fearlessly diving into a character that's self-centered, wretched, and downright degrading, Quaid outdoes most of his earlier works of cinema."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"...feels like a great American tragedy, like East of Eden or Death of a Salesman. There's ... a fidelity to the way things actually work themselves out in the real world, in compromise and half-measures and moral doubt."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"At Any Price isn't so much about race cars or corn as it is about what price we're willing to pay to protect what we love, and to keep our hopes and dreams alive. As such it's a fitting parable for our times."
‑ Kim Voynar, Movie City News
"Bahrani fills the frame with weathered faces and "At Any Price" feels like it unfolds in something close to the real America. But he wants to give us larger-than-life drama, and his strengths are life-sized."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Like the small farmers forced to kowtow to corporations, writer and director Ramin Bahrani chickens out. His melodramatic script reduces a global conflict to a Grain Belt "Glengarry Glen Ross.""
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Tough, engaging, and brutally honest, At Any Price is one of those quiet gems you hope others will have the opportunity to discover for themselves."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"Bahrani is striving for something epic and tragic - Shakespeare among the soybeans - but too often the film settles for merely melodramatic."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"As is implicit in the title, the destructiveness of competition is a rippling concern in Bahrani and co-writer Hallie Elizabeth Newton's unpredictably expansive script."
‑ Guy Lodge, HitFix
"Bahrani seems less interested in getting at the heart of a man who has sold his soul than he is in showing how the hard facts of modern farming have literally and figuratively changed the landscape."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It clumsily showcases an environmental issue -- in this case, the corporate strong-arm tactics used to promote GMOs -- through routine interpersonal drama."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"At Any Price has an interesting story at its core, but it's bogged down by undeveloped characters and sideplots, as well as a poorly-written third act."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
"Though Bahrani may be moving toward the mainstream here, he remains an empathetic, nuanced chronicler of the American working class."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"At its heart, the film is a small-scale story about two men learning how to fix their mistakes -- or, if that isn't possible, to live with them."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Twitch
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