Atlas Shrugged: Part I
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Atlas Shrugged: Part I
Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling) runs Taggart Transcontinental, the largest remaining railroad company in America, with intelligence, courage and integrity, despite the systematic disappearance of her best and most competent workers. She is drawn to industrialist Henry Rearden (Grant Bowler), one of the few men whose genius and commitment to his own ideas match her own. Rearden's super-strength metal alloy, Rearden Metal, holds the promise that innovation can overcome the slide into anarchy. Using the untested Rearden Metal, they rebuild the critical Taggart rail line in Colorado and pave… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

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"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Brian Miller, L.A. Weekly
"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."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"To quote: 'The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often [leads] to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"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."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"A talky bore that spends too much time in wood-panelled offices and at chatter-heavy parties that were clearly shot on the cheap."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"This comically tasteless and flavorless adaptation of Ayn Rand's bombastic magnum opus delivers her simplistic nostrums with smug self-satisfaction."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"An eye-rollingly clumsy amble through a Middle Earth of Monopolists -- aimed at Ayn Rand cultists and their fellow travelers"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"This dubious distillation of Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy is a glorified smack around the head with a sociology textbook."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"... a respectful (and generally respectable) filming ..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"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."
‑ Carina Chocano, New York Times
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Atlas Shrugged is a passionless experience that feels like a TV movie/miniseries. It's flat, poorly plotted, thinly performed and dull to its core"
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Think of it as The Omega Code for corporations. There might be a good story in there if it weren't trying too hard to make a political point."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"You can feel them straining against the limitations--moreso than the budget, the time compression. They fought the good fight as well as they possibly could."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
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